BIG EAST Championship Central
Nov. 8, 2012
CHESTER, Pa. - It was announced tonight at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., that UConn sophomore Andre Blake was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year for the second straight season and senior captain Carlos Alvarezwas crowned BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. UConn had four BIG EAST First-Team selections and six overall honorees.
Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Blake (May Pen, Jamaica) were joined on the All-BIG EAST First Team by senior captain Jossimar Sanchez (Paterson, N.J.) junior midfielder Mamadou Doudou Diouf(Dakar, Senegal).
Senior Stephane Diop (Dakar, Senegal) was placed on the All-BIG EAST Third Team while sophomore Adria Beso(Lleida, Spain) earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
Blake and Alvarez are the 18th and 19th student-athletes to earn BIG EAST Player of the Year honors under Head Coach Ray Reid. Under Reid, the Huskies have tallied 28 Player of the Year awards since 1997, including 12 honorees since 2007.
Notre Dame forward Ryan Finley was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year after tallying a league-high 17 goals. Georgetown freshman Brendan Allen was named Rookie of the Year after leading the Hoyas with 11 goals and 24 points. Louisville junior Andrew Farrell was named Defensive Player of the year.
Syracuse was named the Coaching Staff of the Year.
With four First Team All-BIG EAST selections in 2012, the Huskies have notched 38 First Team honorees in 16 years under Ray Reid. 2012 marks just the second time in UConn history that the Huskies have notched four First Team All-BIG EAST selections: 2002 - Cesar Cuellar, Anthony Curtis, Damani Ralph, Shavar Thomas.
Alvarez concludes his BIG EAST career as Midfielder of the Year after starting his career in 2009 as BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Alvarez is a four-time All-BIG EAST selection being named Third Team in 2009, First Team in 2010, Second Team in 2011 and First Team in 2012. This season, he's notched seven goals and eight assists for 22 points. Alvarez's 22 points rank fourth in the league while his eight assists rank third.
Blake is named Goalkeeper of the Year after notching 10 shutouts (1st in BIG EAST) based on a .49 goals against average (1st in BIG EAST) and a .850 save percentage (3rd in BIG EAST). Blake has been named All-BIG EAST First Team and Goalkeeper of the Year in both his first two seasons in Storrs. In 2011, Blake became the first player in BIG EAST men's soccer history to win a major award. UConn has taken home Goalkeeper of the Year honors in three straight seasons (Josh Ford, 2010).
Jossimar Sanchezis named All-BIG EAST First Team after anchoring a UConn defense that leads the BIG EAST with .50 goals allowed per game. Sanchez suffered a broken leg at Marquette in UConn's first loss of the season but appeared in 12 games, leading UConn to a 10-1-1 record and allowing just seven goals. Sanchez has been an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection the past two seasons and was an All-Rookie pick in 2009.
Diouf ranks second in the BIG EAST with 13 goals and 28 points. On the season, Diouf has notched three two-goal games and five game-winning goals. A 2011 First Team selection, he was previously named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team in 2010.
All-BIG EAST First Team^
Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut, Sr., MF
Andre Blake, Connecticut, So., GK
Mamadou Diouf, Connecticut, Jr., F
Jossimar Sanchez, Connecticut, Sr., D
Antonio Aguilar, DePaul, Sr., F
Ian Christianson, Georgetown, Sr., MF
Steve Neumann, Georgetown, Jr., F
Paolo DelPiccolo, Louisville, Sr., MF
*Andrew Farrell, Louisville, Jr., D
*Ryan Finley, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Dillon Powers, Notre Dame, Sr., MF
Rafael Diaz, St. John's, R-Jr., GK
Jack Bennett, St. John's, Sr., D
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Brandon Allen, Georgetown, Fr., F
Tomas Gomez, Georgetown, So., GK
Jimmy Nealis, Georgetown, Sr., D
Will Vitalis, Louisville, R-So., F
Bryan Ciesiulka, Marquette, Jr., MF
Andy Huftalin, Marquette, Sr., F
Axel Sjoberg, Marquette, R-Fr., D
Mael Corboz, Rutgers, Fr., MF
Kene Eze, Rutgers, Jr., F
Tim Parker, St. John's, So., D
James Thomas, St. John's, Jr., MF
Kyle Soroka, Villanova, Sr., F
All-BIG EAST Third Team
Stephane Diop, Connecticut, Sr., MF
Tommy Muller, Georgetown, Sr., D
Greg Cochrane, Louisville, Sr., MF
Dylan Mares, Louisville, R-So., F
Nick Besler, Notre Dame, So., MF
Harrison Shipp, Notre Dame, Jr., F
Grant Van DeCasteele, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Wilder Arboleda, Providence, R-Jr., MF
Jordan Murrell, Syracuse, So., D
Jordan Vale, Syracuse, Fr., MF
Oscar Umar, Villanova, So., MF
All-BIG EAST Rookie Team^
Richardo Israel, Cincinnati, D
Adria Beso, Connecticut, MF
Brandon Allen, Georgetown, F
Marlon Hairston, Louisville, MF
John Pothast, Marquette, D
Axel Sjoberg, Marquette, D
Patrick Hodan, Notre Dame, MF
Max Lachowecki, Notre Dame, D
Mael Corboz, Rutgers, MF
Mitchell Taintor, Rutgers, D
Alex Bono, Syracuse, GK
Jordan Vale, Syracuse, MF
Sean Sheridan, Villanova, D
^Extra members due to ties in voting *unanimous selection