Bulldogs Tabbed Seventh In The BIG EAST

Sophie Maccagnone

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Sophomore Sophie Maccagnone earned a spot the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, and Butler was picked seventh in the preseason poll of BIG EAST women's soccer coaches, released on Wednesday (Aug. 7).  Defending BIG EAST champ Marquette was tabbed as the league preseason favorite.

Maccagnone turned in a banner season in her initial year with the Bulldogs last fall.  She led the team and ranked fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with 24 points, and she set a Butler single season record with 97 shots.  Maccagnone, who scored a team-high 11 goals, was named A-10 Rookie of the Year, first team All-Atlantic 10 and first team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region.

The Butler midfielder was one of 14 players selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.  Georgetown, picked second in the coaches' poll, led the way with five players selected - forwards Daphne Corboz and Kaitlin Brenn, midfielder Colleen Dinn, back Emily Menges and goalkeeper Emma Newins.  Corboz was chosen as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Menges was tabbed Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Newins was selected as the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.

Rounding out the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team were forwards Maegan Kelly of Marquette, Amy Marron of St. John's and Catherine Zimmerman of Providence, midfielders Taylor Madigan of Marquette and Emily Damstram of Villanova and backs Kylie Nordness of DePaul, Emily Jacobson of Marquette and Taylor Houck of Villanova.

Marquette received seven first place votes from the coaches, while Georgetown picked up the other three.  Villanova was chosen third in the coaches' poll, followed by DePaul, Providence, St. John's, Butler, Seton Hall, Creighton and Xavier.

The Bulldogs, who finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 regular season race a year ago, will begin play in the BIG EAST on Sept. 26 at Villanova.  Butler's first home BIG EAST contest will be against Georgetown on Oct. 3.

2013 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
(First place votes)

1. Marquette (7) 79
2. Georgetown (3) 75
3. Villanova 63
4. DePaul 51
5. Providence 46
6. St. John's 44
7. Butler 37
8. Seton Hall 30
9. Creighton 17
10. Xavier 12