MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Butler women's soccer team had three student-athletes voted on to All-BIG EAST teams on Thursday night at the end of the season banquet. Sophomore Sophia Maccagnone was a first team selection while freshman Serina Kashimoto and junior Elise Kotsakis took home second team honors.
The top honor of the night went to Rachel Daly of St. John's as she earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and BIG EAST Newcomer of the Year awards. Emily Menges was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year and teammate Daphne Corboz of Georgetown was crowed Midfielder of the Year. DePaul's Alex Godinez was voted as the Goalkeeper of the Year and the final award of the evening went to Marquette as the Golden Eagles won the Coaching Staff of the Year award.
Maccagnone represented Butler on the All-BIG EAST First Team by leading the Bulldogs in multiple categories. The sophomore started in all 20 matches and led the team with 28 points. She led the team in goals with 10 and in assists with eight. Her 88 shots on the year were the third most taken at Butler in a single-season and she also led BU in shots on goal with 33.
Maccagnone had three game-winning goals and also connected on a penalty kick. Her 28 points on the year places her in a tie for the sixth most points recorded at Butler in a single-season. With two years of eligibility remaining, Maccagnone's name already appears in the Butler career record book in goals, points, and shots.
A consistent performer throughout the season, Maccagnone scored a point in 14 of Butler's 20 matches. She recorded a season-high three points vs. Northern Kentucky, at IPFW, and at Wright State. She also moved into a tie for fourth place all-time by taking 11 shots in a single match at Bowling Green on Aug. 31.
All-BIG EAST Second Team honors were awarded to Kashimoto and Kotsakis after their outstanding performances during the 2013 season. Each player started in all 20 matches for Butler while impacting the team during every match.
Heading into her first season as a true freshman, Kashimoto was a staple of the Butler defense that posted seven shutouts during the year. She was also able to impact the Bulldog offense early in the season by recording an assist in back-to-back games against Indiana State and Northern Kentucky.
"To put it simply, Serina is the hardest working player I have ever had the pleasure to coach," Alman added. "She is not the biggest, not the fastest, not the strongest but she is a very diligent student of the game who is always seeking ways to improve. Her technical ability on the ball is as high as any player in the country and she competes with enthusiasm every single day. For Serina to receive this honor in her freshman year is a great sign of things to come. We are delighted for her that her hard work has paid off."
Kotsakis was an offensive threat every time she stepped onto the field as she led the attack from the forward position during her junior season. Six goals and four assists gave Kotsakis 16 points on the season. She took 59 shots, including 26 shots on goal while leading the team in game-winning goals with four.
It didn't take long for Kotsakis to get involved in the Butler game plan as she scored her first goal of the season in the second match of the year at Indiana State. Her season-high point total came in a road win at Wright State as she scored a goal and recorded an assist against the Raiders, helping Butler pull out a 4-3 victory.
"Elise was a clutch performer and scored some very important goals for us this season," Alman said. "A lot of the work Elise does for the team can go unnoticed. Her hold up play and ability to protect possession for us are so important in the way our team plays. She really does make players around her better and is a fantastic teammate who shy's away from praise and just wants to do whatever she can for the good of the team. For her to receive this individual recognition is fantastic and much deserved."
These three players helped Butler post an overall record of 11-7-2 this season. A 4-5 BIG EAST record had Butler fifth in the conference standings as they traveled to St. John's in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals to compete in the conference tournament for the first time since joining the league this fall. The team performed well in the tournament opener, but a 3-2 setback would ultimately end the season for the Bulldogs.
With the loss, Butler ended the 2013 season with a 6-6 road record compared to a 5-1-2 mark when playing at the Butler Bowl. The team was 4-0-2 in overtime games this season and they came up with one of the most significant wins in program history by shutting out nationally ranked Michigan on Sept. 15 to earn the 1-0 victory.
After taking a loss in the season opener at Louisville, Butler didn't lose again until the start of the BIG EAST season when they took a 2-0 loss at Villanova. The 'Dogs tied Seattle and Eastern Michigan 1-1 during that stretch but an all-around team effort gave the team a 7-1-2 non-conference record.
Maccagnone, Kashimoto and Kotsakis will highlight a talented group of returners for Butler next season as the team prepares for year two in the BIG EAST conference.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Rachel Daly, St. John's
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Emily Menges, Georgetown
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Daphne Corboz, Georgetown
BIG EAST Newcomer of the Year
Rachel Daly, St. John's
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Alex Godinez, DePaul
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team^
Alex Godinez, DePaul, GK
*Emily Menges, Georgetown, B
Emily Jacobson, Marquette, B
*Daphne Corboz, Georgetown, MF
Taylor Madigan, Marquette, MF
*Rachel Daly, St. John's, F
*Maegan Kelly, Marquette, F
Sophie Maccagnone, Butler, MF
Kylie Nordness, DePaul, B
Kailey Blain, Georgetown, MF
Georgia Kearney-Perry, St. John's, B
Ashley Clarke, Seton Hall, MF
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Amanda Engel, Marquette, GK
Serina Kashimoto, Butler, B
Alexa St. Martin, Georgetown, B
Mary Luba, Marquette, MF
Rebekah Roller, DePaul, MF
Kaitlin Brenn, Georgetown, F
Catherine Zimmerman, Providence, F
Elise Kotsakis, Butler, F
Elise Wyatt, DePaul, F
Mady Vicker, Marquette, F
Amy Marron, St. John's, F
All-BIG EAST Third Team^
Alyssa Jara, Creighton, MF
Paige Jarsombeck, Creighton, F
Rachel Pitman, DePaul, B
Emma Newins, Georgetown, GK
Cara Jacobson, Marquette, MF
Katie Hishmeh, Marquette, B
Diana Poulin, St. John's, GK
Catherine Chukuka, Seton Hall, D
Jennifer Pettigrew, Seton Hall, GK
Katie Ritter, Seton Hall, F
Taylor Houck, Villanova, B
Katie Martin, Villanova, F
Hayley Wilson, Villanova, MF
Mariah Whitaker, Xavier, MF
^Ties in the voting created additional positions.
*denotes unanimous selection