May 2, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Providence College junior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. BIG EAST postseason honors and special awards were released by the league office on Wednesday, May 1. The selections were made by a vote of the league's seven head coaches who are not permitted to vote for their own players. Barton is the first Friar to earn All-BIG EAST honors since Ryan Riedl `10 was named to the Second Team in 2010.
Barton had an outstanding junior season where he finished as the second leading scorer with 45 points on 27 goals and a team-best 18 assists. Barton started all 16 games for the Friars and generated 95 shots. He landed 64 of his shot attempts on goal for a .674 shots on goal percentage. In addition, Barton collected 32 ground balls and caused 16 turnovers.
Barton finished the season as one of the best offensive players in the conference. He ranked sixth in the league in assists per game with an average of 1.12. In addition, Barton ranked seventh in the conference in both points per game and shots per game with 2.81 and 5.94, respectively.
Barton notched his 100th career point on Saturday, April 27 when the Friars competed against then ranked No. 19 Villanova in their season finale. With 10:34 remaining in regulation, Barton dished out a pass to senior JT Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) who found the back of the cage. Barton is the 21st Friar in the history of the program to reach this benchmark. Barton will enter his senior season with 100 career points on 54 goals and 46 assists.
Four special awards were released on Wednesday, in addition to the All-BIG EAST Teams. St. John's junior attack Kieran McArdle was named BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, Villanova's junior John LoCascio earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors, Syracuse's senior JoJo Marasco was selected as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and Rutgers freshman Kris Alleyne was selected as the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year.
In addition, Villanova Head Coach Mike Corrado was honored as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
The BIG EAST Championship will be held on the campus of Villanova. Competition will begin on Thursday, May 2, with No. 2 seed Syracuse facing off against No. 3 seed Notre Dame in the first semifinal of the day at 4:30 p.m. Top seeded Villanova will play No. 4 seed Georgetown in the second semifinal match at 7:00 p.m. The championship game will be played on Saturday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m.
All-BIG EAST First Team
Matt Kavanagh, Notre Dame, Fr., A
John Kemp, Notre Dame, Sr., G
Jim Marlatt, Notre Dame, Jr., M
Matt Miller, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Kris Alleyne, Rutgers, Fr., G
Kevin Cernuto, St. John's, Jr., A
Kieran McArdle, St. John's, Jr., A
Luke Cometti, Syracuse, Sr., M
JoJo Marasco, Syracuse, Sr., M
Brian Megill, Syracuse, Sr., D
Chris Conroy, Villanova, Jr., D
Thomas Croonquist, Villanova, Jr., FO
John Kluh, Villanova, Fr., M
John LoCascio, Villanova, Jr., LSM
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Tyler Knarr, Georgetown, R-Jr., FO
Charlie McCormick, Georgetown, So., M
Reilly O'Connor, Georgetown, So., A
Steve O'Hara, Notre Dame, Jr., D
Sean Rogers, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Andrew Barton, Providence, Jr., M
Joe Nardella, Rutgers, So., FO
Dillon Ayers, St. John's, Sr., LSM
Jeff Lowman, St. John's, Sr., G
Matt Harris, Syracuse, Jr., LSM
Derek Maltz, Syracuse, Jr., A
Max Hart, Villanova, Sr., M
Jack Rice, Villanova, Sr., A