PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men’s soccer team was picked to finish first in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Mac Steeves (Needham, Mass.) was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and Mark Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.) was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
The Friars garnered nine first place votes and 81 points, while Creighton placed second with one first place vote and 70 points. Butler, who won the BIG EAST Championship in 2016, was selected to finish third.
Last season, the Friars finished 15-7-0 overall and 7-2 in BIG EAST play. Providence captured its first ever BIG EAST regular season championship and reached the BIG EAST semifinal for the fourth consecutive season. Following a bid to the NCAA Tournament, the team advanced to the Elite Eight before a dramatic double overtime loss to North Carolina.
Steeves, named BIG EAST Presason Offensive Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team, played only two games in 2016 before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. He was named BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, to the Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team and to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch list prior to last season. In the 2015 campaign, he led the team with 28 points off of 13 goals and two assists. The red-shirt senior forward enters 2017 tied for third all-time at Providence in career points (63) and goals (27).
Jecewiz started in all 22 games for the Friars last season. He helped lead the defense to eight shutouts and helped hold Providence’s opponents to just 21 goals. Following the season, Jecewiz was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team and to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes First Team. At the team banquet, he was awarded the Martin Hayes Defensive Most Valuable Player Award.
The Friars kick off the 2017 season with two nationally ranked opponents. First, Providence takes on No. 4 North Carolina at Elon University at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25. The Friars then travel to No. 2 Wake Forest for a matchup on Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m. The first home game for Providence is Sept. 4 against Bryant University. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I.
Below is the complete list of preseason awards and the entire Preseason Coaches’ Poll:
2017 Men’s Soccer Preseason Honors
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Mac Steeves, Providence, RS-Sr., F *
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Cory Brown, Xavier, Sr., D *
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
JT Marcinkowski, Georgetown, Jr. *
2017 Men’s Soccer Preseason All-BIG EAST #
Ricky Lopez-Espin, Creighton, Sr., F
Mac Steeves, Providence, RS-Sr., F
Harry Cooksley, St. John’s, So., F ^
Lewis Suddick, Butler, So., M
Jared Timmer, Butler, Jr., M
Christopher Lema, Georgetown,
Sr., M Luka Prpa, Marquette, So., M
Andreas Bartosinksi, Villanova, Sr., M
Lucas Stauffer, Creighton, Jr., D
Mark Jecewiz, Providence, RS-Jr., D
Cory Brown, Xavier, Sr., D ^
JT Marcinkowski, Georgetown, Jr., GK
2017 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll
First place votes in ( )
1. Providence (9)- 81 pts.
2. Creighton (1) 70
3. Butler 68
4. Villanova 52
5. Georgetown 46
6. Xavier 45
7. Marquette 30
8. St. John’s 27
9. DePaul 21
10. Seton Hall 10
^ - denotes unanimous selection
# there is an extra player on the preseason All-BIG EAST team due to a tie in voting
* - won the same major award in 2016
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