Aug. 7, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College sophomore Catherine Zimmerman (Madison, N.J.) was named to the 2013 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for women's soccer and the Friars were picked to finish fifth in the league's preseason coaches' poll. The BIG EAST released it's preseason poll and awards on Wednesday, August 7.
Zimmerman is one of five forwards on the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad. As a freshman in 2012, Zimmerman played just 10 games and led the Friars in scoring with 15 points on seven goals and one assist. Despite missing eight games down the stretch because of injury, she was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. She saw action in two league games, Zimmerman recorded four points on two goals.
Joining Zimmerman on the Preseason All-BIG EAST team are forwards Daphne Corboz (Georgetown), Kaitlin Brenn (Georgetown), Maegan Kelly (Marquette) and Amy Marron (St. John's). The midfielders are Sophie Macagnone (Butler), Colleen Dinn (Georgetown), Taylor Madigan (Marquette) and Emily Damstram (Villanova). The defensive unit is made up of Emily Menges (Georgetown), Kylie Nordness (DePaul), Emily Jacobson (Marquette) and Taylor Houck (Villanova) and the goalkeeper is Emma Newins (Georgetown).
Marquette has been selected to win the league in 2013 and earned seven of 10 first-place votes for 79 points. Georgetown earned the remaining three first-place votes and checked in with 75 points. Villanova (63 points) and DePaul (51 points) were picked to finish third and fourth, respectively. The Friars accumulated 46 points to take ownership of fifth place in the poll. St. John's was picked sixth (44 points), followed by Butler (37 points), Seton Hall (30 points), Creighton (17 points) and Xavier (12 points).
In 2013, the BIG EAST will consist of 10 teams and play a nine-game league schedule in one division. The BIG EAST has added three new members, Butler University, Creighton University and Xavier University. The BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship will begin with the opening round at campus sites on Nov. 5. Six teams will qualify for the championship. The No. 3 seed will play the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed will play the No. 5 seed in the opening round. The top two seeds will receive byes to the semifinals. The semifinal round and championship game will be played Nov. 8 and 10 at Marquette's Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis.
Providence will open the 2013 schedule on the road against the University of Rhode Island at 7:00 p.m. on August 23 in Kingston, R.I. The Friars will host Dayton in their home opener on August 25 at 1:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I.
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