Luis Barraza GK of the Year

Luis Barraza Highlights Five All-BIG EAST Honorees for Marquette

Luis Barraza is the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and joins Luka Prpa and Patrick Seagrist on the first team

11/2/2018 1:27:00 PM

By: Communications

Official BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK –
Senior goalkeeper Luis Barraza has been named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and joins juniors Luka Prpa and Patrick Seagrist on the first team, while junior Connor Alba (second team) and Lukas Sunesson (All-Freshman Team) were also honored, the league office announced on Friday.
 
This marks the first all-league honor for Barraza, who is the first Marquette goalkeeper to win the award since Charlie Lyon in 2013. The Santa Teresa, New Mexico, native led the BIG EAST in save percentage (.885), while ranking second in saves per game (5.75) and third in goals against average (0.77) and shutouts (3) during conference play.
 
Barraza earned BIG EAST weekly distinction four times during the regular season, garnering Goalkeeper of the Week honors twice. Over eight league appearances he played nearly 700 minutes and surrendered just six goals. His overall season save percentage of .861 is second among all Division I keepers.
 
Prpa continues to climb the ladder of success with regards to BIG EAST postseason honors. After being named Freshman of the Year in 2016, he earned second team accolades as a sophomore and now lands on the All-BIG EAST First Team for the first time in his career.
 
The Wind Lake, Wisconsin, native ranked fourth in the league with nine points on three goals and three assists during conference play. He was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks after recording four-point efforts in wins over St. John's and Xavier. On the year, he leads the Golden Eagles with 14 points on four goals and six assists and in three seasons at Marquette, has totaled 47 points on 15 goals and 17 assists in 48 career matches.
 
Seagrist earned his first career BIG EAST postseason honor with well-deserved first team accolades. A fixture at left back for the Golden Eagles, the Streamwood, Illinois, native registered a goal and three assists, which ranked tied for fourth in the BIG EAST and he's been crucial to the team's success defensively. As a unit, Marquette ranked third in goals against average (0.76), surrendering only seven goals in nine matches and recording four shutouts.
 
On the year, Seagrist has a career-high nine points on three goals and three assists. He finished the regular season with a point in three of the team's final four matches.
 
Alba earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors for the first time in his career after notching six points on two goals and two assists during conference play, including the game-winner in the team's league opener against then-No. 13 Villanova at home.
 
For the season, the Waukesha, Wisconsin, native ranks tied for second on the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists.
 
Sunesson, who burst onto the scene with three goals in his first two Marquette matches, was named to the All-Freshman Team. The Taby, Sweden, native has appeared in every game this season. He found the back of the net twice during conference play, securing goals in wins over St. John's and DePaul. He has five goals on the year, which leads the Golden Eagles.
 
Marquette earned the fourth seed in the 2018 BIG EAST Championship. It plays host to fifth-seeded Xavier in a first round match-up at Valley Fields on Saturday, Nov. 3 (Tickets on sale now).

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BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Sven Koenig, Creighton, Sr., F
 
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Dylan Nealis, Georgetown, Jr., D
 
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Joel Rydstrand, Creighton, Sr., M
 
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Luis Barraza, Marquette, Sr., GK
 
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Skage Simonsen, St. John's, Fr., M
 
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Creighton
 
All-BIG EAST First Team
Sven Koenig, Creighton, Sr., F*   
Derek Dodson, Georgetown, So., F
Achara, Georgetown, Jr., F            
Simen Hestnes, Xavier, Sr., M       
Joel Rydstrand, Creighton, Sr., M                
Tiago Mendonca, Providence, R-Jr., M
Luka Prpa, Marquette, Jr., M        
Akeem Ward, Creighton, Sr., D   
Dylan Nealis, Georgetown, Jr., D                 
Patrick Seagrist, Marquette, Jr., D
Luis Barraza, Marquette, Sr., GK 

 
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Connor Alba, Marquette, Jr., F    
CJ Tibbling, Seton Hall, Fr., F        
Sam Sergi, Xavier, R-Jr., F                
Skage Simonsen, St. John's, Fr., M
Kyle Zajec, Georgetown, Sr., M   
Zach Zandi, Villanova, Sr., M        
Brendan McDonough, Georgetown, Sr., D
Mitch LaGro, Creighton, R-Sr., D                 
Klisman Sousa, Providence, R-Sr., D          
David Arvidsson, Seton Hall, Grad., D       
Colin Miller, Providence, R-Sr., GK             
Paul Kruse, Creighton, Fr., GK     
 
BIG EAST All-Freshman Team
Lukas Sunesson, Marquette, Fr., F*
CJ Tibbling, Seton Hall, Fr., F*
Gil Santos, Providence, Fr., F
Skage Simonsen, St. John's Fr., M*
Jack Haywood, Butler, Fr., M
Sean Zawadzki, Georgetown, Fr., M
Ramzi Qawasmy, Providence, Fr., D
Paul Kruse, Creighton, Fr., GK*   
Giannis Nikopolidis, Georgetown, Fr., GK
Taylor Crull, Xavier, R-Fr., D
Tani Oluwaseyi, St. John's Fr., F
 
*unanimous selection
^extra player added due to a tie in voting
 
 
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