Three members of St. John’s University’s women’s soccer team were named to the Preseason All-Big East Team as voted upon by the league’s coaches.
Diana Poulin, Anna Maria Baldursdottir and Lucy Whipp were chosen to the all-conference starting 11. Poulin, a Hauppauge High School graduate, was unanimously selected as the league’s preseason goalkeeper of the year for the second consecutive year.
The St. John’s keeper enters the 2016 campaign on the precipice of history, needing only one victory to pass Kristin Russell (2008-11), who has 32 career wins for the Red Storm. In the 2015 season, Poulin posted career-best 0.83 goals-against average, leading her team to a school-record 12 shutouts, a program-best 15 wins and the first Big East Regular Season Championship in program history. During Poulin’s tenure between the pipes, the Johnnies have made the NCAA Tournament in two of her three seasons and have posted a 38-17-6 over that time period.
Baldursdottir, a sophomore, earns a selection to the Preseason All-Big East Team following a rookie campaign that saw her emerge as one of the league’s top defenders. A native of Gardabaer, Iceland, Baldursdottir was named to the conference’s All-Freshman Team after starting 19 of the team’s 20 matches and registering a pair of assists in the process.
Whipp, another sophomore, joins her teammates on the Preseason All-Big East Team after a stellar debut season that saw her rank third on the Red Storm in points and earn a spot on the conference All-Freshman Team. The Ormskirk, England, native tallied two goals and four assists on the campaign, appearing in all 20 games for the Johnnies and making 19 starts.
The release of the Big East Preseason Awards coincided with the announcement of the league’s annual preseason coaches’ poll. The Red Storm, who went 7-1-1 last season in conference play, was tabbed to come in fifth. Georgetown was unanimously selected to finish first, while DePaul was predicted to settle in second. Marquette and Butler were picked to come in third and fourth, respectively, while Providence was picked to come in one spot behind the Johnnies in sixth. Creighton, Xavier, Villanova and Seton Hall, respectively, were picked to round out the bottom half of the league.