Dec. 7, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team held its annual banquet on Tuesday to recognize the accomplishments of the 2016 squad. Head Coach Brian Wiese gave out the three major awards and announced the winner of the third-annual alumni award.
The Most Valuable Player Award was given to junior midfielder Christopher Lema (Ridgefield, N.J./St. Stephen's Episcopal School). This is the second year in a row that a junior has been named MVP.
Lema started all 17 contests for the Blue & Gray this past season and was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree. He was GU's third-leading scorer with one goal and a squad-best five assists for the year. Three of those assists came in league play. Lema was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 31 after posting two assists in a 3-2 victory over Villanova.
The Most Improved Player Award went to defender Peter Schropp (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep).
Schropp started all 17 games on defense and helped the backline to four shutouts. The sophomore got into the act on offense with his first-career goal against Princeton. He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 24.
The Ricardo Mendoza Award, given to the player who exhibits spirit, leadership and dedication, was presented to senior midfielder Jon Azzinnari (Nutley, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and eloquently presented by classmate Mitchell Auer (Columbus, Ohio/Dunlap [Ill.]).
Azzinnari tied for the team lead in scoring with four goals on the season totaling eight points. Three of those goals were game winners helping GU past American, Princeton and Villanova. He appeared in 16 games with three starts to his credit.
Wiese also announced the winner of the 2016 Georgetown Soccer Alumni Award which was given Michael Moylan (MSB '88). Past winners include Yousef Al Otaiba (SFS '95) and Dan Helfrich (MSB '98) as its inaugural recipient in 2014.
The afternoon concluded with the playing of the 2016 highlight video.
The Hoyas finished the season with a mark of 6-9-2 overall and went 3-4-2 in BIG EAST Conference play to narrowly miss qualifying for the BIG EAST Tournament.