Aug. 23, 2016
WASHINGTON - Three Georgetown men's soccer players were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI on Tuesday. Junior midfielder Arun Basuljevic (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) earned a spot on the first team, while sophomore goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) was named to the second team. Additionally, freshman forward Achara (Enugu, Nigeria/Berkshire School [Mass.]) earned a spot on the freshman team.
Basuljevic was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection a year ago. As a sophomore, he started all 21 games and was GU's third-leading scorer with six goals and four assists for 16 points. He managed a team-best five game winners. The midfielder was Georgetown's second-leading scorer in conference play with two goals and two assists to his credit for six points as well as two games winners.
Last season he was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI, and was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19. Basuljevic was the 2014 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.
He was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad last week.
Marcinkowski had a breakout rookie year for the Hoyas earning NSCAA Second Team All-Great Lakes Region, First Team All-BIG EAST, as well as BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors. He started all 21 games for the Blue & Gray, and posted a 0.69 GAA on the season totaling 63 saves. The freshman went 16-2-3 in the net and managed nine shutouts. He already ranks third in single-season shutouts and eighth in program history in career shutouts.
He was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 14, and was a three-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week selection. Marcinkowski was also named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman squad.
The keeper has spent time with the U.S. Men's National Team, appearing in three camps with the U-20s this past summer.
He has already been named the BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, and to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team this season. Earlier this year, Marcinkowski was selected as a captain for 2016.
Achara hails from Enugu, Nigeria but has been in the United States after attending the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. He spent his summer playing for GPS Portland Phoenix of the Premier Development League (PDL) where he scored six goals in eight games before coming to the Hilltop for summer classes.
GU had an impressive 2015 season with a mark of 16-2-3 overall and 9-0-0 in BIG EAST Conference play. After opening the year 0-2-1, Georgetown went on a program record 18-game unbeaten streak including a 14-game win streak. With the Blue & Gray failing to advance in the NCAA Tournament in penalty kicks, the unbeaten streak will continue into 2016.
The Hoyas will open the season at No. 2 Akron on Friday. The home opener is slated for Monday, September 5 against Virginia Tech.