Aug. 24, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer squad will open the 2017 season on Friday evening at American University at 5 p.m. Friday's contest will be available through a live stream on GUHoyas.com. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
The Hoyas went 2-0-1 in preseason play, downing Navy (4-1) and tying VCU (1-1), before defeating No. 13 Virginia by a score of 2-1. The Blue & Gray went 6-9-2 last year and lost two players to Major League Soccer as well as a number of key seniors. The team returns eight starters from a season ago.
Last week, GU was picked fifth in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches Poll on Wednesday. Additionally, junior JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) was named the BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year and senior midfielder Christopher Lema (Ridgefield, N.J./Ridgefield Memorial) earned a spot on the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad.
The Hoyas finished fifth in the preseason poll with 46 points. Providence was selected first with 81 points and nine first-place votes, while Creighton earned the second spot with 70 points and one first place vote. Butler and Villanova came in at third and fourth with 68 and 52 points, respectively. Xavier (45), Marquette (30), St. John's (27), DePaul (21) and Seton Hall (10) rounded out the preseason poll.
Last season, Marcinkowski helped the Hoyas to four shutouts, tallying 63 saves and a 1.23 GAA. As a freshman, Marcinkowski had a breakout rookie year for the Hoyas earning United Soccer Coaches 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. He went 16-2-3 in the net and managed nine shutouts.
Marcinkowski has been a member of the U.S. National Team Pool since 2010. He has earned 26 caps for the U-14 through U-20 national teams with 13 shutouts to his credit. With the U.S. Team, he has won the 2014 International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic, the 2013 Niigata International Tournament in Japan and the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. This past spring, Marcinkowski took the semester off to train exclusively with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team. He played and trained in Costa Rica with the squad, and was on the U.S. roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.
Lema was a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree a season ago and 2017 was his first nod to the preseason squad. Last year, Lema started all 17 contests for the Blue & Gray. 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.
American is coming off an 11-5-5 season a year ago that included a 7-1-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles won the regular season in the PL last year but graduated a number of seniors. AU has had double figures in victories in three straight seasons and in four of its last five. Head Coach Todd West is beginning his 18th year with the Eagles.
The Eagles were picked third in the recent Patriot League Preseason Poll behind Loyola Maryland and 2016 champion Colgate.
The Hoyas are 25-29-3 all-time against the Eagles in the longest rivalry in program history. The squad is 10-11-1 on the road against American. Georgetown has won the past four meetings spanning 2010-16. Last year, GU came away with the 3-0 victory at Shaw Field as Brett Campbell, Jon Azzinnari and Arun Basuljevic all scored. The last meeting at American was a 1-0 victory in 2013.
Kickoff at Reeves Field is scheduled for 5 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.