– Four members of the Georgetown University men's soccer squad earned 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-East Region honors on Wednesday. Junior defender Dylan Nealis
(Massapequa, N.Y. / Massapequa) earned a spot on the first team, while senior defender Brendan McDonough
(Matthews, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), junior forward Achara
(Enugu, Nigeria / Berkshire School [Mass.]) and sophomore forward Derek Dodson
(Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) all received nods to the second team.
Nealis was the 2018 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree. As a defender, Nealis was fourth on the team in scoring with two goals and a squad-best seven assists for 11 points. Those seven assists tied him for second in the BIG EAST. He tallied two game winners, and on the defensive end, helped the squad to a BIG EAST-best 10 shutouts for the year. This is his first regional award.
Team captain McDonough was a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection. He and the defense managed a league-best 10 shutouts on the season. McDonough had one goal and one assist on the year for three points. His lone goal was the game winner against Marquette. This is his second all-region award after earning a spot on the first team a year ago.
earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST first team after an outstanding junior campaign. He was third on the team in scoring with seven goals and one assist for 15 points. His four game winners led the team and the league as well.
Dodson was GU's final First Team All-BIG EAST selection. He led the Blue & Gray is scoring with 19 points on nine goals and one assist for the season this tied him for second in the BIG EAST. Dodson also tied Achara
with four game winners on the year to lead the team and the BIG EAST. This is his second all-region award after earning a nod to the third team as a freshman.
Georgetown went 13-5-3 this past season. Along the way, the Hoyas claimed the 2018 BIG EAST Championship after entering the tournament as the No. 2 seed and earned an automatic NCAA Tournament berth with the No. 13 overall seed. It marked the third championship in four years for the Blue & Gray as well as the third tournament championship in program history. The coaching staff was also named United Soccer Coach East Region Coaching Staff of the Year.