Hagglund And Walker Earn CSM Big East Preseason All-Conference Honors

Senior Matt Walker

Senior Matt Walker

Aug 21, 2013

College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference Teams

CINCINNATI – Xavier men’s soccer seniors Nick Hagglund (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West HS) and Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia HS) have been named to the College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference first team.

The Musketeers were one of four schools to place multiple players on the preseason All-Conference first team, along with Georgetown, Marquette and Creighton.

Hagglund shined in 2012 as he earned 2012 Atlantic 10 Defender of the Year honors. The defender earned XU's first NSCAA All-American award (Second Team) last season and helped lead the Musketeers to their best season in program history. He started all 22 matches for the Blue and White and registered two goals and four assists as Xavier finished the season with a 14-3-5 record, which included the program's first NCAA Tournament at-large bid, tourney victory and third-straight appearance into the 48-team field. The Cincinnati native has been a fixture for Xavier over the past three seasons. He's amassed 61 starts, 5,512 minutes played, four goals and eight assists. The Blue & White have recorded 20 shutouts with Hagglund as a member of the backline.



Walker picked up his first conference award (A-10) after posting career-highs with 11 goals and 10 assists during the 2012 campaign. The midfielder from Batavia, Ohio came on strong down the stretch scoring five goals in the final four regular season A-10 matches. He finished fourth in points and tied for third in assists in the league, while scoring five goals and handing out four assists during conference play. The senior enters the 2013 season with 17 career goals and 17 career assists.

Xavier’s returning 17 players, including eight starters from last season, along with nine newcomers close out the exhibition season on Aug. 23, when they face Loyola (Chicago) in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. The 2013 regular season begins at the College of Charleston Tournament (Charleston, S.C.), where the Musketeers will battle the Paladins of Furman and the host Cougars on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, respectively.

Xavier Men’s Soccer Preseason Awards (2013)

No. 40 – College Sports Madness’ Top 44 Previews
No. 22 – 2013 College Soccer News Preseason Poll

Matt Walker
Preseason All-BIG EAST
College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference first team

Nick Hagglund
CollegeSoccerNews.com Preseason All-American first team
Named one of the top 10 defenders in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com
TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI second team
Preseason All-BIG EAST
Top Drawer Soccer's Men's National Top 100 Upperclassmen – No. 17
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference first team
2013 Senior CLASS Award Candidate

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2013 College Sports Madness BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Preseason Teams
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year –
Steve Neumann, Georgetown
Preseason Defensive Players of the Year
– Axel Sjoberg, Marquette
Freshman of the Year
– Alex Muyl, Georgetown
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
– Louis Bennett, Marquette

First Team
Brandon Allen, Georgetown
Steve Neumann, Georgetown
C. Nortey, Marquette
Dylan Renna, Villanova
Bryan Ciesiulka, Marquette
Joey Dillon, Georgetown
Timo Pitter, Creighton
Matt Walker, Xavier
Nick Hagglund, Xavier

Axel Sjoberg, Marquette
Tim Parker, St. John’s
Eric Miller, Creighton
Charlie Lyon, Marquette

Second Team
Max Garcia, Seton Hall
Jeff Adkins, Butler
George Velasquez, Seton Hall
Wilder Arboleda, Providence
Oscar Umar, Villanova
Zach Barnes, Creighton
Keegan Rosenberry, Georgetown
Jose Ribas, Creighton
Paul Dillon, Marquette
Jared Blincow, DePaul
Jordan Burt, Butler
Brendan Hines-Ike, Creighton
Rafael Diaz, St. John’s