Hagglund Highlights Three Xavier BIG EAST Postseason Honorees
Nov. 15, 2013
CINCINNATI – The Xavier men’s soccer team, in its first season in the BIG EAST Conference, went 6-3 in league play, secured the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and on Thursday night received the program’s first BIG EAST postseason honors, highlighted by senior Nick Hagglund (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) winning Defensive Player of the Year honors, senior Matt Walker (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) earning a second team All-BIG EAST selection and freshman Jalen Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebuf Jesuit) taking a spot on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
Hagglund, who was also named first team All-Conference and to the College Sports Madness All-BIG EAST first team, earns his second consecutive conference Defensive Player of the Year honor after he was named the top defensive player in the A-10 last season. Hagglund, part of the XU defense that allowed only eight goals in nine league contests, is the only Xavier player in program history to earn a league defensive player of the year award. The Cincinnati native has earned three first team All-Conference selections in his career.
The honors add to the list of awards Hagglund has already racked up this season. He was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com Preseason All-American first team, named one of the top 10 defenders in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com, earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI second team, was named No. 17 on Top Drawer Soccer's Men's National Top 100 Upperclassmen list, selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team and College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference first team and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
In his four seasons on the pitch for the Musketeers, Hagglund has been a fixture for Xavier. He's amassed 80 starts, over 7,200 minutes played, four goals and 11 assists. The Blue & White have recorded 31 shutouts with Hagglund as a member of the backline.
Matt Walker's first career first team All-Conference award came on the heels of team-high nine goals, seven assists and 25 points. The midfielder from Batavia, Ohio, who was also named to the College Sports Madness All-BIG EAST first team, has scored 18 goals and registered 16 assists in the last two seasons. Walker, who was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Sept. 16, finished second in points (14) and goals (6) and tied for ninth in assists (2) in the league during conference play.
Through games played on Nov. 10, Walker ranked 33rd in the nation and 3rd in the BIG EAST in assists per game (0.44), while also ranking 11th nationally and No. 1 in the conference in points per game (1.56).
Brown had a successful freshman season, earning an All-Rookie team selection and as well as garnering a BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honor (Oct. 14). The Indianapolis native is third on the team in goals (3) and scored the game-winning goal in the Blue and White’s first BIG EAST Conference victory (at DePaul; Oct. 9).
The Blue and White (10-7-2) will now wait to see if they are awarded an at-large bid to NCAA Tournament. The selection show is Monday, Nov. 18 at noon on NCAA.com.
2013 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Awards
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team^
All-BIG EAST Second Team
All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
*denotes unanimous selection