Nov. 8, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - A quartet of St. John's players earned All-BIG EAST honors for the 2012 men's soccer season as both Jack Bennett and Rafael Diaz earned first team accolades and both Tim Parker and Jamie Thomas were second team selections. St. John's, which was one of five programs with at least two first team honorees this year, has placed at least one player on the first team in each of the past five seasons.
A selection to the 2012 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, Bennett transitioned from the midfield to the back line this season and has started all 18 games at left back. The senior leads St. John's in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14), and is also tied for the team-lead with three game-winning goals.
Selected to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team as a freshman in 2010, Diaz has a 10-4-4 record and a 0.74 goals against average. The keeper has eight shutouts, tying a career-high, and a .797 save percentage. Diaz ranks fourth in the league in overall goals against average and tied for fourth in total shutouts, but finished tied for the league-lead with four clean sheets in conference action.
Another 2012 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Parker earns BIG EAST honors for the second-straight season after earning All-Rookie accolades last year. The center back has one goal and one assist this year and has anchored a defensive unit that has eight shutouts. One of six players to start all 18 games, Parker is the only field player to play all 1,700 minutes this season.
Thomas, meanwhile, earns BIG EAST honors for the first time in his career. The junior has appeared in all 18 games and made 17 starts, while ranking fourth among all field players with 1,572 minutes played. The defensive midfielder tallied one assist this season, the first of his career, and has helped a defense that allows just 3.9 shots on goal per game.
St. John's awaits a potential at-large selection into the NCAA Tournament. The Selection Show airs live on NCAA.com at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.