Nov. 10, 2011
SHORT HILLS, N.J. -
Senior Pablo Battuto Punyed took home BIG EAST Co-Midfielder of the Year honors to headline a total of four players that earned All-BIG EAST honors as announced by the conference at the annual awards banquet. Battuto Punyed also earned All-BIG EAST first team honors, while senior Connor Lade earned second team accolades. Senior Walter Hines was named to the third team and freshman Tim Parker was an All-Rookie selection.
Battuto Punyed is the fourth St. John's player to earn Midfielder of the Year accolades since 2000 when the award was first presented. The senior joins Nelson Becerra (2008), Matia Damiani (2003) and current assistant coach Jeff Matteo (2001) as the Red Storm's all-time selections. The midfielder's selection to the first team also gives St. John's a first team honoree for the fourth-straight season. Battuto Punyed has tallied four goals this season, including two game-winners, and a career-high three assists. The midfielder had three goals and two assists in conference action.
A third team selection in 2010, Lade earns All-BIG EAST honors for the second-consecutive season. One of two players to play every minute this season, the defender has anchored a defensive unit that has nine shutouts and a 0.95 goals against average. Lade, who has made 60-consecutive starts, also helped lead the unit to a scoreless streak of 647:04, the third-longest in school history.
Hines earns BIG EAST honors for the first time in his career after finishing the regular season with career-highs in both goals (4) and points (9). The forward, who has increased his goal output in each of his four seasons, has started all 20 games this season and currently has five goals, one game-winner, and one assist.
Parker, meanwhile, becomes the Red Storm's third All-Rookie selection in the past two seasons. The defender has appeared in all 20 games this season, while earning 19 starts and ranking fourth on the team in minutes. Parker has one goal, a game-winner, and one assist and has helped a defensive unit that has nine shutouts on the year.
The third seeded Red Division squad, St. John's (12-6-2), which is appearing in the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals for the third time in four years and the fourth time in six years, takes on Villanova (8-8-4), the fifth seed in the Red Division, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.