Diana Poulin Earns Third-Straight BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Award|
Nov. 1, 2016
BIG EAST Release
Poulin and Anna Maria Baldursdottir were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team after leading a Red Storm defense that only allowed 10 goals in 18 games, good enough for team goals-against average of 0.52 that ranks 10th in the NCAA and leads the conference.
In addition, junior Allie Moar was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
Poulin, who becomes only the second player in BIG EAST history to win the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year Award three times, set the St. John’s career record for wins with the team’s 1-0 win over CCSU earlier this season and set the single-season program record for clean sheets in a season with 11. The Hauppauge, N.Y. native has been one of the best keepers in the country all season, ranking 12th in the nation and leading the BIG EAST with a miniscule 0.47 goals-against average. Additionally, the senior ranks ninth in Division I and leads the conference with a .882 save percentage and her 11 shutouts are fifth in the country and top the league as well. Entering Tuesday’s BIG EAST Quarterfinal match with Providence, Poulin is just one shutout shy of tying the program record for most clean sheets in a season of 32, good enough for eighth on the NCAA active leaderboard in that category.
Villanova’s Jillian Lloyd also took home the award in three consecutive seasons from 2005-07.
Baldursdottir, a 2015 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team and 2016 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team honoree, was tasked with marking the opponents’ top offensive threat all season and anchored one of the best defenses in the country. The sophomore helped the Red Storm compile the league’s best goals-against numbers in terms of total (10) and average (0.52). The Gardabaer, Iceland native also chipped in offensively, recording three goals and one assist for seven points. All three of her goals were game-winners, which tied for the team lead and are fourth-best in the conference.
Moar, a 2014 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team pick, earns second career all-conference selection after starting every game as a junior in 2016. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native has been a mainstay for the Red Storm as one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, constantly causing turnovers and giving her team opportunities to counter. Offensively, she has recorded 23 shots, one of six Johnnies to take 20 or more shots this season. Additionally, she has had nine shots on goal, which ranks fourth on the squad.
Poulin, Baldursdottir, Moar and the rest of the Red Storm will be back in action later this evening when it hosts the first round of the BIG EAST Championship against Providence at 7 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network.