NEW YORK – With the BIG EAST Women’s Football Championship kicking off on Friday in Providence, RI, the conference’s annual regular season awards were announced on Thursday.

Topping the East Division’s rankings, Georgetown won three of the top six senior forward awards Jenna Menta was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, PhD student Daisy Cleverley was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and Senior Defender Kelly Ann Livingstone was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. UConn Redshirt Senior Randi Palacios placeholder image and Butler Redshirt Junior Stephanie Rodriguez were named BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, Providence Forward Meg Hughes was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and Creighton under the direction of head coach Ross Paulewas voted BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.

All-BIG EAST teams and major awards were selected through a vote by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players or coaching staff.

In eight games of the East Division, Georgetowns Menta scored 11 points with three goals and five assists. Their five assists led all BIG EAST players in the conference game, while their points were on the second and fourth goals. Menta added two assists on the Hoyas’ two non-conference wins as she enters the postseason with 13 points in the season. Menta is the second Georgetown striker, after Caitlin Farrell in 2018, to have received the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year award for the past three seasons.

Cleverley is the eighth Georgetown player to receive the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year award since 2010, including 2019 award winner Paula Germino-Watnick. In her first season on the hill, Cleverley scored two goals and one assist, all of which were played in the East Division. The transfer of graduate students from California helped enable a Georgetown crime to rank ninth nationwide.

Livingstone is the fourth consecutive Hoya to be named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year after two-time award winners Meaghan Nally and Elizabeth Wenger. Livingstone anchors a defense that has only scored one goal in 10 games this season and ranks 2nd among all Division I programs with team goals against an average of 0.108. Georgetown prevailed 20: 1 against his opponents in the East Division and shot them with 133: 35, of which 58: 14 in the goal. The Hoyas have nine failures a year.

Butler’s Rodriguez finished the game in the Midwest Division with 0.42 goals against the average and a saving of 0.906 percent. He racked up four shutouts and a 6-1-0 record. Among the conference goalkeepers with at least 500 minutes in the cage, Rodriguez was the first in GAA, Shutouts and Save Percentage. Palacios, who competed in the BIG EAST for the first time, connected Rodriguez with four goals for the table lead and was second among the goalkeepers with at least 500 minutes of GAA (0.58) and percentage savings (0.868). Both were active in the box, with Rodriguez averaging 4.14 saves per game on Palacios 3.67 per competition. Overall, Rodriguez goes into the postseason with a savings percentage of 0.59 ATM and 0.850, while Palacios has a savings percentage of 0.47 ATM and 0.878. The two will be featured in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals when Butler takes on UConn on April 16 at 5 p.m. ET.

Hughes led the brothers in 10 East Division competitions and finished third in the BIG EAST with 10 points. Her four assists in the division game finished second among all BIG EAST players, while her three goals finished fourth. Hughes ended her first season at Providence with a team high of 14 points on four goals and six assists, with assists ranked second among all BIG EAST players.

Creighton, led by head coach Paule in his sixth year, won his first bid for the BIG EAST Championship in program history. The Bluejays were selected last in the Midwest Division and took second place with a 4-0 record. This included wins over the top two teams in the division’s preseason poll – DePaul and reigning BIG EAST champion Xavier. Creighton swept Marquette during the regular season to secure the postseason berth.

Due to a balance of votes, an all-BIG EAST First Team of 12 was named, which included Menta, Livingstone and Cleverley from Georgetown and Hoya Gia Vicari;; Butler Junior forward Anja Savich and Katie Soderstrom;; UConns Palacios along with the senior defender Melina Couzis and second midfielder Jessica Mazo;; Second year Creighton Redshirt midfielder Aida Kardovic;; Providence in second midfield Alexis Rothamnn;; and St. John’s second midfielder Jessica Garziano.

In addition, 14 student athletes were appointed to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, with the Hoyas leading with three selections: Lauren Gallagher (Grad., GK), Julia Leas (Sun., D) and Jenna Royson (Jr., D). Teammates of the BIG EAST Championship Butler (Rodriguez and Aliya Diagne, So., D) and Creighton (Ansley AtkinsonJr., M; Skylar Heinrich, Sun., F) placed two per person on the second team, as did tournament organizer Providence, along with Hughes and the senior defender Christina Rodgers. UConn, which will also take part in the post-season tournament this weekend, had appointed a player to the second team (Yamilee Eveillard, Sr., F), as well as DePaul (Morgan TurnerSr., F), Marquette (Katrina Wetherell, Jr., M), St. John’s (Zsani Kajan, R-Sr., F) and Xavier (Molly McLaughlin, Jr., M).

A total of 14 newcomers were added to the all-freshman team, with Hughes leading a group of three brothers on the roster. She was joined by defense lawyers Avery Snead and goalkeeper Emma Bodmer. Butler (forward) Alli Leonarddefender Caitlin O’Malley) and UConn (midfielder Lucy Cappadona, Forward Jada Konte) has also earned several all-freshman team slots. Creighton defender Maddie RadkeDePaul went back Grace Phillpotts, Georgetown midfielder Erin Martin, Marquette onwards Elsi Twombly, St. John’s midfielder Ava Collins, Villanova defender / midfielder Emma Weaver and Xavier forward Sonia Vargas rounded off the list of award winners.

BIG EAST offensive player of the year

Jenna Menta, Georgetown, Sr., F.BIG EAST midfielder of the year

Daisy Cleverley, Georgetown, Grad., M.

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, Sr., D.

BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year
Randi Palacios, UConn, R-Sr., GK
Stephanie Rodriguez, Butler, R-Jr., GK

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Meg Hughes, Providence, Fr., F.

Coaching BIG EAST Employee of the Year
Creighton

All-BIG EAST First Team ^
Anja Savich, Butler, Jr., F.
Katie Soderstrom, Butler, Jr., F.
Melina Couzis, UConn, Sr., D.
Jessica Mazo, UConn, So., M.
Randi Palacios, UConn, R-Sr., GK
Aida Kardovic, Creighton, R-So., M.
Daisy Cleverley, Georgetown, Grad., M.
Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, Sr., D.
Jenna Menta, Georgetown, Sr., F.
Gia Vicari, Georgetown, So., F.
Alexis Rothmann, Providence, So., M.
Jessica Garziano, St. John’s, So., M.

All-BIG EAST Second Team ^
Aliya Diagne, Butler, So., D.
Stephanie Rodriguez, Butler, R-Jr., GK
Yamilee Eveillard, UConn, Sr., F.
Ansley Atkinson, Creighton, Jr., M.
Skylar Heinrich, Creighton, So., F.
Morgan Turner, DePaul, Sr., F.
Lauren Gallagher, Georgetown, Grad., GK
Julia Leas, Georgetown, So., D.
Jenna Royson, Georgetown, Jr., D.
Katrina Wetherell, Marquette, Jr., M.
Meg Hughes, Providence, Fr., F.
Christina Rodgers, Providence, Sr., D.
Zsani Kajan, St. Johns, R-Sr., F.
Molly McLaughlin, Xavier, Jr., M.

All-Freshman Team ^
Alli Leonard, Butler, F.
Caitlin O’Malley, Butler, D.
Lucy Cappadona, UConn, M.
Jada Konte, UConn, F.
Maddie Radke, Creighton, D.
Grace Phillpotts, DePaul, left-back
Erin Martin, Georgetown, M.
Elsi Twombly, Marquette, F.
Emma Bodmer, Providence, GC
Meg Hughes, Providence, F.
Avery Snead, Providence, D.
Ava Collins, St. Johns, M.
Emma Weaver, Villanova, D / M.
Sonia Vargas, Xavier, F.

^ Additional players added due to voting bindings