PC Men’s Soccer Picked To Win BIG EAST In Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference released its 2022 Preseason Coaches’ Poll and preseason honors today (Aug. 17). The Providence College men’s soccer team was picked to finish first in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll (94 points), including four first place votes. Graduate defender Ramzi Qawasmy (Landsdale, Pa.), senior midfielder Luis Garcia (Gran Canaria, Spain) and junior forward Gevork Diarbian (Cranston, R.I.) were each named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Qawasmy also was selected as a Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Providence College heads into the 2022 campaign ranked No. 16 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, looking to qualify for their 21st BIG EAST Tournament this upcoming season. Providence finished the 2021 season with a 12-5-4 overall record, including a 5-2-3 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars qualified for their 20th BIG EAST Tournament, claiming the No. 2 seed and a First Round bye and advanced to the title game.  The Friars are also looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in program history. Last season, their postseason run led the squad to advance to the Third Round of the Tournament. Providence defeated Marist (2-0) and No. 14 seed and defending NCAA National Champion Marshall, 2-1, in double-overtime before falling to No. 7 seed Georgetown, 4-1. Providence College finished the regular-season schedule with a No. 18 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Nov. 9. Providence was ranked inside the top-25 of the poll for eight-consecutive weeks to close the regular-season. The Friars were ranked No. 16 in the organization’s final poll of the season.

Qawasmy started in each of the 20 games he played for the Friars and logged 1,893 minutes in the backfield during the 2021 season. The defender helped the team compile seven shutouts on the season while holding opponents to an average of less than 10 shots per game. To conclude the season, he was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team and the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team.

Garcia played in all 21 games for the Friars last season, including 20 appearances in the starting line-up. He finished the year with 15 points on five goals and five assists. Each of Garcia’s offensive totals marked career highs. The midfielder tallied a career-best five points on two goals and one assist in a 3-0 victory against No. 1-ranked Georgetown on Oct. 23. At the conclusion of the 2021 season, Garcia was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team.

Diarbian started in all 21 games for the Friars during the 2021 season. As a sophomore he tallied 12 points on three goals and six assists. Two of his six assists came during the Friars’ NCAA Tournament run. At the end of the 2021 season, Diarbian was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team, the All-BIG EAST Second Team and the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Second Team.

All three players were recently featured on the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Players to Watch List for their respective positions.  

The Friars open the 2022 season against Colgate on Aug. 25. The match will be played on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium and is scheduled to kick-off at 1:00 p.m. To view the entire 2022 Providence College men’s soccer schedule, CLICK HERE.

Below is a complete list of preseason awards and the 2022 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll:

BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Preseason Honors

 

Preseason Offensive Players of the Year

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., Butler, Sr., F

Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Daniel Wu, Georgetown, Sr., D

Ramzi Qawasmy, Providence, Gr., D

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

Paul Kruse, Creighton, Gr., GK

 

Men’s Soccer Preseason All-BIG EAST 

Wilmer Cabrera Jr., Butler, Sr., F ^

Lukas Sunesson, Marquette, Sr., F

Gevork Diarbian, Providence, Jr., F

Lyam MacKinnon, Villanova, Sr., F

Mateo Leveque, UConn, So., M

Charles Auguste, Creighton, Sr., M

Luis Garcia, Providence, Sr., M

Daniel Wu, Georgetown, Sr., D ^

Ramzi Qawasmy, Providence, Gr., D ^

Brandon Knapp, St. John’s, Gr., D

Paul Kruse, Creighton, Gr., GK

^Unanimous vote

Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

First Place votes in ()

1. Providence (4)

94 points

2. Georgetown (7)

93

3. St. John’s

79

4. Creighton

71

5. Butler

60

6. Villanova

59

7. Marquette

49

8. UConn

38

9. DePaul

23

10. Seton Hall

22

11. Xavier

17

For more updates on the Providence men’s soccer program, follow the team on Twitter @PCFriarsMSoccer.

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