November 30, 2016
THE ECAC'S BEST
St. John's Poulin named top goalkeeper
QUEENS, N.Y. Ė A day after earning a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northeast Region second team, St. Johnís University senior goalkeeper Diana Poulin was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference women's defensive player of the year, the organization announced Wednesday.
|Diana Poulin finished with 43 career victories for St. John's.
Photo courtesy of St. John's SID
Sophomore defender Anna Maria Baldursdottir also was named an ECAC All-Star.
Poulin, a three-time Big East goalkeeper of the year and two-time NSCAA All-Region honoree, secured her first ECAC award after another standout season in goal.
Earlier this month, Poulin became the second player in Big East history to win the conferenceís goalkeeper of the year Award three times. The Hauppauge, N.Y., native set the St. Johnís career record for wins in the teamís 1-0 victory over CCSU earlier this season and earned 10 more triumphs in her senior campaign, finishing with 43 career victories.
After St. Johnís defeated Providence College, 1-0, in the first round of the Big East Championship, Poulin collected her 12th shutout this season, setting a season program record. For her career, Poulin finished with 32 shutouts, placing her ninth on the NCAA active leaderboard.
Poulin was one of the best goalkeepers in the country, finishing the season ranked 14th in Division I with a 0.522 goals-against average, 15th with a .867 save percentage and seventh with 12 shutouts.
Baldursdottir, who garnered NSCAA All-Region and All-Big East first team honors, anchored one of the best back lines in the nation. The Red Storm defense allowed the fewest goals in its conference, leading to a 0.565 team goals-against average that ranked 13th in the country.
The Gardabaer, Iceland native scored three goals and added an assist for seven points. Each of her three goals were game-winners, which ranked fifth in the conference.