Israel Named to BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
Richardo Israel

Nov. 8, 2012

CHESTER, Pa. - University of Cincinnati freshman soccer standout Richardo Israel was named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team on Thursday evening, in advance of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship semifinals at PPL Park, which get underway on Friday.

Israel, a central defender, helped the Bearcats to a school record six straight shutouts, stretching from Sept. 14-Oct. 3, and eight shutouts overall in 2012. He played in over 1650 minutes of match action and proved to be a key cog in the UC defense. A member of the Jamaica U20 national team, Israel has enjoyed international and club success in his native Jamaica, earning MVP honors in the famed DaCosta Cup, the country's schoolboy championship.

Israel becomes the second straight Bearcat to earn All-Rookie team honors as Cole DeNormandie garnered the accolades last season. Since joining the BIG EAST prior to the 2005 season, the Bearcats have placed a student-athlete on one of the all-league teams in all but one season, including two unanimous first-team selections.

Ryan Finley of Notre Dame earned Offensive Player of the Year, while Connecticut's Andre Blake was Goalkeeper of the Year. Andrew Farrell of Louisville was named the Defensive Player of the Year and Carlos Alvarez of UConn earned Midfielder of the Year honors. Georgetown's Brandon Allen earned Rookie of the Year accolades, while Syracuse earned the Coaching Staff of the Year award.

The 2012 BIG EAST Championship semifinals kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. when Georgetown and Marquette square off in the first semifinal followed by Notre Dame and Connecticut in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.