Despite missing four games, Harry Cooksley tied for the St. John’s lead with 16 points. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s Communications Dept.)
QUEENS, N.Y. — St. John’s University’s Harry Cooksley and David Enstrom have received regional honors by United Soccer Coaches.
Cooksley earned a spot on the All-Great Lakes Region first team, while Enstrom found a spot on the third team.
Cooksley, the Big East midfielder of the year, excelled in an injury-shortened campaign. Despite playing 14 of 18 games, Cooksley still tied for the team lead in points with 16 after registering four goals and eight assists. The senior’s eight assists tied for the highest season total by a St. John’s player since Matt Groenwald dished out nine in the College Cup season of 2003. Cooksley earned All-Region recognition for the second consecutive year, finding a spot on the All-Region second team a season in 2016.
Enstrom became the ninth player in Red Storm history and the first since 2008 to earn Big East defensive player of the year honors. With the Stockholm, Sweden, native anchoring the backline, St. John’s led the Big East and ranked 15th in the nation in goals-against average (0.71) while recording eight shutouts. Those eight clean sheets ranked second in the league and were the most for a St. John’s men’s side since 2013. Enstrom registered a goal and an assist.
The Red Storm turned in its best Big East effort since 2009, compiling a 5-2-2 record and finishing third in the standings behind Georgetown University and Butler University, both of whom were mainstays in the national rankings this season.