Skate Simonsen is tied for the St. John’s team lead with six goals. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)

QUEENS, N.Y. — Skage Simonsen has accomplished something not achieved by a St. John’s University men’s player in more than two decades.

The Big East announced Friday afternoon that Simonsen has been named the conference freshman of the year while earning a spot on the All-Big East second team and a unanimous selection to the All-freshman team.

Tani Oluwaseyi also was selected to the All-freshman team.

Simonsen became the third player in program history and the first since Wojtek Krakowiak in 1996 to be named the conference’s top freshman. That year, Krakowiak, an eventual MAC Hermann Trophy winner, tallied 11 goals and 14 assists to help the Red Storm to its only Division I crown.

The first player in program history to earn second team honors or better as a freshman, is tied for the team lead in goals (6), assists (4) and points (16) entering postseason play. The 6-3 midfielder scored four of his six tallies against Big East opposition, good enough for the third-highest total in the league.

Simonsen posted the highest goal total by a Red Storm freshman in more than a decade. A St. John’s rookie last found the back of the net more often in 2006, when Ryan Soroka tallied nine goals and eight assists to help lead the Johnnies to a Big East Championship. Simonsen is tied for the highest single-season goal total by a St. John’s player since 2008.

With Oluwaseyi also earning an all-freshman spot, this season marked the first time since 2010 that St. John’s placed two players on the league’s all-rookie squad.

The Mississauga, Ontario native has four goals and two assists, good enough for third on the team in points behind Simonsen and Matt Forster. After posting two goals and two assists in the team’s opening three games, Oluwaseyi found the back of the net twice during conference play. He opened the scoring in each of the Red Storm’s games against Creighton University and Villanova University, the latter of which resulted in a crucial Big East point for the Johnnies and helped clinch the program’s 27th overall Big East Tournament berth.

Oluwaseyi and Simonsen were the first two Red Storm freshmen to score four or more goals apiece in the same season since 2004, when Andrei Gotsmanov recorded nine goals and Steven Old chipped in with four.

St. John’s will kick off postseason action Saturday night, traveling to third-seeded Providence College.




BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year

Sven Koenig, Creighton, Sr., F

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Dylan Nealis, Georgetown, Jr., D

BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year

Joel Rydstrand, Creighton, Sr., M

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year

Luis Barraza, Marquette, Sr., GK

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year

Skage Simonsen, St. John’s, Fr., M

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year


All-BIG EAST First Team

Sven Koenig, Creighton, Sr., F*

Derek Dodson, Georgetown, So., F

Achara, Georgetown, Jr., F

Simen Hestnes, Xavier, Sr., M

Joel Rydstrand, Creighton, Sr., M

Tiago Mendonca, Providence, R-Jr., M

Luka Prpa, Marquette, Jr., M

Akeem Ward, Creighton, Sr., D

Dylan Nealis, Georgetown, Jr., D

Patrick Seagrist, Marquette, Jr., D

Luis Barraza, Marquette, Sr., GK

All-BIG EAST Second Team^

Connor Alba, Marquette, Jr., F

CJ Tibbling, Seton Hall, Fr., F

Sam Sergi, Xavier, R-Jr., F

Skage Simonsen, St. John’s, Fr., M

Kyle Zajec, Georgetown, Sr., M

Zach Zandi, Villanova, Sr., M

Brendan McDonough, Georgetown, Sr., D

Mitch LaGro, Creighton, R-Sr., D

Klisman Sousa, Providence, R-Sr., D

David Arvidsson, Seton Hall, Grad., D

Colin Miller, Providence, R-Sr., GK

Paul Kruse, Creighton, Fr., GK

BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

Lukas Sunesson, Marquette, Fr., F*

CJ Tibbling, Seton Hall, Fr., F*

Gil Santos, Providence, Fr., F

Skage Simonsen, St. John’s Fr., M*

Jack Haywood, Butler, Fr., M

Sean Zawadzki, Georgetown, Fr., M

Ramzi Qawasmy, Providence, Fr., D

Paul Kruse, Creighton, Fr., GK*

Giannis Nikopolidis, Georgetown, Fr., GK

Taylor Crull, Xavier, R-Fr., D

Tani Oluwaseyi, St. John’s Fr., F

*unanimous selection

^extra player added due to a tie in voting