North grad named Big East Defensive Player of the Year

Morgan Proffitt earned a big honor this summer when she was selected as the Big East Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Now, the senior from Columbus North has backed it up by being named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2016 women’s soccer season. She also has been named to the All-Big East first team for the second consecutive year after making the second team as a sophomore.

Proffitt, a defensive midfielder, leads Marquette with five goals this season, including two in last week’s overtime win against DePaul. She was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week twice in October.

Prior to the season, Proffitt was selected as a finalist for college soccer’s most prestigious award, the MAC Hermann Trophy. The three-time Big East All-Academic Team selection also is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

The Golden Eagles (12-6-2) won a share of the conference championship and beat St. John’s 2-1 in overtime in Friday’s Big East semifinals in Washington, D.C. The championship is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday and will be televised by Fox Sports 1.