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Nov. 17, 1997

Curtin Named Big East Rookie-of-the-Year

VILLANOVA, Pa. - At the Big East Conference award's banquet held this past weekend at Rutgers University, the site of this year's Conference Championship, Villanova freshman back Jim Curtin was named the Big East Rookie-of-the-Year for his performance throughout the 1997 season.

A freshman from Oreland, Pa., and Bishop McDevitt High School, Curtin started all 20 games for the Wildcats this season, and was the only Big East rookie to start every game for his respective team. Using his height to dominate opponents, he helped the Villanova defense become a "Steel Curtin" to opposing offenses. The Wildcat defense allowed just 1.09 goals a game for overall games and 0.98 goals a game for conference games.

Curtin was a defensive force throughout the season, clearing the ball with his extraordinary heading ability, to end numerous scoring threats by the opposition. He helped the Wildcat defense record five shutouts, including three in Big East Conference play. A model of consistency, Curtin was a key contributor in helping lead Villanova to a 4-4-3 record in the Big East and to their first Big East Tournament appearance since 1993.