Fifth-year head coach Elmar Bolowich leads Creighton in their quest for the program’s 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 24 seasons in 2015. Bolowich guided Creighton to a BIG EAST regular season title last season, earning Co-BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors.
After closing 2014 with a 16-3-3 record, Creighton returns virtually its entire arsenal from last season. The Bluejays reached the NCAA Quarterfinals last season, finishing the season in a 1-1 tie with UMBC as Maryland-Baltimore County advanced via penalty kicks.
Creighton returns its top six scorers from 2014 as well as goalkeeper Connor Sparrow, who closed the season with a 0.49 goals against average. Sparrow allowed just 11 goals in 22 matches in 2014.
Junior Fabian Herbers is coming off a breakout season that saw the German native earn the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honor, NSCAA All-America First Team recognition as was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy. Herbers led Creighton with 10 goals and 28 points (eight assists).
In addition to Herbers, the Bluejays’ Timo Pitter returns after earning All-BIG EAST First Team honors last season as well as All-BIG EAST Rookie Team member Lucas Stauffer
The Bluejays are one of four BIG EAST programs in the NSCAA in the 2015 preseason poll. The other conference schools in the poll include No. 3 Georgetown, No. 7 Providence and No. 19 Xavier.
In addition to the trio of contests against BIG EAST foes in the poll, Creighton’s schedule includes matches with Michigan State (No. 9), UC Irvine (No. 19) as well as Tulsa (RV).
The Bluejays opens their 2015 campaign Aug. 14 with the Blue-White Scrimmage slated for 7 p.m. CT at Morrison Stadium and will begin the regular season on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. against Michigan.