EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State midfielder Giuseppe Barone was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI list, as announced by TDS on Thursday. Barone was named to the second team along with Pablo Pelaez of San Diego State, Terrell Lowe of Virginia, Suniel Verrakone of Duke and Vana Markarian of Columbia.
Barone, a native of Grandville, Michigan, was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He was the second Spartan to ever earn the honor and the first since Kevin Cope in 2009. Barone ended the season tied for second on the team in scoring with two goals and four assists for eight points. Barone was also one of three Spartan rookies named to the All-Freshman team along with defenders Michael Wetungu and Michael Pimlott. Both Barone and Wetungu were unanimous selections.
The Spartans and Barone ended the season with a 13-5-2 record, tying SIU Edwardsville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before SIUE advanced 9-8 in penalty kicks.
Michigan State ended the season ranked No. 25 in the final NSCAA final poll. This was the third time in the last four seasons that the Spartans have finished ranked in the final poll, finishing No. 7 in 2013 and No. 8 in 2014. Michigan State was one of three Big Ten teams ranked along with Maryland (No. 7) and Indiana (No. 9).