DURHAM, N.H. – Seniors Joe Corsello (York, Maine) and Colin O'Donnell (Hampden, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team were recently named to the College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN Academic All-American First-Team for District 1.
With the honor, the two move on to the overall national ballot for a chance to make the national team, which will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Corsello has played in all 16 games for the 'Cats including 14 starts, posting four shots and scoring a game-tying goal against Cornell on Sept. 10 in the first frame to help the Wildcats earn a 1-1 tie.
Offense aside, Corsello has been a defensive catalyst this year, as the Wildcats have posted a goals against average of 0.50 and eight shutouts, both top honors in the conference.
Corsello is an environmental engineering major, with a cumulative GPA of 3.74. In 2009 he was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team for District 1, and was selected as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-East Region Team Honorable Mention and was named to the America East All-Academic Team. In 2008 he was presented the H. Richard Sandler Award for academic achievement at the team banquet. In addition, he was named to the 2008 and 2009 America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and was selected as a member of the 2007 America East Academic Honor Roll.
As for O'Donnell, he is an occupational therapy major with a cumulative GPA of 3.37. He has appeared in 14 games, including 13 starts for New Hampshire this season. He tops the America East in goals against average (0.52), save percentage (.887) and shutouts (7). He also ranks second in both saves (62) and saves per game (4.43). Additionally, the netminder ranks 6th and 9th nationally in save percentage and GAA, respectively.
He opened the season by earning Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team honors at the 21st Annual Nike Fall Classic that was held at UNH. In addition, he matched his career high of seven saves against both Central Connecticut State (Sept. 6) and Albany (Oct. 27).
Last year he was named to the America East All-Conference First Team, was tabbed as the America East Goalkeeper of the Year and earned the America East Scholar-Athlete Award. Academically, he was selected as a member of the America East Academic Honor Roll in 2008 and 2009. He was also selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-East Region First Team in 2009.
Corsello and O'Donnell, along with the rest of the Wildcats return to action in their regular-season finale Tuesday, November 2, when they take on Dartmouth College at 6 p.m. at Burnham Field.