November 3, 2010

MEN’S SOCCER EARNS ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS; O’DONNELL NETS GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR AWARD

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six University of New Hampshire men's soccer student-athletes received America East All-Conference honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

For the second consecutive season Colin O'Donnell (Hampden, Mass.) was honored as Goalkeeper of the Year, becoming just the second Wildcat to garner the award in back-to-back seasons. Brian Levey was the last Wildcat to achieve the feat, earning the award in 2005 and 2006.

Additionally, the netminder was named to the All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row and was also selected to the America East All-Academic Team for the first time in his collegiate career.

Junior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team and the All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year, while Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) were both named to the conference All-Rookie Team.

Also joining O'Donnell and Hilton on the All-Academic Team are seniors Joe Corsello (York, Maine) and Robin Gerum (Gothenburg, Sweden), who receive the honor for the second year in a row.

O'Donnell, who is an occupational therapy major with a cumulative GPA of 3.37, was recently named to the College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN Academic All-American First-Team for District 1. This season he has appeared in 14 games, including 13 starts for New Hampshire. 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.

Hilton has started in 16 games this season, posting a team-best eight points on three goals and two assists.  He has tallied a pair of game-winning goals in back-to-back efforts against Presbyterian (Sept. 12) and Bryant (Sept. 22). He also tallied a goal in UNH's 2-1 win over Boston University (Oct. 23), helping hand the Terriers their only loss in conference play this season. Additionally, the midfielder registered an assist in a win against Bryant and in a tie versus Cornell (Sept. 10).

Palumbo headlines UNH's rookie class, netting America East Rookie of the Week honors in each of the last two weeks. He finishes the regular season tied with Hilton for the team lead in points with eight on three goals and two assists. The midfielder scored his second consecutive game-winning goal in extended play, finding the back of the net just over a minute into overtime to lift the 'Cats to a 1-0 overtime victory over Albany (Oct. 27). For Palumbo, the goal was his third game-winner this year, as he also tallied winners against Boston University (Oct. 23) and Central Connecticut State (Sept. 6). Additionally, he notched an assist in New Hampshire's win over BU, while also tallying a helper in a 2-1 win over Bryant (Sept. 22).

As for Turner, he has provided solid defense for New Hampshire in the backfield, playing in 15 games including 12 starts. On the season he has posted six shots and contributed to a Wildcat defense that posted a goals against average of 0.50 and eight shutouts in the regular season, both top honors in the conference.

Corsello, who is an environmental engineering major, with a cumulative GPA of 3.74, was also recently named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American First-Team for District 1 for the second year in a row. This season he has played in all 17 games including 15 starts, posting four shots, while scoring a game-tying goal against Cornell on Sept. 10 in the first frame to help the Wildcats earn a 1-1 tie.

Gerum has also been a major contributor in the UNH backfield this season, playing in 17 games, including 15 starts, posting four shots.

New Hampshire wraps up its season with a 7-5-5 record and a 2-3-2 mark in conference play. The fifth-seeded Wildcats return to action Saturday, November 6 (7 p.m.) when they take on fourth-seeded Binghamton in the first round of the 2010 America East Men's Soccer Championship at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

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