O'Donnell Earns America East Scholar-Athlete Award for Second Straight Year
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Colin O'Donnell (Hampden, Mass.), a senior at the University of New Hampshire, was named the men's soccer recipient of the America East scholar-athlete award for the second year in a row by the conference on Thursday afternoon.
With those three shutouts, O'Donnell was selected to the All-Tournament Team and concluded his collegiate career with a shutout streak of 309 minutes, eight seconds. He also increased his single-season shutout total to 10, which ties the UNH record, and lowered his goals-against-average to 0.43, which is a school single-season record and ranked No. 2 in the nation.
His accomplishments did not go without merit, earning the America East Goalkeeper of the Year award and All-Conference First Team honors for the second consecutive year. Aside from his impressive GAA and save percentage numbers, he topped the America East in shutouts (10) and saves (74), while ranking third in saves per game (4.35).
He was just as stellar in the classroom, posting a 3.37 cumulative GPA in occupational therapy. O'Donnell is a two-time America East All-Academic selection and also earned first-team Academic All-District recognition from CoSIDA. Additionally, he was selected as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Men's College Scholar All-American this year, becoming just the second Wildcat all-time to achieve Academic All-American status.
The America East Scholar-Athlete award is given annually to one student-athlete in each of the six fall championship sports, who demonstrates excellence both on the field and in the classroom. To be considered for the honor, each recipient must be a starter or a prominent reserve and carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20.