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.

O'Donnell was a major key to UNH's success this season, becoming the first goalkeeper to record three shutouts in the America East Tournament. In the quarterfinal round, he was credited with two saves in a 1-0 victory at Binghamton University. He then blanked top-seeded Boston University – also on the road – in UNH's 1-0 overtime victory on Nov. 10, tallying six saves. He closed the tourney with a four-save effort to shut out UMBC through regulation and overtime (110 minutes) in the league title game.

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.

Additionally, O'Donnell finished the year ranking first in the country with a .902 save percentage, allowing more than one goal just once in 17 matches. He was especially stellar at home, posting a 5-0-2 record with a 0.26 GAA, .946 save percentage and five shutouts as he stopped 35 of 37 shots on goal.

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.
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