Eagles of the Year 1996
All-America soccer forward Paul Keegan and All-America sprinter/jumper Andrea Melton have been named winners of the 1996 Nathaniel J. Hasenfus "Eagle of the Year Award," Boston College's highest athletic honor.
The Hasenfus Awards - each a bronze eagle on an inscribed mahogany base - were presented at the Boston College Varsity Club's annual senior awards dinner. They are given each year to the outstanding male and female athletes in the graduating class. The prestigious awards are named in honor of Dr. Nathaniel J. Hasenfus, the late and beloved historian of Boston College athletics.
Keegan (Dublin, Ireland) was a two-time All-America selection (1993 and 1995). He completed his collegiate career as Boston College's career scoring leader with 83 points. He also tied the University's goal-scoring record with 31 goals.
In addition, Keegan was a three-time All-BIG EAST first team choice. In 1994, he earned conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year accolades. Keegan participated in the Umbro Select College All-Star Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on March 2. The game was the nation's first college all-star event, featuring top graduating senior players from around the nation.
Keegan is now playing for the New England Revolution, the local entry in the new Major League Soccer (MLS). He was the Revolution's first rund pick in last spring MLS Draft.
Melton (South Orange, N.J.) earned 1995 All-America honors in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. with a time of 13.64. Earlier this year, Melton established a school record with a long jump of 19-feet-6 1/2-inches at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.
With the addition of her recent long jump, Melton now holds school records in three individual events (indoor 55-meter hurdles, outdoor 100-meter hurdles and outdoor long jump) and two relay events (400-meter relay and shuttle hurdle relay - both outdoors).
The senior track star has captured eight New England titles, including individual and relay events. She has also earned All-BIG EAST and All-ECAC recognition.