April 21, 2001
BOSTON, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team held its annual McElroy Award Dinner on Saturday, April 20, at the Boston College Club in Boston. Junior Chris Cleary was honored with the men's McElroy Scholarship, given annually to a junior on both the men's and women's soccer teams.
The scholarship is given in remembrance of the late BC goalkeeper, Tom McElroy '80, who played his senior season at the Heights while battling a secret fight with cancer. McElroy passed away on July 17, 1981. The McElroy Scholarship is currently the largest endowed athletic award at Boston College.
Cleary had a career year in the 2000. He scored a career-high five goals and two assists for 12 points. He scored four game-winning goals this season, including two in overtime. One of those goals was the extra-session winner in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals to give the Eagles a 2-1 win over Georgetown.
The team's BIG EAST Championship rings were also presented at the dinner. The Eagles won the school's first league soccer championship since the 1990 season with its 2-1 victory over Seton Hall in the BIG EAST Championship on Nov. 12, 2000.
The Eagles completed the 2000 season with a 12-7-1 mark and a 7-3-1 record in league play. The team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990 before falling to Rhode Island in the first round.