May 1, 2001
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - At the annual Boston College All-Sports Banquet on Tuesday night, May 1, three men's soccer players were honored with awards. The event was held on the floor of Conte Forum and honored the season's athletic achievements, both individually and on the team level. Sophomore Casey Schmidt and senior Chris Hamblin both received two awards, while junior Chris Cleary was presented with the McElroy Scholarship.
Schmidt, a native of Newbury Park, Calif., was honored with the team's leadership award. Later, he was honored by the Learning Resources for Student Athlete's (LRSA) staff with the Outstanding Sophomore Male Student-Athlete Award. Schmidt is a political science and Russian studies double major in the College of Art & Sciences. This season, he was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a regional All-America first team selection.
Hamblin, the men's soccer program's first-ever First Team All-American, was chosen as the men's soccer team's outstanding senior. Later, the Bristol, England native was chosen as LRSA's Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete. Hamblin is a human development major in the Lynch School of Education and was the BIG EAST's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2000-2001. On the field, he was the league's Goalkeeper of the Year and was a first-team All-New England choice.
Cleary, a Milton, Mass. native, was also recognized with the McElroy Scholarship, previously presented to him in memory of former Eagle goalkeeper Tom McElroy '80 who fought a secret battle with cancer in his last playing season.
The men's soccer team finished the 2000 season with a 12-7-1 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 1990 season. The Eagles won the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since the same year.