BIG EAST Honors Two Men's Soccer Players
Oct. 16, 2000
After taking three points in two games with a tie with top-ranked Connecticut and a win over seventh-ranked Pittsburgh, the BIG EAST honored Casey Schmidt and Chris Hamblin for their play against two of the nation's top teams.
Schmidt, a sophomore forward from Newbury Park, Calif., was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week after scoring both Boston College goals on the week, marking the second time this season he has been honored by the league.
Against Connecticut, he netted the game's first score off a long pass from teammate Bobby Thompson to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead over the country's number-one team. On Saturday against Pittsburgh, he collected a pass from Adam Pfeifer and Sjur Gundersen to net the game's only tally. His score marked the second-straight year that his lone goal defeated the Panthers.
In 2000, Boston College is 6-0-1 when Schmidt scores a goal. He currently leads the Eagles in scoring with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. His 14 points in BIG EAST play lead the league and he is tied for third in overall scoring among all BIG EAST players.
Hamblin, a senior keeper from Bristol, England, was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time this season for his 10- and five-save performances against Connecticut and Pittsburgh, respectively, including a shutout of seventh-ranked Pittsburgh. He shares the honor with Syracuse's Kevin Bacher.
He went 1-0-1 on the week against tough competition. In the double-overtime thriller on Wednesday, Hamblin saw UConn launch 35 shots in his direction, making 10 saves. Against Pittsburgh, he made three point-blank saves in the game's closing minutes to preserve the win and his fifth shutout of the season. In two games, he made 15 saves and lowered his BIG EAST goals against average to .48. His shutout was also his fifth in league play this season and his 21st career clean sheet.
Overall, Hamblin has a .87 GAA and a .864 save percentage after starting all 12 games in net for the Eagles. He is third in the BIG EAST and third overall in goals against average with his .48 GAA mark in league play and his .87 overall mark. His five league shutouts also are tops in the BIG EAST.
The men's soccer team now stands at 6-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in BIG EAST play, and sits in third place in the BIG EAST with 11 points. The team will next see action on Friday, Oct. 20, when the team travels to Jamaica, N.Y., to face 12th-ranked St. John's at 7 p.m.