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Men's Soccer Honored At Annual BIG EAST Banquet

Sophomore forward Casey Schmidt was awarded the BIG EAST's highest honor - Offensive Player of the Year - at the league's annual awards banquet.

Sophomore forward Casey Schmidt was awarded the BIG EAST's highest honor - Offensive Player of the Year - at the league's annual awards banquet.

Nov. 9, 2000

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Head Coach Ed Kelly and several Boston College men's soccer players were honored tonight by the BIG EAST at the annual banquet held in conjunction with the league championships in Piscataway, N.J.

Kelly, in his 13th season as head coach of the Boston College men's soccer team, has earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors at the annual awards banquet held in conjunction with the league championships. In 2000, after being picked ninth in the Preseason BIG EAST Coaches' Poll, Kelly guided the team to a 7-3-1 league mark, a third-place finish and homefield advantage in the playoffs. In 1999, the Eagles managed only a 2-9 record in BIG EAST play. Overall, the team has posted a 10-6-1 campaign after a 6-9-2 record in 1999.

Senior Chris Hamblin was honored as the league's top goalkeeper with the Goalkeeper of the Year award and was also named to the All-BIG EAST first team. He started all 11 of the Eagles' BIG EAST games and posted a .44 goals against average in league contests. The .44 GAA broke the previous BIG EAST record of .46 held by John Urbom of St. John's (1993). Overall, he had a .76 average, nearly a half goal lower than his 1.22 mark last season. He has posted a career-high 90 saves this season and led the Eagles to a 9-6-1 marks when in net. He also posted a career-high seven shutouts and combined with two other Eagle keepers for an eighth clean sheet against Brown in the last game of the regular season. The Bristol, England native was a 1997 All-BIG EAST Rookie selection. Over the course of this season, he has lowered his career goals against from 1.16 to 1.06.

Sophomore Casey Schmidt was named Offensive Player of the Year and to the All-BIG EAST first team after leading the Eagles in scoring with seven goals and three assists this season. He was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week twice this season (Sept. 18 and Oct. 16). The forward was named SoccerTimes.com Player of the Week and to the Soccer America Team of the Week for his two goals against then top-ranked Connecticut and seventh-ranked Pittsburgh on Oct. 11 and Oct. 15, respectively. He has scored three game-winning goals in 2000, and assisted on two others this season. The Newbury Park, Calif. native was an All-Rookie selection in 1999 after leading Boston College in scoring with 11 goals and two assists for 24 points. He leads all current Eagles in career scoring as a sophomore with 41 points (18 goals, five assists).

Senior co-captain Kevin Boyd was named to the All-BIG EAST second team as a center back. After a move from the forward lines in spring practices, Boyd has provided superior defensive play at his new position this season. The Del Mar, Calif. native was a two-time team leader in scoring before his move and has 25 career points on 10 goals and five assists, including one assist this season. He has helped the team secure eight shutouts this season, the most since the 1990's squad's nine.

Freshmen Kirt Dorsett was also named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie squad.

Dorsett has come in and been a mainstay in the midfield for the Eagles. He is key player in transition play on both sides of the ball and has assisted on two goals this season. A native of Arima, Trinidad, Dorsett has appeared in all 17 games this season, making starts in all but one.

Kelly has brought the team back to the BIG EAST tournament for the first time since 1997, when the eighth-seeded Eagles fell to top-seeded St. John's on the opening round, 1-0, in overtime. This season, Boston College defeated Georgetown, 2-1, in overtime to advance to the league semifinals for the first time since 1995.

Boston College season will continue its season on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. when the third-seeded Eagles play seventh-seeded Rutgers in the BIG EAST Semifinals in Piscataway, N.J.

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