Dec. 11, 2000
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Goalkeeper Chris Hamblin was named a first team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for 2000 season.
The senior earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honors and was also an All-BIG EAST first team selection. He appeared in all 20 games this season, making 19 starts, and posted a .84 goals against average, the 14th best mark nationally. He posted eight shutouts on the season, including seven in BIG EAST play. He also shutout Rutgers in the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament to advance the team to its first league title game since 1995. In BIG EAST play, he had a .44 goals against average which broke the league mark of .46 set in 1993. Hamblin made 103 saves this season and had a .858 save percentage.
Over his career, the Bristol, England, native had 24 shutouts and a 1.09 goals against average in 68 career matches. His .84 GAA in 2000 was the lowest recorded at Boston College since 1982.
Hamblin is only the second Boston College men's player to earn All-America honors, but he is the first to earn a place on the first team. Forward Paul Keegan was named to the NSCAA second team squad in both 1993 and 1995.
The men's soccer team finished the season with a 12-7-1 mark and advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning the BIG EAST tournament title. The Eagles finished third in the BIG EAST with a 7-3-1 record after being picked ninth in the Preseason BIG EAST Coaches' Poll.