Rory O'Neill '13 is Named NSCAA and D3Soccer.com All-American after Banner 2011 Men's Soccer Season
Rory O'Neill '13 (#7, photo), who led the men's soccer team in scoring with seven goals and two assists from his midfield spot in 2011, was named second-team Division III All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) following the banner season by the Cardinals. He also garnered D3soccer.com third-team All-America laurels. Previously, O'Neill was chosen first-team all-NESCAC, first-team NSCAA all-New England Division III as well as an academic all-NESCAC selection. O'Neill ranked eighth in the NESCAC for points per game (0.94) and ninth in goals per game (0.41) but was one of the top scoring middies in the conference.
Wesleyan opened the year with a 10-0-3 mark, the second time in the last three season the Cardinals began the year unbeaten through 13 contests. Wesleyan finished the year 11-3-3 after qualifying for the NCAA Division III tournament for the fourth time in the last seven seasons. Wesleyan defeated Misericordia in a first-round NCAA game, 1-0, with O'Neill netting his fifth game-winning goal of the year. Wesleyan was ousted from the playoffs by Rutgers-Camden, 2-1, in the second round. The Cardinals posted a 7-1-2 NESCAC record to secure the no. 2 seed in the NESCAC tournament, but fell in the opening round, 3-2, to Middlebury.
Goaltender Adam Purdy '13 also received regional honors after the season as he was named first-team all-NESCAC and second-team NSCAA all-New England Division III. He ranked second in the NESCAC and New England in goals-against average (0.62) and save percentage (.867). Both these figures placed him 18th nationally in Division III. Purdy set school records for shutouts in a season (11) and is the career shutout leader with 24 to his credit. Wesleyan's defensive effort helped the Cardinals post a 0.65 shutout percentage, which ranked third in the country.
O'Neill is the third Wesleyan player to receive NSCAA All-America laurels in the past three seasons. Purdy was a third-team pick in 2009 while Woody Redpath '10, currently a men's soccer assistant coach, was a second-teamer in 2009.