United Soccer Coaches 2018-19 Awards Central
– Quinnipiac men's soccer forward Eamon Whelan
(New Fairfield, Conn.) has been named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Division I Men's Scholar All-America First Team, the organization announced on Tuesday. Whelan is the first Quinnipiac men's soccer student-athlete to be selected to the prestigious Scholar All-America First Team.
Whelan has posted a 3.8 cumulative GPA at Quinnipiac in the Health Science Studies program. He sports the second-highest GPA of the 10 Men's Scholar All-America First Team members, just behind Callum Montgomery of Charlotte (3.97 GPA).
To be eligible for selection, the student athlete must be nominated by his or her Head Coach and meet the following criteria:
- Have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career
- Start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors (i.e., all-conference) or contributions to the success of his/her team.
- Plays for a current United Soccer Coaches College Services member institution
Whelan led Quinnipiac in total scoring in 2018, recording 30 points on 13 goals and four assists. He was the unanimous choice for the conference Offensive Player of the Year award, and is Quinnipiac's first MAAC Offensive Player of the Year since the Bobcats joined the league in 2013.
The junior led the MAAC in points (27), points per game (1.69), goals (12), and goals per game (0.75) during the regular season. Whelan, a two-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week in 2018, was also selected to the All-MAAC First Team. He scored eight goals in league play, tallying a goal in seven of 10 conference contests.
Whelan finished the 2018 season ranked No. 11 nationally in points per game, No. 13 nationally in goals per game, and No. 14 nationally in total points.