O’Hara CAA Co-Player of the Week, Alabi Ranked Nationally

Posted: October 10, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason junior goalkeeper John O’Hara of the men’s soccer team has been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Co-Player of the Week. The award is for accomplishments from Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, and it is the second time O’Hara has been so honored in his career. He shares the award with Virginia Commonwealth University senior Matthew Delicate.

In addition, sophomore forward Steve Alabi is ranked nationally for goals and points per game for the fifth straight week, and senior defender Keith Nakai was selected to the Team of the Week chosen by College Soccer News.

As a team, George Mason (7-2-3, 2-0 in the CAA) is tied for 10th in the South Atlantic Region, marking the fourth time in the past five weeks it has been ranked in the poll. The Patriots also are ranked tied for 11th in the nation for shutout percentage at 0.58 per game.

O’Hara posted three shutouts last week as the Patriots blanked nationally ranked University of North Carolina (0-0 in double overtime) and CAA foes Hofstra University (1-0 in overtime) and Drexel University (2-0). He has not allowed a goal in the last 385:06 played by George Mason as the Patriots have recorded four straight shutouts. O’Hara has six full shutouts (tied for second in the CAA) this season and shared another, and he has a 1.05 goals-against average (third in the CAA) and 33 saves in 12 games.

Alabi, who has 9 goals and 3 assists for 21 points this season, is tied for 23rd in the country with 0.75 goals per game and tied for 25th in the nation with 1.75 points per game. A second-team All-CAA pick last year, Alabi leads the CAA and is second in the South Atlantic Region in goals, while he is second in the conference and the region in points per game.

Nakai has helped anchor the George Mason defense this season as the Patriots have posted seven shutouts. He also has come up big offensively with his long throw-ins as he is tied for the team lead at three assists with Alabi and junior defender Danny Climo.

George Mason continues its CAA slate of games this week as it travels to the University of Delaware tonight at 7 p.m. and to Towson University Sunday at 1 p.m.

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