O’Hara Earns District III Academic Honor

Posted: December 3, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason junior goalkeeper John O’Hara has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) University Division Academic All-America second team for District III. The voting was conducted by members of CoSIDA in District III, which includes the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

O’Hara earned the academic honor by posting a 3.529 GPA in his physical education major through the conclusion of the spring 2003 semester. He has been a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (minimum 3.000 GPA) in each of his four semesters at George Mason and was named to the Dean’s List (minimum 3.500 GPA) in both semesters in 2002-03. He also has received the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s (CAA) Academic Award in each of his two years with the Patriots.

O’Hara had another outstanding season on the field as he was selected to the All-CAA first team for the second straight season. He was a second-team choice as a freshman when he was also named the CAA Rookie of the Year. O’Hara set a George Mason season record for minutes played with 2,205, and he benefited from a stellar Patriot defense (ranked nationally for shutout percentage with 11 in 23 games) to post 10 full shutouts and another shared this season. He had a 0.98 goals-against average with 73 saves, including a 0.71 GAA and 28 saves with four shutouts against CAA foes during the regular season.

“John is a credit to the George Mason soccer program,” says Patriot third-year head coach Fran O’Leary. “He has succeeded in excelling both in the classroom and on the playing field. John is a terrific lad and is a valued leader in our program.”

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