WILMINGTON, North Carolina – After becoming the first UNCW men's soccer player to earn a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® First Team, senior forward Colin Bonner can add another first to his list of achievements – the first player in program history to be honored as the Colonial Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
"What an honor for Colin to receive this award, which recognizes not just his contribution on the soccer field, but more notably his performance in the classroom," Coach Aidan Heaney said. "He has been extremely conscientious in his studies and a model student-athlete on a rigorous degree path. We take great pride in our team GPA each semester here at UNCW and Colin has led the pack from year one."
A business administration major with a 3.80 grade point average, the Fulton, Md., native earned First-Team NSCAA All-Midwest Region and All-CAA notice after leading the Seahawks in scoring with 20 points, including seven goals and six assists. He tied for third in the CAA in goals and points and received CAA Co-Player of the Week honors after netting three goals in a 5-1 win over North Florida on Sept. 4.
In addition, the First-Team All-State honoree became the first men's soccer player in UNCW history to be awarded First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors and was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. He also received the William and Deborah Rudisill Scholarship in Athletics Endowment.
Bonner, who was the only CAA player invited to the adidas® Major League Soccer Player Combine, finished his career as the ninth-leading scorer in history with 61 points while starting 72-of-75 games. He ranks 10th all-time with 23 goals and his 15 career assists are tied for seventh on the all-time list.
A three-time All-CAA performer on the field, Bonner also earned a spot on the NSCAA Scholar All-Region South First Team for the second straight year.
The CAA honors one Scholar-Athlete in each of its 21 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The winners are selected by a vote of the media relations directors at each CAA institution.
Joining Bonner as Scholar-Athlete of the Year selections are Hofstra sophomore Alan Hetherington in men's cross country, James Madison senior Kathleen Stewart in women's cross country, Hofstra junior Stella Schoen in field hockey, Northeastern junior Mackenzie Dowd in women's soccer and Hofstra junior Hannah Klemm in volleyball.
All six of the fall sports honorees have cumulative grade point averages of 3.8 or higher, two received Academic All-America® accolades and five were first-team all-conference selections in their various sports this season.