Paldino Named ODAC Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year
FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its all-conference men's soccer team on Thursday and Washington and Lee claimed five honorees, including the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Senior midfielder Jamie Paldino (Kensington, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) highlighted the Generals' awardees by receiving the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the second straight year. Junior defender Basti Richter (Gauting, Germany/Darlington School) was named first team all-conference, while senior goalkeeper Ben Petitto (Gainesville, Fla./St. Francis Catholic), junior defender Conor Starr (Summit, N.J./The Pingry School) and sophomore midfielder Parker Wolfinger (Greer, S.C./Riverside) were all selected to the second team.
A math and economics double-major, Paldino played in 13 games with 10 starts. He tallied two goals and two assists, and helped the Generals produce a miniscule 0.78 goals-against average. For this career, the two-time scholar-athlete winner totaled 20 points on seven goals and six assists.
Richter received his first career postseason honors after playing in and starting 15 games in the defensive third. He scored one goal and was a major factor in the Generals posting a 0.78 goals-against average with nine shutouts.
Petitto was also a first time conference award winner after posting second team laurels in the goal. He played in and started all 16 games, posting 45 saves and allowing just eight goals in nearly 1400 minutes (1392:39) of action. His 0.52 goals-against average and .849 save percentage both led the conference, while his eight shutouts tied for the league lead.
Starr earned his first all-conference accolade following a season in which he played 15 games with 14 starts. He finished third on the team with three goals scored and he helped the Generals' defense allow just 14 goals all season, the lowest total in the ODAC.
Wolfinger was named to the second team as well, his first career postseason honor. He saw action in all 17 contests, starting 12 of them, en route to finishing with eight points. His four goals tied for the team lead, with two of them serving as game-winners.
Randolph sophomore forward Corey Sindle was chosen as the ODAC Player of the Year and WildCat Head Coach Bryan Waggoner was selected as the league's Coach of the Year. Lynchburg College first-year forward Luke Moore was tabbed as the conference Rookie of the Year.
Washington and Lee completed the 2011 season with an 8-5-4 overall record and a 5-2-3 mark in conference play. The Generals earned the No. 3 seed for the ODAC Tournament, falling to Lynchburg by a score of 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
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