9 Mike O'Connell
9 Mike O'Connell
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Bowie, Md.
High School: Archbishop Spalding
Position: Fwd
Major: Criminal Justice

2010: Begins his senior campaign as the most experience Spartan player … enters his fifth season with the program after taking a medical redshirt earlier in his career due to a knee injury … is a tall forward who is a target on set pieces and services from the flanks … has improved throughout his career … will be called upon to be a consistent attacking threat.

2009: Played in all 23 York contests, drawing 16 starts … notched a team-best ten goals, as he was the only Spartan to reach double-digits in goals scored … chosen to the All-Capital Athletic Conference first-team … scored three game-winning goals highlighted by his tally against Messiah in York’s 2-0 victory over the eventual national champions on October 7 … added one assist for the campaign in a 4-1 November 3 win against Mary Washington in the CAC Tournament … 24 of his 46 shots were on target … helped the Spartans to their fourth CAC Tournament championship … was part of York’s fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
2008: Played in and started each of York’s first four games … scored two goals … notched the game-winner against Medaille in the Spartans’ 1-0 victory on September 6 … suffered a season-ending knee injury against Johns Hopkins on September 10 … part of a squad that posted an 18-game winning streak during the regular season … ranked as high as #2 in the country … made the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season … Spartans finished the year with an undefeated 18-0-2 record.
2007: Appeared in 19 games, drawing two starts … tallied seven goals … notched a pair of game-winners … second game-winner came in York’s NCAA Tournament 2-1 overtime defeat of Eastern on November 11 … recorded two assists for the season, including the assist on the Spartans’ tying goal in the November 11 game against Eastern … part of a Spartan squad advanced to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament and second-straight Elite Eight berth … York tied a program record with 21 victories, finishing the year at 21-3-1.
2006: Appeared in 10 games … scored two goals, notching the tallies in back-to-back contests … first career collegiate goal came against Marymount (Va.) on October 7 during York’s 5-0 win … second goal came on October 9 when the Spartans’ topped CAC foe Gallaudet 8-1 … registered six shots for the campaign, putting four on-target … part of a team that won its second-consecutive CAC Tournament championship … squad set a program record with 21 victories, finishing with an undefeated 21-0-3 record … reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Personal: Is a criminal justice major … is the son of Mike and Kelly O’Connell … born on October 18, 1988 … played club soccer for the Freestate Dragons … was an all-conference and all-county selection in high school … owns a 3.19 cumulative GPA … has made the Dean’s List four semesters … names his parents as the people he most admires … hobbies include any sport, fishing, going to the beach, skiing … favorite athletes are Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba … chose York because he “wanted to have the best chance of winning a national championship” … most significant athletic achievement is winning the Capital Athletic Conference championship … most memorable athletic moment while with the Spartan program is scoring the game-winning goal against Eastern in the 2007 NCAA Tournament … after graduation he plans on going into law enforcement.