'Tis the Season of Accolades for Mangan
Dec. 13, 2010
CHICAGO - Alex Mangan made a little history over the weekend.
The DePaul forward was named to the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award All-America Second Team during the NCAA College Cup at UC Santa Barbara.
Mangan, who led the Blue Demons this season with six goals and 14 points, became the first DePaul soccer player to be selected for the Lowe's All-America team.
The senior finished his career tied for fifth all-time at DePaul in goals scored and tied for seventh all-time in points. He was the team's leading scorer as a freshman, sophomore and senior, tying for the lead with Steffen Vroom his junior season.
In 2010, Mangan also led DePaul in shots with 54 and shots on goal with 21.
He topped the Blue Demons with three game-winning goals, giving him 13 for his career.
Mangan was also the first DePaul soccer player to ever be chosen among the 10 national finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
That distinction, which recognizes athletic and academic achievement along with community service, was won by Anthony Ampaipitakwong of national champion Akron.
The Lowe's honor is the latest in what has been a season of accolades for Mangan.
In addition to the Lowe's award, Mangan earned 2010 Academic All-District First Team honors as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and presented by ESPN on Nov. 2.
Mangan carried a 3.86 grade-point average in graduate school, majoring in Organizational Communication.
On Nov. 11, Mangan was chosen All-BIG EAST Conference Third Team after a vote by the league's coaches. Blue Demon teammate Antonio Aguilar was named All-BIG EAST Second Team.
On Nov. 18, Mangan became the first DePaul soccer player to be named to the ESPN Academic All-America Team as selected by CoSIDA. Mangan was selected for the 2010 Third Team.
Mangan's academic acumen helped lead DePaul to another accolade.
The Blue Demons attained the third-highest team grade-point average in the country for the 2009-10 season and were presented a Top 10 Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Nov. 17.
DePaul was No. 3 out of 203 Division I men's soccer programs with a 3.44 GPA--- just .05 away from No. 1 South Carolina.