On top of all that, White recently received the Father William Gartland Award, presented annually to the top male student-athlete at Stonehill. He had a grade-point average above 3.0 throughout his stay at the school.
“It took a lot of hard work, time management skills,’’ said White, a finance major who received his diploma last Sunday. “There wasn’t much free time. Sometimes maybe where my friends were doing something else, I’d be getting extra swings in or going for a run or doing something extra so I wasn’t missing out on anything.’’
White figured he would play only baseball in college, but after having a successful soccer season during one year of prep school at Tilton, began thinking about a two-sport career.
Stonehill was the only school that encouraged White to play both sports with Boen knowing first hand that it could be pulled off.
“(Playing two sports is) actually probably the main reason why I chose Stonehill,’’ said White. “I looked at other schools and they would only allow me to play one sport. Coach Boen was a two-sport athlete and he understood and allowed me to miss most of fall ball to play soccer.’’
The Stonehill soccer team will be without its leading scorer next fall and the baseball team will have to replace a pitcher who was 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA and a hitter who batted .307.
White played 69 of 70 soccer games in his career and appeared in 116 consecutive baseball games since April 20, 2010.
“It hit me the other day,’’ said Boen. “You lose a Mike White, you are losing two players, really. He was a coach’s dream.’’
White said he will find baseball and soccer leagues to play in this summer to keep busy, but leaving behind what he had at Stonehill will be difficult.
“It’ll be tough not playing,’’ he said. “I’m still going to obviously continue to play sports, but it’s going to be different not playing at a competitive level like college.’’