Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe
Michael O'Keefe
Michael O'Keefe
Real Name: Michael O'Keefe
HT: 6' 1" WT: 170
Age: 27 (08/09/1990)
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand

What Scouts Say: "Fantastic goalkeeper and unbelievable leader ... His presence on the field is felt and he takes the game over as a goalkeeper ... He's a pro ... Great reactions, good shot-stopper and he holds everything ... Makes the game look simple ... Great feet ... Maybe a little undersized but he's athletic and covers a lot of the goal ... Brave, aggressive in the air and comes for everything ... Makes some nice pickings on corner kicks ... Finds it difficult when you put a lot of bodies in around him on service."

College (Fairfield): 2012: O'Keeffe was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) first team in 2012 and was one of the top goalkeepers in the conference. He owns a 1.09 goals against average with a .809 save percentage. He has five shutouts to his credit in 2012 and will leave Fairfield as one of the top goalkeepers in school history with 19 shutouts.

2011: O’Keeffe played all but eight minutes in the Fairfield goal last season, sporting better than 1600 minutes between the posts. The junior, an all-MAAC goalkeeper in 2009, 2010 and 2011, posted 65 saves in 18 games and owned a .756 save percentage. O’Keeffe was named the 2011 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year for his performance during the season. The goalkeeper had five shutouts to his credit, and did not yield a goal in his last appearance against Saint Peter’s before yielding to Sergio Lara for the final five minutes. He made a season-high eight saves against Brown University in the NCAA tournament, surpassing his previous high of seven set against Columbia and Niagara. O’Keeffe tallied five or more saves in six games last year.

2010: O’Keeffe earned All-MAAC honors for the second straight season. He kept his consecutive starts streak intact by getting the nod in all 18 contests during 2010, which improved his streak to 36 games. The goalkeeper played every minute of every game, registering 1,691 minutes between the posts. He posted five shutouts, including back-to-back scoreless ties against Massachusetts and Boston College at home. He also produced a clean sheet against Niagara, Loyola, and Rider in conference play. O’Keeffe tallied five more saves in seven outings, highlighted by a season-high nine saves in a 1-0 setback against New Hampshire. He picked up another seven saves in a shutout of Loyola late in the season. He averaged 4.2 saves per game, collecting 82 stops in 18 games. He received two MAAC Defensive Player of the Week awards (September 13 and 20), giving him five for his career. His first award came after shutting out Massachusetts and helping the team post a 2-1 overtime win against Yale. One week later, he gathered the honor once again after shutting down 13th-ranked Boston College in a 0-0 draw and allowing just one goal against Northeastern. For the season, O’Keeffe owned a 1.01 goals against average with a .812 save percentage.

2009: O’Keeffe moved into the starting goalkeeper position as a freshman and started every game. The goalkeeper earned a spot on the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) first team as well as he MAAC All-Rookie squad. He picked up his first career win in his third start, a 2-1 win over Albany in which he posted seven saves. The rookie would that save total three more times, securing seven stops against New Hampshire, Marist, and Saint Peter’s. He captured three MAAC rookie of the week awards, winning it on November 2, October 5, and September 14. O’Keefe registered four shutouts and two combined shutouts during the season, and post back-to-back shutouts twice. He did allow a goal at Northeastern (Sept. 22) and at St. Francis (Sept. 26), as well as Saint Peter’s (Oct. 23) and Manhattan (Oct. 25). He averaged nearly five saves per game through his six shutouts. He recorded five or more saves in nine of his 18 appearances. He allowed only three goals in the final 488 minutes of the regular season, all of which came against Niagara University on November 6.  He allowed one goal or less in 11 of the team’s 18 games.

New Zealand National Team: Starting goalkeeper for the 2012 New Zealand Olympic team. He also played for New Zealand’s Under-17 World Cup team, and served his teammates as a captain during his stay with the team. O’Keeffe gained international experience as a member of the New Zealand Under-15 and Under-17 squads.

High School: St. Andrews. He was highly successful as a goalkeeper at Christchurch Boys High School, where he led the program to several winning seasons.

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