MEN'S SOCCER TO CLOSE OUT 2000 HOME SLATE

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team will close out its 2000 regular-season home slate this weekend with a pair of games at Lewis Field. On Friday, October 20, the 'Cats will take on the Tigers of Towson University in a 3:00 game. On Sunday, UNH will close the 2000 home schedule with a 2:00 contest against Delaware.

UNH enters the weekend with a record of 2-3-0 in America East and 5-7-0 overall. The 'Cats are led on offense by Andy Karam, who has totaled 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists) on the year. Other offensive production has come from Drew Ferrigno (3-3-9) and Doug Lawver (1-6-8). Freshmen Nicola Chicco and Josh Hareld have made an immediate impact, with each tallying five points on two goals and an assist. Shaun O'Neil has seen the bulk of action in net and owns a 1.07 goals-against average with three shutouts.

New Hampshire is also battling for one of the four spots in the America East men's soccer championship. The 'Cats are one of eight teams who still have a realistic shot at earning a berth in the tourney, which begins the weekend of November 4-5.

Sunday's game also marks the final regular-season home game for Ferrigno, Kevin Iarrusso, Karam, Adam Purcell and Dan Sirota. All five wil be honored prior to the start of the game.

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