RYAN DINUNZIO TO PLAY PROFESSIONAL SOCCER

DURHAM, N.H. - Ryan DiNunzio (Kenmore, N.Y.), who recently wrapped up his career with the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, has signed with the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) A-League.

"It was not a question of whether Ryan could succeed in the pro ranks, but more a question of where he would ply his trade," said UNH head coach Rob Thompson. "It's exciting that Ryan has caught on with one of the strongest professional soccer organizations in the country. His work ethic, commitment to excellence and playing ability are certainly a welcome addition to any pro team."

DiNunzio was instrumental in helping the Wildcats earn their first America East tournament berth since 1994. He had the game-tying and game-winning goals in a 3-2 overtime win over Drexel that propelled UNH into the playoffs, and also had the game-winner in a 3-2 win over Hartford. DiNunzio was named to the America East All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of the tourney.

A 6-0 midfielder, DiNunzio collected the team's Walter Weiland award as the most dedicated player in each of his four seasons, and last year received the athletic department's Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete Award which recognizes excellence both on and off the field. DiNunzio closed his career with three goals and four assists for 10 points.

The Rochester Raging Rhinos are one of the most successful teams in the USL A-League. The team won the U.S. Open tournament, which featured several Major League Soccer teams, in 1999, and last season averaged over 11,000 fans per home contest. Rochester has captured the A-League championship in each of the past two seasons. The Rhinos open their season Saturday (May 4) at home against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

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