DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire head men's soccer coach Rob Thompson announced Thursday that three student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to attend UNH and join the Wildcats in 2003-04. The three are Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.), Matt Low (Salem, N.H.) and Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

"I'm extremely pleased with our incoming class," said Thompson. "I expect all three to make an immediate impact with our program."

Shump, a 6-2 midfielder, was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team at Oyster River High School. While with the Bobcats, Shump won two Class I state championships and was also state runner-up. He was a three-time All-State selection and was named All-New England in 2000 while serving as a two-year captain. Shump played club soccer for the Boston Eagles and Seacoast United.

Low, a 5-8 midfielder, was a first team All-State selection in 2002 playing for Salem High School. Low played four years of varsity soccer for the Blue Devils and was a second team All-State choice in 2000. Low is also a five-year member of Seacoast United, winning two state championships with the club, and also has two years of ODP experience.

Levey, a 6-4 goalkeeper, has been the starting keeper at North Allegheny High School for the past three seasons. A Regional All-American in 2002, Levey recorded a 0.75 goals-against average and 37 shutouts in three years, and was the keeper for NAHS's 2000 state championship team. A two-time All-State selection, Levey has played six years of club soccer for Penn's Forest.

Next season, the Wildcats return 9 of 11 starters from a 2002 squad that finished 10-5-2, made their second-straight America East tournament appearance and fell in the conference semifinals to eventual champion Northeastern. UNH returns five all-conference honorees in 2003.

"I think we can win a championship next season with our current players. These three just make us even better," said Thompson.

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