BURLINGTON, Vt. - Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) registered his first career hat trick as New Hampshire posted a 5-2 men's soccer win over Iona in the second round of Vermont's Smith Barney Classic at Centennial Field. The win gives UNH its second straight Smith Barney Classic crown, and also improves the 'Cats record to 4-0-0, their best start since 1997.
Lee was named the offensive MVP for the tournament, while Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.), Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Josh Hareld (N. Kingstown, R.I.) were named to the All-Tournament team. UNH has won six straight games in the tournament dating back to 2000.
New Hampshire opened up a 3-0 lead by halftime and would push the lead to 5-0 before the Gaels (0-5-0) registered a pair of goals in the final 22 minutes. Lee opened the scoring at 24:36 when he headed in a crossing pass from Nicola Chicco (Claymont, Del.). Matt Glode (Barrington, N.H.) made is 2-0 in the 34th minute when he scored on a feed from Hankard, while Lee made it 3-0 on a breakaway just 1:47 shy of halftime. Glode assisted on the tally.
The Wildcats made it 4-0 at 56:12 on Lee's third goal of the game, when he beat Iona keeper Patrick McRilen (6 saves) from 10 yards, with Hareld assisting. Chicco would close out UNH's scoring in the 68th minute when he added an unassisted goal to make it 5-0. The Gaels would get goals from David Kinneman at 68:09 and Michael Marcellino at 77:35.
Vignola started in net for UNH and stopped all four Iona shots he faced before giving way to Nate Tupper (New Boston, N.H.) for the final 27:07. Tupper made two saves. Vignola has not allowed a goal in 234:06, dating back to the Adelphi game September 1.
The Wildcats outshot Iona 26-14 for the contest.
UNH travels to Columbia, S.C. next weekend to take part in the South Carolina Gamecock Classic. The 'Cats take on host No. 10 South Carolina Friday (Sept. 13) then face Charleston Sunday (Sept. 15). The next Wildcat home game is October 5, when UNH takes on Northeastern in a 2:00 p.m. game at Lewis Field.