DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team held its annual banquet on Sunday, April 3, during which several team awards were presented to players who made significant contributions to the success of the 2004 squad.
The Robert Black Award, given to the team's most valuable player, was awarded to senior Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.). Even though he moved from midfield to defense, Jackson was still able to score four goals during the season, earning First Team All-America East and Second Team All-New England honors after the 2004 campaign.
Junior captain Eric Masi (York, Maine) was presented the Harvey Johnson Award as the team's most inspirational player. Masi played in 15 games for the Wildcats in 2004, scoring two goals, and joined Jackson in receiving First Team All-America East and Second Team All-New England accolades.
For the second consecutive year, defender Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.) received the Walter Weiland Award for being the Wildcats' most dedicated player. In 16 games, Shump helped the UNH defense collect six shutouts and earned recognition on the America East All-Championship Team as the Wildcats shut out Binghamton during the America East Tournament quarterfinals.
The H. Richard Sandler Award for academic achievement went to freshman midfielder Dan Revis (Putnam Valley, N.Y.). Although he didn't see any game action during the 2004 season, Revis was able to balance his classroom work with his soccer schedule to appear on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll, made up of student-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 and higher.
After appearing in only five matches in 2003, sophomore defender Pedro Braz (East Providence, R.I.) played in every UNH contest in 2004, earning him the Glenn Aborn Award as the team's most improved player. Braz notched an assist during the season, was named to the UNH Nike Fall Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team, and led the Wildcat defense in allowing a goals against average of 0.97 in 2004.
The Wildcats finished the 2004 soccer season with a 5-6-7 overall record, including a 3-3-3 record in America East competition. UNH finished in sixth place in the conference and took third-place Binghamton to a scoreless tie in the conference tournament quarterfinals before losing on penalty kicks.