BERGQVIST, MASI ALSO RECEIVE CONFERENCE HONORS
BOSTON - University of New Hampshire junior goalkeeper Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been named the America East Goalkeeper of the Year, and two other Wildcats were also honored by the conference coaches in all-conference team voting released Friday by the America East office.
Levey, also named First Team All-Conference, is the first Wildcat in school history to earn Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Playing every second of every match for UNH this season, he set school single-season records for most shutouts with ten and for lowest goals against average with a 0.57 GAA, both marks presently leading America East. During the week of Sept. 19, Levey was named a member of both College Soccer News and Soccer America Teams of the Week as well as America East Player of the Week.
Senior Eric Masi (York, Maine) was honored by the conference coaches for the second consecutive season, this time placing on the All-Conference Second Team. Masi led the Wildcats with 28 total shots, six goals, four game-winning goals, two penalty kick goals, and 14 total points. One of four players to start every match this season, Masi scored both goals against regional rival UMass and notched the game-winning tally in last Wednesday's season finale against Hartford.
A redshirt sophomore seeing his first collegiate action, John Bergqvist's (Hollviken, Sweden) effort as a defender did not go unnoticed, as he earned Second Team All-Conference and All-Rookie Team honors. Bergqvist, who picked up assists on the game-winning goals against Army and Furman, helped the Wildcats place ninth in goals against average and 13th in shutout percentage in the latest NCAA Division 1 statistical rankings.
New Hampshire finished the 2005 season with a 9-5-3 overall record, the best season since 2002. Even though the Wildcats' 2-4-2 conference record was not good enough to qualify for the conference tournament, the season ended on a positive note with a 2-0 victory over Hartford in the season finale. In 2006, 17 letterwinners could return for the Wildcats, including Levey and Bergqvist.