MEN'S SOCCER HONORS PLAYERS AT AWARDS BANQUET
    DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team gathered together for its annual banquet on Sunday, April 15 at Holloway Commons. Five seniors were honored for their careers as a Wildcat.
    The team’s five seniors — Pedro Braz (East Providence, R.I.), Ross Fishbain (Racine, Wisc.), Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Geoff Sanford (Johnson City, N.Y.) and Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.) — were celebrated for their contributions to the team. In four years, the seniors posted an overall record of 34-25-13. This group’s efforts were highlighted by a strong senior year in which the Wildcats posted the most wins (12) since 1994 and the fourth best season (12-5-3) in the 47–year history of the program. The seniors led a team that hosted and won a playoff conference game for the first time since 1994.
    “This class has certainly left its mark on our program,” head coach Rob Thompson stated. “Their leadership and contributions on and off the field has left our program in a better place than when they had arrived.”
    Five players earned awards, as voted on by their teammates, for their contributions to the program during the 2006 season. Goalkeeper Brian Levey earned the Robert Black Award as the team's most valuable player. Levey, the 2006 and 2005 America East Goalkeeper of the Year, played every second of every match for the Wildcats. An All-Northeast Region Second Team and All-America East First Team honoree, Levey set new school records for most shutouts in a career (26) and posted the lowest goals-against-average in a season (0.57) for the second consecutive year.
    The Glenn Aborn Award for the team's most improved player was given to sophomore A.J. DuBois (Acworth, N.H.). The 2004 NSCAA High School All-American for New Hampshire played in 12 contests in 2006 posting one assist. 
    For the fourth consecutive year, Matt Shump received the Walter Weiland Award as the team's most dedicated player. Shump’s tenure as a two year captain is the second best consecutive season record (21-10-6) in the program’s history. Shump excelled not only on the field but also in the classroom, earning a spot on the America East Academic Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive season.  He was also named as an Honorable Mention to the 2006 NSCAA Scholar All-East Region squad and in 2005 was an ESPN The Magazine (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Selection.
    Sophomore Michael McKee (Newtown, Pa.) earned the Harvey Johnson Award as the team's most inspirational player. McKee started and played in every minute of every game recording two goals and four assists. He was also named to 2006 American East All-Championship team and the America East All-Academic Team.
    Junior Derek Bragg (Downingtown, Pa.) earned the H. Richard Sandler Award for academic achievement. This past fall, Bragg posted the highest GPA of any student-athlete in the program.  Bragg played in 19 matches, including 16 starts, and recorded three assists. He is also a three-time member of the America East Commissioner’s Honor roll.
    In addition, conference, regional and national awards were presented during the banquet. Freshman Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.), junior John Bergqvist (Hollviken, Sweden) and Levey were honored as both America East All-Conference and NSCAA All-Northeast Region selections. Banks was presented with his America East Conference Rookie and Striker of the Year honors, while Levey was given his Goalkeeper of the Year award. Chris Banks was also honored as a freshman All-American by collegesoccernews.com.
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