DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer program held its annual awards banquet Sunday, April 21, as the staff welcomed in the student-athletes, families and friends to the event. The banquet was held at Holloway Commons.
The senior class, consisting of Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.), Alex Hussein (Haverhill, Mass.), Ryan McNabb (Downingtown, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.) and Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) were each recognized for their efforts and contributions to the program through their tenure with the team. The class combined for an overall record of 32-28-18 during their careers. In 2009, the squad earned the America East Regular Season Championship and made it to the Conference Finals in 2010 and 2012.
Two players took home awards for their performance and dedication during the 2012 season, as voted by their teammates. The first award winner was freshman A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.), who garnered the Glenn Aborn Award for Most Improved Player. Albers appeared in eight games on the season, making starts in four of them. Coming in for injured captain Josh Bronner, Albers' play was an integral part in the successful postseason run as the Wildcats posted three-consecutive shutouts en route to the America East Championship match.
Thomas took home three different awards as he earned the Walter Weiland Award for Most Dedicated Performer, the Harvey Johnson Award for Most Inspirational Performer and the Robert Black Award for Most Valuable Player. Thomas, a co-captain for the 2012 squad, made starts in all 20 matches this season. He recorded three goals and two assists for eight points. Thomas was also named to the America East All-Conference First Team and to the America Championship All-Tournament Team.
The Richard H. Sandler Award for Academic Achievement was awarded to junior defender Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.). Turner maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a psychology and justice studies major while making 13 starts in 16 appearances on the 2012 season. Turner's achievements were the highlight of the program's academic accomplishments in the fall, including 17 student-athletes being named to the America East Academic Honor Roll, five of which were tabbed to the Commissioner's Honor Roll. The team as a whole also earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
For more information on the men's soccer program, visit www.UNHWildcats.com.