November 3, 2009

BANKS GARNERS FANS’ CHOICE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.), a senior forward on the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, was selected as the America East Men's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year on Tuesday afternoon.

Banks garnered 40 percent of the vote, receiving 831 of 2,075 votes for the award. Hartford University's Carlos Villa was second with 316 votes and Binghamton University's Ryan Walter was third with 251 votes.

In his most recent action, he tallied two assists to propel the ‘Cats to Wednesday afternoon's 2-1 victory against Binghamton University in America East action at Cowell Stadium. With the pair of assists, Banks has now recorded a point in six of the last seven games.

For the Wildcats, the win extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1) to improve to 9-5-2 overall and 6-0-1 in America East. It is the first time since 1997 that a team completed the conference schedule without a loss. It is also the Wildcats' best conference record since also compiling a 6-0-1 mark in 1994.

Banks has been an offensive catalyst for the Wildcats as he leads the team with 16 points, tallying 11 points and four goals in America East play, totals which both rank second in the conference. This season, he has tallied six goals and career-high four assists, totals that rank fifth and seventh in the conference, respectively.

Voting was conducted from October 27 to November 2 with one candidate listed per school, through an online poll conducted on AmericaEast.com.

Banks and the Wildcats play their regular-season finale Nov. 3 against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time for the Senior Day game at Bremner Field is 7 p.m.

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