DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team recognized five student-athletes for their contributions to the team during the 1999 season.
Freshman Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.) was named the captain for the 2000 season. Lawver was the only player to start all 18 games and finished the season with two goals and three assists for 7 points.
Sophomore back Ryan DiNunzio (Kenmore, N.Y.) took home the Walter Weiland Award for the most dedicated player for the second time in as many years. He is the first Wildcat to win the award back to back.
The Harvey Johnson Award for the most inspirational player was given to junior midfielder Andy Karam (Schenectady, N.Y.). After leading the team in assists during the 1998 season, Karam was sidelined last season when he suffered a broken leg in the exhibition game vs. New Hampshire College.
Junior goaltender Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) was the recipient of the Glenn Aborn Award, given to the team's most improved player. O'Neil saw his first action last season in net and recorded victories against Hartwick College, Drexel University and the University of Maine.
Junior forward Adam Purcell (Barrington, R.I.) won the Robert Black Award for the most valuable player. Purcell had a breakout year in 1999 as he was the AMERICA EAST Player of the Year after leading Division I in goals during the regular season. Purcell also broke the school record for goals scored in a season with 21 and tied the school record for goals scored in a game (5) and points in a game (10) against Maine.
The H. Richard Sandler Award for academic achievement was awarded to sophomore midfielder Joe Tedesco (East Greenbush, N.Y.). An exercise science major, Tedesco was named to the AMERICA EAST Academic Honor Roll last fall.
The Wildcats open their 2000 season in the 11th Annual NIKE UNH Fall Soccer Classic on September 2-3 featuring Penn State University, St. Bonaventure University and the University of Vermont.