DURHAM, N.H.-Junior forward Adam Purcell (Barrington, R.I.) of the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team received AMERICA EAST Player of the Year honors Friday. Senior back Brian Rosa (Portsmouth, R.I.) earned second team honors.
Purcell is the first Wildcat to receive the honor since Mike Veneto was named Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year in 1994. Purcell currently leads the nation and the AMERICA EAST Conference in goals scored with 21. His goal total tied a conference single-season record and his point total (44) ranks third in AMERICA EAST history, one point behind Veneto and Richie Moller of Towson. Purcell closed out the season with a five goal performance for 10 points in a 6-2 win over Maine, October 30. The goals and points tied a 1999 season-high for all NCAA Division I players. He was named to the AMERICA EAST all-conference second team last year.
Rosa served as a co-captain of this year’s squad and started 17 of 18 games at back. He scored two goals and added two assists for six points. He scored the game winning goal in a 1-0 win over Massachusetts in the season opener. His career totals are four goals, four assists for 12 points.