DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team is ranked 10th in the latest New England Region poll released today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Connecticut, which defeated UNH 1-0 on Saturday, leads the poll, which can be viewed online at www.nscaa.com.
The Wildcats, who currently stand at 3-3-0, are being led offensively by sophomore captain Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.), senior Drew Ferrigno (Springfield, Mass.) and junior Andy Karam (Schenectady, N.Y.). Lawver leads the squad with 7 points (1 goal, 5 assists) and is tied for the lead for assists in America East. Ferrigno and Karam each have 6 points on 2 goals and 2 assists. Ferrigno has already eclipsed his 1999 point total of 5, while Karam has returned in a big way to the UNH lineup after being forced to sit out 1999 with a broken leg.
Junior Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) has seen most of the action in net this season. In four games, O'Neil owns a 0.94 goals-against average and has a save percentage of .862. O'Neil also picked up his second career shutout in a 2-0 win over Siena. Senior Dan Sirota (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) has also seen action in two games thus far.
Two New Hampshire players have also had an impact for UNH in the early season. Freshman Matt Glode (Barrington, N.H.) has notched one goal this season while appearing in four games, while classmate Brett Wyman (Durham, N.H.) has also seen action in four games and has chipped in with an assist thus far.
New Hampshire returns to action on Wednesday (9/20) when it travels to face the University of Massachusetts in a 3:30 game. The next home game for the Wildcats is September 30, when they face America East rival Maine in a 2:00 p.m. contest.