DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire head men's soccer coach Rob Thompson announced today that Eric Masi (York, Maine) has signed a national letter-of-intent to join the Wildcat soccer program next season.

"We are excited that Eric will be joining us next year," said Thompson. "We've had our eye on him for a while and feel he is a more mature player after spending a year at Suffield."

Masi, a 2001 graduate of York High School, is currently doing postgraduate work at Suffield Academy in Connecticut. This past fall, as a member of Suffield's soccer team, he lead the team in scoring with 13 goals and 11 assists and was an All-League selection. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the New England Prep School Soccer Association all-star game and also played in the Western New England Prep School all-star game.

At York, Masi was a four-year varsity starter and a member of the Wildcats' 1998 state championship team. He was named all-state in 1999 and 2000 and was also a two-time Western Maine Conference all-star. Masi served as team captain his senior season and was also named the squad's Most Valuable Player.

Masi also has extensive club soccer experience with Seacoast United. Masi was captain of the five-time New Hampshire state champion Seacoast United Premier team. At UNH Masi will be reunited with SUSC teammates Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.), Matt Glode (Barrington, N.H.), Jamey Haughton (Hampton, N.H.) and James Doherty (Durham, N.H.).

"Eric should be able to come in and compete for playing time right away. He can score goals and also create chances for other players," said Thompson.

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