DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team plays host to Boston University in a key America East matchup this Saturday (Oct. 26) at Lewis Field at 2 p.m. Both sides are currently in the thick of the race for one of the four spots in the conference tournament, which kicks off November 9.
UNH finds itself in a tie for fourth in the league with Albany, as both the Wildcats and Great Danes own 2-1-2 league records for eight points. Boston University sits just a point behind with a 2-1-1 league record but have a game in hand on both New Hampshire and Albany. Northeastern leads the conference with a 5-1-0 league mark, the only loss coming to UNH October 5. Vermont (4-1-1) and Hartford (3-2-0) sit second and third.
The Wildcats are paced offensively by Nicola Chicco (Claymont, Del.), Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) and Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.). Chicco leads the squad with eight goals and two assists for 18 points, good for second in America East. Lee is tied for fourth in the league with seven goals and an assist for 15 points, while Hankard, a defender, is third on the squad and ninth in America East with 11 points.
Saturday's game will also be a matchup of the top two goaltenders statistically in America East. UNH keeper Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.) is second in the conference with a 1.21 goals-against average. That trails only BU's Matt Smith, who owns a 1.02 GAA.
Prior to Saturday's contest, the Wildcats will honor five seniors, Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.), Drew Mazzeo (Rockport, Maine), Josh McGeachey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Christian Pauckstadt (Wuppertal, Germany) and Nate Tupper (New Boston, N.H.).