Chris Bennice

DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer coach Rob Thompson has announced that Chris Bennice (Scotia, N.Y.), Eric Masi (York, Maine), and Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.) have been elected as team captains for the 2005 season.

Bennice recently received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after going through hernia surgery that prevented him from playing in 2004. After transferring from St. John's after an injury-plagued 2002 season, the midfielder led the Wildcats with seven assists in 2003.

Elected captain for the second consecutive season, Masi finished fourth on the squad with two goals and four points in 2004. He was named First Team All-Conference by the America East coaches and Second Team All-New England by the NSCAA.

Shump capped off a solid season on the backline by being named to the America East All-Tournament Team. He played in 16 matches during the 2004 season, helping the Wildcats attain a 0.97 goals against average.

New Hampshire is a Division I member of the NCAA and competes in the America East conference. The UNH men's soccer program will welcome back 16 letterwinners from the 2004 squad that lost on penalty kicks to Binghamton in the conference tournament.

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