UNH MEN'S SOCCER PROGRAM FINALIZES INCOMING FRESHMAN CLASS

DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson has announced that four incoming student-athletes have enrolled in school for the 2006-07 academic year and plan to join the Wildcat soccer program.

Owen Burns (Oswego, N.Y.) was a three-year starter at Oswego High School and earned First Team All-Conference, All-State, and All-Region recognition. He picked up 38 goals and 20 assists during his high school career. For the past five years, Burns has played club soccer for the Syracuse Blitz Vipers and also participated on the New York West ODP State Team for three years.

A three-time All-Conference performer at Greely High School, Greg Frost (Cumberland, Maine) has earned All-State and All-Western Maine recognition the past two years as well as All-New England honors after his senior season. He led Greely to the Western Maine finals all four years, advancing to the state championship two times and winning the Maine state title in 2004. After winning three state USYSA championships with the Maine Metro club team, he led Odyssey Sport to the Maine USYSA state title last year. He also represented Maine on the ODP team for three years.

Captaining the Wheeler High School soccer team for two seasons, Patrick Gay (North Stonington, Conn.) received All-Conference honors three times and All-State honors twice. He is a member of the Connecticut ODP state team. After playing for Southeast Premier for three years, he joined the Oakwood Soccer Club this year.

Geoff Narode (Glenmont, N.Y.) played on the varsity team at Bethlehem Central High School for three years and was selected to participate in the New York State Section II All-Star Game his senior season. For five years he has been a part of the New York State ODP and has also played with the Clifton Park Premier club team for eight years. His older brother Matt is a men's soccer letterman for America East rival Binghamton University.

These four student-athletes, along with Joseph Annese (Attleboro, Mass.), Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.), Robert Cooley (Northboro, Mass.), and Tunde Ogunbiyi (Gwynedd, Pa.), finalizes the incoming class of eight players. They will join 19 returning lettermen from the 2005 roster.

"I'm anxious to get started with this group. Our incoming class should make for a competitive preseason," Thompson said.

The University of New Hampshire men's soccer program, a member of the America East Conference, is coming off a 9-5-3 season and was ranked as high as 23rd nationally in 2005. The Wildcats finished fourth in the nation in lowest goals against average (0.57) and set a school record with ten shutouts during the year.

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