DURHAM, N.H. - After completing its spring season, the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team gathered together for its annual banquet on Sunday, April 30, at which time five players earned awards for their contributions to the program during the 2005 season.
Junior goalkeeper Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned the Robert Black Award as the team's most valuable player. Levey, the 2005 America East Goalkeeper of the Year, played every second of every match for the Wildcats. An All-New England and All-America East First Team honoree, Levey set new school records for most shutouts in a season (ten) and lowest goals against average in a season (0.57) in leading UNH to a 9-5-3 overall record. Levey has 17 career shutouts, just four behind the UNH career record of 21 set by Steve Baccari from 1992 to 1995.
The Glenn Aborn Award for the team's most improved player was given to Richard Weinrebe (East Providence, R.I.). Weinrebe missed the 2004 season after undergoing preseason knee surgery, but came back in his first collegiate campaign to help the Wildcats post the fourth lowest goals against average in the country (0.57). The redshirt freshman started 16 of the 17 matches he appeared in and was a major reason why UNH set a new school record with ten shutouts during the year.
Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.), a tri-captain during the 2005 season, received the Walter Weiland Award as the team's most dedicated player for the third consecutive year. Shump tied for the team lead with three assists during the year and helped the Wildcats hold their opponents to ten goals in 17 matches. Shump excelled not only on the field but also in the classroom, earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team and Academic All-District First Team honors, as well as a spot on the America East Academic Honor Roll for the third consecutive season.
For the second consecutive season, tri-captain Eric Masi (York, Maine) earned the Harvey Johnson Award as the team's most inspirational player. Masi, a First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-New England honoree, led the Wildcats with six goals, 14 total points, four game-winning goals, and two penalty kick goals. He scored both goals against regional rival Massachusetts and closed out his collegiate career by scoring the game-winning goal in the season finale against Hartford.
Jonathan Burg (New Milford, Conn.) earned the H. Richard Sandler Award for academic achievement. Appearing in nine matches during his career at UNH, the senior was a valuable asset to the Wildcat program. He posted one of the highest GPAs on the squad with a double major in kinesiology and sport studies. He was also the team's representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past four years and was on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll for having a GPA of at least 3.50.