DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson has announced that Stephen Halvatzes (Merrimack, N.H.) and Patrick Ryan (Weymouth, Mass.) have committed to play for the Wildcats this spring. 
    Halvatzes attended Merrimack High School, where he was part of the 2007 NHIAA Class L state champion squad. The two-time team defensive MVP (2006 & 2007) was named to the all-state first team in 2007 as well as to the Nashua Telegraph and the Manchester Union Leader first teams. In 2006, he was selected to the all-state second team. Halvatzes is a high school teammate of Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.), who recently signed with the Wildcats.  Halvatzes and Hilton also team up with the Greater Boston Bolts in the U.S. Academy League in club soccer.
    “Stephen is a no-nonsense defender that can play in a zonal back four as a central defender,” Said Coach Thompson. “He is also skillful at outside back.”
    Ryan, a 2007 graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, has been named an East Massachusetts and Catholic Conference All-Star in each of the past three seasons. The two-year captain was named the Catholic Conference most valuable goalkeeper in 2006. The Crusaders won the Catholic Conference in 2005 and Ryan was selected as the league MVP. He also plays with the Cape Cod Crusaders of the super Y league and will train with their ODP program in the summer. 
    “Ryan is an exciting prospect for us in goal and should add depth in this position,” Stated Thompson. “He is an excellent shot stopper and should develop in the Crusaders system this summer.”
The men’s soccer team finished their 2007 campaign with a 5-5-9 overall record and 2-2-5 in the America East conference, advancing to the America East semi-finals for the second consecutive year.
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