KANSAS CITY, KAN.
- Seniors Joe Annese (Attleboro, Mass.) and
Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) of the University
of New Hampshire men's soccer team, were both recently named to the
National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Second
Annese put together a stellar year at back for the Wildcats, earning America East Conference First Team honors as well as conference Defender of the Year.
Annese played in 16 games, including 14 starts, tallying two goals on six shots this season. His first score was a game-winner on a penalty kick in 38th minute to lead the ‘Cats to a 2-1 victory over Colgate on Sept. 19. His second tally came in a double-overtime tie against Stony Brook on Oct. 24, striking the back of the net on a penalty kick in the ninth minute of play.
Offense aside, he also proved to be a defensive catalyst, helping the ‘Cats post a goals against average of 0.57 and three shutouts in America East play, both top honors within the conference.
As for Banks, he was also named to the America East Conference First Team and was selected as the America East Men's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year.
Banks played in 18 games, starting in 17, for the Wildcats on the season. He finished the year with a team best 18 points on seven goals and a career-high four assists. Four of his six goals were game-winners, a mark that ties a career high he set in 2006. In addition, his 11 points and four goals in America East play both ranked second in the conference.
Banks finished his UNH career tallying his 30 goals and 64 points, totals that both rank fourth all-time in program history.
The Wildcats finished out the season with a 9-7-2 record, including a 6-1-1 mark in conference play. New Hampshire posted a 6-0-1 record in regular season conference play, marking the first time since 1997 that a team completed the conference schedule without a loss. It was also the Wildcats' best conference record since also compiling a 6-0-1 mark in 1994.