DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team gathered together for its annual banquet on Sunday, March 28 at Holloway Commons. Five seniors were honored for their careers as Wildcats.
The team’s five seniors, Joe Annese (Attleboro, Mass.), Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.), Bobby Cooley (Northborough, Mass.), Pat Gay (Stonington, Conn.), and Greg Frost (Cumberland, Maine) were celebrated for their contributions to the team. The seniors posted an overall four-year record of 33-24-18.
Five players earned awards, as voted on by their teammates, for their contributions to the program during the 2009 season. Senior forward Banks earned the Robert Black Award as the team's most valuable player. This season Banks was named to the America East All-Conference First Team and was also an NSCAA All-Region selection.
Banks finishes his UNH career with 64 total points on 30 goals and four assists. He ranks 4th all-time in points, 4th all-time in goals, and his freshman season’s 14 goals places him 4th on the single season goal leader list. He was the America East Striker of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2006.
The Glenn Aborn Award for the team's most improved player was given to sophomore midfielder Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.). He started 18 of 18 matches after red-shirting his freshman year, earning America East All-Rookie Team honors. For the season, Bronner had one goal and one assist, with his lone goal coming as a game-winner in a 4-1 decision against Hartford on Oct. 14.
Sophomore midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) took home two team awards for his efforts this past fall. He received the Walter Weiland Award as the team's most dedicated player and the Harvey Johnson Award as the team's most inspirational player. Hilton started all 18 matches and was named as an America East All-Conference Second Team selection. He was also named to the America East All-Academic team for his accolades on the field as well as his excellence in the classroom.
Freshman back Ryan McNabb (Downingtown, Pa.) earned the H. Richard Sandler Award for academic achievement. This fall, McNabb posted the highest grade point average of any student-athlete in the program. He earned a 4.0 GPA as a first year student-athlete in mechanical engineering while appearing in 10 matches, including five starts.