May 19, 2011

Former Men's Soccer Standout Chris Banks Named United Soccer League Player of the Week

TAMPA, Fla. – Chris Banks, a former standout for the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, was named United Soccer League Player of the Week by the league earlier this week.

Banks, who currently plays forward for the Wilmington Hammerheads, takes home the honor after scoring a pair of goals to lead the squad to a 3-1 victory over F.C. New York Saturday evening at Legion Field.

The goals were the first of the year for Banks, as he helped the Hammerheads preserve their perfect record at home this season. He struck first in the 14th minute, finding the back of the net, connecting on a cross pass from Andriy Budnyy. He added his second tally of the night just four minutes later, making a quick move upfield, putting the ball past FC New York goalkeeper Derby Carrillo.

Banks wrapped up his UNH career ranking fourth all-time in program history in both points (64) and goals (30). He was especially stellar during his senior season, tallying 18 points on seven goals, four of which were game-winners, and a career-high four assists. On the back of his play during the 2009 campaign, he led New Hampshire to its first regular-season crown since 1994 and its first outright title ever. Additionally, the Wildcats completed their conference schedule without a loss for the first time since 1997. It was also UNH's best conference record since also compiling a 6-0-1 mark in 1994.
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