CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ten members of the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team were honored Friday as they received a host of honors by the America East Conference. Junior goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) headlined the group as he was named the America East Goalkeeper of the Year.
Along with Goalkeeper of the Year, Worra was also named to the All-Conference First Team, along with sophomore Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany) and seniors Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.).
Sophomores A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.) and Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.) were honored to the All-Conference Second Team while Jesus Tudela (Zaragoza, Spain) and Christopher Wingate (Hovik, Norway) earned All-Rookie Team honors. Senior co-captains David Schlatter (Marlton, N.J.) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.) each earned a spot in the All-Academic Team.
Worra finished the 2013 regular season ranked in the top-five in each of the conference goaltending categories, including first in goals against average (0.52), save percentage (.889) and shutouts per game (0.55). His save percentage ranked him fifth in the nation as his goals against average put him seventh. He also finished with a record of 8-3-0 and six total shutouts.
Goerigk netted a pair of goals on defense and helped the Wildcats relinquish the least amount of goals (10) of any America East team. Against Colgate (Sept. 8), Goerigk led the Wildcats to victory as he scored the game's only goal in the 37th minute of play. Uche posted career-high marks of goals (6) and points (13) in 2013. Four of his goals were game winners, tying him for first in the conference. He also dished out an assist on the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Binghamton (Nov. 2). Palumbo registered six points on the year with a goal and four assists. Palumbo's goal proved to be the game winner in a 2-1 victory over Stony Brook (Oct. 12) in the 70th minute of play. Three of his four assists were on game-winning goals.
Albers played in 16 of the 17 games New Hampshire played and started 14 of them. The sophomore scored his first-career goal in a 4-0 rout over Rhode Island (Sept. 18) and the game winner in the 106th minute of play over intrastate rival Dartmouth. Chaput registered a trio of points on the year with a goal and an assist from defense. He also scored his first-career goal against Rhode Island and his first-career assist in a 2-0 win over Hartford (Oct. 16).
After a redshirt season in 2012, Tudela recorded three goals and three assists for nine points in his first year of action. Each of his three games were game winners. Two of the games he scored in were 1-0 victories (Grand Canyon, Sept. 21; UMass Lowell, Oct. 5). He also assisted on the game winners against Colgate and Stony Brook. Wingate finished his first regular season with a goal and three assists for five points. His goal was the game winner against Massachusetts on Sept. 6 in a 1-0 victory. He matched his career high mark of two points with a pair of assists against Rhode Island.
Schlatter earned his first bid to the All-Academic team after posting a 3.69 grade point average in his field of civil engineering. He had already been named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. Turner received his second All-Academic Team accolade and his first since 2011 after recording a GPA of 3.76 in his fields of psychology and criminal justice. He had also been named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The Wildcats return to the pitch with home field advantage in the semifinal round of the America East Tournament. They will face the winner of the No. 6 Binghamton and No. 3 Hartford match.