UNH's Banks, Binghamton's Keegan Earn Men's Soccer Weekly Honors

Release: 10/19/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- After leading their respective teams to key America East victories, University of New Hampshire's Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) and Binghamton University's Jake Keegan (Stormville, N.Y./John Jay) have earned men's soccer accolades for the week ending Oct. 18.

Banks, the Player of the Week for the second straight week, tallied three points in a pair of New Hampshire wins last week. The senior striker tapped in his fifth goal of the season off a service from Brad Hilton in the 22nd minute of the Wildcats’ 4-1 win over Hartford Wednesday. Banks, the 2006 America East Striker and Rookie of the Year, then set up the lone score in his team’s 1-0 win over rival Vermont on Sunday, UNH’s fourth straight win. Banks, who has his squad atop the league standings at 4-0-0, has a conference-best three goals and seven points in those four contests.

Keegan, the Rookie of the Week, registered a career-best three points and lifted Binghamton to a key conference win over previously ranked Boston University in front of a national television audience on Friday. The freshman forward scored his team-best third goal of the season in the game’s sixth minute, then set up the game winner with a cross in the 63rd minute of the contest, which was aired on Fox Soccer Channel. Keegan, who has started all 13 games for the Bearcats this season, is tied for ninth in America East with his three goals and sits just outside the top 10 with nine points.

Team-By-Team Notebooks
Albany (0-10-3, 0-3-1 America East) is still in search of its first win this season after playing Vermont to a scoreless double-overtime draw and dropping a 1-0 decision to Stony Brook last week … Goalkeeper Adrian Foncette (Arima, Trinidad/Fatima) made four saves, including one from point-blank range in the final minutes, in the tie against Vermont … Foncette stopped six shots against Stony Brook … The sophomore, who leads the league with 6.8 saves per game, has an .824 save percentage and a 1.37 goals against average  … After ranking fifth in the nation and first in the conference in scoring in 2008, UAlbany is only averaging 0.38 goals per game this year … Konner McNamara (Mississauga, Ontario/Iona C.S.S.), a defender, ended a scoring drought which lasted more than 550 minutes when he netted the team’s lone goal in the 68th minute against Binghamton on Oct. 7 … It was the team’s only marker in the past eight matches … UAlbany faces New Hampshire on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. before traveling to UMBC for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Binghamton (7-5-1, 2-1-0 America East) had only one game last week but it was a 2-1 win over Boston U. on FOX Soccer Channel. It marked the first time that the Bearcats have appeared on national TV ... freshman forward Jake Keegan (Stormville, N.Y.) had a career-high three points in the game against Boston. He scored a goal and added an assist. Keegan now has a team-best three goals and ranks second on the squad with nine total points ... spohomore midfielder Ryan Walter (Snyder, N.Y./Nichols) became the 12th Binghamton player this season to score a goal when he netted the game winner against Boston on Friday night. Last season, the Bearcats had nine players net goals ... the Bearcats now play their next three games on the road.

Boston University (7-5-2, 1-3-0 America East) continued its free fall Friday at Binghamton with a 2-1 loss on the Fox Soccer Channel, as the losing streak extended to three games … The three conference losses mark the most since the Terriers finished 2006 with a 4-3-1 record and are just one shy of tying the most recorded in one season, set in 2000 at 4-4-1 … In each of the three games, the team either had the lead or came back to tie the game before losing … The Bearcats scored in the sixth minute, but junior Aaron O’Neal (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) responded with a goal at 9:54 off an assist from sophomore Michael Bustamante (Chelsea, Mass./Chelsea) … O’Neal now has nine goals, already tying in 14 games the amount recorded by last year’s leader, senior Shaun Taylor (Sandown, England/Sandown) … Bustamante posted his team-leading eighth assist, one shy of tying the amount he recorded last year to earn AE Midfielder and Rookie of the Year honors … Binghamton scored at 62:09 with what turned out to be the game winner due to the Terriers being unable to convert on several close opportunities in the final 10 minutes … The defense has allowed seven goals in the last three games, the most allowed in three consecutive games since 2007 … The Terriers next host UMBC on Wednesday at 7 p.m. … Samuel Appiah, Hrafn Davidsson, Richy Dorman, Tom Strackhouse and Taylor will be honored during a pregame Senior Night ceremony.    

Hartford (5-6-2, 2-1-1 America East) traveled to Durham, N.H. to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats on Wednesday … The Hawks suffered their first conference loss of 2009 – a 4-1 decision – to the Wildcats … New Hampshire received offense from four different players, including three first-half goals … Chris Banks netted what proved to be the game-winner in the 22nd minute and Josh Bronner doubled the Wildcats’ lead less than two minutes later … Hartford’s only goal came in the 88th minute from senior Kevin Hall (Portland, Ore./Lake Oswego) off an assist by sophomore Jorge Rodriguez (East Hartford, Conn./East Hartford)  … The goal was Hall’s first of the season … Despite the setback, the Hawks outshot the Wildcats in the final 45 minutes by a 10-9 margin and finished just behind in the shots column with 17 attempts to New Hampshire’s 19 … Senior Carlos Villa (Las Conchas, Guatemala/Arrayanes/San Jacinto) leads the Hawks through 13 games with seven goals and 15 points … After having the weekend off, Hartford hosts Binghamton on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

UMBC (10-3-0, 1-2-0 America East) surrendered a two-goal lead and fell, 3-2, in overtime to visiting Longwood (3-9-2) in miserable conditions at UMBC Soccer Stadium…Longwood sophomore midfielder Chris Saul scored 3:27 into the first overtime period to give the visitors the victory…The game was played in historically cold conditions with a driving rain throughout most of the contest… The Retrievers were playing without both center backs, junior Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) (injury) and freshman Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology) (yellow card accumulation) and Longwood posted its season high for goals on the campaign…UMBC appeared to be in good shape when sophomore forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) and junior forward Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) scored in the 24trh and 29th minutes to give the hosts a 2-0 lead… But Longwood scored twice in a span of 105 seconds later in the half to tie the game… Houapeu had three golden opportunities to put UMBC ahead in the second half, but hit the post in the 68th minute, and misfired in the 71st and 76th minutes… Bulls (6) and Houapeu (5) accounted for all of UMBC’s 11 shots in the game… Bulls’ tally was his 15th of the season, the most since Derek McElligott scored 15 in 2003, the sixth-most in a single season in school history… He drew an assist on Houapeu’s goal, and now has at  least three points in six games this season… freshman midfielder Mark Lubetkin (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) earned his first career start and assisted on both Retriever goals… UMBC is now 0-4-1 vs. Longwood, as the two schools played for the first time since 1985… The Retrievers play at Boston University on Wednesday, then return home for the final home contest of the campaign on Saturday, when they entertain Albany.     

New Hampshire
(7-5-1, 4-0-0 America East), earned their fourth straight win as Robin Gerum (Kullavik, Sweden) punched in the game-deciding goal off a pass from Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) to edge the University of Vermont, 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Lewis Fields … Deadlocked in a scoreless tie in the 71st minute, Gerum found the back of the net to give his team some breathing room and what would be the eventual game winner. Senior Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) received the ball on the right of the box off a throw in and slid it across to the left of the box where Gerum popped it into the left side of the net past Vermont goalkeeper Tom Critz … The Wildcats were at it again later in the week as junior forward Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) tallied a goal and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer to victory, defeating the University of Hartford, 4-1, Wednesday afternoon at Lewis Fields … New Hampshire’s offensive outburst of four goals is a season high and is the most the Wildcats have scored since Oct. 29, 2006, when they defeated Stony Brook in the quarterfinal round of the America East Championship … Chris Banks sparked the Wildcats in the early going as he continued his recent hot streak, scoring a goal for the third straight game. Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) initiated the play, picking up the ball deep in the Hartford zone and crossing it over to the far post to an open Banks who tapped the ball into the left side net at 21:22. Hilton was credited with the assist on the play … Later in the contest, Jordan Thomas (Mohnton, Pa.) and Josh Bronner (Belchertown, Mass.) added to the lead, scoring a goal apiece … O’Donnell tallied five saves in the contest … On the season, Banks leads the Wildcats with 12 points, on five goals and two assists … The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. when they hit the road to take on the University at Albany.

Stony Brook
(3-9-2, 2-2-0 America East) went 1-0-0 last week… For the second-straight week, the Seawolves beat a New York State rival, topping Albany, 1-0, at home… Freshman Berian Gobeil (Montreal, Canada/Laurier Macdonald) scored the game-winning goal in the 11th minute, heading home a service from midfield from senior Collin Geoghegan (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst)… It was Gobeil’s fourth goal of the season as he tied freshman Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) for the team lead… Redshirt freshman keeper Anthony Rogic (Boonton, N.J./Morris Catholic) made three saves to record his second shutout in as many games… Stony Brook faces Vermont in its third straight home game on Wednesday before travelling to face New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.

Vermont (1-7-5, 1-1-2 America East) hosted Albany on Wednesday and tied 0-0 … Senior Tom Critz (Enfield, Conn.) made four saves in his second shutout of the season … On Saturday, UVM traveled to rival New Hampshire … The Wildcats remained unbeaten in America East play with a goal in the 71st minute … Critz had one save in the losing effort … This week Vermont remains on the road when it travels to Stony Brook on Wednesday … On Saturday UVM hosts Binghamton for Senior Day celebrations.