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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Bank shot: Frosh earns high honors at UNH


Chris Banks started with a bang for the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, netting three goals in his first college game. And that was just the start of something special for the Westborough teen.

Banks, who leads the America East in goals (12) and points (24) as a freshman, was selected Thursday afternoon as the conference's Striker of the Year, as well as Rookie of the Year.

"It's a great honor, because it was voted on by the other coaches in the conference and they feel that Chris is the most dangerous striker in the America East," said New Hampshire coach Rob Thompson. "Chris has done a great job, he's scored critical goals. He's been a great teammate all year, which is most important. If you win these type of honors, it means your program is doing well."

Banks, who has connected for three game-winning goals thus far, was also named first team all-conference.

New Hampshire (11-4-3, 5-2-1 America East), seeded third in the America East Tournament, will play host to sixth-seeded Stony Brook (6-11-1, 3-4-1 America East) in the opening round of the America East tournament on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Bremner Field in Durham, N.H.

-- Craig Larson

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