Graciano Brito Named NEC Men's Soccer Player Of The Year
LONG BRANCH, N.J. Quinnipiac University men's soccer senior Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) was named the Northeast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year the conference today announced. This is the second consecutive year that Brito has been honored as the conference's top player and becoming just the fifth to win the award in back-to-back years. This year, Brito led the NEC in goals (18), goals per game (1.0), points (39) and points per game (2.17).
Brito led the Bobcats to a 5-2-2 conference record this season and a berth in the NEC Tournament for the first time since 2004. He ranks among the top five players in the nation in scoring, including leading in goals per game.
His two goals on Sunday against Mount St. Mary's helped the Bobcats to a 3-0 win and clinch a spot in postseason play. He was rewarded for his performance against the Mountaineers with his conference-leading fourth Brine/NEC Player of the Week accolade. He now has seven Player of the Week honors over the course of his career with the Bobcats.
Brito's 18th goal of the season set two program Division I single-season records on Sunday. He now holds the mark for most goals and points, breaking the previous figure held by Everson Maciel in the 2001 season. Earlier in the season Brito set the program's Division I career record for goals and points. In four years at Quinnipiac, Brito has amassed 40 goals and 92 points.
Juniors Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.), Fabricio Silva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) were also honored by the NEC. All three players were named to the All-NEC Second Team.
Recklet scored the first three game-winning goals of the season for the Bobcats and finished with five goals and one assist for 11 points, good for third on the team in scoring. Hall posted a 10-4-4 record this season, including seven shutouts. Entering the NEC Tournament, Hall has gone 355:32 without allowing a goal, dating back to Oct. 31 against Robert Morris. Silva collected three assists from the midfield position, while contributing on the defensive end of the field for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Nov. 14, when they travel to West Long Branch N.J., to play in the NEC semifinals against Fairleigh Dickinson. The third-seeded Bobcats take on the second-seeded Knights in the day's second game at 1:30 p.m. Tournament-host Monmouth plays Mount St. Mary's in the first game at 11 a.m.