HAMDEN, Conn. Four members of the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as members of the All-North Atlantic Regional Team. Two-time Northeast Conference Player of the Year Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) was named to the First Team for the second year in a row. Juniors Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) and Freddy Hall (St, George, Bermuda) were honored as members of the Second Team, while Fabricio Silva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) was named a member of the Third Team.
This is the second season in a row that the Bobcats have had four players selected for the All-North Atlantic Regional Team. Last season, Brito was also selected to the First Team after finishing second in the conference in scoring, while Hall led the nation in save percentage and was named to the Second Team. This season, Brito led the NEC with 18 goals and 39 points and the nation in goals per game (0.95) and second in points per game (2.05). Hall posted seven shutouts and 10 wins in leading the Bobcats to their first postseason appearance in four seasons. Hall had a 369:06 stretch without allowing a goal from Oct. 31 to Nov. 14.
Recklet began the season by scoring the Bobcats' first three game-winning goals. His goal at Iona on Aug. 29 was the first of his career and he followed that with game winners in two of the next three games. Recklet added a two-goal game at Canisius on Sept. 13 before his late game-tying goal at Robert Morris gave the junior defender five goals. His 11 points ranked third on the Bobcats in scoring.
Silva finished tied for the team lead with three assists this season. Starting in 18 games, Silva contributed at both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. His second assist of the season came on Brito's 10th goal of the year against Loyola on Oct. 4. His three points ranked sixth on the team in scoring this season
Brito was honored as the conference's top player for the second consecutive season, while also being named an NSCAA/adidas All-American as a member of the Third Team. His four Brine/NEC Player of the Week honors were also the top figure in the conference this year. Brito became just the fifth player in conference history to be selected as NEC Player of the Year in back-to-back campaigns.
"I am very happy for all four of these young men and thank them for the commitment that they have put into this program," said Head Coach Eric Da Costa. "For the second consecutive year we have been well represented within our region and it is the reflection of the dedication and pride our players have for this program."