WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team received four individual awards Thursday night at the 2009 Northeast Conference Tournament banquet hosted by Monmouth University. Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) and junior defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) were named to the All-NEC First Team after leading the Bobcats to consecutive berths in the NEC Tournament for the first time in program history in 2009. Senior midfielder Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) and freshman forward Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) were tabbed to the All-NEC Second Team.
"It's a great honor to our players recognized by the coaches in the league," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "Pierre (Soubrier) and Freddy (Hall) should be extremely proud to be a part of the First Team. It also says something about this team when Shane (Recklet) and Pierre both are honored after making transitions into new positions this season."
"For a rookie to make the team as Philip (Suprise) did is something that the whole program can be proud of," Da Costa added. "Freddy has been a constant throughout the season and this is a validation of all his hard work."
Hall ends his career as a three-time all-Conference selection with Second-Team honors as a sophomore and junior and a First-Team selection this season as a senior. Hall proved to be one of the top players in the NEC this year, leading the nation for much of the second half of the season in save percentage. Hall finished second in the league in save percentage (.888), goals-against average (0.68) and shutouts (nine), but was the major reason the Bobcats earned a berth in postseason play, turning aside almost twice as many shots as any other goalie who qualified for the NEC Tournament.
Soubrier was one of the top defenders for a team that surrendered just 13 goals in 18 games this season. His role this season was greatly expanded to also step up and take part more on the offensive end of the field. His four goals and eight points were both second on the team. Entering this season, Soubrier had not recorded a goal in his career, but was clutch in pressure situations, converting on both penalty kick opportunities he had in his third year with the Bobcats.
Recklet ends his career at Quinnipiac with consecutive seasons on the All-NEC Second Team. After scoring five goals and 11 points as a junior, Recklet took on more of a contributing role in his final season in Hamden. His two goals and one assist put the senior midfield fourth on the Bobcats in scoring with five points. Collecting his lone assist in the team's 14th game of the season, Recklet came on strong in the final month of the season. Both his goals in 2009 came at Mount St. Mary's on Oct. 30. The second-year captain netted the team's first goal of the game in the 56th minute and followed by tying the game with just 48 seconds remaining to send the contest to overtime. That tally concluded a three-goal second half comeback by the Bobcats.
Finally, Suprise did not disappoint in his first season at Quinnipiac, leading the team in goals (seven) and scoring (16). The freshman forward powered the Bobcats with timely goals and play-making abilities that opened up numerous scoring chances for teammates in 2009. A hat trick against Bryant on Oct. 9 earned Suprise the first of two straight adidas/NEC Rookie of the Week honors. He, like Soubrier and Recklet, was no stranger to pressure situations this past year. In what Da Costa called one of the best goals he has seen at Quinnipiac, Suprise scored one of his team-leading three game winners of 2009 on a 40-yard goal at Fairleigh Dickinson with 28 seconds left in the match on Oct. 16. Suprise was just one of four freshman honored by the league amongst 22 players on the First and Second Team.
No. 3 Quinnipiac will take on No. 2 St. Francis (NY) in the second semifinal game of the day Friday on Monmouth's The Great Lawn. The Bobcats and Terriers are set to kick off at 1:30 p.m., with No. 1 Monmouth and No. 4 Fairleigh Dickinson beginning play at 11 a.m.