Photo Gallery (Shot by Rick Lawrence)
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The UConn men's soccer team held its annual Meet The Huskies event on Saturday, as Connecticut introduced this year's team and honored several former players at the banquet that was held at Rentschler Field.
The reception began with a player autograph session, which allowed many youth soccer players from around the area the chance to meet the 2014 UConn players. Men's soccer coach Ray Reid was introduced following the session, and two former players, Michael Mordocco and Tony Stahl, were honored before dinner.
Mordocco, who played at UConn from 1999-2002, was a member of the 2000 National Champion Connecticut team. He finished his career with 24 points on six goals and 12 assists. Stahl was tabbed as the 2009 Big East Midfielder of the Year, and he was drafted in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union.
Connecticut recognized four others after dinner, starting with former defender Kevin O'Hara, who captained the 1989 UConn squad that won the 1989 Big East Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament. O'Hara and 1991 All-Conference selection Vince Jajuga both received honors on Saturday along with the 1989 team, which celebrated the 25-year anniversary of its conference championship. Jajuga was named to the All-New England team in 1989 and 1991 while playing under head coach Joseph Morrone.
Hugo DelRosso and former men's soccer standout Mansour Ndiaye rounded out the remaining honorees on Saturday. DelRosso, the registrar of the South Windsor Soccer Club, has organized UConn's Fall Classic soccer tournament and coordinated events with both the men's and women's soccer programs.
Ndiaye received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for his storied career at Connecticut that spanned from 1998-2001. The former UConn midfielder was three-time winner of the Herbert Tryon Clark Award, and he was drafted No. 7 overall by the NY/NJ MetroStars in the 2002 MLS Draft.
The night concluded with closing remarks from Reid, who thanked those in attendance and talked about this season's team. The Huskies return to the pitch on Tuesday with a road match against former Big East rival St. John's in a match set for 6:30 p.m.