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STORRS, Conn. (September 29, 2006) - The University of Connecticut men's soccer team held it annual “Meet The Huskies” Dinner Friday night at the Rome Commons Ballroom on the Storrs campus to introduce the 2006 squad, as well as honor four individuals that have made significant contributions to the sport of soccer. The night was highlighted by a reunion of the 1981 NCAA Championship team -- which had a full weekend reunion.
This year’s honorees were Al Bell and Jim Boccuzzi, both influential administrators of youth soccer programs in Connecticut over the last few decades, in addition to former UConn goalies Ted McSherry (1973-75) and Matt Chavlovich (1996-99).
The 25th Anniversary celebration of the 1981 Championship continued throughout the weekend, as the team was honored at Saturday’s football game vs. Navy, as well as at halftime of the West Virginia men's soccer game.
Current members of the UConn team sign autographs for young fans. 1981 team members Pedro DeBrito and Billy Morrone. 1981 team members Charlie McSpiritt and Carlos Carlos Al Bell (right) of the Connecticut State Soccer Association is honored for his dedication to youth soccer in Connecticut since 1966 by UConn coach Ray Reid. Team optometrist and soccer enthusiast Dr. Jim Boccuzzi (right) is recognized by Ray Reid for his work as a Northeast United and CJSA administrator. Ted McSherry (left), a goalkeeper from the mid-1970s, is honored for finishing his three-year career with the most wins (33), lowest GAA (0.78) and fewest losses (4).
Matt Chavlovich, a goalkeeper from the late 1990s, is honored for his accomplishments during his four-year career. Chavlovich still holds the record for the top mark in UConn history in wins with 53. Current UConn head coach Ray Reid (left) and UConn Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway (right) honor former head coach Joe Morrone for his dedication to UConn Soccer since 1969. Associate Head Coach John Deeley (right) presents Jon Hutchinson with an award of appreciation for a lifetime of support of UConn Soccer. A team photo of all returning men's soccer players at the event. A 1981 team reunion shot. Former UConn head men's soccer coach Joe Morrone and his wife Betty.
Former men's soccer players Erhardt Kapp, Tim Masley and Bill Morrone join UConn legend Dee Rowe
The 1981 NCAA Championship team was honored at halftime of the UConn vs. West Virginia game on Saturday night.
Team captain Charlie McSpiritt enjoys the festivities at a Sunday morning team brunch that concluded the weekend.
1981 team member Carlos Carlos greets Jon Hutchinson of the Friends of Soccer; team members and their families look at scrap books of the 1981 season; the team was honored before 40,000 fans at the UConn vs. Navy football game.