MISSION, Kan. (November 29, 2006) - Four members of the University of Connecticut men's soccer team earned All-Northeast Region honors for the 2006 season, including first-team members junior All-American Julius James (Maloney Gardens, Trinidad) and sophomore O'Brian White (Scarborough, Ontario). Fellow Huskies Akeem Priestley (Kingston, Jamaica) and Toni Stahl (Tuusula, Finland) each earned spots on the third team in their first seasons at UConn.
A 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist and two-time candidate, James wrapped up his junior campaign as the BIG EAST Defender of the Year for the second consecutive season after being tabbed as 2006 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. As a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team honoree, James helped the Huskies hold opponents to 1.17 goals per game this season, while tallying five shutouts on the year and leading the Huskies to as high as No. 7 in the nation this season. He played and started in all 19 games this year, adding two goals, including one in the NCAA Tournament First Round game against Fairfield.
White completed his sophomore season as the team's leading scorer for the second-straight year. He tallied seven goals and six assists while playing and starting in all 19 games at forward. An All-BIG EAST First Team honoree, White averaged 85 minutes per contest with the fourth-most minutes of any field player.
Priestley was second on the team in scoring with four goals and five assists, earning Second Team All-BIG EAST honors in his first season with the Huskies after transferring from Jacksonville. The 2006 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, Stahl started in all 19 games this season in the midfield, tallying one goal and helping the defense limit opponents to just 1.17 goals per game.
UConn wrapped up the 2006 season with a 10-7-2 record and their ninth consecutive and 27th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies also finished in second place in the BIG EAST Blue Division, going 8-2-1 through conference play.
GK Nick Noble Sr. West Virginia Damascus, Md.
D Julius James Jr. Connecticut Maloney Gardens, Trinidad
D Zach Kirby Sr. Boston Univ Marietta, Ga.
D Rhett Bernstein So. Brown San Diego, Calif.
M Ryan Maduro Jr. Providence Bristol, R.I.
M Michael Fucito So. Harvard Westford, Mass.
M Teddy Niziolek Sr. Seton Hall Clifton, N.J.
F Jarrod Smith Sr. West Virginia Haverlock, New Zealand
F Andre Akpan Fr. Harvard Grand Prairie, Texas
F Charles Altchek Sr. Harvard Rye, N.Y.
F O’Brian White So. Connecticut Scarborough, Ontario
GK Brian Levey Sr. New Hampshire Pittsburgh, Pa.
D Bart Koffeman Sr. Rutgers Den Haag, Holland
D Adam Chavez Jr. Binghamton Endicott, N.Y.
D Rich Asante Sr. Syracuse North York, Ontario
M Michael Palacio Jr. Stony Brook Long Beach, N.Y.
M Nick Labrocca Sr. Rutgers Howell, N.J.
M Andrew Wright Jr. West Virginia Liverpool, England
F Eliseo Giusfredi So. Seton Hall Paterson, N.J.
F Chris Banks Fr. New Hampshire Westborough, Mass.
F Ryan Saroka Fr. St. John’s Langhorne, Pa.
F Andrew Daniels Sr. Brown Milwaukee, Wisc.
GK Daniel Cepero Sr. Penn Baldwin, N.J.
D Corey Bronner Sr. Vermont Morrisville, Vt.
D John Bergqvist Jr. New Hampshire Hollviken, Sweden
D Jame Wunsch Sr. Princeton Londonderry, N.H.
M Akeem Priestley So. Connecticut Kingston, Jamaica
M Daniel Keats Fr. Dartmouth Wellington, New Zealand
M Toni Stahl Fr. Connecticut Tuusula, Finland
F T.J. Gore Fr. Vermont Macomb, Mich.
F Kevin Mezzedra Sr. UMBC Fallston, Md.
F Jordan Crasilneck So. Vermont Eugene, Ore.
F Ricky Schramm Sr. Georgetown East Chester, N.Y.