December 13, 2008

Graciano Brito Named NSCAA/Adidas All-American

HAMDEN, Conn. – For the second consecutive season, Quinnipiac University men's soccer senior Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) has been named an NSCAA/adidas Division I All-American. Brito was named to the Third Team after finishing the season leading the nation in goals per game (0.95) and second in points per game (2.05). This season, the Quinnipiac forward was also honored as the Northeast Conference Player of the Year for the second season in a row, becoming just the fifth player in conference history to win the award in back-to-back years.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America also named Brito a member of the All-North Atlantic Region First Team. Three other Bobcats were also named all-region. Junior defender Shane Recklet (Shelton, Conn.) and goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) were named to the Second Team, while Fabricio Silva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) was named a member of the Third Team. Hall and Brito were also honored as members of the NEC All-Tournament team following the conclusion of the season.

Brito led the Bobcats to the NEC semifinals for the first time since 2004 this season. His 18 goals and 39 points were Quinnipiac Division I single-season records. Earlier in the season, Brito also set the program's Division I career records for goals and points as he finished his four-year career with the Bobcats with 40 goals and 92 points.

This season, Brito finished with a conference-high four Brine/NEC Player of the Week accolades. Most recently, Brito was invited to participate in the 2009 Adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine. The five-day combine will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from Jan. 9-13. Scouts and management from all 15 MLS teams will be present at the combine, assessing talent for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft to be held in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 15.

Joining Brito as an All-American were five players from the defending national champion Wake Forest. National Championship Finalists Maryland and North Carolina each had one player honored. Fairleigh Dickinson's Samson Malijani was the only other player from the NEC to be honored by the NSCAA.