December 17, 2008

Graciano Brito Named All-American By College Soccer News

HAMDEN, Conn. – Graciano Brito (Cape Verde, Sao Nicolau) was named a member of the College Soccer News All-American Third Team after leading the nation in goals per game (0.95) and points per game (2.05) this past season. This is the second straight year that a member of the Bobcats has led a national statistical category as goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) led the nation in saves per game (7.38) and save percentage (.906) during the 2007 season.

This season, the senior forward was named the 2008 Northeast Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming just the fifth player in league history to win the award in back-to-back years. Brito led the NEC in goals (18), goals per game and points per game en route to helping the Bobcats reach the post season for the first time since his freshman year of 2004. He finished his four-year career with Quinnipiac the program's Division I career leader in goals (40) and points (92). His 18 goals and 39 points this season were Division I program single-season records, surpassing Everson Maciel's 2001 season marks.

Last week, Brito was also honored as a Third Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. It was the second straight season that he had been named an All-American by the NSCAA after finishing second in scoring in the NEC during his junior season.

For his efforts in his final season at Quinnipiac, Brito was also named the Brine/NEC Player of the Week on four separate occasions, a member of the NSCAA All-North Atlantic Regional First Team and the All-NEC Tournament Team.

Recently, Brito was invited to participate in the 2009 Adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine. He will be one of just 65 Division I college seniors to take part in the five-day combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for scouts and management for all 15 MLS teams.