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Sunrise Conference championship and runner-up soccer teams honored with banners in UMFK

March 12, 2004

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Fans of University of Maine at Fort Kent athletics and all individuals who attend events in the UMFK SportsCenter now have a permanent reminder of the success both the Bengal men and women soccer teams experienced in the Sunrise Athletic Conference during the past season.

Joined recently by members of both the Sunrise Conference championship men's soccer team and conference runner-up Lady Bengals, UMFK President Richard Cost officially unveiled two new banners that hang alongside others which mark the past success of university athletic teams.

The latest green and gold banners to be placed near the rafters in the gymnasium were presented during half-time of a recent Sunrise Conference quarterfinal women's basketball game held at UMFK.

"The entire campus community is proud of the efforts of our student athletes on both the men and women's soccer teams. Both teams excelled in the regional conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in which our campus competes, along with several other similar size schools throughout New England. With the raising of these two banners, the successes achieved by these teams will always be remembered," said Cost.

The addition of the banners to the honor wall in the SportsCenter cap off an extremely successful season of play for both Bengal soccer teams in the NAIA affiliated Sunrise Conference.

Throughout the season, players on both the men and women's teams were singled out for their performance on the field.

The Sunrise Conference honored both offensive and defensive players on the two squads with "Player of the Week" honors on several occasions.

The men's team earned an impressive record of ten wins and three losses during the regular season and shutout five of the teams they played against. The women's team registered seven wins and seven losses during their regular season.

The Sunrise Conference is comprised of seven universities and colleges in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.