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UMFK soccer players earn top honors in Sunrise Conference

November 28, 2003

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Players on both the University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengal men and women's soccer teams have earned top honors for the season in the Sunrise Athletic Conference.

On the men's side, Juan Murphy, a sophomore forestry major from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was named the "Defensive Player of the Year".

On the women's side, Jess Gagnon, a junior enrolled in the four-year behavioral science program, was named "Offensive Player of the Year".

In addition to individual honors for Murphy and Gagnon, several players on both the men's and women's teams were named to the 2003 Sunrise All-Conference Teams.

For the men, along with Murphy, Andrew Clavette, a senior education major from Madawaska, and Aadil Mootassem, a junior business major from Tangier, Morocco, were named to the All-Conference first team.

Sadat Abdulkarim, a freshman business major from Bronx, New York, Gintarus Lenkutis, a senior E-commerce major from Vilnius, Lithuania, and Derrick Cooper, a junior education major from Madawaska, were all named to the All-Conference second team.

For the women, along with Gagnon, Megan Foreman, a senior secondary education major from Fort Kent was named to the All-Conference first team.

Making the second team from UMFK are Amy Kelly, a senior from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and Sara Quint, a sophomore secondary education major from Hodgdon.

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