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UML's Curran All-America

By Used with permission from the Lowell Sun Online.

LOWELL Brandon Curran, a senior defender from Tyngsboro, was named a second team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America yesterday.

Curran becomes the first-ever UMass Lowell men's soccer player in the program's 27-year history to earn All-American honors.

The award is the latest of several received by the 6-foot-2 defender this season. He also garnered first team All-Northeast-10 Conference honors (after making the second in 2001) and is the first UML player to cop first team All-New England status.

The River Hawks are fresh off their best season in school history in which they posted a 13-5-2 record and advance to the Northeast-10 Conference championship match where they fell at Southern New Hampshire (1-0) on a controversial penalty kick in overtime.

UML finished the year ranked 19th in the NSCA Division II poll.

A two-year co-captain, Curran helped the River Hawks to seven shutouts this season as well as a sterling goals against average of 1.01. Curran also added a share of offense from the back, registering five goals and one assist (11 points) in 20 matches.

"It couldn't happen to a better person," said head coach Ted Priestly. "Brandon is a pure reflection of the type of person, student and athlete that we want in the UMass Lowell program. His team-first attitude, tireless work ethic and overall athleticism show why he is completely deserving of such an honor. It has been my pleasure to have coached him."

Curran, who played for the Worcester Kings of the United Soccer League Premiere Development League this summer, will pursue a professional career upon graduation.

"I can't say when Brandon's development as a player will stop," Priestly added. "At every level he as played, he has taken a quick period to adjust and then dominated, whether it was college or the Premier Development League. There is no question that he can compete at that level."

A criminal justice major, Curran is the son of James and Jayne Curran.