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HCC Alumni Experience Successful Seasons

Hagerstown, Md. - Former Hagerstown Community College men's soccer standout players Alex Manea ('10) and Mark Connelly ('09) experienced successful 2010 seasons at their respective schools.

Manea was pivotal in the recent success at HCC. For his career his tallied 23 goals and eight assists, for a total of 54 points. He also amassed numerous individual honors, including, First and Second Team NJCAA Region XX, First Team MDJUCO, Division I Region XX All-Tournament Team, NJCAA Region XX All-Star game MVP, Team MVP, and was nominated for NJCAA All-American.

Manea transferred to Division II Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, where he helped the Lakers to a 13-3-3 overall record and berth into the DII NCAA Tournament. He led the team in goals scored (11), game-winning goals (5), assists (6), and points (28), while starting and playing in all 19 games. He earned Second Team All-PSAC and All-Atlantic Region honors. His offensive abilities propelled the Lakers to a #4 ranking in the NSCAA and a 15 game unbeaten streak.

Connelly, a former captain for the Hawks in 2008 finished his career with ten goals and one assist for 21 points. He earned a spot on the NCJAA Region XX All-Star team, as well as Comeback Athlete of the Year for the Hawks.

Connelly transferred to Division II Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV, where he helped the Rams to a 12-6-0 overall record. Along the way, his team set the school record for most wins in a season (12), as well as most shutouts (7). The Rams enjoyed a six-game winning streak, which helped land them in the semifinals for the WVIAC tournament, where they lost to the eventual champion and Final Four DII NCAA Tournament participant, West Virginia Wesleyan.

"We couldn't be more prouder for both Alex and Mark who have shown they can take their talent to the next level," said HCC head coach Brian Eichelberger. "While at Hagerstown they exhibited the skills both on and off and the field and their hard work is an example for others to notice. We wish them the best of luck in their continued careers and we are excited that they had the opportunity to make an impact on our program."