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1 Lassi Hurskainen

Overview: One of the top goalkeepers in the region and has enjoyed a tremendous career for UNC Asheville...first player from Finland to ever play for Bulldog program...earned Big South All-Rookie honors in 2008 and was one of the top goalkeepers in the Big South...earned second team All-Conference in 2010...last name is pronounced her-skah-nen...Mass Communications major...created trick-shot video last winter that is on You-Tube and has close to three million views...enters the 2011 season with eight career shutouts which tied his for fourth all-time on the school's career shutout list with Al Winston...second all-time at Asheville in saves with 281.

2010: For the second time in his career, he played every minute of every match...produced three shutouts, including back-to-back blankins of Eastern Illinois (9-5) and Brevard College (9-8)...made Kentucky Invitational All-Tournament team...posted shutout of Big South foe Winthrop (11-3)...made season-high 11 saves at High Point (11-16)...also made five saves against the Panthers in Big South Tournament (11-11) and earned spot on Big South All-Tournament team...led Big South in saves with 96...stopped nine shots in 1-1 overtime at Longwood (10-2).

2009: Earned all-tournament honors at Hyatt Place Select Tournament in Nashville as he helped lead to the Bulldogs to their first tournament title in more than 20 years...stopped an amazing 25 shots in the two matches with 15 vs. Lipscomb (9-18) and then 10 more vs. Belmont (9-20)...Bulldog won both matches 2-1...earned two shutouts on the year with 1-0 victory over ETSU (9-29) and 1-0 triumph at Radford (10-10)...made 108 saves on the year...had nagging injuries throughout the season that caused him to miss three matches.  

2008: Played every minute of every match and posted a 1.20 goals against average with three shutouts...earned a shutout against Kentucky (9-27), Big South champion Winthrop (10-25) and Liberty (11-8)...allowed one goal or less in 12 different matches...stopped five shots and allowed just one goal in 1-1 vs. Southern Conference champion UNC Greensboro (9-14)...made season-high ninesaves in win over Winthrop (10-25)...most goals he allowed were three in 3-1 loss at Lipscomb (9-21)...had a 0.94 goals against average in eight regular-season Big South Conference matches...made all-tournament at Elon Invitational.  

Position: Goal Keeper
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Joensuu, Finland
High School: Universal School
Experience: 3 Letters
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