DURHAM, N.H. - Brendan Hankard, (Glastonbury, Conn.), a sophomore on the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, was named America East Player of the Week by the conference Monday afternoon after helping the Wildcats clinch a berth in the conference tournament with thrilling, come-from-behind overtime victories against Drexel University and Hofstra University this past weekend..
With the Wildcats needing two wins on the weekend to qualify, and trailing 2-0 to Drexel late in the second half on Friday (11/2), Hankard moved up from his sweeper position to forward and scored at 80:23 to make it a one-goal game. New Hampshire went on to tie the game and eventually win it overtime, 3-2. On Sunday (11/4) with the Wildcats trailing again, this time to Hofstra, Hankard moved up front and scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:32 left in the second overtime to lift UNH to a 5-4 win and the No. 6 seed in the America East Championships.
Hankard is a 1999 graduate of Glastonbury High (Glastonbury, Conn.) where he led his team to a state championship his senior year and received All-Conference, All-State and All-New England honors. He was also named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year in 1999.
The Wildcats, seeded sixth in the America East Men's Soccer Championship, travel to face No. 3 seeded Towson for a first-round match Wednesday (11/7). Game time at Towson Center Field is 1 p.m.