DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer program held its annual end-of-year awards banquet on Saturday at the New England Center on the UNH campus. The Wildcats celebrated a season in which they won 10 games for the first time since 1995, were ranked as high as fifth in New England, and made their second-straight trip to the America East tournament, finishing with a final record of 10-5-2.
Junior Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) was named the recipient of the Robert Black Most Valuable Player Award for the third-straight season. Hankard was a first team America East All-Conference and All-New England selection. He was also a College Soccer News honorable mention All-America. A back, Hankard ranked third on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points. He was a two-time America East Player of the Week and was named to four All-Tournament teams over the course of the season, including being named the MVP of UNH's Nike Fall Soccer Classic.
Sophomore Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) received the Glenn Aborn Most Improved Player Award. After totaling 4-1-9 as a freshman, Lee ranked second on the 'Cats this season with nine goals and two assists for 20 points. He was a second team America East all-conference selection after being named to the league's All-Rookie team last season. Lee notched his first career hat trick in a 5-2 win over Iona in the Smith Barney Classic that earned him that tourney's Offensive MVP honors, and he was also named America East Player of the Week following that effort.
Junior Matt Chambers (Conifer, Col.) was named the winner of the H. Richard Sandler Academic Achievement Award. A business administration major, Chambers has been an integral part of the UNH defense the past two seasons. This season he started all 17 games for a defense that allowed a league-low 20 goals during the regular season.
Senior Christian Pauckstadt (Wuppertal, Germany) collected a pair of awards, the Walter Weiland Most Dedicated Player Award and the Harvey Johnson Most Inspirational Player Award. Serving as a co-captain this season, Pauckstadt started 16 of 17 games in the backfield and started 39 of 45 games he appeared in over his three-year career. Pauckstadt has also been the recipient of several academic awards, including being named an NSCAA East Region Academic All-American and a Second Team Verizon Academic Regional All-American.