DURHAM, N.H. - Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) of the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England First Team announced recently. Hankard was a Third Team selection in 2001.
Hankard, a junior defender for the Wildcats, was one of two UNH selections to the America East First Team in 2002. He was a two-time America East Player of the Week as he ranked third on the Wildcats in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points. Hankard was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week October 7 after netting two goals in a 3-2 win over eventual conference champion Northeastern. He was named Most Valuable Player of the UNH Nike Fall Soccer Classic after leading the 'Cats to their first tourney title since 1997.
Hankard, who has started all 50 games over his three-year career, has totaled 10 goals and seven assists for 27 points over his three years. Hankard was an America East All-Rookie Team selection in 2000 and was named UNH's most valuable player after his freshman and sophomore seasons.
UNH closed out the season with a 10-5-2 overall record and a 4-2-2 mark in America East, reaching the 10-win plateau for the first time since 1995. New Hampshire advanced to the America East tournament for the second straight season, falling to Northeastern in the conference semifinals. The 'Cats were ranked as high as fifth in the NSCAA New England Region poll and twice received votes in the College Soccer News national Top 30.