DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) and junior Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England Team announced Tuesday. Hankard was a Second Team selection while Jackson was named to the Third Team. It marks the first time UNH has had two players named All-New England since 1998.
For Hankard, it marks his third appearance on the All-New England Team, as he was a First Team selection last season and a Third Team honoree in 2001. Hankard, a back, started all 17 games on the backline for the Wildcats in 2003, anchoring a defense that allowed the fourth-fewest goals in America East. He totaled 2-1-5 on the season, netting the game-winning goal in both games of the Nike Fall Soccer Classic en route to the Wildcats winning their second straight tourney title.. Hankard was an America East First Team in each of the past two seasons and was also named to the league's All-Rookie Team in 2000.
Hankard becomes just the sixth player in UNH history to be named All-New England three times. Ryan Leib was the program's only four-time honoree (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994), while Scott Brennan (1987, 1988, 1989), Jim Mueller (1970, 1971, 1972), Gordie Tuttle (1977, 1978, 1979) and Mike Veneto (1992, 1993, 1994) were all three-time All-New England selections. 2003 marks Jackson's first All-New England appearance. Jackson, a midfielder, led the Wildcats in scoring this season, recording totals of 4-3-11. He registered the game-winning goal in a win over then-No. 25 Dartmouth on October 1. Jackson was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Fall Soccer Classic after registering three points in a 5-1 win over St. Joseph's (Pa.). He started all 17 games this season, with he and Hankard being the only two players to do so in 2003. Jackson was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team this season.
New Hampshire finished the 2003 season with an 8-9-0 record and 3-6-0 ledger in America East. The Wildcats were ranked as high as No. 2 in New England during the season.