DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire men's soccer program has announced that six student-athletes have signed letters of intent for the 2000 season, including two local Seacoast United Soccer Club standouts.
The six student-athletes are midfielder David Barrett (Chicago, Ill.), forward Nicola Chicco (Claymont, Del.), midfielder Matthew Glode (Barrington, N.H.), back Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.), back Nicholas Mello (Rehoboth, Mass.) and midfielder Brett Wyman (Durham, N.H.).
Barrett was a four-year varsity player at St. Ignatius Prep where he earned all-conference honors in 1997, 1998 and 1999. In addition, Barrett was named the Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year in 1999 and garnered All-State and All-Midwest honors as well. He plays club soccer for Eagles A.C. and his father is the assistant men's soccer coach at Duke University.
"David has the work ethic, attitude and ability to step into a wide midfield role in preseason camp. It's a plus that he comes from a great soccer family," said head coach Rob Thompson.
Chicco, a three-year varsity member of three-time state champion St. Mark's High School, earned Delaware Private School All-Conference honors in 1998 and 1999. He was also named to the All-State team in 1999 and plays club soccer for two-time State Champion Kirkwood Blast.
"Nicola is capable of setting up teammates as well as scoring goals. Tremendous size should help him compliment Adam Purcell, the 1999 AMERICA EAST Player of the Year," Thompson said.
Glode, a two-year varsity player at Northfield Mt. Hermon, was selected to the Western New England Private School Association's Senior all-star game. In addition, Glode is a member of the five-time state champion Seacoast United Soccer Club. "Matt has always gone forward well, but his tenacity and competitiveness has elevated him into a Division I player. He should compete at wide midfield in preseason," Thompson said.
Hankard was Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year in 1999 as a member of the state championship team at Glastonbury High School. He also received All-Conference, All-State and All-New England honors in 1999. In addition, Hankard was a member of the 1998 Region I team and plays club soccer for the 1999 state champion Oakwood Soccer Club.
"Brendan has the ability to play central defender for us next year. He reads the game well, has excellent size and possesses the composure necessary to step right into our line-up," Thompson said.
Mello was a four-year varsity member of La Salle Academy where he garnered All-Conference and All-State honors from 1997-99. He was also an All-New England selection in 1999. Mello is a five-year Olympic Development Program player and plays club soccer for three-time state champion Bayside United.
"Like Hankard, Nicholas could play central defender but has the versatility to move out wide. His toughness and tenacity is a welcome addition to our backline," Thompson said.
Wyman was a three-year varsity member of the Class I two-time state championship team at Oyster River High School. During his career, Wyman earned All-Conference honors in 1998 and 1999 and was an All-State selection in 1999. He is also a member of the two-time state champion Seacoast United Under 18 Team currently coached by UNH head coach Rob Thompson.
"Brett is a skillful midfielder who possesses excellent feet and outstanding vision. He also has the ability to create attacks from a midfield position or keep possession as a back. I really believe he will get better in college. He seems to play his best when challenged. I thought he was the best player in New Hampshire this past fall. I don't vote on the high school All-American, but he would have gotten mine if I did.
"I'm especially proud of both Seacoast kids. Our staff has worked with the Seacoast United Soccer Club for the past seven years and to see these two, Glode and Wyman realize their dreams is special. I'm glad they've chosen to continue their careers at UNH in front of family and friends," Thompson added.