DURHAM, N.H. - Junior Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.), a member of the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, was named the America East Co-Player of the Week along with Albany's Greg Chevalier Tuesday for his efforts this past weekend.

Hankard, a Third Team All-New England selection in 2001, was named the Most Valuable Player at the Nike Fall Soccer Classic after leading the Wildcats to their first tourney crown since 1997. The back anchored a UNH defense that allowed just one goal per game as they defeated Lafayette 2-1 on Friday and Adelphi 3-1 Sunday to take UNH's sixth tourney title. Hankard also netted a goal in the Lafayette win.

The 6-3 back was also named America East Player of the Week last season on November 5 when he recorded three goals in a weekend sweep of Drexel and Hofstra that propelled UNH into the America East tournament for the first time since 1994. Hankard has started all 35 games he has appeared in for his UNH career. He was named to the America East All-Rookie team in 2000.

At 2-0-0, UNH is off to their best start since the 1999 season. The Wildcats return to action Friday (Sept. 6) when they face Southwest Missouri State in the first round of the Smith Barney Classic at Vermont at 1:30 pm. UNH is the defending champion of that tournament. The next Wildcat home game is October 5 when they face Northeastern in a 2:00 p.m. game.

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