DURHAM, N.H. - Brendan Hankard (Glastonbury, Conn.) of the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team was named to the 2002 College Soccer News Honorable Mention All-America list announced recently. Hankard is a junior defender for the Wildcats.
It marks the second time this season that Hankard has been honored by the website, located at www.collegesoccernews.com. Hankard was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week on October 7 after netting two goals in a 3-2 win over eventual America East champion Northeastern.
Hankard was recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-New England First Team and was an America East First Team selection after ranking third on the Wildcats with five goals and four assists for 14 points. He was a two-time America East Player of the Week and was also named the Most Valuable Player at the Nike Fall Soccer Classic after leading the 'Cats to their first tourney title since 1997. Hankard was also selected to the America East All-Tournament squad.
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.