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PHILADELPHIA - Senior captain Thomas Brandt capped his Penn career in superb fashion on Saturday night, scoring all three goals in Penn's 3-2 win in double overtime at Harvard. His world-class effort was recognized around the country on Monday as Brandt reeled in three weekly honors.
Nationally, Brandt was one of 12 players selected to CollegeSoccerNews.com's National Team of the Week. This marks the second time Brandt has appeared on a national publication's team of the week, the first coming in 2010 when TopDrawerSoccer.com recognized him for the week ending Sept. 13.
Locally, Brandt was named Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week. He joins fellow Quakers Tyler Kinn, Stephen Baker and Duke Lacroix (two selections) as Penn players who have earned PS6 weekly honors. A 2009 Philadelphia Soccer Six All-Star, this was Brandt's first nod as the city's best player over the last week of play.
On the conference level, Brandt picked up his second career Ivy League Player of the Week award in his final week competing inside the Ancient Eight. He previously was chosen for the week ending Oct. 18, 2010 after scoring the game-winner against Dartmouth.
Saturday's hat trick was Brandt's first career three-goal performance and his second multi-goal game. He had previously connected for a pair on Oct. 8 at Columbia in a 3-2 win for the Quakers. His hat trick is the first by a Penn player since Steve Marcinkiewicz netted one on Oct. 31, 1995 at Temple and is the first this season by an Ivy Leaguer.
A Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District recipient and Academic All-America nominee, Brandt was a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominee this year and a preseason Hermann Award Watch List player. He finished his Penn career with 11 goals and 23 points.