Men's Soccer

About the Program
Instituted in 1958 as a varsity sport, the Bowdoin men's soccer program has been one of the most prestigous in the history of the college. Since the New England Small College Athletic Conference established conference play and a postseason tournament in the fall of 2000, however, the Polar Bears have raised the bar of play and have become one of the top programs in the nation.

Over the past seven seasons, Bowdoin has averaged 12 wins per season and been consistently ranked among the top 25 teams in Division III. The Polar Bears have reached the NESCAC Semifinals five times and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2003. In addition, the program has been rewarded with numerous national honors. The Polar Bears have boasted five NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) First-Team All-Americans, including James Quinlan, Jr '76, Kwame Poku '81, Keith Brown '81, Dave DeCew in '97 and '98 and Danny Sullivan in '03 and '04. In 2007, senior Nick Figueiredo became the first Polar Bear to earn NESCAC Player of the Year honors and also was tabbed as a First-Team All-American.

Soccer at Bowdoin provides student-athletes with the rare opportunity to combine a competitive athletic experience with a top-rate education. The Polar Bears play in one of the most competitive conferences in the nation and play their home games on beautiful Pickard Field, nestled among the historic Bowdoin pines. In the summer of 2005, Fran O'Leary was named the seventh head coach in the history of Bowdoin men's soccer. Coach O'Leary can be reached by email at foleary@bowdoin.edu.< /p>

2007 Recap
The Polar Bears posted another strong season in 2006, reaching the NESCAC Semifinals and earning a 9-6-1 overall mark. In addition, Bowdoin has strung together 12 straight winning seasons.

Coach O'Leary's third season was marked by the outstanding play of Nick Figueiredo '07, who became the first Bowdoin player to earn New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. With 10 goals and 11 assists in 2007, Figueiredo became Bowdoin's all-time leading scorer in points (88) and goals scored (35).

Brendan Egan '07 also collected First-Team All-NESCAC honors while first-year Ben Denton-Schneider was tabbed as the conference's Rookie of the Year.

Facilities
The Bowdoin College men's soccer team practices at Pickard Field, part of Bowdoin's 35-acre athletic complex. In the fall of 2008 the Polar Bears will move to their new state-of-the-art soccer field. The new pitch, which will be framed by the observatory and the regal Bowdoin pines, will be one of the premier playing fields in all of New England.

 

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Men's Soccer Coaching Staff

Head coach: Fran O'Leary
Assistant coaches: Jon Jacobs, Mike Healy, Mark Roma

In August of 2005, Fran O'Leary was named the seventh head coach in the history of the Bowdoin men's soccer program. One of the most distinguished coaches in collegiate soccer, O'Leary brought his wealth of experience and talent to Bowdoin's already stellar tradition and posted an impressive 30-13-3 record in his first three campaigns.

O'Leary is no stranger to Division III soccer, having started his career at Elmira (N.Y.) College, where he posted a stellar 38-11-2 mark from 1989-1991. In 1992, he became the head man at Kenyon (Ohio) College, where he posted a 32-4-4 record and led the squad to a berth in the 1993 NCAA Semifinals. After being named the Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year, he earned his first Division I head job at Dartmouth.

O'Leary guided the Big Green to a 56-48-14 record and two NCAA College Cup appearances in his seven seasons, including a 12-6 record and Ivy League runner-up finish in 2000. Dartmouth was 10-4-4 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1997 as O'Leary was named Division I Coach of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League.

The Dublin, Ireland native continued to build his reputation at Division I George Mason as the Patriots became contenders in the Colonial Athletic Association during his tenure. His four-year stint was highlighted by an 11-6-6 campaign in 2003, as the team reached double figures in victories for the first time since 1998 and reached the CAA Tournament Championship game.

A graduate of Thomas Edison State College, O'Leary began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Boston College and New Hampshire and holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in addition to his UEFA "A" Level License.

 
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Men's Soccer Roster

# Name Year Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown/School
1 Garrick Sheldon 10 GK 6-3 185 Cabin John, Md./Walt Whitman
2 Dominic Fitzpatrick 09 B 5-10 175 Framingham, Mass./Framingham
3 David Shaeffer 11 M 5-9 155 Barrington, Ill./Barrington
4 Colin Hay 10 F 5-9 165 Winslow, Maine/Winslow
5 Will Grunewald 10 B 6-1 185 Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon
7 Peter Mills 09 B 5-8 150 Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick
8 Nick Powell 12 M 5-11 160 Enfield, N.H./Kimball Union
9 Ben Denton-Schneider 11 M 6-2 190 San Rafael, Calif./Marin Acad.
10 Hugh Fleming 10 F 6-0 172 Lansdale, Pa./North Penn
11 Carl Woock 10 M 5-10 160 Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson
12 Will Alden-Dunn 10 B 5-10 155 Dover, Mass./Noble & Greenough
13 Daniel Chaffetz 11 B 5-11 175 New York, N.Y./Trinity School
14 Macgill Eldredge 12 B 6-1 175 Cumberland, Maine/Greely
15 Harry Ashforth 09 B 5-10 165 Ridgefield, Conn./Deerfield Acad.
16 Tom Wakefield 10 M 5-10 155 Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills North
17 Matt Ostrup 10 B 6-2 190 Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Bishop's
18 Call Nichols 12 B 6-1 175 Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais
19 Greg Frechette 11 M 5-11 150 White River Jct., Vt./Hartford
20 Brendan Mooney 09 M 6-0 170 Pelham Manor, N.Y./Rye Country Day
21 Sean Bishop 12 B 5-10 180 Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep
22 Tim Prior 11 F 5-10 175 Georgetown, Mass./St. John's Prep
24 Dan Hicks 11 GK 6-4 200 New York, N.Y./Trinity School
25 Peter Kelley 12 F 6-0 185 Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth
26 Chris Hickey 09 B 5-10 170 Concord, N.H./St. Paul's
27 Eddie Jones 12 F 5-9 155 Scarborough, Maine/Loomis-Chaffee

Head Coach: Fran O'Leary
Assistant Coaches: Jon Jacobs, Mike Healy, Mark Roma
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 Men's Soccer Schedule

Date/TimeOpponent Result Score
09/06/2008,  1:00PMMAINE-FARMINGTONW  2-0
09/09/2008,  4:30PMGORDON PPD
09/13/2008,  2:00PMat WesleyanL  1-0
09/17/2008,  4:30PMat Southern MaineL  3-1
09/20/2008,  11:00AMat WilliamsL  1-0
09/27/2008,  11:30AMAMHERSTW  4-2
10/04/2008,  12:00PMMIDDLEBURYL  1-0
10/05/2008,  12:00PMBATESW  1-0
10/11/2008,  2:00PMat Conn. CollegeW  3-2
10/14/2008,  2:00PMat HussonW  3-1
10/18/2008,  12:00PMTRINITY 
10/25/2008,  1:30PMat Colby 
10/26/2008,  2:00PMat Babson 
10/31/2008,  2:00PMTUFTS 
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Men's Soccer Releases

Date Posted Title
10/13/2008,  4:30PM Jones Named NESCAC Player of the Week
12/20/2007,  10:00AM Figueiredo Named First-Team All-American
11/08/2007,  7:15PM Figueiredo Named NESCAC Player of the Year
10/22/2007,  3:30PM Figueiredo Named NESCAC Player of Week
12/14/2006,  9:00AM Figueiredo Named All-American
11/10/2006,  3:00PM Egan, Figueiredo Honored by NESCAC
10/02/2006,  2:30PM Lovitz Named Player of the Week
09/05/2006,  4:30PM 2006 Men's Soccer Preview
12/10/2005,  4:00PM Crowley Earns All-American, All-New England Honors
11/11/2005,  3:00PM Men's Soccer Takes NESCAC Honors
10/26/2005,  10:00PM Men's Soccer Clinches First-Round Home Game
10/25/2005,  3:00PM Men's Soccer Cracks Top-25
09/07/2005,  3:30PM 2005 Men's Soccer Season Preview
08/11/2005,  10:00AM Fran O'Leary Named Head Coach of Men's Soccer
08/05/2005,  10:00AM Ainscough Resigns as Soccer Coach
01/01/2005,  TBA 2005 Men's Soccer Season Preview
12/13/2004,  11:00AM Sullivan Earns All-American, Joins Russo, Roth on All-Region
12/02/2004,  2:00PM Sullivan Only Division III Player at MLS Combine
11/12/2004,  2:00PM Three Polar Bears Earn NESCAC Honors
09/21/2004,  4:00PM Men's Soccer Ranked Seventh
09/20/2004,  4:00PM Bresnehan Named NESCAC Player of the Week
09/08/2004,  5:00PM 2004 Men's Soccer Preview
08/18/2004,  12:00PM Soccer Teams Travel to England
12/12/2003,  1:30PM Sullivan Named First-Team All-American
12/10/2003,  3:00PM Bowdoin Places Three on All-New England Squad
11/14/2003,  1:30PM Men's Soccer Places Four on NESCAC First-Team
11/09/2003,  10:00PM Bowdoin Men's Soccer Headed to NCAA Tournament
10/28/2003,  2:30PM Men's Soccer Ranked 12th
10/21/2003,  10:30AM Men's Soccer Improves to 12th In National Poll
10/14/2003,  12:30PM Men's Soccer Ranks 14th In National Poll
10/07/2003,  1:00PM Men's Soccer Ranked 21st In Nation
09/30/2003,  10:30AM Men's Soccer Ranked 21st
09/23/2003,  11:00AM Polar Bear Soccer Teams Both Ranked Nationally
09/22/2003,  1:30PM Desilets Named Player of the Week
09/16/2003,  12:00PM Polar Bears In The National Rankings
09/08/2003,  10:20AM Men's Soccer Ranked Eighth in Nation
09/02/2003,  10:30AM 2003 Men's Soccer Preview
08/26/2003,  12:00PM Men's Soccer Ranked in Preseason Poll
05/07/2003,  8:00AM Folan, Ainscough to Participate in Senior All-Star Game
11/14/2002,  8:00AM Men's Soccer Earns NESCAC Honors
11/03/2002,  8:00AM Pairings For NESCAC Semifinals
10/29/2002,  8:00AM Polar Bears Prep For Playoffs
10/01/2002,  8:00AM Polar Bears Rank High In National Poll
09/10/2002,  8:00AM 2002 Men's Soccer Preview
12/12/2001,  8:00AM Fall Captains Announced
12/07/2001,  8:00AM Bulow Named All-American
10/29/2001,  8:00AM David Bulow Named NESCAC Soccer Player of the Week
09/24/2001,  8:00AM David Bulow Named NESCAC Soccer Player of the Week
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Men's Soccer : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990