Date Posted:09/10/2002, 8:00AM
In head coach Brian Ainscough?s second year at the helm of the Bowdoin College men?s soccer team, the Polar Bears put together their second strong season in a row, going 10-5-1 on their way to the NESCAC Semifinals. The 2002 season promises to be a challenge for Bowdoin as the Polar Bears will look to succeed without graduated all-time leading scorer David Bulow and with just a handful of upperclassmen on the team.
?It will be exciting to watch this team develop over the course of the season,? says Ainscough, who is 24-7-3 in two seasons as head coach. ?We made some mistakes characteristic of a young team last year, but with our sophomores having a full season under their belt, there is little doubt that we?ll be among the top teams in the NESCAC.?
Sophomore Bobby Desilets (Mapleville, R.I.) is the top returning scorer for Bowdoin. He had five goals and four assists as a first-year in 2001. Ainscough will also depend on senior co-captains Bart McMann (Marshfield, Mass.) and Chris Fuller (Wellesley, Mass.) to provide scoring support. The two finished in third and fourth place, respectively, in scoring in 2001. Sophomore Tom Bresnehan (Sherborn, Mass.) will also see time up front this season, and will be joined by first-year Andrew Russo (Weymouth, Mass.).
The midfield will be a mix of young and old in 2002, as senior captain Kevin Folan (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) will be joined by a plethora of youngsters. No fewer than five first-years will be fighting for time in the midfield. The group of Ethan Galloway (Seattle, Wash.), J.D. Dungan (Falmouth, Maine), Brendan Fisher (Needham, Mass.), Brian May (Londonderry, N.H.) and Luc Warton (Malden, Mass.) promises to be a competitive battle throughout the season. Junior Jordan McQuillan (Norfolk, Mass.) will provide veteran leadership at both the midfield and back positions, while sophomore Jacques Guana (San Antonio, Texas) will look to rebound from an injury-shortened first season. First-years William Waters (Andover, Mass.), Hosheus Isaac (Roxbury, Mass.) and Ethan Roth (West Orange, N.J.) will split time between midfield and back as well.
The backfield is also young, but extremely talented, as a group of sophomores will carry the day. The gifted sophomore class of Danny Sullivan (Portsmouth, N.H), Bucky Jencks (Honolulu, Hawaii), Erik Shea (Cohasset, Mass.) and Drew Tsakos (Carlisle, Mass.) will be joined by newcomers Mike Crowley (Wellesley, Mass.), Alex Castro (Gloucester, Mass.) and Peter Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) to make up an exciting and athletic defense. The last line of defense was a battle in preseason, as goaltenders Travis Derr (Berlin, Conn.), Tom Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) and Lucas Bare (Los Almos, N.M.) will undoubtedly produce a front-line keeper for the Polar Bears in 2002.
The schedule-as always- is tough as the Polar Bears will play at Wesleyan, at Williams, home against Amherst and home against Middlebury in the span of two weeks. That, combined with trips to Wheaton, Babson and Colby among others, the 2002 season will be extremely exciting.
?All the pieces are in place for a fantastic season,? says Ainscough. ?Its also crucial that this year lays the groundwork for future seasons as we try to move Bowdoin College from a regional power to a national power.?