Date Posted:09/23/2002,  8:00AM

Cox, McDonald Honored As Players of the Week

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced their Player of the Week selections for the week of September 16-23, and Bowdoin College had two student-athletes selected. Women's soccer player Kendall Cox (Guilford, Conn.) and field hockey goaltender, junior Gillian McDonald (Hudson, Que.) were both selected as Co-Players of the Week in their respective sports.

Kendall Cox scored only one goal this week, but it ended 10 years of frustration as her 30-yard direct-kick gave Bowdoin a 1-0 win over Williams. Not only did it give Bowdoin their first victory over rival Williams since 1992, but it moved the Polar Bears (4-0-1) from number six to number three in the New England Regional rankings. Bowdoin will return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to play at Plymouth State. Cox shared Player of the Week honors with Middlebury's Leah Cumsky-Whitlock.

Gillian McDonald already ranks among the best netminders in the history of Bowdoin field hockey, and proved it again on Saturday, stopping an incredible 25 shots- including three in the penalty stroke shoot-out- as Bowdoin took a 1-0 penalty-stroke win over Williams. The victory dropped McDonald's goals-against-average to a microscopic 0.53 and gave her four shutouts on the season. Her career total of 19 shutouts leaves her one shy of the school-record of 20, set by Dee Spagnuolo (1992-95). The Polar Bears improve to 4-1 overall and will play host to Amherst on Saturday afternoon. McDonald shared Player of the Week honors with Wendy Bonner of Colby.