Date Posted:11/14/2002,  8:00AM

Men's Soccer Earns NESCAC Honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's soccer team placed first in the NESCAC during the regular season and closed out their season with a 10-3-2 record. On Thursday morning, the conference released their all-NESCAC selections and Bowdoin head coach Brian Ainscough was named coach of the year, while first-year Andrew Russo (Weymouth, Mass.) was the lone Polar Bear All-NESCAC selection, placing on the second team.

Russo had an outstanding first season on the Brunswick campus, setting the school mark for goals by a first-year (12) as he led the squad with 26 points. He also had five game-winning goals for Bowdoin and was the difference in numerous contests. He broke open the first contest of the season against a scrappy Husson team by collecting a hat trick in the final five minutes of the game and scored crucial goals against perennial rivals Williams, Amherst and Middlebury in consecutive games.

Ainscough was selected by his peers as the NESCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Polar Bears to the regular season NESCAC crown. Bowdoin was ranked as high as seventh in the nation this season and proved to be stellar in close contests, going 3-0-1 in four overtime games with all three losses coming by a single goal. Ainscough improves his career mark to 34-10-5 (.745) at Bowdoin, the best winning percentage of any coach in Polar Bear men's soccer history.