Date Posted:11/14/2003, 1:30PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin men's soccer team received good news on the day before their first NCAA game in five years. Four Polar Bears received NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) First-Team honors, more than any other squad in the league. Defender Danny Sullivan (Portsmouth, N.H.), midfielder Andrew Russo (Weymouth, Mass.), forward Bobby Desilets (Mapleville, R.I.) and goalkeeper Travis Derr (Berlin, Conn.) were all recognized for their efforts.
Sullivan, a junior who has played through much of the season with a hand injury, has been indispensable on the back line for Bowdoin this season. Although he only scored one assist on the year, his deft passing has keyed numerous scoring opportunities and his defensive skills led to Bowdoin allowing a mere 13 goals in 17 games this season, including eight blank sheets.
Derr has been equally as strong as the four-year starter at goalkeeper. His goals-against-average this season was 0.86, which is more impressive considering he played against only the strongest teams on the schedule. His 39 career victories are a school record, as are his 20 career shutouts. Derr also picked up an assist when one of his booming kicks set up a game-tying goal against Williams in the regular season.
Russo, a second-team selection last year, followed up his stellar performance as a first-year with a strong sophomore campaign. As dangerous as he was with his leg, scoring nine goals, Russo distributed the wealth this year, assisting on six others. He totalled three game-winners and had three two-goal games in 2003, and has 21 career goals- ranking him eighth on Bowdoin's career list after only two years.
Desilets was Bowdoin's dominant scoring threat in 2003, racking up a team-high 12 goals and adding four assists. He collected a hat trick against the University of New England on October 7 and has 24 career goals after three seasons, ranking fifth on Bowdoin's all-time goal-scoring list. Desilets played big in the big games, collecting two goals in a tie against Williams on September 20 and scoring a goal in NESCAC postseason wins against Middlebury and Trinity.