Date Posted:12/12/2001,  8:00AM

Fall Captains Announced

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College Athletic Department is pleased to announce captains for the 2002 fall sports teams. Chosen by their peers, these student-athletes are among the best in Division III. Teams that have announced captains are football, men's and women's soccer, field hockey and men's and women's cross-country. Bowdoin College is a private institution of higher learning in Brunswick, Maine and competes in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference). Bowdoin was recently ranked fifth in the nation among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2002 football season will undoubtedly be the most exciting in recent memory on campus as the Polar Bears will return a host of starters from last year's squad, including the four captains. Justin Foster '03 (Marston Mills, Mass.) will be the leader on the offensive line for the Polar Bears, while quarterback Justin Hardison '03 (W. Hartford, Conn.) will look to build on a solid junior campaign that included over 1,000 yards passing and five touchdowns. Matt Giffune '03 (New Hartford, N.Y.) will look to get more time out of the backfield next season for the Polar Bears, while two-sport standout Sean Starke '03 (Montreal, Que.) will be the leader in the defensive backfield next season.

In 2002, the Bowdoin College men's soccer team will look to pin down the NCAA bid that has eluded them for the past three seasons. The team lost a group of extremely talented seniors, and will look to these three captains for critical leadership next year after a solid 10-win season in 2001. Chris Fuller '03 (Wellesley, Mass.) grabbed five goals this season, mostly out of the midfield position for the Polar Bears. He will be joined by Kevin Folan '03 (Massapequa Park, NY), who tied for the team lead with five assists in 2001. Also leading Bowdoin on the field will be the fiery Bart McMann '03 (Marshfield, Mass.), who was third on the team in scoring, with 11 points last year.

The Bowdoin College women's soccer team won 11 games overall in 2001, and collected at least nine wins for the 10th straight season. The Polar Bears will look to return to the NCAA Tournament in 2002, with a talented group of captains that includes Amory Bradley '03 (Weston, Mass.), a solid fullback and midfielder Caroline Budney '03 (Manlius, N.Y.). Forwards Michal Shapiro '04 (Newton, Mass.) and Shelly Chessie '03 (Fredericton, N.B.) combined for nine goals and five assists last year and will be depended on for more scoring in 2002.

The Polar Bear field hockey team was an impressive 13-3 this 2001, and will return many of the members who led to this season's success. Back Sarah Laverty '03 (Concord, Mass.) plays a key role for the Polar Bears defense, which allowed less than a goal per game on average last season. Fellow captains Leah McClure '03 (Rothesay, N.B.) and Jackie Templeton '03 (Middlebury, Conn.) are forces on the offensive side of the field, as the team's second and third-leading scorers, respectively.

The Bowdoin cross-country teams will look to continue their success from this season in 2002, with the captains of the women's squad being Libby Barney '03 (Troy, Ohio), Bre McKenna '03 (Londonderry, N.H.), Kym Levine '03 (Nashua, N.H.), and Ariel Hanek '03 (Tyngsboro, Mass.). The reigning NESCAC champion men's team will be captained by Conor O'Brien '03 (Barrington, R.I.), Jeff Rubens '03 (Wilmette, Ill.), Pat Vardaro '03 (Norwood, Mass.), and Todd Forsgren '03 (Bay Village, Ohio).