Date Posted:12/10/2003,  3:00PM

Bowdoin Places Three on All-New England Squad

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin men's soccer team placed three members on the All-New England squad, it was announced on Monday. Junior back Danny Sullivan (Portsmouth, N.H.) led the group by earning a first-team honor. Sophomore Drew Russo (Weymouth, Mass.) and junior Bobby Desilets (Mapleville, R.I.) earned second and third-team honors, respectively. The Polar Bears reached the second-round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the year with a 13-2-3 mark.

Sullivan, a junior captain who played through much of the season with a hand injury, was 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.

Russo 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 seasons.

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.