Date Posted:04/27/2005,  12:00PM

Burke Named NESCAC Player of the Year

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College men's tennis player McAfee Burke (St. Louis, Mo.) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference co-Player of the Year in postseason awards announced on Tuesday. Burke, a senior co-captain, was also chosen as the Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award recipent and first-year Garrett Gates (Fairway, Kansas) was a fellow first-team selection.

Burke posted a 17-7 mark this season and won the #1 Singles Championship at the NESCAC Tournament last weekend. He shares Player of the Year honors with Brian Marsden of Trinity, who was unable to play in the Championship. In perhaps an even a higher honor, Burke was selected as the Chaffee Award winner, given annually to the player who best displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest level of sportsmanship. A first-team selection, Burke paired with Gates to also claim the #1 NESCAC Doubles crown.

Gates is the lone first-year on the All-NESCAC team, posting a 19-8 singles mark so far this year and claiming the NESCAC Doubles championship with Burke. The duo combined to post a 13-9 record in doubles play this season.