Date Posted:05/10/2006, 4:30PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin senior co-captain Connor Fitzgerald (Hingham, Mass.) has been recognized as the 2006 New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year in postseason honors announced on Wednesday.
Fitzgerald is joined by fellow captains Bryan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and Tom McKinley (San Francisco, Calif.), who earned First and Second-team selections, respectively.
Fitzgerald's honor marks the first NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year for a Bowdoin player since the establishment of conference play in 2000. Fitzgerald is a three-time All-Conference selection, with the last two coming as First-Team nods. The Polar Bears finished the 2006 campaign with an 11-5 record, closing out the year with an overtime loss to Wesleyan in the NESCAC Semifinals.
Fitzgerald was first in the league in scoring this season, posting 19 goals and 39 assists to average 3.87 points per contest. Amazingly consistent, Fitzgerald collected at least 53 points in each season with the Polar Bears, playing in 59 career games. For his career, he notched 96 goals and 125 assists, ranking him among the top point-scorers all-time at Bowdoin. His career assists total is second to only Tom Ryan '93 (146), while his 221 career points stands 10th all-time in the annals of Polar Bear lacrosse.
Bryan Duggan posted another stellar season as the top defender for the Polar Bears to earn a First-Team nod. He led the team with 71 ground balls this year, while serving as a key face-off specialist. He was a key defender for the Polar Bears, who averaged 8.37 goals-against in 2006.
Tom McKinley grabbed a Second-Team selection following the best season of his career. McKinley was Bowdoin's second-leading goal-scorer, notching 26 tallies on the year to rank fifth in the conference. Combined with 14 assists, the senior finished the year eighth in the NESCAC in scoring. McKinley closed out his career with a flourish, making up for Fitzgerald's absence due to injury in the conference semifinals last Saturday, posting two goals and four assists in the overtime loss to Wesleyan.