Date Posted:05/30/2006, 11:30AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - In the illustrious history of Bowdoin College men's lacrosse, the squad has never boasted a First-Team All-American selection; until now. Senior captain Connor Fitzgerald (Hingham, Mass.) was the lone player from New England to earn First-Team status when selections were announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. In addition, fellow classmate and captain Bryan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) was tabbed as a Third-Team choice.
The selection marked a fantastic way to close out the career of Fitzgerald, the 2006 New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year. A three-time All-NESCAC selection, Fitzgerald was named as a First-Team All-NESCAC choice the last two seasons and just last week was named the New England Player of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Fitzgerald was first in the NESCAC 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 men's lacrosse. Athletic prowess seems to run in the family for Fitzgerald, as his uncle (Jon Vignernon '75) was an All-American hockey player at Bowdoin in the mid-1970's.
Bryan Duggan posted another stellar season as the top defender for the Polar Bears to garner a Third-Team All-American selection. He led the team with 71 ground balls this year, while serving as a key face-off specialist. He was a critical defender for the Polar Bears, who averaged 8.37 goals-against in 2006. Last week, he was chosen as a First-Team All-New England choice after earning First-Team All-NESCAC honors this spring.
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.