Date Posted:11/08/2007, 7:15PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College senior Nick Figueiredo (Wilmington, Mass.) and first-year Ben Denton-Schneider (San Rafael, Calif.) have earned the NESCAC's top awards in Men's Soccer All-Conference honors announced on Thursday. Figueiredo was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, while Denton-Schneider collected Rookie of the Year recognition.
In addition, senior captain Brendan Egan (Westfield, N.J.) joined Figueiredo as a First-Team All-Conference choice. Bowdoin finished the season with a 9-6-1 record and reached the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2004.
Figueiredo, Bowdoin's all-time leader in points (88) and goals (35) becomes the first Polar Bear to earn NESCAC Player of the Year, breaking a string of seven-straight winners from Williams. A prolific scorer, Figueiredo paced the Polar Bears in scoring for the second-straight fall, recording 10 goals and 11 assists for a career-high 31 points. He led the conference in points and was second in goals scored, he was able to break the program's 35-year old goal-scoring record and earn his third-straight First-Team All-NESCAC selection.
Ben Denton-Schneider becomes the first Polar Bear to earn Men's Soccer Rookie of the Year honors after a breakthrough campaign. The first-year midfielder appeared in 16 games, scoring four goals and three assists, with two of his tallies coming in a 2-0 first-round victory over Wesleyan in the NESCAC Tournament.
Egan joined his classmate Figueiredo as a First-Team All-NESCAC honoree. The senior netted his second-straight First-Team nod after scoring four goals and two assists to rank fourth on the squad in scoring.