Date Posted:02/26/2002,  8:00AM

Bowdoin Takes NESCAC Honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its all-conference selections for men's ice hockey today and Bowdoin College received numerous honors. Senior captain Mike Carosi (Warwick, R.I.) was named NESCAC Player of the Year while Head Coach Terry Meagher collected NESCAC Coach of the Year honors. Senior captain Brian Shuman (South Boston, Mass.) also earned first-team honors, while junior forward Sean Starke (Montreal, Que.) received a second-team selection. Bowdoin (18-3-3) finished second in the conference to Middlebury and will travel to Vermont to play Trinity in the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Carosi led the NESCAC and was among the leaders nationally in scoring this season, collecting 13 goals and 33 assists on the season. The Toll Gate graduate has scored 44 goals and 77 assists in 96 career games at Bowdoin, ranking him among the top scorers in school history.

"Michael has had a career year that is really deserving of this kind of award," according to Coach Meagher. "To be named Player of the Year in a league like this is an extraordinary accomplishment and it's a positive reflection on him and the way he plays the game."

Shuman anchored a Bowdoin defense that allowed a mere 1.78 goals per game this season. Hailing from Catholic Memorial, the senior captain scored the game-winner in Bowdoin's first-round NESCAC victory over Amherst last Saturday.

"I'm so proud of Brian Shuman," says Coach Meagher. "His hard work, dedication, full commitment to the team and ability to lead makes him someone we can really be proud of. This award is very deserving."

Starke earned second-team honors thanks to his best offensive season since coming to Bowdoin. The junior from Deerfield Academy has improved his point production each season and has scored a team-high 18 goals this year to go with 14 assists.

"Anytime you make any kind of conference team in this league is a great accomplishment," says Meagher. "Sean has done an extraordinary job at developing himself into one of the top power forwards in the league. Being a junior, we can look for him to parlay this into a great senior season next year."

Meagher led the Polar Bears to a best-ever 16-0- 3 start this season and was selected by his peers as the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the first time. Previously, Meagher has been named NEHW Division II-III Coach of the Year three times (1986, 1989, 1993) as well as AHCA Edward Jeremiah National Coach of the Year twice (1986, 1989).