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Student-Athletes Feted at Bowdoin's 2nd Annual All-Sports Banquet

Story posted May 10, 2000

The Farley Field House at Bowdoin College was the site of the second annual All-Sports Banquet Sunday, May 7th, and 11 student-athletes were honored for their accomplishments on and off the field. Highlighting the ceremony was the outstanding Athlete Awards presented to senior Chris Downe (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) and classmate Heather Hawes (Westport, Mass./Portsmouth Abbey).

Downe was selected for his excellence during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. A four-time All-American in the 800-meter run and a three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) champion in the 400-meter run, Downe owns four individual school records and a part of two relay records.

Hawes has been dominant on both the field hockey and women's lacrosse field for the past four years. She helped both teams earn their first-ever NCAA bids and was twice named an all-conference performer in both sports. This past fall, she was named a First Team All-American and the NESCAC Player of the Year as she smashed the single-season points record for the field hockey team. Last spring, Hawes was a First Team All-American in women's lacrosse and will most likely earn the honor again this season.

Senior Tom Casarella (Ashford, Conn./E.O. Smith) earned two awards at the banquet: the Achievement Award for Men and the Frederick G.P. Thorne Award for Leadership. A three-time GTE National Academic All-American, Casarella's 3.97 grade point average was tops of any student-athlete on the men's side. A captain of the men's soccer team and a four-year starter, Casarella finished his career owning eight of the school's 12 records for goalkeepers.

The Achievement Award for Women was given to senior Vicky Shen (Wayland, Mass./Wayland). Her 3.98 grade point average was the best among her student-athlete gender. A six-time captain for the cross country and track & field teams, Shen was the top cross country runner for the Polar Bears this past fall and was a contributor in the distance events for the track teams, specializing in the 1,500 meter.

Seniors Stacey Jones (Kansas City, Kan./Sumner) and Raegan LaRochelle (Augusta, Maine/Cony) won the Lucy L. Shulman Award, given for leadership among women student-athletes.

The Bowdoin athletic department also honored those student-athletes who gave the most back to the community. Senior Kelsey Abbott (Manchester, Mass./Choate), a four-year letterwinner for the women's swim team, was recognized with the Society of Bowdoin Women Award for her numerous efforts within the Bowdoin community and in Brunswick.

Senior Wil Smith (Jacksonville, Fla./N.B. Forrest) was presented with the Community Service Award for Men. Smith, a two-year captain of the men's basketball team, is a member of six on-campus groups as well as several local and state-run community groups. At the end of the evening, it was announced that the menís community service award would be named the Wilbur Smith Award in his honor.

Three non-seniors were recognized with the Outstanding First-Year Athlete awards. Shelly Chessie (Fredericton, N.B./Choate) was honored for her efforts for the women's soccer and ice hockey teams. She was the third-leading scorer for the soccer team that qualified for the NCAA tournament; she also earned ECAC Rookie of the Year honors on the ice after amassing 45 points.

Chris Davidson (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) and Colin Joyner (Great Falls, Mont./Charles M. Russell) were recognized as the top men rookies. Davidson eared a pair of All-New England awards for the indoor track team in the winter before starring for the baseball team in the spring. He finished fifth at the New England Championships in the 55-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash. For the baseball team, he shattered the single-season record for steals (21) and batted over .300 for much of the season.

Joyner stepped in and played No. 1 singles for the NCAA-bound men's tennis team. He posted a 23-7 singles record for an No. 8 ranking in the East while also making up half of the No. 4 ranked doubles team.

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