The best-kept secret at Bowdoin
It is 6:00 a.m.. The guys are already sweating and seem
focused on their pattern drills. Coach Paterson is emphasizing the importance
of good footwork to a tired yet attentive player on court 2. John Carolan
'03 says of the practice, "Dude, with one early practice a week,
my game is thriving like Joey Harrington in the Fiesta Bowl!" The
intensity at the practice is incredible, and it serves as a constant reminder
to the guys on the team of their potential. With two consecutive trips
to the NCAA Tournament, the Bowdoin Men's Tennis Team has its eyes set
on moving past the Sweet Sixteen, and into the crop of elite Division
In her fourth year as coach at Bowdoin College, Jane Paterson
has compiled an impressive 35-12 record, with obvious improvements each
year. So now you may be asking yourself, who are these guys? Here is a
list of the members of the Men's Tennis Team (the BEST- kept secret at
1)August Felker '03: After studying away in the fall, Felker
returns with big expectations as co-captain. He said that "without
question, this is the most talented group of tennis players I've ever
stepped on the court with." High praise coming from a seasoned veteran,
characterized by his fiery and relentless spirit on the court.
2)Colin Joyner '03: Co-Captain Colin Joyner also returns
after a semester abroad with great hope for the team. He targets the match
against rival MIT as critical to this team's success, but realizes that
there are "tough matches before MIT." Joyner's tremendous work
ethic has certainly contributed to his great success in prior years, and
that should continue this season.
3)Louis Plough '03: Plough returns to the court after a
long hiatus. Plough spent last spring rehabbing a shoulder injury, and
spent the fall abroad. Plough's calm and composed demeanor sets a perfect
example for younger players on the team.
4)John Carolan '04: After a solid rookie season, many expect
Carolan to come up big in his second year. Hoping to use the momentum
from an impressive fall tournament record, Carolan looks forward to the
team's trip to California over spring break.
5)Pat Soong '04: Soong has said that "the team has
the arsenal to make it to the National Championships." Goals such
as these help Soong work hard on the court, but he feels the greatest
aspect of the team rests in the mixture of people on it.
6)Pat Keneally '05: Keneally had a tremendous fall and should
carry this over to the spring season. His patient and composed style eases
Coach Paterson's worries surrounding his rookie status. Look for big things
from Keneally, he leaves it all out on the court.
7)Mac Burke '05: After talking to guys on the team, they
informed me that Burke has been lighting it up thus far. A native of St.
Louis, Burke brings a big forehand and booming serve to the team. Like
Keneally, expect some thunder from this kid.
8)Thomas (a.k.a. "Bucky") Jencks '05: Bucky joins
the team after playing for the Men's Soccer Team in the fall. Characterized
by his serve and volley game, Bucky should make immediate contributions
9)Barrett Lawson '05: Lawson enters his first spring with
the Men's Tennis Team, but do not expect Lawson to be intimidated easily.
Winning a state championship in his senior year in high school, Lawson
knows what it takes to win it all.
These nine guys, led by Coach Paterson and Assistant Coach Martin Wilson, have set high standards for themselves. The only way to reach them will be to dedicate themselves entirely to the team and the sport. Now two weeks into the season, the team is preparing for its first match on the road against Wesleyan. After that, it is on to sunny California where the team will take on several high-powered and tough opponents. So the stakes are high early on for the Men's Tennis Team, and if preparation is any indication of performance, expect these Polar Bears to be ready to go come that first match. After watching the team practice, I saw the intensity and devotion of each member. Good things await this team, stay posted for further news.
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