Men's Soccer Trio Recognized in All-NESCAC Honors

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College men's soccer team placed three members on the New England Small College Athletic Conference teams announced on Thursday by the league.

Senior Moctar Niang (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore Drake Byrd (Simpsonville, N.C.) earned First Team All-NESCAC recognition while senior Matty McColl (Victoria, B.C.) earned Second Team honors.

Niang closed out a sensational career with a dynamic season for Bowdoin, earning his third consecutive First Team selection. Working out of the backfield, Niang is tied for second in the league with 15 points, scoring a team-best seven goals with two game-winners. In 69 career matches, he racked up 19 goals and four assists  and is only the second three-time First Team All-NESCAC player for Bowdoin, joining Nick Figueredo '08.

Drake Byrd enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign for the Polar Bears, scoring five goals and adding three assists, including a pair of game-winning tallies. Both game-winning goals came in key NESCAC wins, against Middlebury (Sep. 22) and Trinity (Oct. 6).

Matty McColl was a vital part of the Polar Bear offense this year, playing on the wing for Bowdoin and racking up a team-best six assists, ranking fourth in the league. He also added a game-winning goal on October 1 against Thomas. He finishes a stellar career with seven goals and 16 assists in 62 career games. His 16 assists are tied for sixth all-time in program history.

Bowdoin finished its year with a record of 9-5-2, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament.