The 2008 Coast Guard Academy Bears Soccer team won 13 games including the 2008 ECAC Division III New England Championship when they knocked off top-seeded Eastern Connecticut. Senior James Toohey, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scored the game's only goal in the closing minutes of regulation sending the Bears to their third ECAC Title and first in over a decade.
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Sadly, one of the key members of that '08 Bears team is no longer with us. LTjg Thomas Cameron, one of team's tri-captains, was one of three Coast Guardsmen killed in a helicopter crash in Mobile Bay this week while a fourth crewman remains missing.
Cameron tied for the team lead in scoring his senior year with 7 goals and 4 assists and also tallied 7 goals as a junior including the game winner against rival Conn College. A key cog in a class of players that helped restore a winning tradition at the Coast Guard Academy under head coach Chris Parsons, Cameron was more than a just great player. By all accounts he was also a great teammate and just a great kid, and his loss will be felt by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.