A dominating presence at midfield for the Clarkson College Lacrosse teams during the early 1970s, Paul Bovee played a leading role in the growth of the Golden Knights' emerging program and helped the Green and Gold establish a winning tradition.
A native of Baldwinsville, Bovee enjoyed a standout three-year career with the Knights, earning All-American, All-New York State and Independent College Athletic Conference accolades. From 1970-72, he scored 56 points on 35 goals and 21 assists. Although he was a dangerous scoring threat, Bovee really made his mark on the lacrosse field at the faceoff X, where he set Clarkson records for most faceoffs won in a season (175, 1972) and in a game (21 vs. Syracuse, 1972).
In his senior campaign, Bovee, who served as Clarkson co-captain, helped to lead the Knights to their first ever postseason appearance when the Green and Gold reached the 1972 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Tournament. One of 16 small college teams selected, Clarkson lost a competitive game to powerful Blowling Green State University in Ohoi. Clarkson completed the season with a 7-4 record, the best mark for the Knights in the first 13 years of the program. Clarkson also finished in a tie for first place in the Northern New York Section of the USILA with a 5-1 mark.
Bovee played a major role in the Knights' high-octane offense that season, which recorded a then school-record 118 goals. Bovee tallied 12 goals and started numerous scoring opportunities with his strong play at midfield.
Along with playing in the USILA Tournament, Bovee capped off his collegiate career by earning first team ICAC and All-Northern New York honors for the second consecutive season, was named a 1972 All-American, and was selected to play in the prestigious North/South Game.