Scott Thornton, a midfielder with the men's soccer team from 2001-04, is the only three-year captain in the 50-year history of the program. The two-time All-GNAC first team selection, who was elected as the program's youngest captain in history as a sophomore in 2002, finished his career with 51 points on 18 goals and 15 assists.
After earning the Western New England Coaches Award as a freshman, Thornton and the Golden Bears made their second consecutive appearance in the ECAC New England Tournament in 2002. The Bedford, N.H. native broke out as a junior in 2003, tying for the team lead with 12 points (five goals, two assists) on his way to WNE MVP, All-GNAC first team, GNAC All-Tournament team, and GNAC All-Academic honors.
Thornton capped his collegiate career by leading Western New England to its best season in program history in 2004, as the Golden Bears set a program record for wins (going 16-6-1 overall), claiming both the GNAC regular season and tournament titles en route to the team's first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship. Individually, Thornton compiled 16 points (six goals, four assists) and was named to both the All-GNAC first team and the NSCAA/Adidas DIII All-New England team.