About the Program
Bowdoin's women's lacrosse team has established itself as one of the top programs in Division III, competing not only at the regional level but also at the national level- reaching the Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006 while setting and consequently tying a school record with 15 victories each season.
In the summer of 2002, Liz Grote was hired as head women's lacrosse coach and continued the winning tradition at the school, posting a 9-6 record and reaching the NESCAC playoffs in 2003 before going 11- 7 in 2004 and earning a NESCAC Final Four appearance.
Each year the Polar Bear squad has their work cut out for them with one of the toughest schedules in the country. Bowdoin faces several competitive non-conference opponents and the NESCAC schedule is extremely challenging, including several NCAA-qualifying squads. The team travels south during spring break, playing two to four games in Florida during spring vacation.
The Polar Bears posted another strong season in 2007, earning a 9-6 record and collecting several postseason honors. Taylor White '07 and Grace Moore '08 both earned First-Team All-NESCAC recognition and Moore was also honored as a Second-Team All-American. White, along with goaltender Stephanie Collins-Finn '09 earned Third-Team All-American nods. Bowdoin also excelled in the classroom, earning the IWLCA's Top Academic Award. The Polar Bears held a team grade-point-average of 3.49 for the 2006-07 academic year, leading all women's lacrosse teams across the NCAA's three divisions.
The athletic facilities include some of the finest playing fields in New England, a full field indoor facility, and the new Howard F. Ryan '28 artificial turf field for practices and games. The field also features state-of-the-art light towers, allowing for night practices and games. Players have the opportunity to work with the strength and conditioning coach to develop physiological aspects that the sport of women's lacrosse demands, such as endurance, strength, speed, and explosive development.