Women's Lacrosse

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.

2007 Recap
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.

Facilities
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.

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Women's Lacrosse Coaching Staff

Head coach: Liz Grote
Assistant coaches: Erika Blozie

The spring of 2008 will mark the sixth season for Bowdoin head coach Liz Grote, and few coaches have enjoyed as stellar a beginning to their Bowdoin career. Grote has won over 67% of her games since coming to Brunswick (59-28) and has paced the Polar Bears to two NCAA Regional Final appearances. Coach Grote was honored as the IWLCA's New England Coach of the Year in 2005 and led Bowdoin to their first-ever NESCAC Championship game berth in 2006.

A native of Simsbury, Conn., Grote is a 1994 graduate of the University of Vermont and came to Bowdoin with an extensive background in college lacrosse. In addition to accumulating a school-best 32-18 record in three years at Wooster, Grote held assistant coaching jobs at Monmouth University (1995), Princeton University (1996) and the University of New Hampshire (1997-99).

In 2002, Grote led Wooster to a school- record 12 victories (12-6 overall), surpassing the 29-year program's previous top mark of 10 wins in a season. Even more noteworthy, she helped direct the Scots to their first conference title and first NCAA appearance, where they lost to Cabrini, 12-11, in the first round. Grote has been named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III West Region Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2002) and was tabbed as North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in both 2001 and 2002.

Grote is at a helm of a program that plays in perhaps the most competitive lacrosse conference in the nation, the NESCAC. Bowdoin plays a competitive out-of-conference schedule as well, which includes an annual spring trip to Florida.

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Women's Lacrosse Roster

# Name Year Pos. Hgt. Hometown/School
2 Kauri Ballard 10 M 5-7 Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield
5 Hillary Morin 11 M/D 5-8 Hanover, N.H./Hotchkiss
6 Abbie Mitchell 10 D 5-4 Baltimore, Md./Roland Park
7 Ping Hackett 11 D 5-3 Peabody, Mass./Brooks School
8 Phoebe McCarthy 11 A 5-8 Glyndon, Md./Bryn Mawr
9 Alex McLain 11 A 5-5 Stockton Springs, Maine/Governor's Acad.
10 Becca Austin 10 D 5-7 E. Millinocket, Maine/Phillips Exeter
11 Lindsay McNamara 09 A 5-4 Milton, Mass./Milton Academy
12 Ingrid Oelschlager 11 M/D 5-4 Roanoke, Va./Phillips Exeter
13 Bobbi Dennison 08 M 5-8 Freeport, Maine/N. Yarmouth Acad.
14 Ashley Peterson 10 A 5-5 Littleton, Colo./Colorado Acad.
15 Lyndsey Colburn 08 M 5-9 Concord, N.H./Concord
16 Libby Barton 09 A 5-5 Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood Regional
17 Ali Draudt 08 M 5-8 Portland, Ore./Lincoln
18 Katy Dissinger 11 M 5-9 Upper Brookville, N.Y./Friends Acad.
19 Grace Moore 08 D 5-8 Groton, Mass./ Lawrence Acad.
20 Christina Denitzio 09 A 5-3 Martinsville, N.J./Pingry School
21 Emily Straus 09 M 5-6 Washington, D.C./National Cathedral
23 Taylor McCormack 10 M 5-7 Yarmouth, Maine/Northfield Mt. Hermon
24 Steph Collins-Finn 09 GK 5-5 Menands, N.Y./Albany Academy
25 Sarah Marston 10 GK 5-4 Charlotte, Vt./Champlain Valley
27 Megan McFarland 11 D 5-7 Haverford, Pa./Episcopal Acad.

Head Coach: Liz Grote
Assistant Coaches: Erika Blozie
Team Captains: Lyndsey Colburn, Bobbi Dennison, Grace Moore
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 Women's Lacrosse Schedule

Date/TimeOpponent Result Score
03/08/2008,  12:00PMCONN. COLLEGEW  15-2
03/11/2008,  4:30PMSOUTHERN MAINEW  19-1
03/14/2008,  7:30PMvs. Skidmore (at W. Palm Beach, Fla.)W  21-4
03/17/2008,  9:00AMvs. Salisbury (at W. Palm Beach, Fla.)L  15-8
03/19/2008,  9:00AMvs. Springfield (at W. Palm Beach, Fla.)W  14-4
03/22/2008,  11:00AMat MiddleburyL  13-6
03/26/2008,  4:00PMat WheatonW  14-4
03/30/2008,  1:00PMPLYMOUTH STATE PPD - TBA
04/03/2008,  6:30PMWELLESLEYW  17-3
04/05/2008,  12:00PMTRINITYL  14-10
04/12/2008,  12:00PMTUFTSL  11-7
04/13/2008,  1:00PMWESLEYANW  6-5
04/16/2008,  7:00PMat ColbyW  11-10 (2OT)
04/19/2008,  11:00AMat AmherstL  7-6 (2OT)
04/22/2008,  7:00PMat BatesL  11-8
04/26/2008,  11:00AMWILLIAMSW  11-10
04/27/2008,  12:00PMat Trinity
NESCAC First-Round
L  12-9
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Women's Lacrosse Releases

Date Posted Title
08/11/2008,  8:00PM Women's Lacrosse Honored by IWLCA
06/18/2008,  10:30AM Grace Moore Nominated for NCAA "Woman of the Year" Award
05/29/2008,  9:00AM Dennison Named All-American
05/08/2008,  11:00AM Dennison Named First-Team All-NESCAC
07/23/2007,  1:00PM Bowdoin Tops IWLCA Academic Honors
05/31/2007,  11:30AM Three Polar Bears Named All-American
05/24/2007,  10:30AM Four Polar Bears Earn All-Region Status
05/10/2007,  4:00PM White, Moore Earn First-Team Honors
06/13/2006,  1:30PM Rose Named Defender of the Year
05/30/2006,  4:00PM Rose Leads All-American, All-Region Honors
05/10/2006,  5:00PM Women's Lacrosse Nets Five All-NESCAC Honors
05/07/2006,  10:00PM Women's Lacrosse Earns NCAA Tournament Bid
04/17/2006,  2:30PM Dennison Named NESCAC Player of the Week
06/09/2005,  9:45AM Cox, Grote Honored by IWLCA
05/24/2005,  1:00PM Cox, McDonald and Burke Earn All-American
05/11/2005,  9:00PM McDonald, Cox and Burke Land All-NESCAC Honors
05/08/2005,  9:40PM Polar Bears Grab NCAA At-Large Bid
05/02/2005,  3:00PM Cox Earns NESCAC Player of the Week
04/12/2005,  12:00PM Lacrosse Teams In National Rankings
06/02/2004,  12:30PM Kendall Cox Women's Lacrosse All-American
06/01/2004,  12:30PM Women's Lacrosse Earns Regional All-Americans
05/14/2004,  11:30AM Bowdoin Honors Athletes at All-Sports Banquet
05/07/2004,  12:00PM Women's Lacrosse Takes NESCAC Honors
04/06/2004,  3:30PM Lacrosse Teams Ranked In National Polls
05/22/2003,  8:00AM Women's Lacrosse Honored With Regional All-Americans
05/09/2003,  8:00AM Women's All-NESCAC Selections
02/13/2003,  8:00AM Women's Lacrosse Ranked In Preseason Poll
07/29/2002,  8:00AM Grote Named New Head Coach
05/22/2002,  8:00AM All-Academic Team Announced
05/07/2002,  8:00AM Lacrosse Earns NESCAC Honors
04/01/2002,  8:00AM Pratt Earns Player of the Week
03/12/2002,  8:00AM Spring Sports Outlook
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Women's Lacrosse : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991