Date Posted:09/16/2003,  12:00PM

Polar Bears In The National Rankings

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College fall sports season is off to a rousing start, as three of Bowdoin's teams are still unbeaten two weeks into the regular season. The men's soccer (2-0) and field hockey (3-0) teams are ranked high in the national polls, while the women's soccer team (3-0) is among the top teams in the regional rankings.

The men's soccer team has taken two consecutive 2-1 wins over New England foes Wesleyan and Wheaton and will take on Plymouth State on Tuesday evening before hosting rival Williams on Saturday in Brunswick. The Polar Bears are ranked first in New England and fifth in the latest national poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Since falling behind to Wellesley early in their first game of the season, the field hockey squad has outscored their opponents 9-0 on their way to a 3-0 mark. After beating Wellesley 4-1, the Polar Bears dropped Wellesley and Wheaton in consecutive days to move up the national rankings. Bowdoin stands at number 15 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, and will host 12th-ranked Williams on Saturday.

Meanwhile, perhaps the most impressive team to start the season in Brunswick is the women's soccer team. Bowdoin has outscored foes 11-1 to open their schedule with three straight wins. The Polar Bears held steady at number four in the New England rankings and will play Williams on Saturday.