Date Posted:11/24/2003,  9:15AM

Field Hockey Earns Three All-Americans

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College field hockey team received a tremendous honor on Monday as three Polar Bears were selected as NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) All-Americans, including two on the first-team. Senior Gillian McDonald (Hudson, Que.) and junior Marissa O'Neil (Manchester, N.H.) were named first-team All-Americans, while senior Amanda Burrage grabbed a third-team selection. It is the first time Bowdoin has boasted three All-Americans and the first time the Polar Bears have placed two on the first-team.

O'Neil was named NESCAC Player of the Year and had perhaps the best season ever for a field hockey player at Bowdoin. She tied the school record for single-season goals (19), while breaking the school mark for assists (17). Her 55 points for the year shattered the previous record of 46. Her 39 career goals is tied for second all-time at the school. She also was a First-Team All-New England selection.

Senior netminder McDonald graduates from Bowdoin holding almost every goalkeeping record, including career wins (48), career shutouts (30), single-season GAA (0.44) and minutes played (4,097). A four-year starter, she was a First-Team All-NESCAC selection all four seasons at Bowdoin and was a First-Team All-New England player both her junior and senior seasons.

A dominant midfielder, Burrage capped a successful senior year with her second straight First-Team All-NESCAC Selection and earns a Third-Team All-American choice. A First-Team All-New England selection and Second-Team All-American in 2002, Burrage ranks fourth on Bowdoin's all-time list with 17 career assists. This past weekend, she competed at the NFHCA's Senior All-Star Game.