Date Posted:09/07/2004,  2:30PM

2004 Women's Soccer Preview

Head Coach: John Cullen (19th season, 211-68-21)

Leading Returners: Kendall Cox (Third-Team All-American, pictured), Cedar Goldman (2 goals-9 assists), Ivy Blackmore (5-2), Anna Shapell (0.86 GAA, 5.5 shutouts), Rachel Gordon (6-3 in 2002)

Key Losses: Jill Falwell, Michal Shapiro, Hillary Smith, Christine Goss, Julie Barnes

Newcomers: Katherine Popoff, Katherine Whitley, Claire Cutting, Grace Moore, Roberta Dennison, Bridget Keating, Ann Zeigler, Katilin Hammersley

2003 RECAP: The Polar Bears took advantage of a talent-laden senior class and a balanced scoring attack to post another tremendous season. Bowdoin went 12-3, won the NESCAC regular season crown and fell in the conference semifinals to Bates 1-0. Bowdoin played stifling defense, thanks in large part to All-American Kendall Cox and standout netminder Anna Shapell. The school's third all-time leading goal-scorer Jill Falwell led the team with nine goals, while Michal Shapiro earned All-NESCAC honors at midfield.

2004 PREVIEW: Bowdoin will look to replace the six-member class of 2004 with a talent-rich collection of first-years. The return of senior Rachel Gordon from studying abroad last fall will also ease some of the pain. Gordon was Bowdoin's second-leading scorer in 2002 as a sophomore, finding the back of the net six times. But the heart and soul of the team will likely be its veteran defense, anchored by Cox, Shapell, Melissa Anderson and Julie Gallant. The Polar Bears will not play at Pickard Field until September 28 against rival Bates. The squad will open the campaign will five road contests beginning on Saturday the 11th at Bridgewater and includes visits to NESCAC foes Colby (Sept. 18) and Williams (Sept. 26). Back-to-back home engagements with Amherst (Oct. 2) and Middlebury (Oct. 3) will set the tone for the remainder of the regular season, which will come to a close at Wesleyan on October 30.

DID YOU KNOW: Head Coach John Cullen (211 victories) is 12th all-time in Division III women's soccer coaching wins and is 29th all-time in all divisions of the NCAA. He also has more coaching victories than any other NESCAC women's soccer coach.

COACH CULLEN SAYS: "We graduated three forwards, so we'll have some question marks offensively. We do get Rachel (Gordon) back, as well as our goalkeeper, defense and three midfielders, however. Hopefully our defense will know what's going on and our offense will improve over the course of the year."