Date Posted:11/10/2004,  3:00PM

Field Hockey Earns All-NESCAC Selections

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College field hockey team has been recognized with three first-team All-NESCAC selections and a second-team choice in postseason honors announced on Wednesday. Senior captain Marissa O'Neil (Manchester, N.H.) was joined on the first team by sophomore Taryn King (Georgetown, Mass.) and goalkeeper Kate Leonard (Eliot, Maine). Junior Margaret Gormley (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) was a second-team honoree.

O'Neil, the 2003 NESCAC Player of the Year, ends her career with some staggering statistics. She is first all-time at the school with 31 assists and 125 points. Her 47 career goals are second all-time in Bowdoin history. This year, O'Neil was first on the team in scoring with eight goals and 24 points.

King, the 2003 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, had a solid sophomore campaign to earn first-team honors. King racked up a team-high 10 assists this year in addition to scoring six goals.

In her first season as the full-time goalkeeper, Kate Leonard proved to be up to the task, leading the conference in goals-against-average (0.71), shutouts (5), and allowing just seven goals in NESCAC play this year.

Gormley picks up her first postseason honor thanks to her play in the backfield for Bowdoin this year. The junior was the anchor of a Bowdoin defense that allowed just 11 goals in 15 games this season. In addition, she scored a goal and had two assists.

Bowdoin placed second in the NESCAC regular season standings with a record of 10-5. It marked the 13th straight season that the Polar Bears reached double figures in victories.