Date Posted:11/22/2004,  11:00AM

Bowdoin Earns All-New England Honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The National Field Hockey Coaches' Association has announced their 2004 Field Hockey Regional All-Americans and four Bowdoin players have been honored. Polar Bears Marissa O'Neil (Manchester, N.H.) and Taryn King (Georgetown, Mass.) earned First-Team All-New England honors, while Margaret Gormley (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Kate Leonard (Eliot, Maine) were Second-Team selections.

O'Neil and King were the two stalwarts of the Bowdoin offense in 2004, scoring a combined 14 goals and 18 assists, accounting for more goals together than opponents combined against the Polar Bears this year (11). O'Neil, the 2003 NESCAC Player of the Year, ended her career with an eight-goal season in 2004. She is first all-time at the school with 125 career points and 31 assists. Her 47 career goals are second all-time. King, a sophomore, was the 2003 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. She had a solid second season that included a team-high 10 assists in addition to six goals. Both earned First-team All-NESCAC selections this season.

In her first season as the full-time goalkeeper, Kate Leonard proved to be up to the task, leading the NESCAC in goals-against-average (0.71), shutouts (5), and allowing just seven goals in conference play this year. She was named First-Team All-NESCAC this fall. Gormley picks up her first All-Region 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 and was named to the NESCAC's Second-Team.

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.