Date Posted:10/04/2005,  11:00AM

Field Hockey Cracks Top 10 in Nation

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College field hockey team (7-0) is enjoying the program's best start to a campaign in a dozen years and has cracked the top 10 in the latest national poll released on Tuesday. Bowdoin, who will return to action this Saturday at Tufts, stands 10th in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association weekly rankings.

The Polar Bears, coming off four straight NESCAC wins over rivals Colby, Williams, Amherst and Middlebury are 7-0 for the first time since the 1993 season. Bowdoin has relied on stellar defense as the key to their torrid start, allowing just four goals all year.

Last Sunday, Bowdoin became the first team to beat Middlebury in Vermont in nearly three seasons, snapping the Panthers' 18-game home winning streak. The Polar Bears are one of just three unbeaten teams ranked in the poll, along with top-ranked Salisbury and fourth-ranked Skidmore.