Date Posted:10/18/2005,  11:00AM

Field Hockey Ranked Sixth Nationally

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Off to the best start in school history and the only unbeaten team in Division III, the Bowdoin field hockey team is ranked sixth in the latest national poll released on Tuesday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The Polar Bears (10-0) were ranked eighth in last week's poll.

The Polar Bears, who play Maine-Farmington on Tuesday night, received four first-place votes in the latest top-20 ranking. Bowdoin is 2-0 against teams also ranked in the poll, with wins over Middlebury and Williams. The Polar Bears are 7-0 in NESCAC play and can clinch the top seed in the conference tournament with a victory at Trinity on Saturday.

It is the first time that Bowdoin has started a season with 10 straight victories, and has extended the Polar Bears' streak of seasons with at least 10 wins to an astonishing 14 consecutive years; easily the most of any NESCAC team.