Date Posted:11/07/2005, 6:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College field hockey team has earned a first-round bye and will serve as one of four host sites for a regional in NCAA Tournament pairings released on Sunday evening. The NESCAC Champion Polar Bears (16-0) are ranked fourth in the latest national poll and are the only undefeated team remaining in Division III Field Hockey. Twenty-four teams qualified for the 2005 Tournament, which will culminate with the National Championship weekend at Washington and Lee University on November 18-19.
Bowdoin will host a loaded four-team regional that will include 10th-ranked Springfield College, who also earned a first-round bye. The fourth-ranked Polar Bears will draw the winner of Keene State and seventh-ranked College of New Jersey, who will play in a first-round contest on Wednesday. Springfield will take on the winner of eighth-ranked Middlebury and Manhattanville, who will also play a first-round game on November 9. The winners of the Second Round contests on November 12 will play in the Regional Final on Sunday, November 13 for a trip to Washington and Lee. Gametimes will be announced later this week.
The Polar Bears earned the NESCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, and have not been to the Tournament since 2000. Bowdoin has qualified for the championship on three different occasions, but are still looking for their first NCAA victory.