Date Posted:11/09/2005, 3:30PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College field hockey team is enjoying a record-setting campaign and reaped some of the rewards on Wednesday as junior midfielder Taryn King (Georgetown, Mass.) and head coach Nicky Pearson earned the conference's top postseason honors. King was tabbed as the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, while Pearson earned the NESCAC's Coach of the Year Award.
Bowdoin placed King, senior Margaret Gormley (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and junior Kate Leonard (Eliot, Maine) on the conference's First-Team, while senior Christi Gannon (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Val Young (Concord, N.H.) grabbed Second-Team honors.
The Polar Bears will host an NCAA Regional this weekend in Brunswick. Bowdoin will face the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between The College of New Jersey and Keene State at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
King has progressed from being the NESCAC's Rookie of the Year in 2003 to a first-team selection in her sophomore campaign to the conference's Player of the Year as a junior. The most dominating two-way player in the league, King is second on the team with seven goals and seven assists this year, and also supports a Bowdoin defense that allowed a mere eight goals this year.
Gormley (pictured, on left) and Leonard (right) were key cogs in the Polar Bear defense in 2005, and both earned First-Team selections as a result. Leonard earns her second straight First-Team nod after posting another outstanding season between the pipes for Bowdoin. Her 0.51 goals-against average was easily tops in the NESCAC, while her five shutouts also led the league. In addition, Leonard was outstanding in the NESCAC Tournament, including stopping three of five penalty shots in the championship win over Williams. Gormley was an integral part of the Polar Bear defense, but also served as a crucial offensive threat on Bowdoin's penalty-corner sets this year, scoring six goals. For her performance last weekend in the championship, she earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors.
Christi Gannon (pictured, on right) earns a Second-Team selection following a stellar senior campaign. A tri-captain along with Gormley and Burgess LePage, Gannon posted seven goals and seven assists this year. Sophomore Val Young (left) also earned a Second-Team honor as part of the Polar Bear defensive corps. Young started all 16 games at defense for Bowdoin this season.
Head Coach Nicky Pearson earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time following the best regular season in Polar Bear history and her second NESCAC Tournament championship. Pearson guided Bowdoin to their best-ever regular season (14-0) and, at 16-0, currently heads the only undefeated team in Divison III Field Hockey.
Under Pearson, Bowdoin has proven to be one of the most prolific squads in Division III. In her 10th season at the helm of the Polar Bears, Pearson has won a least 10 games each year and boasts a 125-34 record.