Date Posted:11/28/2005,  11:30AM

King, Leonard Named First-Team All-Americans

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin junior field hockey players Kate Leonard (Eliot, Maine) and Taryn King (Georgetown, Mass.) have been named First-Team All-Americans in selections announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Monday. In addition, senior Margaret Gormley (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) was named as a Second-Team All-American. Bowdoin posted the best season in the history of the program with an 18-1 record, a NESCAC Championship and the team's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Semifinals.

Leonard, King and Gormley were also recognized last week as First-Team All-New England selections. In addition, senior Christi Gannon (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Valerie Young (Concord, N.H.) were recognized as Second-Team All-New England choices.

King, who was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Year earlier this season, collects her first First-Team All-American selection after being named a Second-Team All-American last season. A dominating two-way player at midfield, King finished second on the team with 25 points, scoring eight goals and adding nine assists.

Leonard was a stalwart in goal this season for Bowdoin, allowing more than one goal in a game just once. A First-Team All-NESCAC selection, Leonard carded six shutouts this year and allowed just 10 goals to post a microscopic 0.54 goals-against-average.

Margaret Gormley was a Second-Team All-American choice after garnering First-Team NESCAC and New England honors. An outstanding defender, Gormley was also an offensive presence this season, playing the point on Bowdoin corners. She tallied a career-high seven goals and five assists and scored Bowdoin's lone goal in Bowdoin's NCAA Semifinal loss to Messiah.

Gannon and Young grabbed Second-Team All-New England honors in selections announced last week. Gannon concluded her career with another strong offensive campaign, scoring seven goals with eight assists. She finishes her time at Bowdoin with 27 goals, placing her eighth all-time at the school. Young, also a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection, had a breakout sophomore season in anchoring the solid Polar Bear defense, starting all 19 games this year.