Date Posted:11/08/2006, 5:30PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Four Bowdoin College field hockey players have earned All-NESCAC honors in selections by the conference coaches announced on Wednesday. In addition, head coach Nicky Pearson has been named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in her career. Bowdoin (15-1) is ranked third in the latest national poll and will host an NCAA Regional this weekend at Ryan Field.
Bowdoin netted three First-Team All-NESCAC selections- more than any other squad- in senior goaltender Kate Leonard (Eliot, Maine), junior defender Val Young (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore forward Lindsay McNamara (Milton, Mass.). Sophomore midfielder Julia King (Yarmouth, Maine) grabbed a Second-Team All-Conference nod.
McNamara was the best offensive player in the NESCAC in 2006, racking up 15 goals and seven assists- including both of Bowdoin's goals in the Conference Championship last weekend. McNamara led the league with eight game-winning tallies in 2006 and has 31 goals and eight assists in her first two seasons as a Polar Bear.
Joining McNamara on the First-Team was Val Young, who solidified the Bowdoin defense in 2006. A versatile defender, Young totalled four assists this season, including a helper on the game-winning tally in Sunday's title game against Middlebury. She also anchored a Polar Bear backline that allowed just nine goals this season.
Kate Leonard added another First-Team All-Conference honor to her collection, posting another incredible year between the pipes for Bowdoin. She leads the conference, and stands second nationally, with a microscopic 0.56 goals-against-average this year. She also posted seven solo shutouts to lead the NESCAC in 2006.
Julia King grabbed a Second-Team nod thanks to a stellar year in the midfield. King started every game for Bowdoin, scoring three times and adding six assists. Two of her three goals were game-winners this year, with her assist total standing seventh overall in the conference.
Nicky Pearson earned her fifth NESCAC Coach of the Year honor following another oustanding campaign for the two-time defending Conference Champions. No team in the nation has a better record than Bowdoin over the past two seasons (33-2), who are making their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. In her time at the helm of the Polar Bears, Pearson has set a new standard for excellence, holding a 142-35 record entering NCAA Tournament play this weekend.