Date Posted:11/25/2006,  2:00PM

Leonard Leads Field Hockey All-Americans

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Three players from the Bowdoin College field hockey team have been named to the 2006 NFHCA All-American team announced this week. Senior goaltender Kate Leonard (Eliot, Maine) earned her second-straight First-Team honor, while junior Valerie Young (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore Lindsay McNamara (Milton, Mass.) earned Third-Team selections.

Leonard closed out her career with another fantastic season, posting a 17-2 record and a 0.64 goals-against-average. She collected seven solo shutouts this year and was named First-Team All-New England and First-Team All-NESCAC. For her career, Leonard posted the sixth-best goals-against-average in Division III Field Hockey history, allowing just 0.63 goals per game in 59 career games.

McNamara was Bowdoin's leading scorer this season and collects her first All-American choice following an outstanding 17-goal, 10-assist campaign. The highlight of the sophomore's year was likely her performance at the NESCAC Championship, when she scored both Polar Bear goals in a pair of 1-0 wins that delivered the conference crown. She also tallied First-Team All-NESCAC and All-New England honors.

Young enjoyed a fantastic two-way campaign for the Polar Bears this fall, and grabs her first All-American nod. A First-Team All-NESCAC and All-New England performer, Young's defense led Bowdoin to a microscopic 0.67 goals-against-average this year. Young also played the point on Bowdoin's corners, earning six assists in 2006.

Bowdoin finished their season with their second-straight NESCAC Championship, finishing as NCAA Semifinalists with a record of 17-2.