Date Posted:10/02/2007, 10:30AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - For the first time in school history, the Bowdoin College field hockey team is atop the STX/NFHCA National Coaches Poll. The Polar Bears (8-0) are one of just four undefeated teams remaining in Division III and have yet to allow a goal this season, outscoring their opponents 28-0.
Bowdoin received 18 of 46 first-place votes and jumped defending national-champion Ursinus (8-1) who had been ranked number one in last week's poll. The Polar Bears are the only New England team appearing in the top-10.
Bowdoin is currently riding a pair of impressive winning streaks. Nicky Pearson's charges have claimed 17-straight regular-season victories and have a NCAA-best 25-game home-field winning streak that dates back to 2004. The Polar Bears, who have been ranked as high as number two in the nation previously, have won the last two NESCAC Championships and have reached the Division III Semifinals in each of the past two seasons.
The Polar Bears are 5-0 in conference play this season following a pair of 1-0 victories over Amherst and Middlebury last weekend. Bowdoin will travel to play at second-place Tufts (4-2 overall, 3-1 NESCAC) this Saturday in Massachusetts. Statistically, the team ranks first nationally in goals-against-average, shutouts and scoring margin. The eight consecutive shutouts, and 581:14 consecutive minutes, are both program records.
The field hockey team is the second Polar Bear squad to have reached a national number-one ranking, despite having the best record of any Division III field hockey team since the beginning of the 2005 season (43-3). The Bowdoin women's basketball team first achieved top-ranked status in 2003-04, and have appeared as number-one at points during the 2004-05 and 2006-07 seasons.