Date Posted:11/20/2007, 1:30PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College field hockey players Lindsay McNamara (Milton, Mass.) and Julia King (Yarmouth, Maine) have been named First-Team All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Senior tri-captain Valerie Young (Concord, N.H.) collected Second-Team honors.
It is the second time in school history that Bowdoin has earned two First-Team selections. The Polar Bears also pulled the trick in the 2005 season when Taryn King '07 and Kate Leonard '07 both collected First-Team recognition.
The squad won Bowdoin's first-ever team NCAA Championship, completing a perfect 20-0 season with a 4-3 victory over Middlebury in the National Championship game on November 17.
Junior forward Lindsay McNamara set an NCAA Division III Tournament record by scoring nine goals, including three in the Championship game, to cap one of the greatest seasons by a Bowdoin student-athlete. McNamara set single-season marks for goals (27) and points (61) in 2007 and also eclipsed the school marks in both categories, standing with 60 goals and 138 points after just three seasons. She was also named as the NESCAC Player of the Year, First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-New England.
Julia King earns First-Team All-American honors following a dominating season in the Bowdoin midfield. The junior from Yarmouth, Maine set the school record with 21 assists this season to lead all of Division III. In addition, she was a superlative two-way player whose transition game and work as the hitter on penalty corners sparked the Bowdoin offense that ranked fifth nationally in 2007. Through three seasons, King has 31 assists to rank in a tie with Marissa O'Neil '05 as tops in Bowdoin history. King also claimed First-Team All-NESCAC and First-Team All-New England honors this year.
Valerie Young captures her second-straight All-American nod after earning a Third-Team selection in 2006. The senior tri-captain paced the Bowdoin defense that allowed just six goals over the course of the season, including just one in the regular season. The Polar Bears' microscopic 0.30 team goals-against-average was easily the best in the nation while Young also posted three assists on penalty corners this year. Young was also a First-Team All-NESCAC and First-Team All-New England choice.
In addition, rookie Ingrid Oelschlager and junior Kristen Veiga also captured All-New England recognition. Oelschlager, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, tied Lindsay McNamara's rookie record with 16 goals in 2007 and finished second on the team with 35 points. Veiga was stellar on the Bowdoin defense, contributing to Division III's top back line in addition to serving on penalty corners, where she collected four goals and three assists this year.