Field hockey ready to launch season on new
The Bowdoin Field Hockey Team is ready to launch its season with an opening
game against MIT this Saturday. The women are looking to defend last fall's
15-2 record under returning head coach Nicky Pearson and assistant coach
With a strong force of returning varsity contributors, Coach Pearson
said she is positive about the upcoming season. Senior captains Sarah
Banister, Heather Nicholson and Allison Scaduto lead the team this year.
According to Coach Pearson, Nicholson has been a vital part of the team
from her start as a first year. Pearson said she is counting on Nicholoson
to "anchor down the defense" this season.
Fellow senior Scaduto has also been playing on the varsity squad since
her first year. Her speed and stick skills will appoint her "the
playmaker" at her midfield position, Pearson said.
Leah McClure '03 was the Polar Bears' leading scorer last fall. Returning
as a junior, McClure promises to be a dynamic forward, helping the offense
to the goal again this season.
Gillian MacDonald '04, starting goalkeeper last year, will continue to
defend the Bears' net this season.
"We have an incredibly talented group of returners who know how
to win and who want to be the best in the NESCAC again," Nicholson
Scaduto displayed similar thoughts. "What I think is so unique about
the field hockey team this year is that every single player is on the
same page and working towards success together," she stated. "Even
having been off the field for nine months, we stepped on the field for
the first day of practice, and immediately were connecting as if it was
The outlook for upcoming seasons is also optimistic, with a strong group
of first years turning out for the team. According to Nicholson, the first
years add depth to the team.
Recently, the team's concentration has been on adjusting to their new
home turf. The Howard F. Ryan '28 AstroTurf field was constructed this
summer, and is a new and challenging surface for the Polar Bears' game.
"We play a fast passing game that has transitioned well onto our
new turf," Nicholson stated.
The Polar Bear women seem focused and ready to perform tomorrow afternoon
in 1:00 action against MIT. The field hockey team's first NESCAC contest
will also be a home game, as they face off against Williams on September
"We will need to work hard to be the best," Nicholson said.
"This is going to be a very exciting season!"