Polar Bears seek to shatter more records during NESCAC playoffs
Bowdoin's field hockey team is unlike any other this college has seen in years. It boasts an impressive 11-2 record and broke Bowdoin's 42-goal all-time team scoring record last week. The Bears are now at 51 goals for the season and they are not even close to being done yet.
With one regular season game ahead of them, the Bears are also looking forward to strutting their stuff during post-season play.
As senior captain Faye Hargate said, "We're psyched to go all the way, because we know we can."
The Bears increased their record to 11-2 with two victories this week, bringing their winning streak up to seven games. The first game came against long-time rival and always challenging opponent, Colby College. Unfortunately for the Mules, however, the Polar Bears came to Ryan Field and rode them home. The first half went scoreless until 30 minutes into the game, when Marissa O'Neil '05 slammed one into the back of the net off a pass from Colleen McDonald '05. The goal provided a cushion for the Bears as they went into the half time break.
Bowdoin upped the pace in the second half, scoring three goals to Colby's one. Sarah Horn '07, O'Neil, and Christi Gannon '06 all posted one on the scoreboard to get the 4-1 victory. Hargate explained, "Colby had a lot of fire, but our skills and determination superceded their enthusiasm. We played a lot better as a team and were much quicker."
Bowdoin traveled to Orono to play in its second game of the week against Husson College. The Polar Bears beat Husson 9-1 as the team dismantled another Bowdoin record, this one being the number of goals scored in one game. Goals were scored by Gannon, Britney Carr '04, O'Neil, Taryn King '07, Aly Craib '06, Hargate, McDonald, Gessy LePage '07, and Margaret Gormley '06.
Senior Captain Amanda Burrage said, "One of the most exciting things about our team this year is the fact that we work together so well and are all such competent players."
This may be true, but that still leaves room for standouts. O'Neil is certainly a standout, breaking Bowdoin's assist record this week and beating the old 11 assist record by adding two more. She is also tied for second place in points for the season with 39. The record holder has 46, and O'Neil is hot on her trail."
This was a record-breaking week for the Bears, and there will certainly be more to come. Bowdoin will play its next game tomorrow at Bates College. With their impressive play this season, the Bears have already secured a first round NESCAC playoff game at home. The game will be this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.; the opponent is still undetermined.