November 6, 2012

Field Hockey Hosts New Paltz State in NCAA First Round Wednesday Afternoon

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College field hockey team will begin pursuit of its fourth NCAA Division III Championship Wednesday afternoon as they host New Paltz State in a first round game at Ryan Field.

Game time is 4:00 p.m.  Fans can follow all the action online by clicking the links above. Bowdoin will provide live stats coverage as well as a video feed of the game.

The winner of Wednesday's first round contest will travel to Geneva, N.Y. for a regional at William Smith College this Saturday where they will play MIT in a second round match.

ABOUT THE POLAR BEARS

The Bowdoin College field hockey team will be making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight years...the Polar Bears have won three of the last five Division III championships, claiming the crown in 2007, '08 and '10...Bowdoin is 14-1 in its last 15 NCAA Tournament games...the Polar Bears enter the tournament as the sixth-ranked team in the nation...Bowdoin finished as the runner-up to Middlebury in the NESCAC Tournament last weekend...two of their three losses have come to the top-ranked Panthers, both by a single goal...Bowdoin has posted the second-most shutouts (10), owns the fourth-best defense (0.69 goals against average) and has the eighth-best scoring margin (+ 2.92  goals/game) in all of Division III...Kayla Lessard ranks fifth in Division III with a 0.72 GAA...the Polar Bears feature a balanced offensive attack with four of the NESCAC's top nine goal scorers, including Cathleen Smith, who recently became just the fifth player in school history to surpass 100 career points.

ABOUT THE HAWKS

New Paltz is making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season, as it earned the State University of New York Athletic Conference's automatic bid..The Hawks won the conference title game against SUNY Cortland by a 2-1 final after two overtimes and a shootout, which New Paltz won, 2-0...Currently, the Hawks are riding a 10-game win streak, with their last loss coming on Sept. 30 against Rowan University...New Paltz is 16-4 overall this year and went 5-1 in SUNYAC play...Following the SUNYAC Tournament, the Hawks had five selections on the All-Tournament Team. Antonija Pjetri was named the Tournament MVP, while Kim Lepore, Madeliene Forrester, Amy Lee and Alyssa Stock joined her on the All-Tournament Team...Pjetri leads Division III with a 0.887 save percentage heading into NCAA play. She also stands seventh in the country with a 0.84 goals-against-average...Prior to this season, the Hawks had never owned a winning record.