Five Polar Bears Named to NFHCA All-New England Field Hockey Team
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Five members of the Bowdoin College field hockey team have earned All-Region honors awarded by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Thursday.
Seniors Kassey Matoin (Springvale, Maine), Cathleen Smith (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Brooke Phinney (Dedham, Mass.) joined junior Katie Riley (Hingham, Mass.) as First Team selections. Junior Olivia King (Georgetown, Mass.) was named Second Team All-Region. The quintet helped lead Bowdoin to a 16-4 record and NCAA Third Round appearance this fall.
The NESCAC's Defensive Player of the Year, Phinney was the top-scoring defender in the conference with 13 goals and nine assists this fall. Matoin was Bowdoin's central back on the defense and she teamed with Phinney to help the Polar Bears permit just 16 goals in 20 game this year. Both also earned First Team All-NESCAC recognition.
Smith and Riley were Bowdoin's two biggest scoring threats up front this autumn. Riley had a breakout campaign that saw her rank second in the NESCAC with 16 goals and 15 assists. Her 47 points are the fourth-most in a single season in program history. Smith scored 13 goals and added eight assists to finish her career with 117 points, ranking third in school history behind only Marissa O'Neil '05 (125) and Lindsay McNamara '09 (205).
Olivia King garnered her first All-Region choice after an excellent season in the Bowdoin midfield. Playing in all 20 games, King scored five assists and aided the Polar Bears on both sides of the field as the squad ranked third in the nation in goals-against-average and 15th in the country in scoring offense.