Quartet of Field Hockey Players Honored in All-NESCAC Awards
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Four members of the Bowdoin College field hockey team have been honored in All-Conference honors announced by the New England Small College Athletic Conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior co-captains Katie Riley (Hingham, Mass.) and Olivia King (Georgetown, Mass.), along with sophomore Rachel Kennedy (Trumbull, Conn.) were all recognized as First Team All-NESCAC choices. First-year Mettler Growney (New Canaan, Conn.) was named as the NESCAC's Rookie of the Year.
The trio helped lead the Polar Bears to a runner-up finish at the 2013 NESCAC Tournament and a first-round bye in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Bowdoin will face the winner of Wednesday's first round game between New Paltz (N.Y.) State and William Smith in a second round game Saturday at Montclair (N.J.) State University.
The 1-2 punch of Riley and Kennedy were the top scoring teammates in the NESCAC this season. Riley's 47 points are tied for the NESCAC lead and rank fourth in a single-season in Bowdoin history. Her 15 assists lead the conference and are also fourth all-time in a year for a Polar Bear player. In her 62 career games at Bowdoin, Riley's 41 goals rank fifth, 32 assists stand second and 114 points reside fourth in program history.
Despite missing two games due to injury, Rachel Kennedy continued her torrid goal-scoring pace with 16 goals while adding seven assists this fall. The 2012 NESCAC Rookie of the Year ranked second in the league in goals, along with Riley, and after just two campaigns already stands 10th in Bowdoin history with 32 career goals.
Olivia King netted her first First Team All-Conference honor after dominating the midfield this season for the Polar Bears. A key to Bowdoin's high-scoring transition game, King recorded a goal and seven assists this fall for Bowdoin. She was a Second Team All-New England selection last year.
Mettler Growney made a impactful debut for Bowdoin this fall, playing in 15 matches. After starting this season off the bench, Growney has recently broken into the starting lineup for the Polar Bears. An athletic midfielder, she has recorded two goals this season, including a game-winner against Williams on October 13. Previous Bowdoin winners of the NESCAC Rookie of the Year are a who's-who of Polar Bear field hockey, as Rachel Kennedy, (2012), Ingrid Oelschlager (2007), Taryn King (2003) and Marissa O'Neil (2001) each won the award following their debut seasons.