NFHCA Recognizes Five From Bowdoin Squad with All-New England Honors
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Five members of the Bowdoin College field hockey team have been recognized as NFHCA Division III All-Region Team members.
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-Region selections. Colleen Finnerty (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Kim Kahnweiler (Winnetka, Ill.) were tabbed as All-Region Second Team members.
The offensive trio helped Bowdoin to an NCAA leading 3.36 scoring margin and third best 4.46 goals per game scoring average. The Polar Bears finished as runner-up at the 2013 NESCAC Tournament and a tallied a pair of wins at the NCAA Regional, securing a trip to the Final Four. Bowdoin received a first round bye and defeated SUNY New Paltz 5-2 in a second round game hosted by Montclair State, then going on to defeat the number one ranked Red Hawks in the regional final with a 1-0 win.
Riley and Kennedy were the top scoring teammates in the NESCAC this season. Riley's 54 points leads the NESCAC and rank fourth in a single-season in Bowdoin history. Her 16 assists tie for the conference lead and rank third all-time for assists in a year by a Polar Bear. This is Riley's second year as a First Team All-Region selection.
Despite missing two games due to injury, Rachel Kennedy has tallied 18 goals while adding eight assists this fall. The 2012 NESCAC Rookie of the Year ranked second in the league in goals, with 18, and after just two campaigns already stands 10th in Bowdoin history with 33 career goals.
Olivia King received All-New England honors for the second straight year, after earning Second Team recognition in 2012. King dominated in Bowdoin's midfield this season, while playing a pivotal role in corner execution. A key to Bowdoin's high-scoring transition game, King recorded a goal and eight assists this fall for Bowdoin.
Finnerty and Kahnweiler anchored a defense that allowed only 1.10 goals per game, ranking third amongst NESCAC schools, while only allowing 84 shots on net through 19 games. Finnerty tallied a pair of defensive saves for the Polar Bears, while providing the offense with nine goals and eight assists this year. Kahnweiler provided a steady presence in a young Polar Bear backfield, making a key clear in the final seconds of Bowdoin's 1-0 win over Montclair State in NCAA third round action.
The Polar Bears are making their seventh semifinal appearance in program history, after a one-year absence, as they head to Virginia Beach for the NCAA Final Four. Bowdoin and Christopher Newport will play in a semifinal matchup on Friday morning at 11:00 A.M.