BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College head coach Nicky Pearson was honored as NFHCA New England West Region Coach of the Year while first-year Mettler Growney was named ECAC Rookie of the Year as the national champion field hockey team continued to collect postseason awards.
Pearson, who just completed her 18th season as head coach of Bowdoin, has become one of the most decorated coaches in Division III history. With a 266-54 record at Bowdoin, Pearson has recorded a mind-boggling 157-20 (.887) over the last nine seasons, including seven "Final Four" appearances and four national championships. She has been named NESCAC Coach of the Year seven times and Division III Coach of the Year on three occasions.
One of Pearson's former captains, Julia King '09, who won two NCAA titles while a player at Bowdoin, was also recognized as a NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year. Now the head coach at Wellesley, King was tabbed as the New England East Region Coach of the Year. Both Pearson and King are now finalists for the NFHCA Division III Coach of the Year that will be announced on January 6.
Growney made a major impact for Bowdoin in her first year of collegiate field hockey as a ball handler and playing in 19 of Bowdoin's 21 games. She started the season as a reserve and earned a starting role in the post season for the National Champion Polar Bears. She recorded two goals, including a game-winner against Williams College, this season en route to the 2013 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. She was also named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.
King, Kennedy, and Riley have collected numerous honors during the 2013 season. All three were named to NESCAC First Team, All-Region First Team, All-Tournament at the Final Four, and Second Team All-Americans. The offensive trio led Bowdoin to an NCAA title, the second leading scoring margin, 3.23, in the country and fifth best 4.27 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. The Polar Bear faced Christopher Newport in the semifinals, punching their ticket to the championship game with a four goal outpouring from Kennedy and Riley against the third ranked defense in Division III. The 4-1 win marked the most goals allowed by Christopher Newport in the entire season. Kennedy notched the game-winner in Bowdoin's 1-0 win over Salisbury to bring home Bowdoin's fourth National Championship.