Kennedy, Kahnweiler, Pearson Lead All-NESCAC Field Hockey Honors

Rachel Kennedy is the fourth player in NESCAC history to win consecutive Player of the Year awards
Rachel Kennedy is the fourth player in NESCAC history to win consecutive Player of the Year awards

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin College seniors Rachel Kennedy (Trumbull, Conn.) and Kim Kahnweiler (Winnetka, Ill.) garnered top honors in All-New England Small College Athletic Conference selections announced by the league on Wednesday. Kennedy was named the NESCAC Player of the Year while Kahnweiler was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

The senior duo headlined five Polar Bears along with head coach Nicky Pearson who were recognized with league honors. Kahnweiler, Kennedy and junior Kimmy Ganong (Brunswick, Maine) were named First Team selections while junior Mettler Growney (New Canaan, Conn.) and senior Kelsey Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) were recognized as Second Team choices. Head coach Nicky Pearson was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year.

The fourth player in league history to win Player of the Year in consecutive years, Kennedy joined a prestigious group that includes Bowdoin's Lindsay McNamara (2007, 2008), Tufts' Tamara Brown (2009, 2010) and Middlebury's Lauren Greer (2011, 2012). Kennedy leads all conference players with 30 goals, including nine game-winners, and 64 points. Kennedy has recorded a goal in 17 of 18 games this season, registered nine multi-goal games and earlier this season became Bowdoin's career leader in goals (98) and points (214). The 2012 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and three-time All-NESCAC First Team selection is the fourth Polar Bear to be named NESCAC Player of the Year, joining Marissa O'Neil (2003), Taryn King (2005) and McNamara (2007, 2008).

Kahnweiler, a repeat first-team selection, was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. She anchors a Polar Bear defense that has allowed a conference-low 12 goals to go along with nine shutouts. Kahnweiler has also chipped in two goals and three assists for seven points. She is the third Polar Bear to be recognized as the league's Defensive Player of the Year. Ella Curran and Brooke Phinney were honored in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Junior Kimmy Ganong has provided the Polar Bears with another offensive threat, as she stands third among all NESCAC players with 18 goals and 42 points to net her first First Team All-Conference honor.

Mettler Growney and Kelsey Mullaney rounded out the Polar Bear All-Conference honorees as Second Team choices. Growney sparked the Polar Bear offense in the midfield, scoring three goals and assisting on five others. Mullaney helped back-line Bowdoin's stellar defense and also served at the point of the Polar Bear penalty corner attack, scoring three times with 11 assists on the year.

Nicky Pearson of Bowdoin earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors for an unprecedented ninth time in her 20 years at the helm. Pearson guided the Polar Bears into the NESCAC Championship as the top seed with an unblemished record. Bowdoin went on to claim its eighth conference title and earn its tenth NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years.

Bowdoin will host an NCAA Regional beginning on Saturday at Ryan Field.