BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's soccer team received national accolades and announced team awards at its recent year-end banquet.
The Polar Bears, who finished the season with a 12-4-1 record and reached the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season, were honored with a pair of prestigious off-the-field honors. Bowdoin was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with its Academic Team Award and was also awarded a Silver Award for Team Ethics by the organization.
The team boasted a cumulative grade point average of 3.61 last fall, ranking second among Division III institutions, first among NESCAC teams and 16th across all divisions of women's soccer in the NCAA. In addition, the team was charged with just a single yellow card this season, and earned the NSCAA Silver Award for its sportsmanship.
At the team's year-end banquet, Kaley Nelson and Kiersten Turner were named captains for the 2014 season. Other awards handed out are listed below.
The Bicknell Award - To the most valuable player on the Women's Soccer Team. Named after Ray Bicknell who coached the women's soccer team: Kiersten Turner
The Christian P. Potholm II Soccer Award - Given to the College by Christian P. Potholm II '62, DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, and Sandra Q. Potholm, this fund supports annual awards to the female and male scholar/athlete whose hard work and dedication have been an inspiration to the Bowdoin soccer program. Selection of the recipients is decided by the coaching staff: Sarah Wallace
The Common Good Award - For the player who is unquestionably dedicated to the upholding the ideal of the common good within the team. This player promotes and emulates a strong sense of team unity and positivity through adversity, and a sincere belief in putting team before self to foster competitive excellence for the team. Awarded in honor of the 2012 team: Morgan Woodhouse
Polar Bear Award - For the player(s) who most closely represents all of the best qualities of Bowdoin women's soccer in the following four areas: on the field, in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Academic and athletic excellence, congeniality, and a positive impact on the campus and local community are hallmark traits: Becky Stoneman