Marissa L. O’Neil of the Class of 2005, a leader and clutch performer at the highest level in both field hockey and ice hockey, you returned to Bowdoin as head coach of the women’s ice hockey team in 2010 and have continued your legacy of success from behind the bench. Despite all your individual achievements, you were known as a player who made those around you better, and you have continued to mentor, motivate, and elevate other Polar Bears as a beloved and respected head coach.
You were one of Bowdoin’s most outstanding field hockey players and an on-field leader, and at your graduation held the all-time records in five major statistical categories: career and single-season points, single-season goals, and career and single-season assists. At the end of your first season you were named NESCAC Rookie of the Year, and you went on to receive many other accolades, including First and Second Team All-NESCAC, First and Second Team All-New England, First and Second Team All-American, and NESCAC Player of the Year. A captain of the team your senior year, your field hockey teams had a four-year record of forty-eight wins and fifteen losses.
You were also a captain and critical member of the winningest class in Bowdoin women’s ice hockey history, whose teams had a four-year record of 86-17-6, won two NESCAC championships, qualified for four-straight NCAA tournaments, twice advanced to the final four, and once finished third in the nation. Three times selected for the All-NESCAC Second Team and once for the NCAA All-Tournament Team, you remain in Bowdoin’s all-time top ten in career points, goals, assists, and power play goals. Tellingly, you still hold the all-time record for career game-winning goals to this day, with seventeen.