Season Preview: Nationally-Ranked Field Hockey Set For 2017 Season

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Head Coach: Nicky Pearson
Captains: Kelsey Bumgardner, Juliana Fiore

2016 Recap (11-5): The Polar Bears opened the year by going 9-1 over their first ten games to stand first in the NESCAC standings entering the middle of October. But Bowdoin suffered a pair of one-goal defeats at Hamilton and Williams in consecutive days and were eventually edged by Middlebury 2-0 in a NESCAC Quarterfinals matchup to conclude their season. Despite finishing the year ranked 12th in the NFHCA poll, the Polar Bears missed out on a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

2017 Preview: The Polar Bears return four of their top six scorers from a year ago, including All-American midfielder Juliana Fiore. All-NESCAC defender Elizabeth Bennewitz will pace the Polar Bear backline that allowed just 0.81 goals per game last fall.

Ranked eighth in the NFHCA preseason poll, Bowdoin will face one of the nation's toughest schedules again this year, opening at 17th-ranked UNE on September 6. Other games against ranked opponents include at 13th-ranked Amherst (Sep. 9), home against 19th-ranked Williams (Sep. 17), home against fourth-ranked Middlebury (Sep. 23), at 10th-ranked Trinity (Oct. 7), home against 15th-ranked Hamilton (Oct. 14), and at second-ranked Tufts (Oct. 25) to conclude the regular season. The Polar Bears will look to continue their dominance at home with seven home games this autumn. Bowdoin has won 23 of their last 24 matches at Ryan Field dating back to 2014.  

Follow Online: Watch home games courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network and all home contests will be available via live statistics. You can also follow the team on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and on the free Bowdoin Front App, available on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android users.