2018 Recap (14-6): Bowdoin opened the season on a 6-1 stretch, but were stymied in consecutive losses to Middlebury and Trinity in late March. The Polar Bears rebounded to close the regular season with six wins in seven games and bounced Wesleyan and Amherst to reach the NESCAC Championship game, where they lost a close decision to Middlebury. The Polar Bears earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round with a win over Stevens. Bowdoin's season ended in a loss at TCNJ to conclude the year. Senior Hannah Hirschfeld and first-year Eliza Denious were recognized as IWLCA All-Americans.
2019 Preview: Despite the loss of leading-scorer Hirschfeld, the Polar Bears return a wealth of talent that garnered them a no. 13 ranking in the first IWLCA poll of the season. Bowdoin returns nine of their top ten scorers from a year ago, including 50-goal scorer Katie Miller and Denious, who netted 41 goals, 47 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers. Defender Caroline Maxwell (13 caused turnovers, 21 ground balls) will anchor a young Polar Bear defensive corps.
With seven teams in the top-20 of the IWLCA poll, the NESCAC promises to be a gauntlet again in 2019. The Polar Bears will open with two games this weekend, at Connecticut College on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) and at Wheaton Sunday (1:00 p.m.). Bowdoin will host top-ten teams Amherst (Mar. 9), Middlebury (Mar. 23) and Trinity (Mar. 30). April home games include Colby on April 10, Endicott on April 17 and Williams on April 20.
Follow Online: Watch home games courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network and all contests will be available via live statistics. You can also follow the team on Twitter and on the free Bowdoin Front App, available on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android users.