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2014 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship preview


The Hamilton College Continentals travel to Brunswick, Maine, for a 2014 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship quarterfinal against Bowdoin College on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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The game is scheduled to start at noon. Hamilton is the eighth seed and nationally ranked No. 2 Bowdoin is the top seed for the championship. The winner advances to the semifinals, which will be hosted by the highest remaining seed, on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The Continentals (6-9, 2-8 NESCAC) finished the regular season in a three-way tie for eighth place. The names of the three teams were pulled from a hat and Hamilton emerged with the final spot in the quarterfinals. The Continentals are making their second trip to the NESCAC championship since they joined the conference for field hockey in 2011; the other appearance was in 2011.

Eva Rosencrans '17 leads Hamilton with 17 goals and 36 points. Both totals rank second in program history for most goals and points in a season. Victoria Trentini '15 is the team's career leader with 519 saves, and Sam Sherman '15 is tied for second in the NESCAC with six defensive saves.

The Polar Bears (14-1, 9-1) own an eight-game win streak going into this weekend. A 6-0 win at Hamilton on Oct. 11 is included in the streak. Bowdoin is 5-0 all-time against the Continentals.

A capsule look at both teams can be found below.

No. 1 seed BOWDOIN COLLEGE
Overall record: 14-1
NESCAC record (finish): 9-1 (Tie-1st place)
NFHCA national ranking: 2nd
NCAA regional ranking: 1st
Head coach: Nicky Pearson, 19th year at Bowdoin, 280-55
NESCAC championship appearances: 15th
NESCAC championship titles: 7
NESCAC championship record: 25-7
Last win vs. Hamilton: Oct. 11, 2014 (6-0 at Hamilton)
Home record: 7-1
Goals scored: 59
Goals allowed: 6
Leading goal scorers: Rachel Kennedy ’16 (25), Kimmy Ganong ’17 (9)
Assist leaders: Adrienne O’Donnell ’15 (8), Ganong (7)
Starting goalie: Hannah Gartner ‘15 (14-1 record, 0.34 GAA, .875 save pct., 8 shutouts)

No. 8 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 6-9
NESCAC record (finish): 2-8 (Tie-8th place)
Head coach: Gillian McDonald, ninth year at Hamilton, 56-78
NESCAC championship appearances: 2nd
NESCAC championship record: 0-1
Road/neutral record: 2-5
Goals scored: 37
Goals allowed: 46
Leading goal scorers: Eva Rosencrans ’17 (17), Casey Brown ’16 (5)
Assist leaders: Aubrey Coon ’16 (7), Sam Sherman ’15 (3)
Starting goalie: Victoria Trentini ‘15 (6-9 record, 3.06 GAA, .729 save pct., 2 shutouts)

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