NESCAC field hockey championship preview

Hamilton College travels to nationally ranked No. 2 Bowdoin College for a 2011 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship quarterfinal at Bowdoin's Howard F. Ryan Field on Saturday, Oct. 29.

NESCAC Field Hockey Championship Preview

The contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and admission is free. The winner moves on to the semifinals at the site of the highest remaining seed in the NESCAC championship on Saturday, Nov. 5.

No. 8 seed Hamilton (5-9 overall, 3-7 NESCAC) has suffered five consecutive defeats.  The Continentals' last win was on Oct. 11, a 4-1 victory over SUNY Geneseo.  Hamilton is making its first appearance in the NESCAC championship after playing field hockey in the Liberty League from 1995 to 2010.

No. 1 seed Bowdoin (14-0, 10-0) is the only remaining undefeated team in Division III in 2011.  The Polar Bears are the defending NESCAC and NCAA champions, and have won three of the past four national titles. Bowdoin has appeared in all 11 previous NESCAC championships dating back to 2000, and has won five of the last six titles. The Polar Bears are 13-2 at home in this event.

This will be just the second meeting in the history of the two programs.  Bowdoin blanked Hamilton 6-0 in conference play at home on Oct. 15, holding the Continentals without a shot or penalty corner.

A capsule look at both teams can be found below.

Overall record: 14-0
NESCAC record (finish): 10-0 (1st place)
NFHCA national ranking: 2nd
NCAA regional ranking: 1st
Head coach: Nicky Pearson, 16th year at Bowdoin, 227-46
NESCAC tournament appearances: 12th
NESCAC tournament titles: 6
NESCAC tournament record: 18-5
Last win vs. Hamilton: Oct. 15, 2011 – W, 6-0 (home)
Home record: 8-0
Goals scored: 48
Goals allowed: 9
Leading goal scorers: Cathleen Smith '13 (14), Katie Herter '12 (9), Ella Curren '12 (9)
Assist leaders: Elizabeth Clegg '12 (10), Herter (8), Smith (5)
Starting goalie: Kayla Lessard '13 (13-0 record, 0.63 GAA, .800 save pct., 4 sho.)

Overall record: 5-9
NESCAC record (finish): 3-7 (8th place)
Head coach: Gillian McDonald, sixth year at Hamilton, 47-43
NESCAC tournament appearances: 1st
NESCAC tournament record: 0-0
Road/neutral record: 1-5
Goals scored: 25
Goals allowed: 33
Leading goal scorers: Nikki Haskins '14 (11), Mary Lancaster '12 (8)
Assist leaders: Erin McNally '12 (4), Lancaster (3), Haskins (2)
Starting goalie: Victoria Trentini '15 (5-9 record, 2.35 GAA, .766 save pct., 1 sho.)

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