AMHERST, Massachusetts -- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears descend on Hitchcock Field on Saturday and bring three formidable challenges for the Lord Jeffs. Both women's soccer and field hockey come to Amherst with No. 1 regional rankings while men's soccer is the undefeated fourth-rank team in New England.
Perennial enemies on the soccer field, women's soccer pits two regulars to the NCAA Tournament. Amherst and Bowdoin's last three meetings have been one-goal wins as the victor emerged with top-rank in New England. The 1996 version of the showdown was a defensive struggle as both teams mustered a total of 12 shots in 90 minutes, including Amherst's game winner by Katie Hersey (Westford, MA). In 1997, the Jeffs enter the game with a 4-1 record as the No. 4 team in the newly aligned Metro region. Already claiming No. 1 Bowdoin bears an untarnished 4-0 mark in New England.
Field hockey pits Bowdoin head coach Nicky Pearson against her old team as Pearson headed the Amherst program in 1993. Her squad sits atop the New England East region with a 4-1 record after a 6-0 shutout of Salem State last night. Meanwhile current Amherst head coach Chris Paradis has built the Jeffs into one of the strongest defensive and most prolific offensive teams this season. Slighted by a No. 4 ranking in New England West, the Jeffs stand at 5-0, outshooting opponents 197-34 and outscoring them 20-2. Last year's matchup sent the Jeffs home with a 2-1 win after the Polar Bears notched Amherst's first goal allowed in 1996.
Bowdoin men's soccer is coming off the high of defeating Middlebury 2-1 on Saturday in an upset of the No. 22 ranked team in the nation. The Polar Bears will look to be giant killers again on Saturday as Amherst has vaulted into the national top-25 with a 1-0 victory over Brandeis and a 3-3 tie with defending ECAC Champions Connecticut College. Boasting the 19th spot in the country and third in New England, the Jeffs have been revived by the offensive output of sophomore Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) and the strategic command of Head Coach Peter Gooding. Gooding returns to his former team after a seven-year hiatus from coaching and has led the squad to their best start since the 1993 NCAA season. The Jeffs are currently 3-0-1 while No. 4 Bowdoin stands at 3-0.
In addition to action on Hitchcock Field, women's tennis is in action on the lower courts with matches at 10:00am against the Polar Bears and at 3:00pm against the Colby White Mules. Scheduled for a 1:30pm start, Lord Jeff football looks for its second win of the season over Bowdoin on Pratt Field.
Action at Amherst: Saturday, September 27 10:00am Women's tennis v. Bowdoin 12:30pm Men's soccer v. Bowdoin 12:30pm Women's soccer v. Bowdoin 12:30pm Field hockey v. Bowdoin 1:30pm Football v. Bowdoin 3:00pm Women's tennis v. Colby # # # 9/25/97