Bowdoin College of Brunswick senior Rachel Kennedy of Trumbull, Connecticut, was named the 2015 Division III Player of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
A two-time first team All-American and two-time New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Kennedy is the first Polar Bear to earn the award since the NFHCA instituted it in 2009.
Kennedy was nearly unstoppable in her senior campaign, recording a NESCAC-best 35 goals and 76 points. She led all of Division III with 1.59 goals per game this season, recording a goal in 20 of 22 games and registering 11 multi-goal games. Ten of her goals this fall were game-winning tallies.
The senior forward became Bowdoin’s career leader in goals (103) and points (226) during the 2015 campaign. Kennedy ended her career at Bowdoin owning the highest career goal tally of any active player.
University of Maine head field hockey coach Josette Babineau also received a top honor as the 2015 NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
Under Babineau, UMaine set a school record for most wins in a season with 19. The Black Bears also reached the America East Conference championship for the first time since 2005.
Babineau and her staff received honors from the America East Conference as Coaching Staff of the Year. During the 2015 campaign, Babineau reached a career milestone, surpassing 100 career wins, all at UMaine.
UMaine finished the season ranked as the 17th team in the country.