COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College field hockey senior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) was named Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Oct. 30, while classmate Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and junior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) landed spots on the NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll. Bowie earned the major accolade for the second time in her career.
Bowie turned in a 0.47 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage during a 2-0 week, averaging 5.5 saves while allowing one goal in 150:31. During a 2-1 overtime win over American International College on Wednesday, she made five stops, including one in overtime, before collecting six saves in a 2-0 triumph at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday in her final career appearance.
Despite not seeing any playing time while sitting behind two upperclassman goalkeepers during her first two years of college, Bowie leaves Saint Michael's with her name scattered about the record book. She ended up sixth in program history in career saves (282), seventh in minutes (2,604:27), 10th in GAA (2.07) and tied for 10th in shutouts (7). With 14 victories, Bowie was one shy of 10th place. Each of her minutes came consecutively, as she was the only keeper to mind the net during a game the last two years, with that straight-minutes streak a school record.
Bowie's 134 saves in 2016 are the eighth most ever by a Purple Knight, as she stands fourth in the NE-10 in that category. With 7.4 saves per game, she is not only second in the league but fourth in NCAA Division II.
Avery scored game-winning goals in both games during a 2-0 week. Versus American International, she tallied 10:31 into overtime before scoring the go-ahead marker 44:19 into the victory at Southern Connecticut State. Avery started all 18 games this fall while tying for the team lead in assists (3) and placing second in both goals (5) and points (13). She notched all 17 career goals and 43 points during the past three seasons, starting all 36 games the last two years.
Deschaine dished an assist on Avery's overtime winner while anchoring a defense that allowed one goal in 150:31, yielding 15.5 shots per contest and 6.5 on goal. A key defender but also the primary penalty corner inbounder on the team, Deschaine finished with two goals, two assists and a defensive save in 16 contests, all starts. In addition to lending a hand on Avery's winner against AIC, Deschaine scored in overtime back on Sept. 27 to fell Franklin Pierce University, 1-0.
Saint Michael's, which ended the year 6-12 overall and 3-9 in the league, finished off a season which saw it head to overtime a program-record seven times, suffering five of its six one-goal setbacks in extra time.