BEAR-ING DOWN: Bowdoin College is off to its best start in 12 years after compiling a 7-0 record, including a 2-1 overtime win over Middlebury on Oct. 2. The No. 10 Polar Bears snapped the Panthers' 18-game New England Small College Athletic Conference regular season winning streak with the victory.

The Polar Bears have given up just four goals this season and lead the nation with a 0.52 goals against average. Goalkeeper Kate Leonard ranks third in the nation with a 0.558 goals against average and fifth with a .889 save percentage. Leonard leads the NESCAC in both categories.

Bowdoin joins No. 1 Salisbury and No. 4 Skidmore as the only three undefeated teams in Division III field hockey.

STREAK STILL ALIVE: Despite trailing 1-0 to No. 15 Catholic University with just three minutes left in the game on Oct. 5, top-ranked Salisbury found a way to win.

Junior Lynette Sgignoli of Enola, Pa., tied the match with her team-leading 15th goal of the season with 2:37 remaining in regulation. Senior Brittany Elliott of Delmar, Del., then converted a penalty corner with 1:23 left to lift the Sea Gulls to a 2-1 win.

Salisbury (11-0, 4-0) has now won 44 straight games and has not lost a Capital Athletic Conference contest since the 2001 season -- a string of 19 games. The Sea Gulls were averaging a Division III-leading 6.10 goals per game before facing the Cardinals' tough defense.

NEED A LITTLE EXTRA: Springfield College improved its winning streak to eight games with a 2-1 overtime win against Mount Holyoke as senior midfielder Meghan Bascetta scored the game-winning goal in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action on Oct. 4.

The No. 7 Pride is now 6-0 in overtime games this season, and has posted three straight overtime wins.

Senior forward Sarah Brooker, the reigning NEWMAC Player of the Week, netted her 12th goal of the season to put the Pride on the scoreboard. Brooker leads the team with 26 points on the year.

GOAL GETTER: Senior forward Meg Goddu scored in her third straight game as she led No. 17 Gettysburg to a 2-1 upset of No. 12 Franklin & Marshall on Oct. 5.

Goddu, who earned Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors on Oct. 3, netted the game-winning goal with 26:58 left in the contest. The native of Chadds Ford, Pa., leads the league with 16 goals and 33 points this season.

Gettysburg is riding a four-game winning streak and shares first-place in the conference standings with No. 2 Ursinus.

NOTABLE: No. 3 Messiah snapped No. 20 Elizabethtown College's six-game winning streak with a 3-0 win on Oct. 5 in a Commonwealth Conference contest. It was the first time this year that the Blue Jays have been held scoreless ¦ Forward Annie Ledyard garnered Liberty League Co-Offensive Player of the Week after contributing four goals in Skidmore's wins against Oneonta and New Paltz last week. Ledyard leads the No. 4 Thoroughbreds with 13 goals and 27 points.