Former Deerfield student Mettler Growney (DA ’13) is off to a strong start in her final season with the Bowdoin Polar Bears’ Field Hockey team. Last week, Mettler scored four goals and assisted on another in three games which included a hat trick against Southern Maine on Monday and the game winner against Trinity with 1:47 left to play on Saturday. For her efforts in guiding her team to three wins in as many games, Mettler has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week.
Throughout her collegiate career, Mettler has been a key contributor to her team’s success. The midfielder has appeared in 71 games and has been a starter since the second half of her freshman season when she earned both the NESCAC and ECAC Rookie of the Year awards as well as being named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. She has now scored 13 goals and added 13 assists in her time as a Polar Bear. Of her 13 goals, five were game winning tallies. The two most important of which came in her sophomore season when she helped her team defeat Tufts in the NESCAC semifinal and later Salisbury on an even bigger stage in the NCAA semifinal.
At Deerfield, Mettler was a three sport varsity athlete, serving as the captain of the field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse teams her senior year. She also won the Deerfield Field Hockey Cup in 2012 and was the recipient of the Jennie Maria Arms Sheldon Award for excellence in Academics and Athletics to go along with several other academic and athletic accomplishments.
Mettler and the Bowdoin Field Hockey team are now 9-1 on the season and will look to extend their current four game win streak this weekend when they take on Hamilton and Williams. The team will look to make another run deep into the NCAA tournament. Congratulations Mettler and good luck with the rest of your season! Go Big Green!