Rachel Kennedy, of Trumbull, a senior at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, was named the NCAA Division III national field hockey player of the year.

Kennedy was also named to the All-America first team the last two years. She was second team as a sophomore.

Virtually unstoppable in her senior year, Kennedy led all conference players with a school record 35 goals and 76 points.

She is now Bowdoin's all-time leader in goals (103) and points(226).

There are more than 160 Division III colleges and approximately 3,400 girls competing in field hockey. As such, some people might consider Kennedy being named player of the year comparable in some ways to a young man earning the Heisman Trophy.

She attended Westminster School in Simsbury, where she excelled in field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse. Kennedy was captain of all three teams her senior year and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Kennedy and her parents recently left for Santiago, Chile, where she will participate in The Pan American Maccabi games competing in field hockey in that country.