hockey falls to Williams in overtime, 4-3
COPPOLA, STAFF WRITER
The Bowdoin College Women's Hockey team has laced their
skates up for the last time in the 2000-2001 season. An overtime playoff
loss to the #2 seed Williams squad put a close to the campaign. The Bears
fell by a final tally of 5-4 to the Ephs, who are currently ranked second
in the nation behind Middlebury. It was the second time this season that
the two teams had met, with Williams getting the better of it both times.
On Saturday night, February 24, the Ephs would jump
out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. Bowdoin came back onto
the ice with a sense of purpose in the second, lighting the lamp four
times to take the lead.
First-year Gillian McDonald would spearhead the attack
with a quick pair of goals, scoring twice in the first seven minutes of
the period. She then turned over the scoring duties to Ba Lanoue '03 who
picked up a pair of her own to hand the Bears the lead, 4-3.
The lead would be short-lived as Williams would get
the equalizer with just nine seconds to go in the second. The teams fought
a scoreless battle in the third frame, sending the game to an extra-period
knotted at four apiece. The overtime period played out much like the third
did. Neither team could manage to pick up the decisive score until Williams
finally netted the game-winner with 1:03 left to play.
Even though the Bears didn't manage to pull this one
out, Head Coach Michele Amidon picked it as one of the highlights of the
season. "We were down 3-0 after the first period and we came back to score
4 goals in ten minutes…that shows heart and character!"
So another season draws to a close. With the exception
of bowing out earlier than they would have liked in the playoffs, it was
a good year for the Bowdoin women. Coach Amidon said, "Without a doubt
we have one of the most talented women's ice hockey teams Bowdoin has
ever produced." They ended the season ranked fifth in the nation, where
they were a fixture for most of the year.
The Bears sported a 16-5-3 record on the season. Of
those five losses one was to D-I Boston College, two were to Williams,
and the other two also came at the hands of nationally ranked teams.
The same story goes for the ties; Bowdoin ended three
games without a winner and all three times both teams were ranked. Against
defending national champion and current number one Middlebury, the teams
fought to a 3-3 standstill. The tie was the first non-victory for Middlebury
in 102 league games and it is the only blemish on their ECAC record in
the last five years.
The Bears have every reason to be proud of themselves
after this season's performance. And with a young team, they have every
reason to be optimistic about next season.
Bowdoin was led offensively this year by a sophomore
and a pair of first-years. Shelly Chessie '03 led the team in both goals,
with 19, and assists (15), for 34 points. Britney Carr '04 was second
on the squad in scoring with 28 points divided evenly between scores and
helpers. Her classmate McDonald rounded out the big three with 27 points
15 on goals and 12 on assists.
Nine out of the top ten in points on the team were underclassmen
this year, a stat that certainly bodes well for the future. Only seven
of the 21 players on this year's team were juniors or seniors.
Though six seniors will be graduating, that means that
the majority of the team will remain intact next season. Remember to keep
your eye on them next season as they aim for new heights.
The six seniors who are graduating are Erin Jaworski,
Kim Mimnaugh, Gloria Sonnen, Ashley Cotton, and Katie Worthing. All of
them deserve a round of applause for their four years of hard work, dedication,
and success. May their success after Bowdoin continue as they set forth
on the rest of their lives.
Coach Amidon offered praise for this year's team and
optimism for next season: "Overall it was an outstanding season and we
are looking forward to continuing our success next year." Until next year
then, keep your skates sharp and as always Go U Bears!!
women's ice hockey team had an incredible season. With a score of underclassmen,
next year should have the same success.
(Colin LeCroy/Bowdoin Orient)