Women's hockey to take on #1 Panthers
I don't know if we, the students of Bowdoin College, are
ready. You know what I'm talking about. Tonight, our Bears take on Middlebury,
the top-ranked Division III squad in the country, and it promises to be
a big one.
However, if last weekend is any indication, the Bears won't
have any problems with the Panthers. Bowdoin tore up its competition,
defeating Amherst 4-0 last Friday and demoralizing Hamilton 11-0 on Saturday.
At Amherst (2-3), sophomore Jess Burke scored two goals
to lead the Bears past the Jeffs. First years Kirsti Anderson and Marissa
O'Neill netted a goal apiece in the win as well. Tallying assists were
senior Carrie Simonds, junior Beth Muir, first year Cathie Quinlan, and
O'Neill. The Bears outshot the Jeffs by a whopping 49-9 margin.
Fresh from that victory, the women rolled into Hamilton
on Saturday. The long drive left the Bears a little agitated when they
first hit the ice. However, when they skated off the rink three periods
later, the carnage left behind was a clear statement to Middlebury.
Finishing up 11-0, the game was nothing short of complete
Bowdoin domination. "We came out slow against Amherst, but we definitely
made up for it when we played Hamilton," sophomore Gillian McDonald
"Last weekend gave us confidence, because we played
our systems well," Sadie Wieschoff '04 said.
Tonight marks the women's first home game, and it's uncertain
if their fans have been adequately prepared to witness the action.
Middlebury's Panthers, #1 in Division III, visit the #2
Bears tonight at 7:00 p.m. Each team has outscored its opponents 29-0
and 29-1, respectively, thus far in the season.
According to several team members, "I think that we
are more than ready for Middlebury," McDonald said.
"We are all very excited and ready for this weekend,"
This is a big deal. For those of you who haven't heard the
hype, here it is. Middlebury hasn't been beaten in its last 129 games
of DIII competition. The Panthers' official record is 128-0-1; the tie
was dealt to them last year in Brunswick, Maine, by our very own Polar
Last year's game ended at a 3-3 tie, and was full of offensive
and defensive heroics from a young Bowdoin team. Sixteen sophomores and
first years filled the ranks of that squad.
Bowdoin head coach Michele Amidon cited several reasons
why this year will be different. "We're older and wiser, and the
first years are extremely strong this year" she said. "We also
play a very aggressive and tenacious style that Middlebury struggles with."
Even with the excitement going into the matchup, it's evident
that the team is aware of the serious challenge ahead. "I think the
key is going to be for us to play well during the entire game," Wieschoff
said. "We cannot, and will not, let up!"
"It's going to be really tough, but with our new Bauer
gear and bandos, we should be victorious," McDonald said.
The women of Bowdoin ice hockey have been dedicating themselves
to tonight's task for weeks. It is the sort of game they dream about every
time they fall asleep at night.
The intensity and atmosphere created in Dayton Arena are
vital to how close our Bears come to making their dream a reality. So,
if you love Bowdoin, if you love ice hockey, or if you just love being
loud, come on out to Dayton tonight, because you can change the world-the
DIII Women's ice hockey world, that is.