Bowdoin skaters take NESCAC title
After beating Hamilton 6-0 in the NESCAC semifinals held in Dayton Arena, the Bowdoin Women's Ice Hockey Team trounced the eventual National Champion Middlebury Panthers 4-1 to win the NESCAC conference title.
Having taken two out of three matchups with Middlebury this year, the Bears ended their season with the knowledge that they are in fact better than the team that ended up in the number one slot. Junior Cathie Quinlan noted, "The highlight of the year for me was beating Middlebury and winning the NESCAC championship."
Unfortunately, Bowdoin lost 2-1 to Plattsburg in the first round of NCAA action and, for the first time in three years, failed to make it to the Frozen Four and compete for the title.
Despite the sour note that ended the season, the Bears are both enthusiastic about the future and are able to reflect positively about the past.
Senior Jen Pelkey said, "We worked hard every day. We were champions. Playing Bowdoin women's ice hockey as a senior this year, I felt like the seniors before me in that we had to teach the underclassman how to lead. From what I can tell, there will continue to be great leadership on this team well into the future."
Indeed, words from first year Jayme Woogerd seem to show that the senior leadership was a success. She said, "The hockey experience exceeded all of my expectations...BTML." For those of you who do not speak Woogian, that means "Best Time of My Life."
In addition to winning the NESCAC championship, other bright spots for the team include NESCAC second-team All-Conference selections for Bowdoin standouts Marissa O'Neil '05 and Brit Carr '04. Also, first-year phenomenon Meghan Gillis claimed the much sought after NESCAC Rookie of the Year title.
Senior captain Gill McDonald reflected, "I couldn't have asked for four better years. It's been an amazing experience. It still hasn't hit me that it's all over. I'm not going to remember the wins and the losses but the great movements we've shared together."
It is not very clear what 'great movements' Gill is referring to, but surely they were fabulous. Fellow senior and captain Sadie Wieschhoff echoed, "We had an amazing season. The season started with a lot of question marks, but it no doubt ended amazingly. My four years were better than I could ever hope for or ever thought they would be. I feel really lucky to have been a part of the team."
Now that the season has ended, the program must say adieu to a group of women who have all shaped the landscape of what women's ice hockey is at Bowdoin College. Jen Pelkey, Sadie Wieschhoff, Brit Carr, Jess Burke, and Gill McDonald have enjoyed four years of excellence as Polar Bears and leave lasting legacies.
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