2011-12 Bowdoin Women's Ice Hockey Preview

2011-12 Bowdoin Women's Ice Hockey Preview

Head Coach: Marissa O'Neil (2nd season, 15-9-2)

Top Returners: Alex Fahey, Dominique Lozzi, Shelagh Merrill, Kayte Holtz, Emily Tang, Kim Tess-Wanat, Kendra Sweet, Tara Connolly

2010-11 Recap (15-9-2): Under first-year coach Marissa O'Neil, and with just three seniors on the squad, Bowdoin posted its best record since the 2006-07 season. The Polar Bears reached winter break with their best pre-break record (5-2-0) since 2002. The second semester saw the Polar Bears knock off defending national champion Amherst and rise to fourth in the conference standings, earning a home NESCAC quarterfinal for the first time since 2007. After rallying past Connecticut College in the first round, Bowdoin fell to Middlebury in the semifinals. Kayte Holtz earned First-Team All-NESCAC honors and All-New England Recognition.

2011-12 Preview: Bowdoin returns three of its top four scorers from the 2010-11 season. Kayte Holtz will look to continue her scoring hot streak after an impressive sophomore campaign (25 goals, 11 assists). Also returning are senior tri-captain Dominique Lozzi (9 goals, 13 assists), sophomore Emily Tang (9 goals, 10 assists), junior Kim Tess-Wanat (6 goals, 13 assists), as well as goaltender Tara Connolly (2.00 goals-against-average).

The Polar Bears will be tested early, as Bowdoin hosts #4 Plattsburgh in its season opener on November 19. Bowdoin has only one other first-semester home game, against Colby, on December 2, and will travel to defending national champion Norwich on December 10. Bowdoin's second-half slate includes road weekends at Middlebury (Jan. 20-21) and Hamilton (Feb. 10-11) but ten home games, including home weekends with Amherst (Feb. 17-18), Trinity (Feb. 3-4), and Williams (Jan. 27-28). 

By the Numbers: Kayte Holtz scored an impressive 25 goals in her sophomore season, placing her tied for 8th in the record books in most goals scored in a season. Holtz scored four goals on two occasions, and is also tied for 2nd in most game-winning goals in a season with 7.