Women's Hockey Hosts Elmira Saturday Night in First NCAA Game Since 2005

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team will host its first-ever NCAA home game at Watson Arena on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. against Elmira College.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children under 2 and Bowdoin students with ID are free.

Fans can follow all of the action on Saturday night via live video webcast and live stats. Links are available above.

The teams have played three times, most recently in 2006-07 when Elmira took a 5-4 overtime win. All three games have been tight with Elmira also winning, 5-4, in 2005-2006 and the teams tying 2-2 in 2002-03. Bowdoin head coach Marissa O'Neil was an assistant coach for Amherst in 2009 when the Jeffs defeated Elmira in the NCAA Division III Championship Game.

The winner will advance to the NCAA Division III semifinals, scheduled for March 15 at Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. Saturday's victor will face the winer of Gustavus Adolphus-Wisconsin River Falls at 7:00 p.m. next Friday evening.

ABOUT THE POLAR BEARS (21-4-2) - Statistics - Results
The Bowdoin College Polar Bears enter the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history after a 21-win campaign and the program's third NESCAC Championship...Bowdoin had previously won the conference title in 2002 and '04, when current head coach Marissa O'Neil '05 was a player for the Polar Bears...the Polar Bear also made it as an at-large team in 2003 and '05, but had not qualified since...in her third year at the helm, O'Neil was named NESCAC Coach of the Year following a second-place finish in the regular season and the most wins for the program since the 2002-03 season...Kayte Holtz was named as a First Team All-NESCAC choice for the third time. Her 123 career points rank 6th all-time in school history...Rachel Kennedy was named the league's Rookie of the Year and a First Team choice, becoming the first NESCAC player to turn the trick since 2010. She is also the first-ever NESCAC student-athlete to win Rookie of the Year in both field hockey and ice hockey in the same year...Kayla Lessard was named Second Team All-NESCAC after a sensational campaign. She is second in Division III in save percentage (.949) and fifth in goals against average (1.25)...the Polar Bears are 3-5 all-time in NCAA play with their highest-ever finish being 3rd in the 2003 tournament.

ABOUT THE SOARING EAGLES (21-5-1) - Statistics - Results
Elmira College received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when pairings were announced… The Soaring Eagles will be making their ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the programs' 12-year history… Elmira won back-to-back National Championships in its first two seasons as a program in 2001-02 and 2002-03… The Soaring Eagles have made it to the national title game four times and are 2-2 … Elmira is 20-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament games… Sophomore defenseman Brook Wilgosh was named to the ECAC West All-Conference First Team… Sophomores Ashley Ryan and Ashton Hogan pace the offense. Ryan has tallied 26 points on 15 goals and 11 assists… Hogan leads the team with 18 goals and also has seven assists for 25 points... Madison Johnston joined Ryan and Hogan as Second Team All-ECAC West selections… Freshman Olivia Nystrom was named to the conference's All-Rookie Team… Nystrom lead the conference in freshman scoring averaging .93 points per game… Senior goaltender Lauren Sullivan is ranked second in DIII with a 1.23 GAA and tied for the national lead in shutouts with nine… Sullivan has a .932 save percentage with over 1,000 minutes of play.