BRUNSWICK, Maine – Four members of the Bowdoin women's ice hockey team were recognized with All-New England Hockey Awards for the 2012-13 season.
Head coach Marissa O'Neil was named the All-New England Coach of the Year. After leading Bowdoin to a 15-8-2 record last season, she guided the Polar Bears to a 21-5-2 overall record and 12-3-1 mark in conference play. Bowdoin's 21 wins this season is the most since the 2003 when O'Neil was a team captain for the Polar Bears.
Senior Kayte Holtz (New Berlin, Wisc.) was the first Bowdoin player to ever earn three consecutive First Team All-NESCAC appearances and ranked fourth in the league in scoring with 13 goals and 15 assists this season. She finishes her career as the tenth player in program history to surpass 100 points, ranking sixth in school history with 68 career goals, seventh with 55 assists and sixth with 123 points. Holtz was also the first women's ice hockey All-American from Bowdoin since Kristen Cameron in 2006.
Senior goalie Kayla Lessard (Enfield, Conn.) ended the season with a 1.38 GAA and .944 save percentage. Lessard played a key role in the Polar Bears successful NESCAC Championship season including 27 saves, with 13 in the third period, of a 3-1 semifinal win against Amherst. In the NESCAC title game, Lessard made 24 stops and held Middlebury scoreless over the final 49:37 to seal the championship for Bowdoin.
Freshman Rachel Kennedy (Trumbull, Conn.) is the only freshman to earn All-New England recognition in DIII. Kennedy also received the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Kennedy was the first individual to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors in both field hockey and ice hockey in the conference's history and is the first Polar Bear to win the award sinceDominique Lozzi '12 in 2009. She is also the first freshman to claim First Team recognition since 2010. In her first season, Kennedy led the offense with 30 points on 16 goals and 14 assists.