Season Preview: Women's Hockey Looks To Make Noise In 2017-18 Campaign

Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com
Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com

Head Coach: Marissa O'Neil
Captains: Brigit Bergin, Jill Rathke

2016-17 Recap (13-9-4): Bowdoin opened the year with a 4-1-2 record and continued to roll through the first half of January, beginning 2018 with three straight wins. The Polar Bears posted a historic 3-0 win over Connecticut College on January 12 in the first-ever NESCAC women's ice hockey game played outside at Fenway Park. At the conclusion of the regular season, Bowdoin had earned the six-seed in the NESCAC tournament and traveled to Hamilton for a quarterfinal matchup. The game went down as the longest in program history (94 minutes), with the Polar Bears winning 1-0 in double-overtime. Bowdoin suffered a semifinal setback to eventual NESCAC Champions, Middlebury.

2017-18 Preview: Bowdoin returns its top seven scorers, including All-NESCAC honoree Julie Dachille who led the team with 11 goals and tacked on seven assists. Brooke Solomon and Brigit Bergin (Second Team All-NESCAC) return after both dishing out a team-leading nine assists in 2016-17 season. Kerri St. Denis stepped into net for the Polar Bears and posted a .954 save percentage and 1.28 goals against average. St. Denis was second in the league for save percentage and third in goals against, earning All-NESCAC and All-Region honors.

Bowdoin opens the year on Friday, November 17, at home against Colby. The Polar Bears return to Watson Arena for three events in December, including games against UMass-Boston (Dec. 1), USM (Dec. 5), and Johnson & Wales (Dec. 9). Bowdoin hits the road to begin 2018 with a league weekend at Williams before hosting eighth-ranked Amherst (Jan. 12-13). The Polar Bears play on the road for a key matchup against sixth-ranked Middlebury (Jan. 19-20) before returning home for back-to-back weekends against Wesleyan (Jan. 26-27) and Hamilton (Feb. 2-3). Bowdoin closed out the regular season at home against Trinity on February 16-17.

Follow Online: Watch women's ice hockey home games courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network and all contests will be available via live statistics. You can also follow Bowdoin women's ice on the free Bowdoin Front App, available on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android users.