Brunswick, Maine - The Bowdoin College Polar Bear women's ice hockey team rallied from a two-goal first period deficit to complete a weekend sweep of the visiting Trinity College Bantams with a 5-2 win this afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena. Chelsea MacNeil had two goals and an assist for the surging Polar Bears, who improve to 10-7-3 overal and 8-4 in the NESCAC with their fourth consecutive win. The Bantams dip to 11-9 overall and 6-6 in the league.
Following Friday night's 5-0 loss, Trinity came out firing in the opening period this afternoon. Sophomore forward Emily Kleidon (Oakdale, Minn.) picked up a loose puck in front and banged a shot past Bowdoin goalie Kayla Lessard just 3:24 into the contest. Classmate Macauly Bauer (Sheboygan, Wisc.) capitalized on a 3-1 opportunity and blasted a slap shot to the top left corner at 11:47 that gave the Bantams a two-goal edge.
After pinning Trinity in their defensive zone to open the second period, Bowdoin finally found the back of the net and reduced their deficit to 2-1. Stephanie Ludy received a centering pass from Dominque Lozzi and scored between the legs of the Trinity sophomore backstop Alexa Pujol (New Canaan, Conn.) at 7:51. Bowdoin tied the game with Lozzi's quick shot off the face off, catching Trinity's Pujol off guard at 11:53. Bowdoin took the lead at 15:39 when Kayte Holtz forced a turnover deep in the zone and fed Chelsea MacNeil on the back door for the goal.
The Polar Bears increased their lead to 4-2 in the third period when Kim Tess-Wanat scored on a loose puck in front of the net at 4:59. After the fourth goal, Trinity replaced Pujol with Kristen Maxwell (Nashville, Tenn.) between the pipes. Chelsea MacNeil scored her second goal of the game and increased the Polar Bear lead to 5-2 on a rebound shot past Maxwell at 12:11. Pujol made 18 saves and allowed four goals in 44:59 for Trinity before Maxwell came in to stop six shots and permit one goal over the final 15:01. Lessard made 25 saves for Bowdoin.