Brunswick, Maine - The Trinity College women's hockey team fell, 4-1, to the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Saturday afternoon in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season finale at Watson Arena. The loss ends the Trinity year at 7-16-1 overall and 3-12-1 in conference play while the Polar Bears improve to 12-8-3 and 6-7-3 in league play. The Bantams fail to qualify for the post-season for the first time since 2006.
Trinity opened the game's scoring just 1:48 into the first period thanks to a connection from senior co-captains Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) and Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.). Finn carried the puck towards the right post, drawing Bowdoin goalie Kerri St. Denis (Harpswell, Maine) to her, and dished center to Oganeku who buried the puck into the back of the net to put the Bantams ahead 1-0 in the early-going. Bowdoin responded, however, with a power play goal midway through the period. Jill Rathke (Burlington, Vt.) started the puck at center, just inside the zone, and slid a pass left to Tala Glass (Glencoe, Ill.) above the faceoff circle. Glass fired the puck outside the far post where Julie Dachille (Venetia, Pa.) put back her fourth-straight goal against the Bantams as the two sides entered the first intermission locked in a 1-1 battle.
After a pair of power plays killed off by both teams in the second period, Bowdoin grabbed a 2-1 lead with 2:18 left to play in the second thanks to a goal by Brooke Solomon (Parkton, Md.). Solomon won a faceoff in the right circle and continued to direct the bouncing puck through Trinity's towards Bantam senior goalie Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.), before flipping the puck over Belinskas and into netting for the one-goal lead. The Polar Bears nearly scored again just seconds later but Belinskas made a great save on a shot from Marissa Fichter to keep it a one-goal deficit.
Bantam rookie Karinna Cave-Hawkins (Edgewater, Md.) went for a wraparound four minutes into the final frame, but St. Denis closed off the right post and denied the scoring opportunity. Bowdoin extended its lead at 11:41 in the third period when Katie Leininger (Newtown, Pa.) took the puck into Trinity territory and deked a pair of Bantam defenders, forcing one off her feet, and dropping a pass back to Glass who directed a shot past Belinskas for the goal. Trinity pulled Belinskas from net to gain an extra attacked but the Polar Bears iced the game with a minute left when Julia Surgenor (Meriden, N.H.) dumped the puck into the empty net to account for the final score of 4-1.