NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Courtney Dumont (Yarmouth, Maine) put in two goals in the last two minutes of play, but it was not enough to lift the Camels over the visiting Polar Bears who hung on to defeat the Camels 5-4.
The Polar Bears finish the weekend with their record at 6-5 and an even 2-2 mark in NESCAC, while the Camels fall to 5-5-2 with a 1-3-2 record within the conference.
Mallory Andrews (Sheboygan, Wis.) and Rachel Kennedy (Trumbull, Conn.) each added a goal and two assists for the visiting Polar Bears. Chelsea MacNeil (Moncton, New Brunswick) chipped in with a goal and an assist, while Ariana Borque and Schuyler Nardelli each contributed a score. Colleen Finnerty rounded out the points with an assist to Borque in the second period.
Lan Crofton (Milton, Mass.) made 26 saves in goal Bowdoin, stopping 10 in the third period to keep the Camels from tying up the score.
Connecticut College senior Courtney Dumont ended the night with three goals, making her the college's all-time points leader at 71 points. Dumont now has 43 goals and 28 assists in her points tally.
Junior Amelia Dineen (Arlington, Mass.) also contributed with a goal in the third period. Senior Captain Olivia Farrell (New York, NY) added two assists on the night, while Jen Morgan (Orange, Conn.), Sarah Kaplan (Katonah, N.Y.), Jane Pagano (Erie, PA), and Michaela Igo (Sandwich, Mass.) each added an assist.
The Polar Bears took an early lead with goals by Andrews and MacNeil in the first six minutes of play. Late in the first, Dumont put the Camels on the board with a rebound finish off a hit inside by Morgan, ending the half with a 2-1 Bowdoin lead.
Bowdoin dominated the second period, starting with a goal by Borque at 7:16 into play. The Camels held on through two power plays, but fell to a 4-1 deficit with 5 minutes to play after Kennedy hit a one-timer over Fralick's shoulder coming off a pass through the slot by MacNeil.
The Camels held tight through a 5v3 power play early in the third period, and made it through early third period play without letting the Polar Bears see the net. With 8:52 left in play, Nardelli found the puck after a scuff in front of the net, giving Bowdoin a punishing 5-1 lead.
But the Camels were not ready to give up. With just over 7 minutes left to play, Dineen hit the top corner off an assist by Farrell. Then, with 2:39 left to play, Dumont got alone with the goalie on a fast break and put in her second, cutting the Bowdoin lead to only 2. Conn. pulled Chester out of the goal with just over one minute to play, and the man up advantage led to Dumont's third scoring opportunity as she found the back of the net with just 19 seconds left to play. The Camels got the puck back quickly, and found Dumont who took a final shot with 2 seconds in regulation, but it goes just wide past the far pipe.
Up next the Camels will face Nichols College, home at Dayton Arena Tuesday, Jan. 14th at 7pm.