Connecticut College 4, Bowdoin College 3 Camels Sweep Polar Bears, Extend Winning Streak to Seven Games

Connecticut College 4, Bowdoin College 3 Camels Sweep Polar Bears, Extend Winning Streak to Seven Games

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) potted a pair of first period goals and assisted on a third score to lead the Connecticut College women's hockey team their seventh consecutive victory and a series sweep of Bowdoin College in a 4-3 triumph at Dayton Arena Saturday.

The Camels improved their record to 14-7-1 and are 8-5-1 in NESCAC play. They are in third place in the conference standings with two games remaining in the regular season. The Polar Bears fell to 8-11-2 with a mark of 5-8-1 in conference action. They have already clinched a post-season berth in the upcoming NESCAC Championship.

Julie Beattie (Livonia, Mich.) added a goal and an assist for the Camels in the win. Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) scored a power play goal that proved to be the game-winner.

Julie Dachille (Venetia, Pa.) had a goal and an assist to lead the Polar Bears in the setback. Brigit Bergin (Natick, Mass.) and Miranda Bell (Plano, Texas) chipped in with scores for the visitors, who battled back from a 4-1 deficit with two goals in the third period.

Junior net-minder Lan Crofton (Milton, Mass.) made 18 saves in the period for the Polar Bears.

The Camels opened the scoring 6:53 into the contest when Beattie buried a slap shot from the right circle.  Just 2:57 later, the Camels extended their lead when Cross was able to stuff home a rebound of a shot in the slot.  The Polar Bears finally broke through on their power play with 7:05 to go.  Bell won a face-off to Maureen Greason (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), who cycled the puck back to the point for Bergin, who buried a slap shot from the center of the blue line to make it a 2-1 game.

The hosts regained their two goal edge when Beattie and Steph Izzi (West Cornwall, Conn.) assisted Cross on an odd women rush for a goal with 1:40 remaining.

In the middle period, the Camels added some more insurance with a two-woman advantage. Connolly was able to collect a loose puck in a scramble just as the first penalty was expiring and the Camels carried the 4-1 lead into the second intermission.

Bowdoin responded though. Just 52 seconds into the third, Bell redirected a shot off the stick of Brooke Solomon (Parkton, Md.) and tipped it past Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) to pull the visitors with two goals in a 4-2 game.

Then, with 1:31 to go and their net empty, the Polar Bears clawed their way to within a goal when Dachille dove to the ice for a rebound and flicked in her fifth score of the season.

Bowdoin pressured the Camel zone in the closing moments but Chester and the Camels were able to hold on for the 4-3 win.

Chester finished with 30 saves in the victory for the Camels.