AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's hockey team fell to fifth-ranked Bowdoin College 4-1 on Saturday. Bowdoin junior Marissa O'Neil (Manchester, NH) had two goals and two assists and senior Gillian McDonald (Hudson, Quebec) had a goal and an assist as the Polar Bears improved to 10-3-1 overall and remained undefeated, at 8-0, in NESCAC play. Amherst first-year Rachel Simon (West Orange, NJ) prevented the shutout with her eighth goal of the year.
Bowdoin capitalized on an early power play as junior Cathie Quinlan (St. John's, Newfoundland) fed O'Neil in front of the net, who punched in the goal for the 1-0 lead. McDonald pushed the Bowdoin lead to 2-0 as O'Neil found her streaking towards the net and she lifted the puck over the Amherst goalie. Amherst first-year Meghan Dickoff (Minnetonka, MN) made a great defensive play in front of her own net and then nearly scored at the midway point of the first period, but could not push it past Bowdoin goalie Cat MacEachern (Berwick, Nova Scotia), who nabbed 18 saves on the day. The Polar Bears responded immediately on a breakaway as first-year Meghan Gillis (Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia) beat Amherst first-year goal Lyndsay Grabowski (Princeton, NJ) with a backhand for a 3-0 lead.
The Jeffs went on the attack in the closing minutes of the first period as sophomore forward Renee Sisti (Coventry, CT) put a shot on goal, followed by an attempt from Simon. Sisti then gathered the puck behind the net and sent a nifty feed to Simon in front of the net for the score. However, Bowdoin would regain their three-goal lead at the 7:11-mark in the second period as O'Neil netted her second goal of the game for the Polar Bear's final score.
Grabowski collected 31 saves in net, including a perfect 11-for-11 in the final period, as the Jeffs fell to 7-7 overall and 4-7 in conference play.
Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. against visiting non-conference foe Holy Cross.