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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 27, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's hockey team will try to make the New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinal round for the third time in four years when the Mules play host to Bowdoin College in a league quarterfinal game Saturday at 4 p.m. at Alfond Rink.
There is free admission to the game between the fourth-seeded Mules and the fifth-seeded Polar Bears. For those unable to attend the game, WMHB will broadcast locally at 89.7 FM and on-line at http://www.colby.edu/campus_cs/clubs/wmhb/
The Mules are 11-10-3 overall and made the NESCAC title game last year before falling to Amherst College. Bowdoin, which is 10-5 all-time in league playoff action, comes into the game at 11-10-1. Colby also made the semifinal round of the tourney in the 2005-06 season.
Colby took a 4-2 win over Bowdoin here at Alfond Rink on December 6, but the Polar Bears won their final eight games of the season and took a 4-1 home win over the Mules on February 10 during the current winning streak. Bowdoin was 3-10-1 overall and 1-8-1 in the conference at one point.
Colby senior forward Becky Julian was the NESCAC Player of the Week after scoring two game-winning goals last week, including an overtime goal to help the Mules clinch the fourth seed. Julian is second on Colby in scoring with 19 goals and nine assists for 28 points and has 65 goals and 45 assists for 110 career points.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Scarpato lead the Mules in scoring with 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points. Senior forward Laura Anning is third in scoring (8 goals, 14 assists) and is first among active players in career scoring with 59 goals and 57 assists for 116 points. Colby seniors Heather Nickerson (1 goal, 14 assists), Amanda Comeau (5 goals, 7 assists), and Colette Finley (6 goals, 5 assists) are other threats.
Lacey Brown has won nine games this season in goal and owns a 26-19-8 career record with the Mules.
With some key players missing the start of the season while playing with Bowdoin's national championship field hockey team, the Polar Bears got off to a slow start to the season.
First-year forward Dominique Lozzi leads Bowdoin in scoring with 14 goals and six assists for 20 points. Jill Campbell (8 goals, 9 assists), Lindsay McNamara (6 goals, 9 assists), Maria Nicolais (5 goals, 7 assists), and Shelagh Merrill (4 goals, 8 assists) are offensive threats.
Sage Santangelo, a first-year goalie, has played 58 percent of the minutes in goal and owns a 7-5-1 record for Bowdoin.
NESCAC Women's Hockey Championships
Saturday's quarterfinal games
No. 7 Williams at No. 2 Middlebury, 1 p.m.
No. 5 Bowdoin at No. 4 Colby, 4 p.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College at No. 3 Trinity, 4:30 p.m.
No. 8 Hamilton at No. 1 Amherst, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7
Semifinals (at highest remaining seed)
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. games
Sunday, March 8