Women's Ice Hockey

About the Program
Over the past decade, the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey program has established itself as one of the most successful teams in Division III. Playing in the most competitive conference in the nation, the Polar Bears have proven to be one of the top teams in the nation, reaching the NCAA Division III Women's Frozen Four twice and twice winning the NESCAC Championship.

Established in 1984, the team has had numerous individual regional and national honors, including Carol Thomas (1990-91 ECAC Division III Player of the Year) and goalie Erin Miller (ECAC Division III Goaltender of the Year in 1992). More recently, Shelly Chessie, Kirsti Anderson, Beth Muir and goalie Emily McKissock were all named first-team All-Americans during their career. In 2005-06, Kristin Cameron joined the club as a first-team selection.

Former Canadian National Team captain Stacy Wilson will begin her second season behind the bench in 2008-09. To contact Coach Wilson, email swilson@bowdoin.edu

2007-08 Recap
The 2007-08 campaign was snake-bit from start to finish as a combination of injuries and tough luck saw the Polar Bears dip to 5-12-6 overall. Bowdoin played seven overtime games and eight of their losses came by fewer than two goals. Despite their first losing record in a decade, the Polar Bears saw significant contributions from underclassmen and are optimistic about the prospects for the 2008-09 campaign. Lindsay McNamara earned All-Conference honors for the Polar Bears by leading the team in scoring with seven goals and six assists.

The Polar Bears play in historic Dayton Arena, located centrally on campus and only steps from Smith Union.

Built in 1956 and renovated in 1992, Dayton provides a great atmosphere for both watching and playing college hockey. The rink has hosted numerous NESCAC and NCAA Tournament games, and the team receives outstanding support from the greater Brunswick community. The support is well-deserved, as Bowdoin has a 36-4-1 record at home in the last five seasons.

In the spring of 2007, Bowdoin broke ground on a state-of-the-art ice arena to be opened in the fall of 2008.

Complete details about the Sid Watson Ice Arena can be found here.


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Women's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff

Head coach: Stacy Wilson
Assistant coaches: Kristin Cirbus

In May of 2007, the Bowdoin College Athletic Department announced the hiring of former Canadian National Team captain Stacy Wilson as the head coach of the women's ice hockey program. One of the most respected players in the sport of women's ice hockey, Wilson will begin her second season behind the bench in 2008-09.

Wilson earned a reputation as one of Canada's top players while leading Team New Brunswick at the National Championships from 1986-1993 and earned MVP honors while playing for the Maritime Sports Blades in the 1995 Tournament.

Her most notable impact was made on the international stage, as she scored three goals in five games while leading Team Canada to the 1990 World Championship. Over the next decade, Wilson collected a plethora of hardware, including gold medals in the 1992, '94 and '97 World Championships as well as gold at the 1995 and '96 Pacific Rim Championships and in the Three Nations Cup in 1996. She became captain of Team Canada in 1995 and led the team to a silver medal in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Following her retirement as a player, Wilson served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota-Duluth women's ice hockey team from 1999-2004. During that time, the Bulldogs captured the Division I National Championship three times (2001, '02 and '03). Elevated to associate head coach her final season, Wilson was part of head coach Shannon Miller's ACHA Women's College Coaching Staff of the Year in 2003.

Wilson received her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 1987. In 2004, she earned her Master's degree in Education from Minnesota-Duluth. She also established and coordinated the Stacy Wilson Female Hockey School in 1995, which became one of the preeminent hockey camps in Canada. In 2000, Wilson authored "The Hockey Book for Girls" which was nominated for the British Columbia Red Cedar Book Award.

To contact Coach Wilson, email swilson@bowdoin.edu

Kristin Cirbus, Assistant Coach
Kristin Cirbus has been named an assistant coach for the Polar Bears for the 2008-09 season.

Cirbus is a 2005 graduate of Colgate University, where she finished 14th all-time on the Raiders' career points list. Prior to earning a geography degree with a minor in education from Colgate, Cirbus starred on the junior hockey circuit for the Syracuse Stars, helping them to a pair of national championships as well as three state titles and a state crown with the Buffalo Bisons as well.

Her coaching career flourished at UMass-Boston, where she was an assistant for three seasons with the Beacons while earning a master's degree in business administration. The Jamestown, N.Y. native also has extensive coaching experience at various camps, serving as an instructor for 12 years at the McFall Brothers Hockey Camp in her hometown and another two years coaching in the Rick Heinz Hockey School. Cirbus was also an instructor at the Boston University hockey camp as well as the Dynamic Hockey camp.

To contact Coach Cirbus, email kcirbus@bowdoin.edu

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Women's Ice Hockey Roster

# Name Year Pos. Hgt. Hometown/School
1 Emileigh Mercer 09 G 5-4 Newton, Mass./Newton North
5 Alex Ysasi 11 D 5-6 Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier Prep
7 Shana Natelson 10 D 5-7 Taos, New Mexico / Taos
8 Stephanie Williams 10 F 5-6 Dallas, Texas/ Ranchview
9 Jill Campbell 11 F 5-3 Dartmouth, N.S./Brewster Acad.
11 Lindsay McNamara 09 D 5-4 Milton, Mass / Milton Academy
12 Beth Battin 09 F 5-2 Lexington, Mass./Hotchkiss
13/10 Bethany Croskey 11 F 5-5 Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser
15 Scooter Walsh 09 F 5-6 Urbana, Ill./Culver Acad.
16 Katherine Pokrass 10 F 5-6 Ashburn, Virginia / Washington Pride
18 Julia King 09 D 5-8 Yarmouth, Maine/St. Mark's
19/25 Chelsea Young 11 D 5-5 Orchard Lake, Mich./Andover
21 Maria Nicolais 10 D 5-7 Syracuse, N.Y / Syracuse Stars
23 Samantha Stewart 09 F 5-4 Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge
24 Michaela Calnan 11 F 5-6 Melrose, Mass./Middlesex
26 Kelly Keebler 10 G 5-1 Norristown, Penn / Norristown
30 Samantha Schwager 10 G 5-7 Vineyard Haven,MA/Will.-N'hampton

Head Coach: Stacy Wilson
Assistant Coaches: Kristin Cirbus
Team Captains: Julia King, Lindsay McNamara
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 Women's Ice Hockey Schedule

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Women's Ice Hockey Releases

Date Posted Title
07/11/2008,  2:30PM Cirbus Named Assistant Coach
04/23/2008,  2:00PM Belanger, Coyne Honored by NSCA
03/06/2008,  4:00PM McNamara Named All-NESCAC
01/21/2008,  7:30PM Campbell Named NESCAC Player of the Week
05/07/2007,  3:00PM Stacy Wilson Named Head Women's Hockey Coach
03/02/2007,  11:00AM Women's Ice Hockey Scores NESCAC Honors
11/20/2006,  4:00PM Gillis Named Player of the Week
11/07/2006,  11:45AM Women's Ice Hockey Ranked Eighth in Preseason
08/31/2006,  1:00PM Farrell Named Interim Women's Hockey Coach
07/18/2006,  4:30PM Amidon Named Director of USA Women's Hockey
03/21/2006,  10:00AM Cameron Named First-Team All-American
03/07/2006,  1:00PM Women's Hockey Earns NESCAC Honors
02/28/2006,  9:00AM Woogerd Named Player of the Week
02/06/2006,  1:00PM Forney Named Player of the Week
11/01/2005,  2:00PM Hockey Teams Ranked In Preseason Polls
03/02/2005,  2:00PM Gillis, Cameron Earn First-Team All-NESCAC
02/15/2005,  10:00AM Cameron Takes Player of the Week Honors
01/11/2005,  2:00PM Hockey Teams Ranked In Polls
11/18/2004,  4:00PM 2004-05 Women's Ice Hockey Preview
10/19/2004,  2:00PM Women's Ice Hockey Calendar Fund-Raiser
05/14/2004,  11:30AM Bowdoin Honors Athletes at All-Sports Banquet
03/07/2004,  9:00PM Bowdoin Earns NCAA Bid, Will Go To Plattsburgh
03/04/2004,  1:15PM Women's Hockey Earns NESCAC Honors
02/12/2004,  3:00PM Bowdoin To Celebrate Girls and Women In Sports Day
02/09/2004,  11:30AM Women's Hockey Coaching Staff Honored
02/03/2004,  11:00AM Polar Bears Ranked in USCHO Polls
01/27/2004,  12:30PM Bowdoin Ranked In Latest USCHO Polls
01/26/2004,  2:00PM Carr Named Player of the Week
01/20/2004,  12:00PM Polar Bears Ranked In Polls
12/16/2003,  10:30AM Polar Bears Ranked In National Polls
12/09/2003,  10:00AM Polar Bears Ranked In Polls
12/02/2003,  10:00AM Women's Hockey Remains Ranked Number Four
11/25/2003,  10:30AM Women's Hockey Ranked Fourth
11/24/2003,  2:00PM Gillis Named NESCAC Player of the Week
11/19/2003,  11:00AM 2003-04 Women's Ice Hockey Preview
10/28/2003,  10:00AM Women's Hockey Ranked Sixth In Preseason Poll
08/28/2003,  11:00AM McGonagle Named Interim Head Coach
07/31/2003,  11:00AM Kenney Named Assistant Women's Hockey Coach
05/07/2003,  8:00AM Lizotte, Crane Honored as Scholar-Athletes
04/09/2003,  8:00AM Amidon Named National Coach of the Year
03/24/2003,  8:00AM Women's Ice Hockey All-Americans
03/19/2003,  8:00AM Chessie Featured In Sports Illustrated
03/10/2003,  8:00AM Bowdoin Earns NESCAC Honors
03/03/2003,  8:00AM Bowdoin Announces Gametimes, Ticket Info
02/10/2003,  8:00AM O'Neil Honored As Player of the Week
01/27/2003,  8:00AM Chessie Takes USCHO, NESCAC Honors
01/21/2003,  8:00AM McKissock Tabbed as NESCAC Player of the Week
01/13/2003,  11:00AM Polar Bears Ranked In Polls
01/13/2003,  11:00AM Polar Bears Ranked In National Polls
01/06/2003,  8:00AM O'Neil Named NESCAC Player of the Week
12/10/2002,  8:00AM Polar Bears In The Polls
12/09/2002,  8:00AM O'Neil Earns NESCAC Player of the Week
12/03/2002,  8:00AM Hockey Teams Climb In Polls
11/14/2002,  8:00AM Women's Ice Hockey 2002-03 Preview
10/23/2002,  8:00AM Polar Bear Hockey Teams Ranked High In Preseason Polls
03/14/2002,  8:00AM Anderson, Chessie Named First-Team All-American
03/05/2002,  8:00AM McDonald Honored As Team Preps for Middlebury
03/03/2002,  8:00AM Polar Bears Make NCAA Tournament
02/26/2002,  8:00AM Women's Hockey Earns NESCAC Honors
02/18/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin Announces Postseason NESCAC Schedule
02/06/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin Hockey Teams Ranked Third in Nation
01/29/2002,  8:00AM Women's Hockey Slips to Number Three
01/29/2002,  8:00AM Bowdoin To Celebrate Women In Sports Day
01/23/2002,  8:00AM Polar Bears Dominate Polls
01/16/2002,  8:00AM Hockey Teams to Host Food Drive
01/15/2002,  8:00AM Hockey Teams Ranked in Top Ten
01/08/2002,  8:00AM Women's Hockey Holds At Number Two
01/07/2002,  8:00AM Anderson Earns Player of the Week Award
12/12/2001,  8:00AM Women's Hoops, Hockey Ranked Among Best In Nation
12/04/2001,  8:00AM Polar Bears Prep For Huge Hockey Weekend
11/27/2001,  8:00AM Women's Ice Hockey Improves Ranking
11/19/2001,  8:00AM Chessie Earns Player of the Week Honors
11/06/2001,  8:00AM 2001-02 Bowdoin Women's Ice Hockey Preview
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Women's Ice Hockey : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1984