Date Posted:01/29/2002,  8:00AM

Women's Hockey Slips to Number Three

BRUNSWICK, Maine - After being ranked number two in the nation since the second week of the season, the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team was a victim of circumstance this past week. For the first time in 136 games against Division III opponents, top-ranked Middlebury College lost. With the Panthers falling to Manhattanville, it appeared that the Valiants would take the top spot in the poll, until they fell to sixth-ranked Elmira the next afternoon. The result is that the Polar Bears, who have won 11 straight and stand at 15-1 slip to number three in the latest poll, as five teams received first place votes. Middlebury remains number one with four first-place ballots, while Manhattanville sitting second with three first- place ballots. The Polar Bears are at number three with one first place vote and Elmira stands at number four, even though they received three first place nominations. Wisconsin-Stevens Point received the other first place ballot and is number five in the nation. The Polar Bears do not return to action until February 6 when they host Southern Maine.