Chicago, IL - After a grueling weekend of hockey, the Bobcats emerged victorious in the ACHA Women's Division II National Tournament 3rd place game to secure the bronze for Bates. Arriving in Chicago seeded #1 in the East, the Bobcats were determined to hold their own while enjoying the experience of Nationals. After obtaining their Athlete Passes, frustrating losses came Friday night and Saturday morning as the teams from Minnesota (Rainy River and University of Minnesota - Duluth) triumphed over Bates.
Saturday evening, the Bobcats defeated the #2 seed in the East, the University of Delaware, 7-1 thanks to major contributions by first-year dynamic duo Kathleen Boyland (#3) and Eve Boonseng (#8).
With their 1-2 record in tournament pool play, the Bobcats faced Delaware for a rematch on Sunday morning to determine the 3rd place finisher. After three scoreless periods, Kathleen Boyland (#3) ended the season with an exciting bang by netting a shorthanded goal in the second overtime to give Bates a 1-0 victory. Seniors Renée Dyer (#31) and Allie DuPré (#22) made the trek to Chicago to round out their careers at Bates in this thrilling game. After arriving back in Lewiston, the team presented their banner to their peers by unveiling it at Commons on Monday night. Thank you to the ACHA tournament organizers, our supporters, and our competitors for an indescribably amazing season.