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Shrewsbury’s Stephanie Ludy a senior leader for Bowdoin women’s hockey

Stephanie Ludy of Bowdoin College scored a hat trick in a 7-2 win over Wesleyan.

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Stephanie Ludy of Bowdoin College scored a hat trick in a 7-2 win over Wesleyan.

Ludy shines on offense

for Bowdoin hockey squad

Stephanie Ludy  could not have picked a more opportune time to refine her offensive game for the Bowdoin College women’s hockey team.

The senior captain from Shrewsbury netted seven of her nine goals in a 5-0-1 stretch for the Polar Bears, including a hat trick Jan. 12 in a 7-2 win over Wesleyan.

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Two days later, the left wing was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the first time as a collegian.

“I’m showing what I always felt I was capable of at this level, so getting the award was a confidence boost,’’ said Ludy, who is shooting and going to the net more frequently this season.

Her five power-play goals are a team-best for the former three-sport athlete at the St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H.

“I’m up front now on the power play and getting more chances at tipping the puck and getting rebounds,’’ said Ludy, who has helped power the Polar Bears to a 13-2-1 record — including a 13-0-1 unbeaten streak — prior to games at NESCAC rival Williams Friday and Saturday.

“I was never a team captain at St. Paul’s, so having my teammates and coaches select me as a captain has meant a lot. It’s a bigger role than I anticipated, but I’m glad to have the opportunity, and I love the experience.’’

Bowdoin has advanced to the NESCAC tournament semifinals in each of the past three seasons, with Ludy clinching last year’s trip with an overtime strike against Williams in the quarterfinals.

“It was my first overtime goal, so it was a milestone and something I’ll never forget,’’ said Ludy, whose teammates include sophomore forward Colleen Finnerty  of Hopkinton (St. Mark’s School). “There were just five seconds left and we were trying to make a line change just as I redirected the puck over the goalie’s shoulder.

“I think I was the last person in our rink to know it went in, because I was turning towards the bench, but then everyone skated towards me and piled on.’’

Ludy was highly regarded at St. Paul’s, a recipient of the Coaches and Player’s Choice Awards and earning Independent School League honorable mention honors her senior year. She also was presented the girls’ hockey team’s Sportmanship Award as a sophomore and junior.

Ludy’s sister, Sarah, was a founder of the women’s rugby team at Merrimack College, graduating in 2009. Her brother, Tim Jr., graduated last year from University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he played club hockey.

Starting at age 5, Ludy suited up for eight seasons with the Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Colonials. She also played in the Concord-based Assabet Valley girls program and for Worcester Academy.

Her father, Tim, was her coach with the Colonials and her mother, Peggy, was manager. Her parents are among Bowdoin’s most loyal followers and arrange postgame meals for Ludy and her teammates.

“Stephanie deserves her captaincy because she’s a leader on and off the ice,’’ said her father. “Along with her brother, we spent a lot of hours driving to various rinks and tournaments, and you get to see a lot of familiar faces over the years.

“We even got them started as youth hockey referees, which gives Stephanie a different perspective on the game.’’

From a coach’s viewpoint, he said, his daughter has the gift of seeing the ice well and threading perfect passes up-ice.

“And as parents we’re thrilled that she and Bowdoin are having a good season,’’ said Tim Ludy. “The years have flown by and it’s hard to believe she’s a senior playing her final season.’’

Tufts’s Scott Anderson
passes 1,000-point mark

Tufts senior Scott Anderson  of Sudbury hit a 3-pointer to start last Saturday’s game over visiting Connecticut College, surpassing the 1,000-point career mark.

The 6-foot-5 forward registered 18 points and 6 rebounds in the 73-56 victory, the fourth straight win for the Jumbos (10-7 overall, 4-2 NESCAC), who will host University of Massachusetts Boston Thursday.

“I’m definitely excited. It’s a huge accomplishment. I did it at Middlesex School but it’s a different and more difficult challenge reaching 1,000 in college,’’ said Anderson, a four-year starter and two-year captain.

Tufts has improved steadily since his freshman year, from 6 wins, to 13, and then jumping to 17 wins last season.

Notables

Freshman Cody Brier of Marlborough scored two goals, including the game winner, to lift the Worcester State men’s hockey team to a 4-3 win Saturday over Plymouth State, ending the Panthers’ eight-game winning streak. Monday, he was named MASCAC Player of the Week. . . . Wheaton College sophomore Harry Bachrach  of Watertown won the 3-meter run with a personal best 9:13.23 clocking at an invitational meeting in Norton Saturday. . . . Bridgewater State’s Melissa Chiasson, a junior from Maynard, was second in the weight throw at the same meet and qualified for the ECAC championships with a school-record toss of 47 feet, 8.5 inches. . . . Sophomore forward Kyle Gibson of Franklin hit a jumper with seven seconds remaining to give Bridgewater State a 79-77 victory over visiting Salem State last Saturday. . . . Babson College senior P.T. Donato  of Arlington, who entered the game as the Beavers’ assist leader (13), notched his first two goals of the season last Friday and added another assist in a 5-0 ECAC East hockey win over New England College. Babson is 10-4-3 overall (6-3-1 conference) going into a weekend series against University of Massachusetts Boston.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.
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