The Amherst women’s hockey team suffered a heartbreaking loss Saturday afternoon, falling to Bowdoin, 3-1, in the NESCAC Championship semifinals. The Jeffs finished with a 13-11-1 overall record, missing the title game for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

Bowdoin went on to defeat host Middlebury, 2-1, for their first NESCAC Championship since 2004.

Bowdoin jumped on the board early Saturday afternoon, taking a 1-0 lead six minutes into the first period.

The Amherst women’s hockey team earned the third seed in the upcoming NESCAC playoffs after suffering two tough losses to No. 7 Bowdoin last weekend, with the Polar Bears clinching the second seed in the conference tournament. The Lord Jeffs fell short on Saturday, 4-0, before dropping a 3-1 decision on Sunday in the final game of the regular season. No. 10 Amherst finished at 10-5-1 in league play (12-10-1 overall), after a five-game conference win streak brought them back from .500 in late January.