They both grew up idolizing older brothers who played hockey. Both could lace up skates before they could lace up their shoes, but for sophomore forwards Lindsay Macy and Sara Bauer—primary reasons the women's hockey team performed so well last year and has such high expectations this year—the similarities end there.
Macy, the taller of the two linemates at 5-foot-11 speaks excitedly about the potential the team has, off-campus trips to West Towne and her love of hockey while the quiet Bauer nervously looks to the side as she softly talks about what she hopes the team can do this season.
"Sara's a quiet individual … Lindsay's the opposite, outspoken and says some things that maybe she'd like to take back," coach Mark Johnson said.
Last season the Badgers ended the season in second place in the WCHA and third at the 2004 WCHA Women's Final Five. The team's conference record of 18-5-1 and an overall record of 25-6-3 set a new records at UW.
Individually, Bauer and Macy led the Badgers in points with 33 and 31, respectively, and have started this season in similarly strong fashion.
"Between the two of them they're able to read off each other and compliment each other really well," Johnson said. "They played very well in the second half of the year last year, and I hope they get off to a real good start."
After the success of last season, and with years left ahead of them, both Macy and Bauer are excited—albeit in different ways—about the potential for the team to go beyond what they achieved last year.
Macy received WCHA player of the week honors after tallying four assists and four goals last weekend. Three of her four assists set up Bauer, who had a hat trick in the season opener.
Bauer returned the favor the following night, assisting on two of Macy's three goals. Bauer was named U.S. College Hockey Online's national player of the week.
"They come to practice and work hard, and play hard in the games," Johnson said. "And you hope to have success because, offensively, they are two key players for us."
Saying they are key offensive players seems a bit of an understatement. Macy had a nine-game scoring streak last year that included 16 points and adds a height element to the Badgers that Johnson is quick to point to as a great asset to the team. Bauer was named WCHA Rookie of the Year and had four three-point performances last season.
"I want to play well enough to help our team win," Macy said. "If that means scoring goals, scoring goals. If that means getting assists, getting assists. I just want to help our team win."
Both hope this year will be the year the Badgers, after only five years in existence as a varsity sport, can make it to the top, not only of the conference, but to a national title as well.
"I want a national championship," Macy said. "I think everybody else does too … we pretty much just have the Gophers in our way."
From little girls idolizing their big brothers to swimming in the Pacific during a trip to California, Bauer and Macy find themselves living the dream playing in Madison. And for the quiet and shy Bauer, it's a perfect continuance from her early days of playing at the age of five.
"I can't imagine not playing," she said. "I don't know how to describe it."
Women's hockey weekend
What: Wisconsin (2-0-0 overall) v. Bemidji State (1-1-0)
When: Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17, 2:05 p.m. Central
Site: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
Bauer, Macy provide scoring punch
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