Field hockey wins fourth D-III title in seven years
The field hockey team brought home its fourth NCAA Division III title in seven years on November 24, topping Salisbury in a 1-0 win and ending its season with an 18-3 record. The Polar Bears claimed their last national championship in 2010 and also earned the title in 2007 and 2008.
Captain Katie Riley ’14, Rachel Kennedy ’16 and Mettler Growney ’17 earned All-Tournament honors for their performances in the Final Four, with captain Liv King ’14 winning Tournament MVP.
The first half of the championship match produced a 0-0 stalemate Bowdoin’s first scoring opportunity came 10 minutes into the game, when Emily Simonton ’15 collected a cross on the right post, deflecting the ball just wide of the Sea Gull net. Minutes later, Salisbury retaliated with a shot of its own, which was deflected by goalkeeper Hannah Gartner ’15. Bowdoin charged back down the field, with Adrienne O’Donnell ’15 slipping a reverse stick sweep wide of the cage.
Field Hockey plays Christopher Newport University in Final Four today
The field hockey team will play in the NCAA D-III Final Four this weekend in Virginia Beach after topping New Paltz State and Montclair State last weekend. Bowdoin takes on Christopher Newport University at 11 a.m. today for the right to advance to the national championship game against the winner of the game between Salisbury and Skidmore.
The Polar Bears return to the national semifinals for the seventh time in the last nine years, having claimed the Division III title in ’07, ’08 and ’10.
On Friday, the Polar Bears faced New Paltz State in the second round of the tournament, securing a 5-2 win over the Hawks. Less than five minutes into the game, Rachel Kennedy ’16 fed a long pass to Emily Simonton ’15, who wristed the shot just inside the left post, giving Bowdoin an early lead. Despite New Paltz taking three consecutive corners, the Polar Bears were able to counter each and preserve the lead. Before the end of the first half, Katie Riley ’14 added an unassisted shot to bring the lead up to 2-0.
Volleyball falls to Williams in NESCAC Championship
After two straight come-from-behind, five-set wins to start the weekend, the women’s volleyball team walked away from the NESCAC Championships last weekend as runner-up, winning its first two games against Trinity and Amherst before falling in the championship match to Williams. The Polar Bears were not offered an at-large bid to the D-III Championship, and they end their season with a 23-7 record.
Captain Taylor Vail ’14 was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, and is the first Bowdoin player to receive this distinction. Vail, captain Ellie Brennan ’14 and Christy Jewett ’16, were recognized as a Second Team All-NESCAC selection.
In the quarterfinal round of the tournament, the second-seeded Polar Bears emerged triumphant against Trinity after five sets of play with scores of 25-15, 17-25, 19-25, 25-16 and 15-13. Jewett led Bowdoin with 18 kills and 17 digs, while Brennan added 11 kills. Vail had four aces and a match-high 20 digs. Quincy Leech ’17 and Sophia Cornew ’14 combined for 38 assists to secure the Bowdoin victory.
Volleyball splits final matches of regular season
The women’s volleyball team (21-6, 8-2 NESCAC) walked away from this past weekend with a mixed bag. First the Polar Bears fell to Middlebury 3-1, eliminating themselves from contention for the NESCAC’s top seed. On Saturday, however, the team bounced back with a 3-0 win over Hamilton, securing the second seed for the upcoming tournament.
On Friday, the Polar Bears travelled to Middlebury to take on the Panthers (17-6, 4-5 NESCAC). Bowdoin surged ahead in the first set with a 10-4 lead, and despite Middlebury cutting the lead to 15-12, Bowdoin came out on top, securing a 25-17 win. In the second set, Middlebury pulled ahead early to claim a 25-18 win over the Polar Bears. In the crucial third set, the two teams battled over the lead, staying within two points of each other until the Panthers gained a 17-14 advantage on their way to a close 25-23 win. Leading by one in the middle of the fourth set, the Panthers went on a 7-0 streak to end the match with a 25-17 win.
Christy Jewett ’16 led the Polar Bears with a total of eight kills. Katie Doherty ’17 and Clare Geyer ’17 followed closely behind with six points each.
Rowers excel at Head of the Charles Regatta
This past Saturday, the rowing team travelled to Boston to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta. After winning the Regatta last year, the women’s varsity four beat the previous course record by five seconds, but had to settle for fifth place. In the men’s division, Bowdoin took home sixth place in a particularly fast field. This is the third consecutive year that both men’s and women’s teams have placed in the top 10 at this particular event.
The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day regatta in the world. It began in 1965, when Boston invited crew teams from all over the globe to gather on the shores of the Charles River and compete in an intense series of races.
“The river has such a rich rowing history,” said captain Katie Ross ’14. “The race itself is unlike anything else you can experience as a rower.”
Homecoming win over Hamilton evens football’s record at 2-2
In the past two weeks, the football team won their first two games of the season, beating out Tufts 13-10 on October 5, and topping Hamilton 27-21 over Homecoming weekend last Saturday. Kicker Andrew Murowchick ’16 was honored as NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week after both games. He is tied for first in the conference with six field goals, and is yet to miss a kick or extra point attempt this season (10-10). Running back Zach Donnarumma ’14 was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week after the Tufts victory, in which he ran for 136 yards on 29 carries.
On October 5, the Polar Bears travelled to Somerville to take on Tufts in their third game of the season. The Jumbos were first on the scoreboard with a 30-yard field goal less than 11 minutes into the second quarter. The Polar Bears retaliated with a drive of their own, resulting in a 30-yard field goal from Murowchick to tie the game at 3-3. With halftime approaching, Bowdoin constructed a 10-play, 73-yard scoring drive ending in a one-yard rushing touchdown by Donnarumma, going up 10-3 just before the end of the half.
In the middle of the third quarter, Bowdoin increased the scoring gap to 13-3 when the team added a 29-yard field goal by Murowchick.
Brandeis, USM no test for women’s soccer
The women’s soccer team extended their shutout streak to three games this week with a pair of victories over Brandeis University and the University of Southern Maine (USM). The Polar Bears improve to 7-1-1, with six shutouts already tallied.
On Saturday, the team topped Brandeis—ranked 17th nationally—with a 4-0 victory. Abby Einwag ’15 led the team in the first half, scoring the first goal of the match in just the ninth minute of play off a cross from Kiersten Turner ’16. Ten minutes later, Einwag and Turner executed a nearly identical play, giving the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead. Early in the second half, Turner managed to tally a point of her own, beating a pair of Brandeis defenders to score the third goal of the game. Bowdoin’s final point came midway through the second half, when captain Becky Stoneman ’14 lofted the ball off a free kick into the box where Molly Popolizio ’14 was able to connect and net the header. Keeper Bridget McCarthy ’16 continued her impressive season, collecting a total of nine saves for the Polar Bears.
On Tuesday, the Polar Bears were able to come out on top again, beating USM 6-0. Turner got the Polar Bears on the board within ten minutes of the first half, sending a rebound from Popolizio to the back of the net. A few minutes later, Kathleen Smith ’15 sent a long ball into the box, where Popolizio was able to serve the ball to forward Audrey Phillips ’16, who sent a shot into the Husky net and ended the first half 2-0.
Men’s lax season ended by overtime loss to Wesleyan
The men’s lacrosse team’s season ended last Saturday in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Wesleyan in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. The fifth-seeded Polar Bears concluded their season with a record of 8-7 while the fourth-seeded Cardinals improved to 12-4 and continue on to play top-seeded Middlebury this coming weekend.
In the first quarter, Wesleyan was quick to take a 2-1 lead. The Polar Bears answered forcefully, rallying to end the first half up 6-3 and forcing Wesleyan to change goaltenders. In the third quarter, Wesleyan tied the score by racking up three unanswered goals.
The Polar Bears regained their footing in the fourth quarter, when Peter Reuter ’16 scored to regain the lead. Minutes later, however, Wesleyan responded with a goal of its own, bringing the score to 7-7 and forcing the game into overtime. The teams traded possession in the first few minutes of overtime before Wesleyan was able to capitalize with 1:21 left, by sinking a hard shot into the back of the net, ending the game 8-7.
Men’s lax ends season .500 in NESCAC, earns playoff bid
Over the weekend, the men’s lacrosse team celebrated its senior day with a sizeable victory over Endicott, 14-4. On Wednesday, however, the Polar Bears fell to Tufts in a 21-8 blowout that ended the team’s regular season.
In the first quarter of Saturday’s game, the Gulls held a 2-1 advantage in scoring until Billy Bergner ’13 netted three goals in a row to give the Polar Bears a two-point scoring gap heading into the second quarter. In the following period, the team extended this goal difference, bringing the score to 9-3 heading into intermission. Dan Hanley ’14 accounted for the only goal in the third period, and in the fourth the Bears outscored the Gulls 4-1 to bring the lopsided final score to 14-4.
Bergner, who was celebrating his last regular season home game, scored a team-high of four goals during the match. According to him, the win was due to both the offense and defense stepping up to dominate all aspects of the game. Changes in the offensive plays also helped the team to earn such a dominating victory.
Men’s lax loses twice with single goal margins
This past weekend, the men’s lacrosse team’s six-game win streak was brought to an abrupt end when Trinity (3-7, 1-4 NESCAC) shot the game-winning goal with only four seconds left in regulation. On Tuesday, the Polar Bears were again bested by one, this time by the Keene State Owls.
In the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Trinity, the teams were locked at 3-3. In the next two quarters, however, the Bantams outscored Bowdoin to secure a 7-5 lead. Early in the fourth, Trinity tallied another two points, widening the goal gap to four. With only about six minutes left of play, the Polar Bears finally found their footing. Griffin Cardew ’14 and Peter Reuter ’16 scored within 50 seconds of one another. Spirited play from Franklin Reis ’14 brought the score back to a tie after he netted two goals with only a minute left on the clock, bringing the score to 9-9. Despite the comeback, the Polar Bears then failed to contain the Bantams, allowing the devastating go-ahead goal as time expired. The game ended 10-9 and was the Bantams’ first conference victory of the season.
According to Billy Bergner ’13, “every team in the NESCAC, regardless of their record, is a potential trap.”
Men’s lax survives undefeated Midd and 4 OTs
With consecutive NESCAC Player of the Weeks and a 5-game win streak, men’s lacrosse is third in the conference after starting the season 1-2
Despite a bumpy opening to its season—in the form of a pair of NESCAC losses to Connecticut College and Amherst—the men’s lacrosse team has finally found its stride. The team is in the midst of a 5-game win streak after locking up two important 7-6 victories last weekend against conference rivals Middlebury and Williams. The wins helped push Bowdoin (6-2, 3-2 NESCAC) from No. 20 to No. 14 in the D-III rankings and third in the latest regional rankings.
Saturday’s game proved to be especially important for the Polar Bears, who dealt Middlebury its first loss of the season. Billy Bergner ’13 netted a hat trick to pace the offense, and Peter Reuter ’16 and Will Wise ’14 each scored once.
In the first quarter against the Panthers, a 1-1 tie was broken by junior Franklin Reis’ wrap-around goal with only three seconds remaining. Middlebury tied the score again just 30 seconds into the second quarter. The Bowdoin attackers maintained their composure, answering with three uncontested tallies to bring the score to 5-2 heading into halftime.
Nordic skiing finishes strong season on top-ten streak and NCAA qualification from Miller '14
For the first time in team history, the up-and-coming nordic skiing team finished in the the top 10 in every carnival this season.
In the past two weeks, the Nordic Skiing team has continued its streak of top-10 finishes by placing ninth and 10th in its two final carnivals of the year. Junior Kaitlynn Miller also became the first Bowdoin skier to qualify for the NCAAs in 16 years.
During the weekend of February 15, Bowdoin earned a ninth place finish in the Middlebury Carnival, placing in the top-10for the team’s fourth consecutive carnival. Miller placed ninth overall for the individual women’s 5K classic, following it up with a 13th-place finish in the 15K mass-start freestyle race. Captain Hannah Wright ’13 also had a strong showing, finishing 18th in the 5K classic and 30th in the freestyle. Kevin Hoose ’15 led the way for the men’s team, earning a 30th place finish in the 20K. Captain James Crimp ’13 was the top finisher in the classic race, coming in 33rd.
The following weekend, Bowdoin travelled to Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine, to wrap up its season with the Bates Carnival. The team finished strong, extending its top-ten streak to five carnivals by garnering a 10th place showing out of 12 teams.
Nordic skiing continues strong season with record performance by Miller '14
In the past two weeks, the Nordic skiing team has continued its impressive season by bringing home two more top-10 finishes at weekend carnivals. On the first weekend of February, the team travelled to Stowe, Vt., to compete at the University of Vermont Carnival, where it finished ninth out of 13 teams. This marked the first time since 2009 that Bowdoin—which placed eighth the previous weekend—earned two consecutive top-10 finishes in winter carnivals. According to Head Coach Nate Alsobrook, this trend is especially impressive considering the conference in which Bowdoin has been competing.
Skiing shines in record season start as Miller ’14 earns fourth at Colby
The men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams have begun their season with several strong performances, making for what Head Coach Nathan Alsobrook called the “best start to the season we’ve ever had.” According to Alsobrook, varying weather conditions and thin snow cover have done little to slow the team down, and although the Polar Bears only completed two of their six winter collegiate carnivals, Bowdoin skiers have already earned multiple NCAA qualifying points and set school records in both freestyle and classic events. The team opened its campaign at the St. Lawrence Carnival in Lake Placid, N.Y., on January 18, finishing 10th out of 13 teams. Individual performances made this race especially successful for Bowdoin. Kaitlynn Miller ’14 placed fifth, earning the best individual finish for a female skier in the program’s history in the 15K freestyle. Miller was also the top finisher for women in the 3K sprint, earning 16th place and the fourth-best finish in school history. Captain Hannah Wright ’13 placed second for Bowdoin in both events, placing 46th in the 15K and 34th in the 3K.
Women’s soccer makes first NCAA second round since ’99
This past weekend, the women’s soccer team ended its season in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Women’s soccer loses NESCAC finals in PK’s, earns NCAA bid
This past weekend, the women’s soccer team played two incredibly close games against nationally-ranked Amherst and Williams for the NESCAC Championship title. Both games went into penalty kicks, and after Bowdoin upset Amherst, they lost to Williams to earn distinction of NESCAC runners-up.
Women’s soccer wins first quarterfinal match in four years
The Polar Bears took home a 3-2 victory against the Hamilton College Continentals last weekend in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC tournament, securing a place in the semifinals, where they will take on Amherst.
Women’s soccer tops Trinity to secure pitch advantage
Bowdoin earned its 10th win this season against Trinity, which combined with a tie at Tufts this week, pushes the women’s soccer team up to the fourth seed in the NESCAC. Because of this success, the Polar Bears will host a NESCAC quarterfinal match this Saturday.
Women’s soccer to compete for home playoff game
On Saturday, the women’s soccer team had a crucial NESCAC win against Hamilton.
Women’s soccer posts decade-best record, drops to Williams
Outscoring opponents 10-3 in the past five games, the women’s soccer team is off to its best start since 2002 and poised for a chance in the November playoffs.
The women’s soccer team has continued its impressive season in the past few weeks, only losing once in the past five games. On September 29, the Polar Bears bested Connecticut College in a 3-2 victory. Captain Molly Popolizio ’14 scored two of Bowdoin’s three goals, including the game-winning goal. Following this game, the Bears improved to 6-1-0 overall (3-1-0 NESCAC).
Women’s soccer loses first match to Middlebury, beats UNE
This past weekend, the unbeaten Middlebury Panthers dealt the women’s soccer team its first loss of the season, dropping the Polar Bears (4-1 overall, 2-1 NESCAC).
Women’s soccer staves off nationally-ranked Brandeis
Last weekend, the women’s soccer team bested non-conference opponent Brandeis University in a 2-1 victory.
Women’s soccer undefeated after sweeping first three games
The women’s soccer team emerged triumphant from their first conference match of the season last weekend, besting the Wesleyan Cardinals 1-0. On Wednesday, the team silenced Bates 3-0, improving to 3-0-0 (2-0-0 NESCAC).
Under new head coach, women’s soccer starts season off strong with 4-0 victory
After finishing the 2011 season with a painful overtime loss to top-seeded Amherst for the second year in a row, the women’s soccer team is looking for redemption in 2012. Last Fall, the Polar Bears ended their season with a conference record of 2-5-3.
Women’s lax falls to Amherst in Rd. 1
Amherst edged the women's lacrosse team out of the NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday. Although the Polar Bears trailed the Jeffs closely at intermission with a score of 5-4, Amherst managed to overpower them in the second half and win the game 9-7.
Weekly Roundup: Men’s lacrosse loses to Tufts, will play Wesleyan as 3-seed
Men's lacrosse defeated Endicott 8-4 last Sunday and lost to Tufts 15-7 on Wednesday, bringing the team's overall record to 11-4. This is the first time since 2008 that the Polar Bears have won 11 games, and concludes a 5-0 out-of-conference record.
Women’s lax beats Wesleyan, loses to Colby
The women's lacrosse team crushed Wesleyan on Saturday, besting the Cardinals by 11 goals in an 18-7 victory. On Wednesday, however, Bowdoin lost to No. 8 Colby in a close 10-9 game. At Colby, the Mules took a 6-5 lead into halftime before the teams each scored four goals in the second half.
Weekly Roundup: Women’s lacrosse defeats Endicott after loss to Trinity
The women's lacrosse team lost to undefeated Trinity 13-6 before fighting to an 18-12 win against Endicott last week. The Polar Bears were unable to recover from an early 5-0 deficit in the Trinity game, which ultimately cost them the match. The Bantams' victory avenged their only loss in the past two seasons, which came at the hands of Bowdoin in last year's NCAA quarterfinals.
Women’s lacrosse rebounds from loss with two big wins
Coming back after its second conference loss of the season on Saturday to Middlebury, the women's lacrosse team bested Williams on Sunday and shellacked the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday for two wins. In Wednesday's match against Southern Maine, Bowdoin allowed its fewest goals of the season and outshot the Huskies 33-14 for a 14-3 victory.