Tufts ruins baseball’s chance at first seed
Baseball will host Middlebury for the final games of the regular season this weekend. The two games will have no bearing on the playoff picture as the four teams in the championship have already secured their positions.
Bowdoin secured its spot in the playoffs last weekend in a three games series against Tufts. In the first game, the Jumbos jumped to an early lead with a two run homer in the bottom of the first inning. The Polar Bears fired back with five runs in the top of the second with RBIs from Buddy Shea ’15, Sam Canales ’15, and Kyle LeBlanc ’14. Tufts battled back to take the lead in the bottom of the third and the teams went into the fifth tied at seven. A two-run single in the bottom of the fifth gave the Jumbos a permanent lead and snapped the Polar Bears school-record winning streak of 12 games by beating them 11-7.
On Saturday, the first game of the doubleheader was scoreless through four innings. Southpaw Christian Martin ’14 gave up only two singles through 5.2 innings and struck out seven batters. Bowdoin took the lead in the top of the fifth with an RBI from senior captain Tim McGarry. The Polar Bears added three more runs in the top of the sixth with RBI singles from Canales and Duncan Taylor ’14, as well as a steal of home by Canales. Henry Van Zant ’15 struck out three batters in the bottom of the seventh to seal the 4-0 victory, which sealed a playoff position for Bowdoin.
Baseball, eyeing playoffs, breaks win streak record
The play-off picture for the NESCAC Eastern Conference will come into focus when the baseball team travels to Tufts this weekend for a three-game series. The Polar Bears will determine their destiny with these last conference games.
“If we win at least two games out of the series, then we are in first place in the division and we go into the playoffs as a one seed,” said senior captain Luke Regan. “There are no more conference games—this is the deciding weekend.”
Bowdoin traveled to Williams this past weekend for a non-conference series. On Friday, the Ephs took an early 2-1 lead but the Polar Bears managed to regain control of the game by the fourth inning. The Bowdoin offense went into overdrive, led by Aaron Rosen ’15, who went 3-3 and scored five runs, tying the College’s single-game scoring record. The Polar Bears also found three RBIs each from Regan, Erik Jacobsen ’15 and Sam Canales ’15 in the 13-5 victory.
Baseball win streak climbs to nine as team records first nine-inning no hitter in century
Behind the pitching effort of Bowdoin’s career strikeout-leader Oliver Van Zant ’13, baseball recorded its first nine-inning no-hitter since the 1911 season against Colby on Saturday.
After sweeping Colby in a three-game series, the baseball team handled non-conference Husson on Tuesday to improve its win streak to eight games and move into first place in the NESCAC East.
The first game on Saturday was dominated by the pitching of captain Oliver Van Zant ’13.
“He was dominant, just untouchable,” said catcher Duncan Taylor ’14. “They knew he was throwing a fastball, he knew he was going to throw fastballs, but he just placed them so well that they couldn’t hit them.”
Baseball sweeps Bates en route to four-game win streak
The baseball team will enter this weekend’s series against Colby on a four-game win streak after sweeping Bates and picking up another victory against St. Joseph’s on Wednesday. The Polar Bears travelled to Lewiston on Friday and took an early lead against the Bobcats. Bowdoin loaded the bases in the top of the second inning, captain Luke Regan ’13 scored on an errant throw and John Lefeber ’14 drew an RBI walk. Sam Canales ’15 knocked in another RBI at the top of the third to give pitcher and captain Oliver Van Zant ’13 a 3-0 lead to work with. He let up only five hits and struck out eight to preserve the lead into the top of the ninth.
The Bowdoin bats came alive with two outs left, RBIs from Erik Jacobsen ’15, Duncan Taylor ’14 and Lefeber widened the gap to 7-0. The insurance runs were needed as Bates found five runs off of reliever Dave Bernstein ’13 before Henry Van Zant ’15 struck out the last batter to seal the 7-5 victory.
Bowdoin then hosted Bates for a cold and windy Saturday doubleheader.
Baseball has 1-3 weekend, dips to .500
Men’s baseball got off to a rough start against NESCAC rival Trinity last weekend, losing the first two of three games to open conference play.
The Polar Bears then hosted the University of Southern Maine (USM) in Bowdoin’s opener, a dissapointing 7-2 defeat that dropped the team to 9-9.
USM came out swinging in the top of the first and took a two-run lead off of a double. Bowdoin worked its way back and tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when Aaron Rosen ’15 scored on a error by the shortstop. But when the Huskies found themselves with runners on first and third with no outs in the top of the fourth, they capitalized to take a two run lead. Three more runs in the seventh inning sealed the deal for USM and consigned Bowdoin to a home defeat. The Polar Bears used nine different pitchers in the outing, but ultimately the loss fell to Drew LoRusso ’13, who gave up the two runs in the fourth inning.
Record season for hockey teams ends in NCAA Quarterfinals
The men’s and women’s ice hockey teams both ended historic seasons in the NCAA quarterfinals on the first Saturday of Spring Break.
The women hosted the Elmira Soaring Eagles in their quarterfinal bout. The Polar Bears found themselves with a shot advantage in the first period but were unable to convert any of those opportunities into goals. Elmira responded with plenty of pressure and with less than two minutes remaining in the period, scored its first goal. A second goal followed quickly in the beginning of the second period to put Bowdoin in a 2-0 hole. Senior goalie Kayla Lessard was able to stop some of Elmira’s point-blank opportunities and had 21 saves on the night, but continued pressure from the Soaring Eagles led to two more goals in the third period and sealed a 4-0 victory. Bowdoin was never able to get its offense rolling and ended up 0 for 5 on the power play.
The men travelled to Utica for their NCAA quarterfinal. The first period went well for the Polar Bears as they found two goals within two minutes from Ollie Koo ’14 and Harry Matheson ’14. Utica fought back in the second period with an early goal and looked to increase pressure on a couple of power plays, but Bowdoin was able to stop the bleeding and kill the man advantage three times to preserve a 2-1 lead going into the third period. Once again Utica scored early in the period to even the game. Both teams then traded opportunities for the rest of the period until just under five minutes remaining, when Utica scored to take a one goal lead. Bowdoin pulled goalie Max Fenkell ’15 to try and even the game, but Utica broke containment and put away an empty-netter to seal the 4-2 victory.
Comeback victory sends men’s hockey to NESCAC semis
The men’s hockey team will face Middlebury tomorrow in a NESCAC semifinal game after fending off Hamilton last Saturday in a hard-fought quarterfinal, winning 5-3.The first period started well for Hamilton. Decked out in new jerseys they received on game day, the inspired Continentals scored in the eighth minute when a redirected blue-line snapshot slipped past Steve Messina ’14.
The Polar Bears went on the power play a few minutes later after an interference call and they did not waste the opportunity. A bit of creative passing from John McGinnis ’15 set up Kyle Lockwood ’14 for the easy put away.
Lockwood went on to give Bowdoin the lead at the end the period after he won the puck from a crowd in front of the Hamilton net and was able to slide it in the left post.
Men's ice hockey clinches NESCAC's first seed but loses final match to Trinity by five goals
The men’s ice hockey team clinched the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC tournament by winning its final two home games of the regular season this past weekend against Tufts and Connecticut College. Despite its strong finish in Watson Arena, the team floundered at Trinity on Monday night, losing 10-5. Bowdoin kicked off the Winter Weekend schedule against Tufts at home on Friday night. The Polar Bears scored their first goal just 1:19 into the game when Ollie Koo ’14 slammed a loose rebound past the Tufts goaltender. Bowdoin kept up the early pressure and Kyle Lockwood ’14 was able to steal the puck and dish it to senior Rob Tocyzlowski, who put it past the goalie’s left side.Bowdoin pounced at the beginning of the second period as well when captain Dan Weiniger ’13 brought the puck down the center, drew the goalie right and slipped the puck around him to make it 3-0 just 18 seconds into the period. Towards the end of the period John McGinnis ’15 found Tim Coffey ’15 in front of the net for a power play goal. Colin Downey ’14 kept the early-period goal streak alive when he put away the puck with some help from McGinnis and Koo. Bowdoin found a sixth and final goal when McGinnis, with his third assist of the night, fed Connor Quinn ’15 across the crease.“We always stress how important it is to start periods off strong and we got some good breaks against Tufts,” said Weiniger. “We like to come out flying and set the tone for the period right from the opening drop.”
Steve Messina ’14 was solid in goal for Bowdoin with 27 saves, but Tufts ruined his shutout at 12:37 in the third period after an unlucky rebound. After the 6-1 victory, the Polar Bears faced off against the Connecticut College Camels on Saturday afternoon for their last regular-season home game. Bowdoin had trouble converting its initial opportunities into goals due to the outstanding play of the Camel’s goaltender. But at the end of the first period, captain Tim McGarry ’13, who had just finished serving a 2-minute penalty, stepped back onto the ice for the conveniently waiting puck. He held off the Conn. defenders until Jay Livermore ’14 arrived. Livermore drew the defense left and found Lockwood unguarded on the back half of the net. The teams played to a deadlock until midway through the third period when the Camels went on a power play. An awkward bounce managed to slip by the pads of Max Fenkell ’15 to even the game 1-1. “We were controlling the play and limiting their chances, but we weren’t getting the sustained pressure that we’re used to so we couldn’t grind down the opposing D down like we usually do,” said McGarry. “Letting them hang around in a close game gave them confidence down the stretch and led to them scoring a late goal.”The game soon went to overtime, and after a near game-ending shot by McGinnis, the Camels (who needed the win to make the playoffs) pulled their goalie to play with an extra attacker. Bowdoin held off the one-man advantage and was able to blast the puck down towards the empty net. Players from both sides converged on the puck, but it was Lockwood who finally gained control of the puck at Connecticut’s blue line, spun and sent it straight into the net with 1.8 seconds left to win the game and seal Bowdoin’s No. 1 spot in the playoffs.“We took care of business and we secured the home ice in the league, which I think is wonderful for this team and how hard they work,” said Head Coach Terry Meagher.In a meaningless matchup in terms of championship seeding, the Polar Bears played a rescheduled game against Trinity on Monday night. The Bantams scored the most goals (10) any team has scored against Bowdoin in at least10 seasons, dating as far back as the online records go. “This was the weirdest game in my career here at Bowdoin,” said Weiniger. “We carried the play through the first 12 minutes of the game and they got some early bounces to get ahead. From then on they got in the engine and we couldn’t seem to stop them.”The surprising shootout featured playing time for three different Bowdoin goalkeepers: Fenkell, Messina and Connor Shannon ’13. The Bantams took advantage of power plays throughout the game, converting four of their five man-up situations. They excelled offensively even while six Polar Bears were on the ice, and hammered Fenkell with 27 shots in just over 30 minutes of play, five of which went past him for goals.“The game on Monday was bizarre in so many ways; they capitalized on their opportunities and we ended up chasing. As you continue to chase you take more risks, and next thing you know there’s 15 goals on the board,” said Meagher. “To be honest, I’m surprised that doesn’t happen more the way that puck fires and goes around the rink. But the bottom line is that even when we were down a fair amount, we didn’t give up and we kept playing hard.”The Polar Bears, despite having seven power plays of their own, were only able to convert on two. Bowdoin will host a quarterfinal match against Hamilton tomorrow at 1 p.m.“We are focusing on creating a playoff mentality within the team that includes playing a more gritty physical game and trying to generate some ‘ugly’ goals from scrums in front of the net,” said McGarry. “We believe that these are the things that will propel us through the playoffs and will complement our speed and skill game nicely.”Tickets for the men’s and women’s doubleheader are available free for students with a Bowdoin ID and $3 for the public, and can be picked up on the second floor of the Buck Center.
Men's ice hockey struggles against Wesleyan, tying in overtime
Leaving Bowdoin last Friday, the men’s ice hockey team was caught in the middle of a Massachusetts driving ban during Nemo, forcing them spend the night in Marlborough county. “I’ve been doing this a long time and I was as proud of this team as any team I’ve had here and how they dealt with the whole adventure and how they conducted themselves in the hotel for 48 hours and how they represented the college,” said Head Coach Terry Meagher. “They got to a game late Sunday afternoon and played their hearts out.” With last Saturday’s Trinity game also postponed until this Monday, according to Meagher, the Polar Bears only faced off against Wesleyan on Sunday.
Men's ice hockey splits weekend against No. 10 Amherst and Hamilton
The men’s ice hockey team, hot off its highest D-III ranking in team history (No. 2), lost to Amherst at home last Friday for the first time since the Sidney J. Watson Arena was built. The team split the weekend, beating Hamilton the next day. In the team’s first game after its bye week, the Lord Jeffs got off to a quick start by scoring four goals in the first period against Steve Messina ’14. That was enough for Head Coach Terry Meagher, who switched netminders at the beginning of the second period to Max Fenkell ’15. The Polar Bears were only able to score one goal from senior captain Dan Weiniger in the period. “Goal sports are tough—the bottom line is that sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t,” said Meagher. “I thought we played as strong a game for most of it as we’ve played all year. But if we brought close to our best game and played well, then you’ve got to tip your hat to your opponent and respect what they did.”
Men’s ice hockey skates to No. 3 in all of D-III at 16-1-1
Recent win on Middlebury ice was the first in 20 years
The men’s ice hockey team has been hot since the weather got colder, winning seven out of its eight games, including all its road matches. The Polar Bears have managed to remain undefeated on the road this season.
Men’s hockey sweeps Colby en-route to best start since ’02
The men’s ice hockey team will continue its series of road games this weekend, facing off against Tufts today and then Connecticut College on Saturday. These will be the last games for the Polar Bears before the winter break, concluding a busy and successful start to the season.
Undefeated men’s ice hockey faces Colby in rivalry weekend
The men’s ice hockey team begins its annual rivalry weekend against Colby this Friday night in Watson Arena before traveling to Waterville for a rematch on Saturday.
Men’s ice hockey set to face Williams and Middlebury
The men’s hockey team will open the season with two home games against perennial powerhouses Williams and Middlebury this season.
Men’s soccer ends impressive season in first round loss
The men’s soccer team ended its season this past Saturday in a NESCAC quarterfinal loss to Tufts. The Jumbos posed a threat early in the game with a trio of goal opportunities, but a save by Will Wise ’14 put a stop to their attack.
Men’s soccer earns fifth seed in NESCAC
The Polar Bears secured a 2-0 win in their last home game of the regular season last Saturday against Trinity.
Men’s soccer loses close match to Amherst
Tied for fifth in the NESCAC with two conference matches left, the Polar Bears face a weekend that could mean the difference betwen third place in the conference or dashed playoff hopes.
The men’s soccer team will play their last regular season home game this Saturday against Trinity. The Bantams and the Polar Bears are tied for fifth place in the NESCAC and the game holds major playoff implications.
Men’s soccer to face Amherst over weekend
Of the last four games for the men’s soccer team, two have ended in double overtime. A game against Connecticut College before fall break ended in a tie due to exceptional play from both goalkeepers. Will Wise ’14 provided six saves for Bowdoin.
Men’s soccer wins two with late goal scoring
The men’s soccer team will look to extend its five-game win streak this weekend against Connecticut College at home.
Colby weekend ends in stunning defeat for men’s hockey
After a resounding 6-2 victory over Colby last Friday, the men's hockey team has struggled in its last two games, falling to Colby and the University of Southern Maine (USM). At USM on Tuesday, the Polar Bears quickly took the lead after Ollie Koo '14 scored his first goal of the season just three minutes into the first period.
Men’s hockey team reloads after strong 2010 season
Heading into arguably its two biggest games of the year this weekend against Colby, the men's hockey team is in a solid position after playing to a 2-1-1 record in its first four official games of the season. Bowdoin began the season facing tough competition from Williams and Middlebury.
Weekly Roundup: National aspirations put to an end for women’s rugby
Two disappointing losses in the Northeast Region Championship marked the completion of the women's rugby fall season last weekend. Bowdoin became the sole squad of four competing teams to not qualify for nationals in the spring. Though the Polar Bears controlled possession early on against the Norwich Cadets on Saturday, they were held scoreless for the first and only time this season.
Women’s rugby plows through Fredonia
After defeating SUNY Fredonia 29-19 last weekend, the women's rugby team is competing in the Northeast Regional Championship tournament this weekend in the hope of heading to nationals next spring. Bowdoin finds itself in this championship weekend following an away win against SUNY Fredonia last Saturday.
Weekly Roundup: Women's rugby team loses in second round of playoffs
In its second round playoff game against the University of Rhode Island (URI) last weekend, the women's rugby team suffered its first loss of the season. URI drew first blood, but Bowdoin quickly regained momentum when captain Katie Mathews '12 found center Randi London '15 for a 50-meter try and conversion.
Weekly Roundup: Women’s rugby victorious in first-round playoff game
In the first round of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) D-II playoffs last weekend, Bowdoin dismantled the University of New Hampshire (UNH) by a score of 44-5. "We played smart and we played together," said Head Coach MaryBeth Mathews. "Our defense was better than it has been."
Weekly Roundup: Women’s rugby heads into postseason after 73-0 win
The women's rugby team rounded out an undefeated regular season and secured the No. 1 seed in division with an impressive homecoming victory over Amherst last Saturday. Randi London '15, Helen White '13, Lynn Freedman '13, Kerry Townsend '13, and Anissa Tanksley '14 each scored two tries.
Weekly Roundup: Men's golf closes out season with disappointing result
The men's golf team ended its season on a disappointing note last weekend with a last-place finish at the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Championship. Colby ultimately took home the trophy with a score of 402, as the Polar Bears trailed behind with a 419. Captain Johnny Bohorquez '13 placed fourth overall.
Women's rugby at 7-0 after two more wins
The women's rugby team will host Amherst tomorrow in its final game of the regular season. The team looks to continue its dominant play and close out the season undefeated before going into the playoffs next weekend.
Weekly Roundup: After giving up first points of season, women’s rugby wins
After outscoring opponents 127-0 over its first four games, the women's rugby team gave up its first points of the season in a 22-7 win at Colby. Bowdoin opened the scoring after about 15 minutes of play when a series of pick-and-goes by juniors Dani McAvoy and Uche Esonu fed captain Katie Mathews '12 for the try. Colby responded on the ensuing possession with a long run to tie the game.
Weekly Roundup: Men’s golf finishes eighth in preparation for Fall Qualifier
At last weekend's Williams Invitational, the men's golf team finished eighth out of 18 teams. "We had our best showing in many years at the Williams Invitational, which has the strongest field of teams we see each year," wrote Head Coach Tomas Fortson in an email to the Orient.
Women’s rugby shuts out Williams in Sept. 10 rematch
After a 25-0 victory over Williams in its opening tournament two weeks ago, Bowdoin defeated its NESCAC rival again last Saturday by the same score. The Polar Bears have yet to allow a point this season and have scored 127 points in four games. Said Head Coach MaryBeth Mathews, "It really was a different game and I think that from my perspective any time a team gets beaten they're going to come back with a lot of determination and they did."
Women’s rugby goes 3-0 at Beantown Preseason Tournament
After a dominant performance that won them the D-II bracket at the Beantown Preseason Tournament this past weekend in Amherst, Mass., the women's rugby team will face Williams tomorrow in its first non-tournament game of the season. The Polar Bears played too fast for Amherst Saturday morning, earning them a 58-0 shutout victory. In a match punctuated with strong line breaks followed by support, Uche Esonu '13 played well.
Women’s rugby prepares to kick off season
This weekend marks the women's rugby season kickoff, with a Boston tournament hosted by one of the premier women's rugby clubs in the country, the Beantown Rugby Football Club. The Polar Bears will play in a round-robin style competition starting tomorrow, with Smith College at noon and Amherst College at 2 p.m.
Athlete of the Season: Christian Martin ’14 and Melissa DellaTorre ’14
The Orient chooses the male and female "Athlete of the Season" based on exemplary performance, leadership and commitment to their respective programs. The winners are selected by the editors of the Orient.
Women’s rugby wins Maine Collegiate Tourney
The women's rugby team will host a clinic and then scrimmage next Thursday afternoon against the Portland U-19 team comprised of local high school players.
Women’s rugby loses 27-14 to Merrimack
The women's rugby team will travel to the Cumberland Fairgounds this weekend to compete in the Maine Collegiate Rugby Tournament.
Rugby beats Colby 17-12
The women's rugby team will continue its spring training season in a match against Merrimac College Friday evening.
Men’s lacrosse struggles with 2-4 record
The men’s lacrosse team will travel to Connecticut College this weekend for its third conference game in pursuit of its first conference victory.
Men’s hockey upsets Amherst in first round of playoffs
The men's ice hockey team has made it to the final four of the NESCAC tournament and will face off against Colby in the semifinal on Saturday.
Men’s hockey preps for playoff game at Amherst
Men's hockey preps for playoff game at Amherst
Men’s hockey loses its edge with two conference losses
Men's hockey loses its edge with two conference losses
Men’s hockey falls to Amherst, ties Hamilton
The men's ice hockey team will look to regain momentum at home this weekend in two conference battles against Trinity and Wesleyan.
Men’s hockey beats Ephs, falls to Panthers
The men's ice hockey team will continue to fight for the top playoff spot on the road this weekend against conference opponents Amherst and Hamilton.
Men’s hockey trounces Assumption
This weekend will be one of opportunity and revenge for the men's hockey team. The Polar Bears will battle for the top position in the conference against Williams on Friday and then look for a measure of revenge against a Middlebury squad that denied it the NESCAC championship last season.
Men’s hockey prepares for back-to-back against Colby
When the Polar Bears take the ice tonight against archrival Colby, they will be looking to achieve a milestone. With the all-time series between the two schools standing in Bowdoin's favor at 99-86-8, the team is hoping to defeat the Mules and make it an even one hundred wins.
Men’s hockey undefeated through first three games
Away from home this weekend, the men’s hockey team will look to maintain its level of play against Skidmore and Castleton State.
Women’s rugby tripped up in first round of playoffs
The women's rugby team ended its season with a record of 4-5 after losing to Stonehill College in the first round of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) playoffs.
Women’s rugby jumps out to early lead, succumbs to injuries in loss to Radcliffe
The women's rugby team will look to ground the Skyhawks of Stonehill College this weekend in the first round of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) playoffs.
Women’s rugby tames Wildcats, crowd at UNH homecoming
Women's rugby tames Wildcats, crowd at UNH homecoming
Rugby falls to Boston University 44-25
In women's rugby this Homecoming Weekend, the Polar Bears will seek to claim the crown as the top bears in Maine when they face-off against the Black Bears of the University of Maine-Orono (UMO).
Women’s rugby edges Northeastern for come-from-behind 22-19 victory
The women's rugby team will face off against Boston University this Saturday on Pickard Rugby Field for its home opener. The Terriers are coming off a 57-0 thrashing of University of New Hampshire and should prove to be worthy opponents for the Polar Bears.
Women’s rugby 1-2 at Beantown
The women's rugby team capped its preseason period with a 1-2 performance at the Beantown Preseason Tournament hosted by UMass-Amherst on Saturday.
ABSA helps support queer athletes
More than half of the Bowdoin student body either plays a varsity, club or intramural sport, or competed in high school. And, many would argue, the sports environment is the hardest environment to come out in.
Women’s rugby loses hard-fought match to WPI
The women's rugby team fell 19-17 against the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Goats last Saturday.
Rugby outscored 17-0 in second half, falls to BU as young players get time
Battling defensive struggles in the second half, Rugby surrenders lead and falls to BU
The women's rugby team started strong but faded in the second half of a match against a resurgent Boston University squad, who outscored the Polar Bears 17-0 in the second half on the way to a 22-10 loss.
Women’s lacrosse rides three-game streak to Conn on Saturday
Coming off of three straight wins over Wheaton, Amherst and the University of Southern Maine, the Polar Bears improved to 4-3 this season (2-1 NESCAC) to capture a 20th place ranking in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association D-III standings.
Rugby opens spring season with two dominating wins
After a successful spring training trip to the Mid-Atlantic, the women's rugby team is hoping to draw new recruits at this Saturday's Rookie Clinic.