Softball swings out to nine game win streak
After being swept by Tufts in the first week in April, the softball team has yet to lose a game, winning seven in the past week to nose above 20 wins for the seventh straight season.
The softball team extended its winning streak to nine games with a three-game sweep of Colby over the weekend, two wins in a doubleheader against University of Maine-Farmington on Tuesday and another two victories against Thomas College yesterday. The team’s record has improved to 22-9, making this season Head Coach Ryan Sullivan’s seventh-straight 20-win season.
Sullivan said he is pleased with the results thus far, attributing much of the team’s success to being able to focus on small details in its gameplay.
“We have had really good pitching and we are swinging the bats pretty well,” said Sullivan. “This is a really good group that knows when to focus and be ready to play.”
The Chapel’s 13 Payson Chimes herald the passage of time
At 2 p.m. this afternoon, stop what you’re doing and you’ll hear them. Bowdoin’s chapel bells, though they rarely ring, represent tradition and school pride for many alumni who return to Brunswick.
Field hockey celebrates 40 years of dominance
For many, field hockey is more than just a sport at this school. To the community, it is a point of pride; to spectators it is an event; and to players it’s about keeping a tradition alive. This fall marks the 40th anniversary of the women’s field hockey program at Bowdoin—an exciting event for any team, but an even more exceptional one for the most successful team in the College’s athletic history. Over 40 years the Polar Bears boast a record of 390 wins, 159 losses, and 17 ties—a record that seems to be moving nowhere but up under the direction of Head Coach Nicky Pearson who is in the midst of her 17th season with the team. Next year, the first Bowdoin students born after Nicky Pearson began coaching field hockey for the College will matriculate.
Army budgets $23 million for naval air base project
Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced the U.S. Department of the Army’s decision to budget $23 million for developments at the Brunswick Naval Air Base. The project will not interfere with Bowdoin’s plan to build a storage facility elsewhere on the property. The budget will cover the costs of constructing a new Armed Forces Reserve Center, or what Dwaine Drummond, the directorate of facilities engineering to the Maine National Guard, calls a “readiness center.” The new facility will support the missions of the Maine National Guard’s 133rd Battalion, which is currently based in Gardiner, Maine.
Architect imagines campus of the future
The recent renovation of the first-year brick entrances is just the first step toward a broader redesign of the entire College. The creation of a new entrance to Moulton Union and renovations to the Longfellow School are next on the agenda. Facilities Management will work with private architectural firms to develop the renovation. Stephen Stimson is one architect working with the College to design these renovations, who made several recommendations for improvement to campus.
Closures shake up Brunswick dining scene
Lilee’s Public House and Back Street Bistro closed their doors this summer, altering the restaurant landscape on Maine Street and making room for the arrival of new businesses.
Tom McCabe retiring, posted 15th-most wins in D-III history
With 227 wins and 22 seasons under his belt, Tom McCabe has every reason to boast. But that's not who he is. This season marks the final strolls down the sidelines for the 59-year-old head coach of the men's lacrosse team. In October, McCabe and his wife, Pat, will leave more than just Bowdoin behind as they depart on a 24-month commitment to the Peace Corps. They have been scheming about this adventure since college, but just turned in their final applications and medical forms.
Athlete of the Week: Liz Clegg '12
Four goals a game is a regular feat for senior Liz Clegg, who continued her scoring streak this Saturday to help the women's lacrosse team defeat the University of New England 8-0. Clegg has scored 18 points in her last four games, rounding out her season total thus far to 46 points—one of the most in the league. She is also one of the lead scorers on the field hockey team.
College hires new women’s soccer coach
The women's soccer team has a new coach in Brianne Weaver, Director of Athletics Jeff Ward announced this Wednesday. Weaver has served as head coach at her alma mater, St. Mary's College in Maryland, for the last six years. Weaver will take over for Maren Rojas, who stepped down after five years to take a job as head coach at Boston College. According to Ward, the athletic department began receiving calls of interest only hours after Rojas announced her decision. "We had over 100 applicants for the job—the deepest pool of candidates that I can ever remember for a search," said Ward, who has hired 16 new coaches in his 14 years at Bowdoin.
College to charge guests at Ivies concert
After Bowdoin students received an Ivies survey from the E-Board last fall, questions buzzed around campus, but there was one left echoing louder than the rest: Would Ivies continue to be free? On Monday, the buzzing came to a halt, when students received another email about Ivies, this time from Allen Delong, director of student life. The message stated that while Ivies will remain free for students, guests will be charged a $20 entrance fee. The fee will provide admission at the gate to both the concert and dinner on Saturday, April 28.
Weekly Roundup: Curling earns silver in East Coast D-II championship
The club curling team placed second in Division II of the East Coast Regional College Curling Championship held at the Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland, Mass., last weekend, completing this winter's season. Led by captain Carl Spielvogel '13, the lineup for regionals also included juniors Andrew Hancock, Jay Tulchin and Jimena Escudero.
Women’s lax starts strong after 2011 title game appearance
After making it to last season's national championship game, the women's lacrosse team has large shoes to fill this year. And by winning four of its first six games this season, the team has shown it has what it takes to live up to these expectations. Bowdoin got off on the right foot with an 11-6 win against Connecticut College on March 10, and a 22-4 slaughter of Wheaton four days later.
Women’s basketball ousted by Tufts in NESCAC semis
The experience and fortitude of the women's basketball team will be put to the test today in what could be Bowdoin's final game of the season. After getting ousted from the NESCAC playoffs in a 55-40 loss to Tufts in the semifinals, the Polar Bears (19-7) will face the University of Southern Maine in the first round of the NCAA D-III tournament at 6 p.m. tonight in Ithaca, N.Y.
Athlete of the Week: Kaitlynn Miller '14
While many athletes look forward to the final weeks of their seasons, Kaitlynn Miller '14 can barely imagine life without the Nordic ski team. She has skied her way to the top, posting the team's top women's finish at every carnival this season. She continued her dominance last weekend in Craftsbury, Vt., where she posted a 19th-place finish in the women's 10K classic (33:27.8).
Sophomore trio brings live broadcast sports to Bowdoin
If you happen to tune into WBOR 91.1 FM at the opportune moment, you just might be taken aback by talk of touchdowns and home runs in place of the station's usual indie fodder. For the first time in decades, sports broadcasting has returned to WBOR.
Track teams sweep Maine State Meet
Continuing their undefeated seasons, the men's and women's track teams took gold at the Maine State Indoor Championship at Bates last weekend. The men's team was seeded second going into the competition against Bates, Colby, and University of Southern Maine, but were able to edge out Bates for the win by just six points.
Athlete of the Week: Barrett Takesian '12
When squash captain Barrett Takesian '12 transferred to Bowdoin his sophomore year, he started off at the bottom of the ladder. Now, just two years later, Takesian is one of only two Polar Bears to have won more than half his matches, and, after leading the Polar Bears with six individual wins in the Maine Event tournament this past weekend, has a 13-3 individual record this season.
Track teams make easy work of first meets
The men's and women's track teams are off to a season of individual and team-wide successes, crushing personal records and sweeping regional competitions. The men hit the ground running before winter break with a first-place finish at the Southern Maine Invitational on December 10.
Fencing finishes fall with new coach, strong results
Although the Bowdoin Fencing Club may fly under the radar on campus, practicing late at night in Sargent Gym and carpooling to tournaments, the group has proven this fall that it can be competitive in regional competition. This year, the club has the assistance of a coach for the first time: Eric Ritter, an instructor from the Down East School of Fencing.
Athlete of the Week: Jill Henrikson '12
Just four games into the season, the women's basketball team is well on its way toward another winning year, thanks in large part to captain Jill Henrikson '12. Henrikson was awarded NESCAC Player of the Week after scoring 21 points (along with seven steals, 10 rebounds and three assists) last Tuesday against the University of New England to lead Bowdoin to its third win in three games.
Athlete of the Season: Coby Horowitz ’14 and Kristin Hanczor ’12
In his second year at the College, Coby Horowitz '14 is leading the men's cross country team down a new path this season toward nationals. Last weekend he led the Polar Bears, now ranked No. 14 nationally, to a third-place finish at regionals, qualifying the team for the NCAA D-III championship tomorrow in Oshkosh, Wis.
Weekly Roundup: Water polo reaches national title game, loses to Wash. U.
The club water polo team placed second in the nation last weekend at the D-III Club Championship at Hamilton College, ending its season with a 12-2 record, the best in its history. After losing the divisional championship to Amherst, Bowdoin was awarded the national championship bid because the Lord Jeffs relinquished their spot.
Club water polo heading to nationals
The excitement was palpable at Greason Pool this weekend as the water polo team continued its record-breaking season at the North Atlantic Division Championship. The water polo team played host to seven other collegiate clubs in a tournament whose winner would advance to the national championship tournament.
Men’s soccer season finished after losses to Trinity, Tufts
In the final moments of Wednesday's game against Tufts, members of the men's soccer team saw the season flash before their eyes. Although the team scored the tying goal with just 46 seconds left on the clock, the Jumbos came back to defeat the Polar Bears 2-1 in overtime.
Men’s soccer continues to struggle against NESCAC opponents
There was a chill in the air as the men's soccer team stepped off the field last Sunday, the possible end to a surprisingly short season looming closer. The Polar Bears currently have the second-worst record in the NESCAC, and may be playing their last game of the year next Wednesday.
Weekly Roundup: NESCAC opponents continue to challenge men’s soccer
Fans of the men's soccer team are all asking the same question: What is going on? From bumbling beginnings to dramatic defeats, the Polar Bears' disappointing season continued with a stunning draw against Babson after an upsetting defeat by Colby the day before.
Weekly Roundup: Field hockey ranked No. 2 in D-III after NESCAC victories
When last weekend's field hockey games got close, the crowd looked to one player: Cathleen Smith '13. Smith helped Bowdoin to victories against Middlebury and Williams, as well as to the No. 2 ranking in the country this week. "As a team we've been improving every single game with our connections across the field," said Smith, who was named NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday. "Our goal is to keep improving in every practice and every game."
Weekly Roundup: Men’s soccer goes winless in its two weekend matches
Last weekend was a disappointing one for men's soccer. The team is now 3-2-1 after tying last year's NESCAC champion Middlebury and losing to Williams. Saturday's game against Middlebury was a constant battle from the get-go. Just two minutes in, defenseman Macgill Eldredge '12 fired a long pass to Nick Powell '12, who gave Bowdoin an early lead with a diving header into the goal.
Two men’s soccer shutouts keep winning streak intact
After an initial upset, men's soccer is back in business and continuing what it has always set out to do: win and win well. The team beat both Western New England and University of Southern Maine at home this weekend. Bowdoin has won its last three games, more than making up for the team's sole loss in the first game of the season.
Weekly Roundup: Field hockey reaches 3-0 after victory over Southern Maine
In typical fashion, the women's field hockey team once again proved its excellence in a game against University of Southern Maine on Tuesday evening. Bowdoin, ranked number four in the country, quickly fell behind despite its early domination in the game, when the Huskies scored their first goal against the Polar Bears since 2003.
Men’s, women’s soccer hope to build off overtime losses
The soccer teams traveled and fell together last Saturday after similar upsets in their first conference games of the season at Wesleyan. Both the men and women battled past regulation time, but were ultimately defeated by the Cardinals' soccer squads 3-2 and 2-1, respectively. On the men's side, Wesleyan led early, scoring two goals in the first half. Bowdoin first year Sam White responded by heading in a shot, assisted by Nick Powell '12.