soccer to host ECACs
The NEAC men's soccer semifinals were hosted on Saturday
by Williams College. Top seeded Williams took care of Amherst 2-0 to earn
a spot in the finals ,whilethe Bears were set to play Middlebury. Bowdoin
started off playing flatly and Middlebury took advantage. The Panthers
penetrated the Bear defense just seven minutes into the contest, enabling
a Middlebury striker to put a shot into the upper-right corner.
Without letting up, Bowdoin gained control of the game
for most of the first half. Dave Bulow '02 got a free kick on a penalty
and ran at it like an ornery lemur in the underbrush. The ball rocketed
off his foot and hit the post. Pat Hultrgen '01 also had a terrific scoring
opportunity when the goalie made a great save off of a diving header.
Towards the emd of the first half, Chris Fuller '03
tied the game. Taking advantage of a loose ball in front of the net, he
was able to slam it home.
The second half of the game proved to be a highly physical
battle. Both teams fought tooth and nail for loose balls but nobody was
able to net a goal. Tension ran high as the game went into over time tied
1-1. The extra period was played much like the second half. The teams
refused to give up ground although Bart McMann '03 nearly ended the game
with a header that proved to be a little too high. Double overtime ensued
with players on both sides of the field growing extremely weary.
Time wound down in the second overtime and the game
was forced into a penalty kick contest. Middlebury shot first and Bulow
quickly answered with a goal of his own. Middlebury went on to hit three
of its last four while two misses for Bowdoin ensured a terribly disappointing
loss for the Polar Bears. The disappointment was compounded on Sunday
when Middlebury was able to upset Williams to win the NESCAC championship,
virtually ensuring that Bowdoin would not make it to the NCAAs.
While the Bears did not make it to the NCAAs, some
consolation came when the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference announced
Bowdoin as its number 1 seed, assuring home field advantage throughout
McMann said, "There's nothing like playing under the
crisp Bowdoin pines; we just have to make some moves and drive towards
victory. The team has played spectacularly the whole season and is looking
forward to gametime."
The first game was played on Wednesday against the
Brandies College Judges. If you were to put a judge (supreme court or
otherwise, he could even be armed with a gavel) in a cage with a polar
bear you would get a pretty good idea of how this game went for Bowdoin.
The Bears took about half of a period to get going,
but when started, the offense could not be stopped. The referees missed
several questionable calls in the box, on dangerous tackles by a fellow
named Stagno and a rascal called Bungaroo. Penalty kicks for Bowdoin could
have resulted, but there was no need to aide the scoring.
Pat Bracewell '02 started things off with a lovely
pass that Bulow easily netted. Mike Schindelar '03 scored next after Bulow
toyed with several defenders to get him the ball. The onslaught continued
with Bulow putting in two more and defender Reeves Livesay '01 capping
of the scoring.
It was a fine day for Bulow who scored his first career
hat trick and had one assist. Goalkeepers Travis Derr '04 and Harrison
Leong '03 combined for a shutout. In victory, Hultgren stated: "We played
well and it was a good win for us. We are high but we cannot get too high.
I did not have inappropriate relations with that woman."
Bowdoin will finish the season at home this weekend
with a game on Saturday and the Championship on Sunday if they win. With
no other home games this weekend there is no excuse for not coming out
and supporting the men's team this weekend.
Bears are in top form entering playoff weekend. (Colin LeCroy/Bowdoin