Soccer geared for NESCACs, Bulow set to break
The time is now for the Bowdoin Men's Soccer Team to strike as it heads
into the season's last three games. In the past four games, the team has
returned to its winning form, going 3-1 and outscoring its opponents 14-3.
The men are 7-3-1 and now sit at fourth in NESCAC rankings.
In the most recent action from last week, the Polar Bears picked up two
wins at home, defeating Southern Maine 4-1, and Connecticut College 2-0.
Thursday's effort against Southern Maine got off to a quick start as Bobby
Desilets '05 converted a David Bulow '02 pass for the first goal. USM
countered with a goal of their own five minutes later, but Bucky Jencks
'05 knocked in a loose ball at 14:12 to put Bowdoin ahead for good. Bulow
added two goals, one off of a free kick, and another off of a brilliant
pass from Bart McMann '03.
Over Parents Weekend, Bowdoin continued its winning ways, walking all
over the doormat of the NESCAC, the Camels of Connecticut College. Eager
to please their parents with a victory, the Polar Bears created numerous
scoring opportunities early in the game. The 0-7 Camels, confused and
scared, did the only thing they could think off to stop Bowdoin from running
all around them: play dirty.
McMann was a victim of the Camels' thuggish play, but was rewarded with
a penalty kick that he deposited in the back of the Conn net. Cementing
the Polar Bears lead were Tucker Hodgkins '05 and Bulow, who connected
off a corner kick for a 2-0 final score.
That Bulow goal was his 13th of the year and the 28th career score, putting
him just shy of Bowdoin College records in both categories. The single-season
mark, set in 1981 by Kwame Poku, is 14. Gina Asmeron holds the record
for most career goals (32).
While certainly aware of the records, Bulow is focused on the NESCAC
playoffs and the team's effort to make the NCAA tournament. "We need
to win [the last three season games], and if we get some help from Williams,
we should finish second in the league," he said.
Bowdoin's last three matchups, against Colby, Bates, and Wesleyan, should
help get the men ready for a NESCAC tournament that will be packed full
of tough opponents. On being asked who he would like to face again during
the playoffs, captain Patrick Bracewell '02 replied, "I would love
to face Williams again
When we played them earlier in the season,
it seemed like everything went wrong, and I'd love another shot at them."
Before the Polar Bears get a second chance at Williams, they must face
our two biggest rivals, and will surely need your support and encouragement.
I implore you all to watch the team play tomorrow at Colby and next Wednesday
at Bates. Good luck this weekend men, Go U Bears!