The women’s rugby squad completed a tour of Europe over spring break, stopping in Barcelona, Spain and Perpignan and Toulouse, France to play friendly matches against local squads. According to a post on the team’s athletics website from Aviva Mattingly ’15, the team met tough competition in their travels, facing opponents with much more experience. The team scrimmaged against a local French team in Toulouse, playing 15-on-15 with a mixture of French- and English-speaking players on each team.
Led by reigning NESCAC Pitcher of the Year captain Oliver Van Zant ’13, the baseball team got off to a hot start in the warm Florida climate, where the team plays during Spring Break each year. Despite winning its first four games, including two 7-0 shutouts of Husson, the team lost to Keene State, 4-3 after four extra innings. In the next nine games, the Polar Bears won just four games and suffered three losses in a row, to finish 8-6 overall. Chief among the team’s early concerns are its hitting and defense—Bowdoin has allowed 109 hits from its opponents across 14 games, while only totalling 108 of its own.
The softball team cruised to a 4-game win streak in Florida before losing two straight, the first to Keene State 8-4, and the second to Ripon College 13-5. The team rebounded from the defeats, winning seven of its next 10 games to finish the break play 11-5. Of all the teams Bowdoin played over spring break, it compiled the same number of wins as Wesleyan, Salve Regina and Amherst. Despite outscoring its opponents 78-68 over 16 games, the team allowed slightly more hits it had, 120 to 118. The team is averaging just over two errors per game so far.
The men’s lacrosse team spent its break playing games as far north as Lewiston and as far south as the nation’s capital, ending with a 3-2 record. The team lost its first match of the season in a close, 13-12 defeat to Connecticut College. Bowdoin topped St. Lawrence 9-6 at Georgetown and then lost by the same score to Amherst later in the week. It finished the break with a 2-2 NESCAC record after beating Bates and Hamilton back-to-back, squeaking past the Bobcats 12-11 and then trampling the Continentals 11-5 last Saturday. The squad was greatly helped throughout the break by the play of NESCAC Player of the Week Franklin Reis ’14, the team’s points leader.
In one of the strongest performance from any of Bowdoin’s teams over spring break, the undefeated women’s lacrosse team shot out to its best start since 2006. Winning four road games—three against NESCAC competition—the closest score was a 10-9 overtime thriller against Hamilton where Mackenzie Schleicher ’14 scored the final goal to tie the game and Lindsay Picard ’16 scored in overtime to clinch the team’s fourth straight win. Carolyn Gorajek ’13, the team’s scoring leader for the past two seasons, helped cement the team’s offensive efforts by racking up just under four goals a game over the five contests.
The men’s tennis squad singed the competition in sunny California in its spring debut, compiling a 7-2 record across nine matches. By the end of the spring break tour, the team earned a D-III No. 5 ranking, the second best team in the NESCAC behind No. 3 Williams. Kyle Wolstencroft ’15, the team’s No. 5 player, won all but one of his matches over the break. Captain Casey Grindon ’13 went 5-2 in his matchups at the No. 2 position.
The undefeated women’s tennis team sliced and diced its competition over the break in California, shutting out three different teams and winning at seven of nine positions in two other matchups. Tiffany Cheng ’16, Susanna Howard ’14, captain Kellen Alberstone ’13, Kate Winingham ’14, Chantalle Lavertu ’13 and Emma Chow ’15 have yet to lose a singles match in the spring season. In doubles, the No. 1 squad of Chow and Lavertu went 4-2, and the No. 2 team of Emma Lewis ’14 and Alberstone went 6-1. The team was ranked No. 8 in D-III in the most recent national rankings.
Track And Field
At the D-III Indoor Championships on March 9, Coby Horowitz ’14 placed third in the mile with a time of 4:09:80, Sam Seekins ’14 took 13th in the 5000-meter run, and Erin Silva ’15 took placed 12th in the pole vault. For his efforts, Horowitz was honored as an All-American, his second such accolade this year after also being named an All-American in cross country.