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Highlight Reel for January 28

SPLASH SISTERS The women’s basketball team, led by impressive three-point shooting performances from Sela Kay ’23 and Annie Boasberg ’22, improved to a record of 14-3 (4-1 NESCAC) following a commanding four-game winning streak. Over the course of the streak, Kay averaged nearly three made three-pointers per game and Boasberg boasted an impressive 46% from beyond the arc to propel their team to the top of the NESCAC standings.

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Highlight Reel for December 10

WE THE NORTH The women’s hockey team closed out its fall semester with a 3-0 home victory over visiting University of Southern Maine (USM) Tuesday night. Zoe Wilson ’23 and Brett Stoddard ’24 opened the scoring with two back-to-back goals early in the first period and the Polar Bears never looked back.

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M Basketball

Men’s basketball builds on hot start to season

After their win over Husson University on Wednesday, Bowdoin’s men’s basketball team has launched into their season with a 7-2 start. The team looks vastly different from a year and a half ago with the entrance of new head coach Alex Lloyd and two new talented classes to go alongside the already proven upperclassmen.

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Highlight Reel for December 3

BYRD SOARS TO THE TOP Last Thursday, men’s soccer star Drake Byrd ’21 was named to the All-American Second Team and the All-NESCAC First Team for Division III men’s soccer. En route to his honors, he had a stellar senior campaign, recording five goals and seven assists during the 2021 season.

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Athletic Department

Sailing team qualifies for national championship

Following a third place finish at the New England Championship qualifier, four members of the sailing team will conclude their fall season by competing at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Championship this weekend. The team, composed of Alden Grimes ’21, John Seider ’22, Meghan Gonzalez ’23 and Tbo Antonietti ’24, will travel to St.

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Highlight Reel for November 12

RUNNING TO REGIONALS The men’s and women’s cross-country teams will compete at the NCAA Division III East Regional at Suffolk University in Franklin Park, Massachusetts. Each team will bring eight athletes, seven competitors and one alternate.

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HIGHLIGHT REEL FOR NOVEMBER 5

SERVING UP THE NESCAC Tonight, the volleyball team’s hunt for a conference title will begin. After recording a 19-4 overall record and securing the first seed in the 2021 NESCAC Volleyball Championship, the Polar Bears earned the privilege of hosting all rounds of the championship in the Morrell Gymnasium.

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Highlight Reel for October 29

WINTER SPORTS FLURRY The winter athletic season will be in full swing soon. Competitions begin November 13, headlined by the women’s basketball team facing Nazareth College in the University of New England (UNE) Tip-Off Tournament in Biddeford and the men’s basketball team taking on Thomas College at home.

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Fall 2021

Women’s volleyball leading conference

The women’s volleyball team currently sits in first place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 7-1 in-conference record and a 17-4 overall record. Heading into the playoffs, the team has won 13 of its last 14 matches—including the last five in a row—and is a contender to host the first game of the NESCAC tournament.

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Athletic Department

Football frenzy brings team’s first win since 2018

As the clock struck zero at Whittier Field this past Saturday, fans rushed from their seats and stormed the field to celebrate the football team’s first win since the fall of 2018. Although they were labeled as the underdogs against their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Amherst College, the Polar Bears led from start to finish, defeating the Mammoths by a score of 21-14.

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Athletic Department

Winter sports teams begin official practices

As the leaves in Brunswick begin to change colors, Bowdoin’s winter sports teams set their sights on the season ahead. After a two-year hiatus from uninterrupted winter competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bowdoin’s athletes, coaches, administrators and fans are ready for winter sports to return to the College.

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Highlight Reel for October 15

FALL-ING INTO WINTER SPORTS Following two weeks of informal, pre-season practices and training camps, winter sports teams will begin official practices with their coaches and full rosters today. Winter sports teams have not enjoyed a full, uninterrupted season of training and competition since the winter of 2018-2019.

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HIGHLIGHT REEL FOR OCTOBER 1

WOMEN’S TENNIS PREPARES TO CAUSE A RACKET This weekend, the women’s tennis team will host the Division III New England International Tennis Association (ITA) tournament at the Pickard Tennis Courts. This event marks the first competition of the season for the women’s team and the team’s first time playing in a tournament since the fall of 2019. 

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Athletic Department

Men’s tennis makes strong showing in hosting the ITA tournament for the first time in over 20 years

This past weekend, the men’s tennis team came back strong at the Division III International Tennis Association (ITA) tournament after two years without formal competition. For the first time in two decades, Bowdoin hosted the tournament, which gave the majority of the team its first chance to compete in collegiate-level matches.

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Highlight Reel for September 17

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PREPARES FOR INDOOR HOME COMPETITION The College will be hosting its first indoor athletic events of the fall season this weekend as the volleyball team faces Wesleyan College today and Connecticut College tomorrow. The players will be allowed to use their discretion to decide whether they want to wear masks during the game or not, but most of them will likely err on the side of caution and keep the masks on.

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Athletic Department

Athletic Department stands by current health and safety protocols

As a significant number of COVID-19 cases have emerged on campus in the past few weeks, the scope of health and safety procedures looks very different from the start of the semester. However, despite the additional safety measures across campus, the Athletic Department has stuck to their previously outlined protocols, relying mostly on campus status levels and guidance from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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Athletic Department

A new era of women’s basketball

To quote Thin Lizzy’s hit song, the [Bears] are back in town. The successes of the College’s women’s basketball team are formidable: the team has posted a winning overall record since the 1990s, leads the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in championship victories and has been in the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III championship in the last two completed tournaments.

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Athletic Department

Athletic Department announces new DEI training

Partnering with the Institute for Sport and Social Justice (ISSJ)—a social justice and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) education company based in Florida—the athletic department has created a roadmap of mandatory DEI training for coaches. “It’s a six-step program that works its way up to the final step, which is action.

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Athletic Department

Highlight Reel for September 10

MEN’S SOCCER KICKS OFF SEASON In their first game of the season and the College’s first fall athletic competition, the men’s soccer team defeated the University of New England (UNE) by a score of 3-0. Drake Byrd ’21 netted two goals, and Minseo Bae ’22 added the third.

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Athletic Department

Highlight Reel for September 3

RETURN TO BUSY COMPETITION SCHEDULE After an 18-month halt to athletic competition due to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the College will return to a jam-packed schedule beginning next week.

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W Basketball

Athletes reflect on Coach Shibles’ legacy ahead of her departure from Bowdoin

Over the course of her 13-year career at Bowdoin, women’s basketball Head Coach Adrienne Shibles has impacted the lives of each of her athletes and brought the program to unprecedented heights. Under her leadership, the team appeared at the NCAA tournament 11 times and won two NESCAC championships, solidifying Shibles’ spot as Bowdoin’s winningest women’s basketball coach of all time.

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Highlight Reel for May 14

ATHLETICS FOR EVERYONE In a joint statement with the presidents of Colby and Bates, President Clayton Rose announced his strong opposition to two anti-transgender athlete bills currently working their way through the Maine Legislature. If passed, the bills would bar transgender women from playing in elementary, secondary and collegiate sports.

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Well in Lad

The next generation of Messi vs. Ronaldo?

Welcome one and all to what is Well In, Lad’s final column of the semester. It’s been a long journey, but I’ve enjoyed myself plenty, so I hope all of you reading have, too. To wrap up the semester, I want to do a little reminiscing on the past and take a look at what the future of soccer might hold.

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Highlight Reel for May 7

SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS At the third Bowdoin-Colby-Bates track and field meet this past weekend, two school records fell as the men’s and women’s teams closed out their non-scoring season. On the men’s side, Ajay Olson ’23 earned a new school record in the 100 meter dash (10.69 seconds), and he just barely missed the school’s 45-year-old 200 meter dash record (21.42 seconds) by 0.2 seconds.

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Highlight Reel for April 30

SWEPT OFF After the Polar Bears split their games last weekend, they were swept by Trinity this past weekend, losing 9-8 in the first game and 9-6 in the second game. Despite the losses, they did see some standout performances.

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Highlight Reel for April 23

SPLITTER Softball played a double header against Tufts on Saturday and another double header against Colby on Sunday. The Polar Bears went 2-2, splitting both double headers. After winning in eight innings against Tufts by a score of 11-8, the team dropped the second Saturday game, losing 12-2.

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M Track

Lynn Ruddy heads into retirement after providing a generation of students with positive athletic experiences

“There are a lot of ways to do track and field, and I like to think ours is a good way: for camaraderie, fun, education and good results. I do the best I can based on what I remember as an athlete and the feedback I get from Bowdoin students I trust,” Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Assistant Coach of track and field Lynn Ruddy once wrote in an email to her former athlete Louis Duffus-Artman ’07.

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Highlight Reel for April 16

RESCHEDULED Rescheduling games that had been cancelled due to COVID-19, the athletic department announced that the softball team will play a double-header at Tufts on Saturday and a double-header against Colby at home on Sunday. These games were originally scheduled to be back-to-back home and away double-headers for the weekends of April 10 and 11 against Tufts and April 3 and 4 against Colby.

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Football

Assistant football coach Kevin Loney plans to promote inclusivity in new role as Assistant Athletic Director

Following the announcement that Associate Director for Athletics and Assistant Coach Lynn Ruddy will retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year, the athletic department shared that Assistant Football Coach Kevin Loney has been promoted to the position of assistant athletic director for facilities and event management, effective July 1.

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Highlight Reel for April 9

ASSIST. AD KEVIN LONEY Earlier this week, the Athletic Department announced that Kevin Loney, an assistant coach for the football team since 2015, will be promoted to assistant director of athletics for facilities and event management in the fall of 2021.

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Coronavirus

Student-Athletes pleasantly surprised with decision to compete in the spring, but most of their focus remains on the fall

Catching many athletes off guard, yet pleasantly surprised, President Clayton Rose announced in a campus-wide email on March 9 that the NESCAC has decided to conduct limited competition for spring sports. While many athletes and athletics staff members are excited for this opportunity, they know that competition is not guaranteed and is dependent on the rate of COVID-19 cases on Bowdoin’s campus and at other colleges.

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W Basketball

Adrienne Shibles named Head Coach of USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team

On March 17, USA Basketball announced that Adrienne Shibles, head coach of Bowdoin women’s basketball, will serve as the 2021 head coach of the U16 National Team. Shibles will be responsible for developing the team throughout the year and will take a month off from Bowdoin women’s basketball to lead the national team in a tournament run by the Federal International Basketball Association (FIBA).

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Highlight Reel for April 2

THE YEAR OF RETIREMENT A flurry of retirements have been announced in the past month, with three long-term members of the department announcing that they plan to step down from their roles at the end of this academic year.

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BSAAC

#NESCACares mental health awareness week captures an overlooked element of collegiate athletics

Through the #NESCACares Mental Health Awareness Week campaign, the Bowdoin Student Athlete Advisory Committee (BSAAC) and the NESCAC Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) are changing the narrative on mental health in athletics. The Mental Health Awareness Week campaign has happened in previous years, but with the pandemic and a shortened semester presenting unique mental health challenges, the SAAC and BSAAC are hoping to play an especially important role with their programming this year.

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Bowdoin announces limited participation in athletic competition

In a letter to the Bowdoin community sent out last Tuesday, President Rose announced that Bowdoin would be participating in a limited number of athletic competitions this spring. The announcement came on the heels of a decision by the NESCAC presidents to allow individual schools to determine the extent of athletic competition in which they will participate.

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Highlight Reel for March 12

BADMINTON Intramural Badminton starts up for the spring semester this week. A grand total of 23 teams have signed up to play. While there isn’t any time left to create teams, people interested in participating can be added to an existing team.

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W Lacrosse

“I want belonging”: President of the IWLCA, Liz Grote, balances administrative duties, coaching and DEI Efforts amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Last June, amidst the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, women’s lacrosse Head Coach Liz Grote was selected as the President of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA). As President of the IWLCA, a nationwide organization that monitors the proceedings of all intercollegiate lacrosse and represents coaches from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, Grote found herself with newfound responsibility.

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Baseball

After reaching the top level of the minors, Assistant Baseball Coach Jensen focuses on bringing his unique experience to Bowdoin Baseball

With a strong connection to college baseball, Maine Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and current Bowdoin Pitching Coach Jason Jensen brings his own unique experience in the sport to his coaching philosophy. In 1997, Jensen pitched two complete games to help the University of Southern Maine (USM) win the Division III World Series.

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