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Sports

Swim and Dive

Swimming and diving set records at NESCAC meet

Over the last two weekends both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished NESCAC Championships with exceptional results. The women’s team scored just shy of 1,000 points, breaking the school record for most points scored in a single meet with 998.5 points, and the men’s team finished in a best-ever fourth place.

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Squash

Squash succeeds at the CSA National Championships

Last weekend, the men’s squash team won a tight 5-4 match against Hobart to clinch the Division-D Conroy Cup at the College Squash Association (CSA) Men’s National Championships in Connecticut. The previous weekend, women’s squash came in second in the women’s Division-D Epps Cup at Harvard after a 5-4 loss to William Smith College.

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Five from curling team will travel to Nationals

Five members of the Bowdoin curling team will travel to compete at the 2018 College National Curling Championship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin next week. Having ended the season ranked fourth in the nation, the team hopes to do well enough in the starting pool to advance to the championship bracket.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for March 2

Saving the day: The women’s hockey team (13-8-3, NESCAC 6-7-3) upset Hamilton (13-8-4, NESCAC 9-4-3) in the NESCAC Quarterfinals 3-1 on Saturday. This replicates the result from last year’s quarterfinals, where the Polar Bears beat the Continentals 1-0 in double overtime.

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M Crew

Rowing coach Gil Birney retires after 22 years at Bowdoin

Coach Gil Birney has decided to step down from the position of head rowing coach at Bowdoin College after contributing 22 years of service to the program. During that time, Birney has dedicated a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to building the rowing program that Bowdoin students take part in and cheer for today.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Feb. 16

WON’T SLOW DOWN: The women’s basketball team (23-1, NESCAC 9-1) completed its regular season after beating Wesleyan 88-51. The Polar Bears jumped into the lead early on, reaching 10-0 within 3:30 and five different players reached double-digits.

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W Basketball

Women’s basketball reaches 20 win plateau

The women’s basketball team (21-1, NESCAC 7-1) is continuing its strong play and has now won over 20 games for its fourth year in a row after beating Middlebury 70-52 on Friday. This is the ninth time the Polar Bears have reached this plateau in the 10 years Head Coach Adrienne Shibles has been leading the program.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Feb. 9

Running to glory: The men’s track and field team crushed the competition at the Maine State Meet on Sunday, finishing with a strong 223 points to beat second-place Bates by 43 points. This is the second first-place finish in three years for the team, who set the second highest point total in state indoor meet history.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Feb. 2

Pucking it up: The women’s hockey team (9-6-1, NESCAC 3-6-1) swept the Wesleyan (5-9-4, 3-6-1) series this weekend in its first NESCAC series sweep of the season. The Polar Bears dominated the Cardinals 5-2 on Friday after coming out of the first quarter with a three point lead.

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Voice of Bowdoin sports: Salisbury discusses love for PAing

The time on the clock was 8:56 in the third quarter of the women’s basketball game against U-Maine Presque Isle and Lauren Petit ’18 just made her second three-pointer of the game. Over the cheers from the crowd and the yelling from the sidelines, Mike Salisbury’s voice boomed over the loudspeaker: “Lauren Petit … for three!” After serving as the public address announcer (PA) for men’s and women’s basketball since 2015 and for football since 2011, Salisbury knows exactly how to change his voice to reflect the excitement of a game without drawing attention to himself.

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M Basketball

Men’s basketball looks to continue win streak

Just hours after celebrating the holidays with their families, Bowdoin’s basketball players were conditioning for NESCAC conference games in the tropics of Florida. Their hard work paid off as the team returned from break with two wins this past weekend, beating Colby 83-77 after losing to the Mules in a close non-conference game earlier this season, and beating Pine Manor 73-67.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Jan. 26

For the common good: Camil Blanchet ’18 was one of eleven athletes nominated for the 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award, an award given annually to a college hockey player who contributes significantly to his team and to his community in general.

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m hockey

Men’s hockey to raise money for cerebral palsy

The men’s hockey team (3-5) will host a fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy of Maine during its game against Connecticut College (2-3) at home tomorrow. According to Camil Blanchet ’18 and Spencer Antunez ’18, who spearheaded the fundraiser, the idea to support a cerebral palsy charity came from Lucien Hodell, a child who has cerebral palsy.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Dec. 7

Hard hitting: The women’s squash team (2-2) split a pair of Saturday matches after losing to No. 26 Hamilton (1-3) 6-3 and then rebounding and beating Colgate (2-3) 8-1 the same day. Against Hamilton, the Polar Bears swept the top three positions, while the top seven positions all came away with 3-0 wins against Hamilton.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Dec. 1

Squashing the Camels: The men’s and women’s squash teams came back from losses against Bates to beat Connecticut College 8-1 and 5-4 respectively on Sunday. All players in the top five positions on the men’s team gave Bowdoin points, contributing to Bowdoin’s ranking of 27th in the nation.

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M Hockey

Men’s hockey gears up to face rival Colby

The men’s hockey team (2-3-0, 1-1 NESCAC) will face long-time rival, Colby College (2-2, 1-1 NESCAC) in a two-game series this weekend. The team will play its 209th game against the Mules on Friday night at Colby, followed by the 210th face-off between the two teams at Sidney Watson Arena on Saturday.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Nov. 17

Shooting for the stars: After receiving an at-large bid for the NCAA DIII Championships, the men’s soccer team (10-4-4, NESCAC 6-2-2) ended their season after losing 3-2 in a penalty shootout against Rutgers-Newark (20-2-1). Despite controlling the ball for the majority of the game and edging the Scarlet Raiders out 12-10 in shots, Bowdoin was unable to score.

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Football

Football ends second consecutive losing season

The Bowdoin football team (0-9) lost its final game of the season last Saturday against Colby (1-8) at home by a score of 31-20. The loss marks the program’s first pair of consecutive winless seasons. The Polar Bears led 17-10 at halftime and extended their lead to 20-10 partway through the third quarter, but Colby responded with 21 unanswered points.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Nov. 10

Passing the mark: The football team (0-8) lost to Bates (2-6) this weekend in a close 17-24 match this weekend, causing Bates to claim the Colby-Bowdoin-Bates championship title for the sixth time in a row. Noah Nelson ’19 ended the game 34-55 with the third-most passes thrown and the second-most passes completed in a game in Bowdoin history.

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Equestrian team focuses on rebuilding

After keeping a low profile for many years, the Bowdoin equestrian team has decided to use this time to rebuild and refocus the team’s effort on increasing its organization, skills, and accessibility. The equestrian team has kept a relatively low profile in previous years—preferring to remain a smaller group of students that worked closely together.

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W Rugby

Women’s Rugby finishes strong, heads to NIRA championship

Last Saturday, Bowdoin women’s rugby concluded its regular season with a crushing 50-12 victory against Middlebury. A stellar defensive performance by Jackie Jacques ’19, who accumulated ten tackles throughout the game, highlighted the match. Satya Kent ’19, Kendall Schutzer ’18, and Elizabeth D’Angelo ’19, who each accumulated eight tackles of their own, supplemented Jacques’ defensive effort.

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BMASV facilitates talk about consent with teams

Male athletes make up the majority of the members in Bowdoin Men Against Sexual Violence (BMASV), a group that facilitates conversations surrounding issues of masculinity, sexual violence and consent. Since it’s founding in 2008, BMASV has focused on recruiting members from sports teams and has facilitated conversation within male teams on campus.

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M Soccer

Men’s soccer qualifies for NCAA DIII tournament

On Monday, the Bowdoin men’s soccer team (10-4-3, NESCAC 6-2-2) received the news that it was one of five NESCAC schools to earn an at-large bid to advance to the NCAA DIII tournament. After a 1-0 defeat by Middlebury in double overtime at the NESCAC semifinals, men’s soccer is looking forward to redemption at the tournament, as they go into their first game against Rutgers-Newark (20-2) this Saturday.

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Field Hockey

Field hockey upsets Tufts in quarterfinals

After entering the NESCAC Champions hips seeded 7th, the lowest in program history, the field hockey team pulled off a dramatic upset on Saturday, beating No. 2 Tufts 2-1 in the NESCAC quarterfinals. This win came just three days after losing to the Jumbos 3-0 in the last regular season game of the year.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Nov. 3

Saving shots: The men’s soccer team (10-3-3, NESCAC 6-2-2) had a dramatic win against Williams (8-3-5, NESCAC 3-3-4) on Saturday after the game went into a penalty shoot out. Levi Morant ’19 scored the first goal of the game in the 54th minute, but Williams tied the game up 25 minutes later.

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M Soccer

Van Siclen leads men’s soccer to post-season

With three complete shutout games within the last week and a half, Stevie Van Siclen ’18, goalkeeper of the Bowdoin men’s soccer team (10-3-2, NESCAC 6-2-2), elevated his total number of career shutouts to 25—an all time high for career shutouts at Bowdoin. Van Siclen currently has a three-game shutout streak after games against Colby, Connecticut College and, most recently, Tufts. While Van Siclen’s immense skill and leadership on the field has only grown throughout his four years on the team, this year his presence has proved especially instrumental in guiding and unifying the team as the Polar Bears head into the playoffs.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Oct. 26

Poised to kill: This weekend, the women’s volleyball team (13-8, NESCAC 7-1) traveled to Amherst to compete in the Hall of Fame Tournament. The team swept the first two games against Wheaton and Coast Guard, but fell to Worcester Polytechnic Institute 3-2 on Saturday.

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Field Hockey

Field Hockey looks to win last games of season

The women’s field hockey team (8-5, NESCAC 4-4) currently sits in a four-way tie for fifth place in the NESCAC standings with Amherst, Bates and Colby and will make a run for a higher postseason seed in its last two conference games of the season against Connecticut College (5-8, NESCAC 1-7) and Tufts (9-4, NESCAC 6-2).

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Bowdoin Weightlifting Club hosts 2nd Annual Lift-A-Thon

The Bowdoin Weightlifting Club held its second annual Lift-A-Thon on Sunday, an event that promotes the club’s philosophy of inclusivity and raises money for a cause of its choosing. This year, the club donated to Unidos por Puerto Rico, a charity started by the First Lady of Puerto Rico to collect money for the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Oct. 20

Sweeping the Court: The women’s volleyball team (11-7, NESCAC 7-1) celebrated homecoming weekend by sweeping their Saturday games against University of Maine-Presque Isle (11-16) and Middlebury (14-5, NESCAC 5-3). Caroline Flaharty ’20 ended the Middlebury game with 19 kills compared to Middlebury’s Becca Raffel’s 11.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Oct. 13

Southern Love: Bowdoin men’s tennis team members Grant Urken ’19 and Luke Tercek ’18 won their first match in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Oracle Cup 1-6, 6-2, 10-6 against Adrien Bouchet and Will Wanner of Emory University in Rome, Georgia on Thursday.

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ACC hopes to address race in athletics

For Hannah Cooke ’18, a current member of the squash team, feeling supported and comfortable is essential in order to reach your fullest potential, especially when it comes to a team environment. That is part of the reason why she created the Athletes of Color Coalition (ACC) last year: to create a space for people of color to talk about their experiences on Bowdoin’s sports teams.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Sept. 22

Out for revenge: The women’s soccer team (1-2-1, NESCAC 0-2-1) began its weekend last Saturday with a 1-1 tie against Wesleyan (3-1-1, NESCAC 0-1-1) after goalie Rachel Stout ’18 made 10 saves compared to Wesleyan’s two.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Sept. 15

Heading home: The women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to Amherst (2-1, 1-0 NESCAC) in last Saturday’s NESCAC opener after the Purple and White scored in the 78th minute of the game. The team will play its first home game against Wesleyan (2-1, 0-1 NESCAC), who they beat 3-1 last season, on Saturday at noon.

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M Golf

Golf teams aim to build off first weekend performance

The women’s golf team had a strong start to its season, finishing in first place at the Bowdoin Invitational last weekend, while the men’s team is looking to improve after a disappointing ninth-place finish. Both teams are hoping to have a strong showing at the upcoming Maine State Championship this weekend.

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Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel for Sept. 8

Going for Gold. Over the summer, Bowdoin women’s basketball player Ally Silfen ’17 and field hockey player Sarah Jane Weill ’18 traveled to Jerusalem for the 20th Maccabiah Games—an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event held in Israel every four years.

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Softball

Softball hosts NESCAC playoffs for first time

After a disappointing loss to Tufts (22-14, 8-4 NESCAC), the softball team (27-8, 9-3 NESCAC) rebounded by sweeping its series against Bates (10-18, 1-11 NESCAC) 3-0, 8-1, 5-1, to clinch the No. 1 spot in NESCAC East, which allows Bowdoin to host the NESCAC Playoffs this weekend.

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Spagnuolo ’96 aids women’s hockey fight for equality

During her time at Bowdoin, Dee Spagnuolo ’96 was a three-sport athlete who played field hockey, ice hockey and softball all four years. A dominant force on the field, ice and diamond, Spagnuolo still holds the Bowdoin women’s ice hockey record for most career penalty minutes and most penalty minutes in a season.

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“Winning Together” confronts issues of race in athletics

On Monday, the Athletic Department held an event called “Winning Together: Intersections between Race and Athletics” that invited students and professors, athletes and non-athletes, to engage in conversations about the role that race plays on Bowdoin’s athletic teams. The event was divided into three sections, where attendees had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A panel, hear personal anecdotes from several of Bowdoin’s athletes of color and break into small groups to cultivate more personal dialogues.

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The Relegation Zone

Bidding farewell to The Relegation Zone

I’m sitting in an airport bar at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, sleep-deprived, avoiding the crushing amount of work I have to do when I get back to campus and taking advantage of my 30 minutes of free airport WiFi to watch the Madrid derby in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.

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Thomas ’17 studies impact of mindfulness on injured athletes

For the past three semesters, Garrett Thomas ’17 has been conducting an independent study examining the effects of mindfulness on stress reduction and athletic performance, specifically for injured or previously injured athletes at Bowdoin. In the past few years, injuries, especially concussions, have come to the forefront of athletic discussions.

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Highlight Reel

This week in sports: 4/28 – 5/4

Tournament time. The women’s tennis team (13-4, 5-3 NESCAC) is seeded fifth heading into the first round of NESCAC playoffs this weekend where it will face No. 2 Wesleyan (11-3, 5-3 NESCAC). The Polar Bears hope to build off their recent success—an 8-1 win over Babson (10-8) and a 9-0 shutout over MIT (12-8) last weekend—as they go up against a strong Cardinal squad.

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M Tennis

Men’s tennis falls to Bates in upset loss

The men’s tennis team (14-3, 5-2 NESCAC) heads into its last weekend of the regular season looking to recover from a disappointing 7-2 loss to Bates (6-9, 5-3 NESCAC) on Wednesday. The defeat is the Polar Bears’ first loss to a team outside of the top five in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III rankings and ended a three-game win streak the team had developed after a tough loss to No.

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Highlight Reel

This week in sports: 4/21 – 4/27

Smooth sailing. The sailing team competed in two regattas last weekend. Finishing seventh out of 18 teams, the windless Admiral’s Cup significantly limited racing. At the Women’s New England Championship, the Polar Bears battled it out with Harvard, ultimately winning a tiebreaker against the Crimson to secure the final qualifying spot for Women’s Nationals.

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