The women’s basketball team (2–0; 0–0 NESCAC) returned to Brunswick as champions of the LaFrance Hospitality Tournament hosted by UMass Dartmouth this past weekend. The team’s two victories marked its first wins under new Head Coach Megan Phelps ’15.
The Bowdoin community watched Will Goddard ’25 place sixth in the cross country NCAA Division III East Regional race last week at Pickard Field. Goddard’s impressive performance in the men’s 8k qualified him for the NCAA Championship, which will be held tomorrow in Lansing, Mich.
Continuing its domination of the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) Division III (DIII), the women’s rugby team (7–1) defeated Castleton University (5–4) by a score of 56–8 during the first round of the championship tournament last Saturday.
All eyes were on the third-seeded men’s soccer team (12–1–5; 6–1–3 NESCAC) last weekend as it hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Pickard Field. Bowdoin defeated the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (11–5–6; USMMA) 3–1 on Saturday and then faced Vassar College (9–3–7) on Sunday.
Sam is joined by his brother, Ben Pausman, to break down everything about the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In what will be the last World Cup for a number of the game’s greats, the Pausman lads do their best to remain objective in pursuit of perfect World Cup predictions.
One can find Peter Moore ’23 cycling in the small town of Bernin—a quaint commune nestled in the foothills of the French Alps. Over the past five months, Moore has not been in the same place for more than two weeks.
Editor’s Note November 12, 2022: A previous version of this article implied that the men’s squash team competed in Division III of the NCAA. This is incorrect. The squash teams are members of the Collegiate Squash Association, which does not have divisions.
During the women’s rugby (6–1) game against Vassar College (9–1) on October 29, flanker Kyra Bishop ’26 tallied 19 tackles, a try and two conversion kicks. Although the team suffered a 26–19 loss, Bishop had one of her best showings in what has been a successful rookie season.
The fifth-seeded women volleyball team’s (13–10; 6–4 NESCAC) season came to an end last Friday after a 3–0 loss to fourth-seeded Amherst College (14–7; 7–3 NESCAC) in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament hosted by Wesleyan University.
NATIONAL TREASURE The men’s soccer team picked up an NCAA at-large tournament bid on Monday and is set to host the First and Second Round Regional at Pickard Field this weekend. The Polar Bears (11–1–4; 6–1–3 NESCAC) will face off against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (11–4–6) tomorrow.
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The women’s cross country team finished seventh and the men’s cross country team finished eighth at the NESCAC Championships at Hamilton College last weekend. Bowdoin was led by Leila Trummel ’23, who earned All-NESCAC honors with her individual sixth-place finish.
The men’s soccer team (11–1–4; 6–1–3 NESCAC) lost to Connecticut (Conn) College (7–5–4; 3–5–2 NESCAC) in a 3–1 in penalty kick shootout in the NESCAC quarterfinals. The match was 1–1 through 110 minutes of play. The Polar Bears entered the tournament as the first seed for the first time since 2010.
RAISE THE SAILS Last weekend, the sailing team competed in regattas at Brown University and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. At Brown, Bowdoin finished sixth overall out of fifteen competing teams. Ellie Maus ’22, Meg Gonzalez ’23, Teagan Cunningham ’22, Lizzy Kaplan ’23, Holliss Hirsch ’25, Brooke Asherman ’23 and Sophie Brett ’25 raced for the Polar Bears.
Women’s volleyball outside hitter Jenna Robbins ’23 is leading the team in kills and total points after earning eight kills and seven service aces last Friday in a match against Johnson & Wales University (18–11). On Saturday, she added five service aces during a match against Tufts University (18–5; 9–1 NESCAC).
In the NESCAC quarterfinal match last Saturday, the third-seeded women’s soccer team (10–4–2; 5–4–1 NESCAC) lost to sixth-seeded Wesleyan University (7–4–5; 4–3–3 NESCAC). After an intense game that remained scoreless after 110 minutes of play, Wesleyan edged out the Polar Bears 5–3 in a penalty kick shootout.
The Bowdoin Student Athletic Advisory Committee (BSAAC) recently participated in the NCAA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign by posting statements on its Instagram page in support of creating more inclusive collegiate athletic environments. The campaign currently has more than ten thousand posts on Instagram.
Christine Reimer ’24 qualified for the 2022 Intercollegiate Association Women’s Singlehanded National Championship last week. This will be Reimer’s second trip to the national championship after placing seventh overall last year. While Reimer is currently excelling at the collegiate sailing level, she has had to overcome a multitude of obstacles in her career.
The men’s rugby team’s (0–6) season came to an end on Saturday with a 17–12 loss against Colby College. Under the leadership of new Head Coach Gareth Roberts, who was hired in July, the team hopes to recover from a losing season and continue to grow.
Rooted just ahead of the two central defenders and deep behind the rest of the midfield, the holding midfielder takes on the impossible tasks of both anchoring a compact defensive line and connecting it to a threatening attack.
This weekend, the co-ed water polo team hosted the Collegiate Water Polo Association North Atlantic Division “A” Championship. The event spanned two days and hosted five teams from across the East Coast. Bowdoin went 0–3, and the University of Vermont took home the championship.
The football team improved to 2–4, its best record since 2015, with a 28–26 win over Wesleyan University (4–2) on Saturday. The heart of Bowdoin’s victory was led by strong performances by special teams and defense, which allowed the team to maintain a 21–14 at the half.
The men’s soccer team finished as the first seed in the NESCAC and will host Connecticut College (Conn.) in the NESCAC tournament quarterfinals this Saturday. It is the first time Bowdoin secured the first seed in the tournament since 2010.
GOLDEN GOAL Field hockey forward Faith Jennings ’23 scored in double-overtime to defeat Tufts University (10–5; 7–3 NESCAC) on Tuesday. Jennings received a pass from midfielder Maya Malenfant ’25 and was able to race past her defender and get off a backhanded shot to secure Bowdoin’s 3–2 victory.
BLANK SPACE The women’s soccer team (9–3–1; 4–3–1 NESCAC) earned its second consecutive shutout with a 1–0 win versus Colby College (4–9–0; 0–9–0 NESCAC) on Wednesday. The first half consisted of close chances from forward Samaya Bernardo ’24 and midfielder Isa Quintana ’23.
After a successful fall season, the men’s golf team jumped 78 spots in the Division III national rankings to a program-best 87th. The ranking comes on the heels of an impressive run of performances, including a sixth place finish at the Duke Nelson Invitational at Middlebury College and a fourth place finish at the team’s home Bowdoin Invitational.
Last Saturday, men’s soccer (10–1–2; 5–1–2 NESCAC) striker Ronaldo Cabral ’25 scored his sixth goal of the season against Hamilton College (8–1–4; 4–1–4 NESCAC) and sealed Bowdoin’s 4–0 win over the third ranked Continentals. The win, in addition to Wednesday’s win over Colby College (4–3–7; 1–3–5 NESCAC), propelled the Polar Bears to first place in the NESCAC.
After a slow start to the season, the sailing team has found great success in its latest regattas. After placing sixth out of 18 teams in the first round of the Women’s Atlantic Coast tournament at Brown, the team qualified for and competed in the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship (ACC) Finals at Kings Point this past weekend, placing ninth amongst 18 competitors.
Skier Aggie Macy’s ’24 fall break—and the following eight days—were full of just about everything except for relaxation. She was among thirteen cross country skiers from all over the country who were selected for the National Elite Group (NEG) run by the United States Ski Team and spent over a week training in Salt Lake City, Utah.
On Saturday afternoon in Morrell Gymnasium, the women’s volleyball team (11–7; 6–3 NESCAC) defeated Wesleyan University (16–2; 7–1 NESCAC) in a highly contested five-set match. The Polar Bears’ 3–2 win struck down Wesleyan’s undefeated NESCAC record and earned Bowdoin a third place conference ranking.
BRUNSWICK—There wasn’t a cloud in the sky when men’s soccer cruised past Colby College (4-3-7; 1–3–5 NESCAC) on Wednesday at Pickard Men’s Soccer Field. The number 14 ranked Bowdoin team now boasts a record of 10-1-2 (5-1-2 NESCAC).
Due to the efforts of its current and former players, this fall marks the first year that the Bowdoin women’s club soccer team is funded by the College. In previous years, the club has gone unfunded and has been entirely student run.
After winning the NESCAC championship last season, the women’s volleyball team (8–7; 4–3 NESCAC) is working toward another title. However, after four pivotal seniors graduated last year, other players have been called on to step up, including middle hitter Lauren Lange ’24.
Last Tuesday, the athletic department and the Bowdoin Student Athlete-Advisory Committee (BSAAC) hosted former Division I volleyball player and TED talk speaker Victoria Garrick Browne, who discussed mental health and athletic performance in front of a packed crowd at Kresge Auditorium.
BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES The sailing team finished first, second and tenth overall out of the 13 teams competing at the Hewitt Trophy on Harpswell Sound last weekend. Bowdoin also competed in the Open Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship against 18 teams and finished third overall to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championship at the U.S.
Any decent coach can pigeon hole players into an already existing system. A good coach can have impressive tactics and stick with them no matter the players on the team or the opponent. But a great coach can build a system designed around their players that not only complements their skill sets but allows each individual to perform at the highest level.
In the midst of Homecoming Weekend 2022, the women’s rugby team departed Pickard Field triumphant after a 62-5 win against the University of Maine-Orono (UMO). After earning wins against the University of New England, Colby College and Castleton University, the team is 4-0 this season and has won its last 15 games.
From September 30 to October 2, Bowdoin hosted the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regional Championship. Players Reid Staples ’24 and Tristan Bradley ’23 advanced to the finals and played each other. Bradley was crowned as champion and qualified for the ITA Cup, which is being hosted by Berry College in Rome, Ga.
On a picturesque Saturday morning last weekend, the men’s and women’s cross country teams took the course against stiff competition. Both teams each took second place out of 12 teams at the first Bowdoin Invitational. Sam Angevine ’24 paced the men’s side with a third place finish clocking in at 25:41.8 on the 8K course while Leila Trummel took second place in the women’s race, finishing 6K in 23:01.9.
Last weekend, the women’s cross country team took second place at its first Bowdoin Invitational. Captain Leila Trummel ’23 came in second individually, running the 6k course in 23 minutes and one second—only a second behind the winning pace.
This Sunday, the fields surrounding William Farley Field House are expected to be filled with students, alumni and faculty participating in the “Ultimate Mensches” ultimate tournament, hosted by the ultimate frisbee teams in conjunction with Bowdoin Hillel.
The men’s soccer team (6–1–1; 2–1–1 NESCAC) is no longer undefeated after a 1-1 tie to Middlebury College (4–1–2; 1–1–2 NESCAC) and a 2–1 loss to Williams College (3–0–4; 2–0–2 NESCAC) last weekend. Prior to those two matches, the team was 5–0–0, scoring more than four goals in three of those matches.
Last weekend at Williams College, women’s tennis players Cara Hung ’26 and Jamilah Karah ’25 won the International Tennis Association (ITA) New England Division III doubles championship. The pair entered the tournament as the eighth seed, but their win substantially elevated their ranking to qualify them for the ITA Cup in Rome, Georgia.
On Wednesday, women’s soccer striker Morgan Smiley ’24 became the first Polar Bear to score a goal in four consecutive games since 2013. Since then, she has scored two more goals, bringing her to a team-high total of six goals this season, and she has served as a vital component of the Polar Bears’ 5–1–0 (1–1-0 NESCAC) start.
Men’s soccer defeats reigning national champs Connecticut College in tightly contested match to maintain perfect record
On Saturday, men’s soccer defeated reigning national champions and top-ranked Connecticut College (Conn.) 1–0 after winning a rainy match on Monday 5–0 against the Maine Maritime Academy. The team is off to a promising start after going 5–0–0 (4–0–0 NESCAC) for the first time since 1976.
SHUTOUT SPECTACULAR The field hockey team (4-1; 1-1 NESCAC) earned a 3-0 victory over Wellesley College (3-4) on Wednesday. The game was the third consecutive win and the second consecutive shutout for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin did not allow Wellesley a single shot on goal and took 16 of their own.
The greatest thing about soccer is that it’s a game best played with joy. At its apex, the sport can resemble an art form painted on the canvas of a pitch—each player doing their part as a bristle of a larger brush, back and forth until they have created something to be proud of.
The football team (1–0; 1–0 NESCAC) opened its season with a commanding 41–14 victory over Hamilton College last Saturday. The win marked Bowdoin’s first victory in a season opener since they defeated Middlebury College 50–35 in 2009.
Last weekend, the men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off their seasons with the Colby, Bates and Bowdoin (CBB) Wave Races at Pineland Farms. The meet, against rivals Bates and Colby, was the runners’ first chance to compete after intense preseason training and served as a motivator for their upcoming home invitational.
Last weekend, the 2-2 (0-0 NESCAC) women’s volleyball team went 1-2 in a string of competitive matches. The Polar Bears fell to Endicott College (5-0) on Friday before splitting two matches on Saturday: defeating Keene State (1-4) and suffering a setback to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; 7-1).
Midfielder Harry Cooper ’22, who’s having his best season yet, led the men’s soccer team with three goals in its 6-0 shutout victory on Tuesday, September 6. As a senior, he hopes to shape his team’s culture as one of enjoyment and high-quality play.
BRUNSWICK—Men’s soccer extended its undefeated run to three games after beating University of Southern Maine (2-1-2) 4-1 on Tuesday afternoon. Having conceded just two goals during their three matches and scoring 12, the Polar Bears are now 3-0-0 (1-0-0 NESCAC).
TIP YOUR HATS The men’s soccer team defeated the University of New England (UNE) 6-0 on Tuesday, beginning its season with a 1-0-0 record. The Polar Bears outshot the Nor’easters 30-4. Harry Cooper ’22 led the Polar Bears with his first collegiate hat trick, and Charlie Ward ’22, Carlton Steinberg ’24 and Ronaldo Cabral ’25 all chipped in offensively with one goal each.
BRUNSWICK—Women’s soccer opened its season with a 5-0 victory against Saint Joseph’s College (0-3-0) at home on Wednesday. The result was an improvement from last year’s match, which saw the Polar Bears take a 4-2 victory.
The women’s rugby team is slated to play its first game of the season against rival the University of New England (UNE) this Friday at the UNE’s turf. With the Polar Bears coming off of an undefeated season, the game is anticipated to be a tightly contested rematch of last year’s national championship, in which Bowdoin came out on top.
Prior to the murder of George Floyd and subsequent global social justice movement, the NCAA mandated that all affiliated schools must enlist an administrator to serve as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator in January of 2020.
Coming off the NESCAC championship, women’s volleyball is determined to repeat as champions and make a deeper run into the NCAA tournament. Mary John ’25 was hard at work over the summer, participating in an open gym at Columbia University from the end of June through the end of August.
With its season opener coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 6 against the University of New England, the men’s soccer team has been working hard to prepare for what they hope will be a strong season. Members of the team are utilizing an intense preseason schedule to build their skills and take advantage of one of the most talented rosters in recent history.
When Megan Phelps ’15 dislocated her ankle in a walkthrough during her senior year at Bowdoin, she easily could have left basketball behind. Instead, she parlayed the injury into an unofficial assistant coaching role for the rest of the 2014-15 season.
Despite being born in Montreal, Canada, much of new men’s hockey Head Coach Ben Guite’s career has been in Maine hockey. After playing and winning a national championship with the University of Maine in 1999, Guite played for the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators during his 13 years in the American Hockey League (AHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL).
GO AHEAD AND JUMP The men’s and women’s track teams put forth impressive performances last weekend in the New England Division III Championship at Williams College. The women’s team ranked fifth of 33 teams, and the men’s team placed 11th out of 31 teams thanks to standout individual efforts from Lydia Pitts ’22, Serena Jonas ’22 and Cheng Xing ’23.
This Saturday, the men’s tennis team will make the journey to Williams College to take part in the NCAA Division III Tournament. After a tough loss to Amherst College in the NESCAC Tournament last weekend, the team was unsure they would be competing, but their overall record proved them worthy of an at-large NCAA bid.
On May 1, the women’s tennis team squared off against Middlebury College in its final regular season match of the season. Bowdoin lost 6-3 to Middlebury, who went on to finish second in the NESCAC. Despite the team loss, Fleming Landau won both her singles and doubles matches and earned the International Tennis Association’s Division III player of the week award.
After finishing second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament and setting a new program record with 16 wins in a single season, the men’s lacrosse team will start its NCAA Division III tournament run this Saturday against Colorado College at Whittier Field.
Before Ella Slaby ’25 was leading the rugby team to national championships and representing her country on the international stage, she was living abroad in Shanghai and working tirelessly to get recruited by an NCAA rugby program.
The women’s lacrosse team is eyeing a possible bid for the NCAA tournament following this weekend’s first-round loss against Colby. Because of the NESCAC’s high level of competition, the Polar Bears still have a chance at securing an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, despite ranking seventh in conference play.
This week, the women’s and coed sailing teams finished their regular season with a victory. Around half of the team will travel to New Orleans to compete against some of the top sailing programs in the country in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Championship hosted by Tulane University on the weekends of May 19 and May 23.
Last Saturday, Ben McKenzie ’23 set a program baseball record with six hits in a 17-4 win against Bates. The same game, McKenzie also had five runs and five RBIs. McKenzie believes that he has always had an affinity for the sport, dating back to when he began playing in his home state of Massachusetts.
With a 13-11 win against Hamilton on Saturday in the NESCAC quarterfinals, the men’s lacrosse team advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2016. Coming off their first loss of the season to the Tufts team, the Polar Bears started quickly to the tune of a 5-1 lead in the first ten minutes.
BRING OUT THE BROOMS Following an impressive 14-1 season, the men’s lacrosse team swept the NESCAC yearly awards for the first time in program and league history. Head Coach Bill Mason won Coach of the Year in his first season with the program, with attacker Donal Mullane ’21 winning Player of the Year and first-year phenom Will Byrne ’24 winning Rookie of the Year to round out the sweep.
Captain Donal Mullane ’21 has been instrumental in the men’s lacrosse team’s unprecedented success this spring. The attacker tied the school record for points per game (11) in a midweek matchup with Clark University and then beat the record with six goals and six assists in a game against Connecticut College.
Last Thursday and Friday, as the Class of 2026 toured campus and attended information sessions for Bowdoin Bearings Admitted Students Days, athletic recruits were offered an additional glimpse of their first-year experience by meeting their future teammates.
THEY HAVE A TIMEOUT, DECIDE NOT TO USE IT Bang! The Bowdon H*rpoon’s intramural basketball team wheezed in agony as sharpshooter Andrew Cohen ’24 of the Bowdoin Orient’s team, Southern Charm, swished successive three-pointers to put the game out of reach for the struggling satirical publication.
For the first time since the NESCAC’s founding in 1971, the conference has given fall sports—such as football, soccer, volleyball and field hockey—the green light to hold team practices over the course of the spring. “The NESCAC provided flexibility this year in light of schools returning from essentially a year away from traditional athletic activity, and permitting the non-traditional season … was one of the changes identified that could positively impact students returning to competitive athletics,” Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan wrote in an email to the Orient.
On the back of a three-game losing skid, the pressure was on for the baseball team in its first of three games in a weekend series against 15th-ranked Tufts University. The score was 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth when CJ Brito-Trinidad ’23 stepped up to the plate.
After defeating Trinity 7-2, Connecticut College 9-0 and University of Southern Maine 9-0 this past weekend, the men’s tennis team improved to 12-1 overall following their ninth win in a row. The team is having an impressive season with an end goal of making it to the NESCAC Championships in May.
In 2020, the baseball team had plans to fly down to Auburndale, Florida for spring break. Auburndale, a small town tucked in between the two metropolitan mainstays of Tampa and Orlando, serves as the baseball team’s spring training destination.
On Wednesday morning the Athletic Department announced that Sacha Santimano would not continue as the women’s basketball head coach. Santimano, who led the Polar Bears to a 16-9 record (5-5 NESCAC), will not return after leaving for family health reasons.
SOFTBALLIN’ Early this April, the Bowdoin softball team swept UMaine-Presque Isle in a two-game series in Brunswick. The first game, which only went five innings, concluded early after the Polar Bears scored 14 combined runs in the third and fourth innings to go up 21-3.
In a win against Bates last Wednesday afternoon, Sophia Sudano ’24 added two more goals to her impressive tally on the year as the nationally-ranked Polar Bears climbed to a record of 8-5 (3-5 NESCAC). Over the weekend, Sudano and the 14th-ranked women’s lacrosse team defeated 20th-ranked Amherst 11-9.
The men’s lacrosse team always knew that returning to a full schedule after a two-year hiatus would be a tall order. Despite three-quarters of its roster having never played more than three college games going into this season, the team has stormed to 12 straight wins this season, tied for its best start ever.
On March 23, men’s lacrosse player Will Byrne ’24 netted five goals and assisted on six more in a 23-16 win over Western New England University. The Polar Bears are off to a red-hot 8-0 start, and much of their success can be attributed to Byrne’s stellar run of form.
WAVED ON HOME When much of the College traveled home for spring break, the baseball team returned to Florida for spring training for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Over break, the team was able to make up for lost seasons as they played 11 games in their stint away from campus.
Returning for the first full athletic season since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bowdoin women’s lacrosse has barely missed a beat. In addition to wins in six of the season’s first nine games, the team has been on a recent tear, winning five games out of the previous six.
The softball team started off its season with an impressive comeback in Florida over spring break. While the opportunity to compete was the main focus of the trip, players were also excited to continue this team tradition for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
Bowdoin’s winter sports teams were no strangers to success this past season, as teams delivered impressive performances in all aspects of competition. When All-American honorees were announced this past month, it was no surprise that 13 Bowdoin athletes received national honors.
Speaking with women’s hockey players, it’s difficult to tell that the team lost to Amherst College this weekend in the first round of the playoffs. Despite the loss, Bowdoin outshot Amherst by an impressive 36-23. The high shot volume, however, was not enough to best the rock-solid performance from Amherst’s goalie.
NATIONAL TREASURE Following its performance in the Kurtz Cup Division of College Squash Association Nationals, the women’s squash team ended the year ranked 16th in the nation. Going into the matches last weekend, the Polar Bears boasted an impressive record of 11-7.
After making it to the first round of the NESCAC Championships, the men’s hockey team concluded its season with a record of 8-10-4 (8-7-3 NESCAC). The team’s season ended prematurely in a surprising 4-1 loss to Connecticut College—the same team the Polar Bears bested 3-2 just one month prior.
At the New England Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, Charlotte Hodge ’25 helped lead the women’s team to its best result since 2012. Her victory in the pole vault bolstered the Polar Bears to a fourth place finish, trailing third-place Amherst by just 6.5 points in the final standings.
Six members of the Bowdoin curling team will begin their spring breaks by traveling to Fargo, ND to compete in the USA College Curling Championship from March 11 to 13. Bowdoin enters the tournament ranked 14th out of the 16 teams that qualified.
John Soeder ’24 is a sophomore, a swimmer and a new school record holder. The second swimmer to receive Polar Bear of the Week honors this semester, Soeder was a part of the 200-meter freestyle relay team that broke the school record time and finished third in the meet with a time of 1:21.79.