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Sports

More Than a Game

Football team fumbles in season opener against Williams

I’ve been accumulating a list of pithy yet uplifting one-liners to open the story about Bowdoin football’s first victory in three years. “Gameday in Brunswick began with the campus enshrouded in a thick, gloomy mist. By game time, the fog had burned off to reveal a breathtaking September day.” Just imagine the possibilities.

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Remembering Coach Butt, an international figure

Legendary soccer and swimming coach Charlie Butt passed away last Friday at the age of 93. Butt dedicated decades of his life to serving the Bowdoin Athletic Department—coaching men’s swimming for 39 years, women’s swimming for the first 24 years of the program’s existence and men’s soccer for 23 years, leading all three teams to numerous titles, records and dominant seasons.

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Highlight Reel for September 14

SAILING TO VICTORY Last weekend the sailing team battled fierce currents and bad weather as they competed in regattas in three different states. A four-person crew, consisting of Alden Grimes ’21, Rowan Byrne ’21, Kelsey Slack ’21 and Matt Safford ’20, won the Harman Trophy at the Penobscot Bay Open hosted by Maine Maritime Academy.

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More Than a Game

JV soccer player turns football hero

When I arrived at Whittier Field 15 minutes before the start of practice, the place was vacant—or so I thought. While I was sitting in the Hubbard Grandstand, enjoying the fruits of the $8 million dollar renovation, a voice called up to me from the field.

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Nordic Skiing

New Nordic Ski Club attracts all skill levels

For students who crave participation in a sport but lack the time to commit to varsity athletics, sophomores Lowell Ruck and Mackey O’Keefe started a new club for recreational Nordic skiers. The group received more than 50 sign ups at the student activities fair and is expected to become official by the beginning of October.

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Highlight Reel for September 7

NEED SOME ASSISTANCE? In a landslide victory, the men’s soccer team (1-0-0) defeated the University of New England (1-1-0) 4-0 on Tuesday in its first game of the season. Matty McColl ’19 set a new program record for assists in a single game, aiding all four Polar Bear goals.

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National Champions

Women’s cross country strives to build off track’s success

Nearly six months ago, four Bowdoin women stood on the national championship podium after winning the indoor track distance medley relay, capping off an exceptional season for the Polar Bears. Many of the runners on the women’s indoor track and field team will also run cross country this fall, carrying last spring’s momentum onto the courses later this month.

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M Tennis

Men’s tennis begins optimistic rebuild

In the 2017-18 season, the men’s tennis team ranked third in the nation and placed second at the NCAA championship. This year, the team’s roster gained two first years but graduated three standout players. Nonetheless, captains Jerry Jiang ’19 and Grant Urken ’19 are enthusiastic about their prospects for the upcoming year.

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Highlight Reel for May 4

Throwing it down: The men’s and women’s track and field teams raced to fourth and sixth, respectively, in the NESCAC Championship on Saturday at Trinity. John Pietro ’18 had a spectacular performance, winning both the shot put and hammer throw.

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Baseball

Baseball looks to rebound from Middlebury, beat the Mules

After losing a non-conference series against Middlebury this weekend, the baseball team (11-16, NESCAC 4-5) seeks to win its final three conference games against Colby (5-18, NESCAC 1-8) this weekend. The Polar Bears currently stand in fourth place out of five teams in the NESCAC East division and are tied for sixth overall in the NESCAC.

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M Track

Track hopes to carry success to NESCACs

Both the men’s and women’s track teams dominated their meets last weekend, with the men’s team winning its second straight State Championship and the women’s team winning the 30th annual Aloha Relays by almost 100 points over second-place Bates.

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Highlight Reel for Apr. 27

What legends: The College announced six inductees for the 2018 class of the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor, a biennial event founded in 2002 to remember individuals who have accomplished greatness in athletics. This year’s awardees are 1955-1983 track and field coach Frank Sabasteanski ’41, who also coached the Ghanaian national Olympic track team in 1964, defensive-back Dana Verrill ’74 who holds the Bowdoin record for interceptions in a season, national champion shot putter and offensive lineman Dick Leavitt ’76, softball, soccer and basketball star Christine Craig ’86, three-time all-NESCAC honoree field hockey and ice hockey stand-out Marissa O’Neil ’05 and the most decorated basketball player in program history, Eileen (Flaharty) Moore ’07.

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Student-athlete panel says understanding of mental health is lacking

On Tuesday, a panel of student athletes gathered in the Shannon Room to discuss their personal experiences with mental health and avenues for reducing the stigma around mental illness in an event titled, “Kicking the Stigma.” The panel, which was organized by women’s soccer team member Rachel Stout ’18 and Director of Counseling Services and Wellness Programs Bernie Hershberger, began with an anonymous online poll asking audience members to share their own views on and experiences with mental health on campus.

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Highlight Reel for Apr. 20

Glidin’ on by: The crew team had a terrific weekend at the Knecht Cup in New Jersey, with six different teams winning medals. The First Novice Men won the gold ahead of Carnegie Mellon, who they had trailed coming out of their heat.

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W Lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse hits three-game win streak

The women’s lacrosse team (9-3, NESCAC 4-3) is on a three-game winning streak after beating Bates, Wheaton and, most recently, Colby in an extremely tight 12-11 game on Wednesday. The Polar Bears, who were not ranked at the beginning of the season, have had to quickly prove themselves among the NESCAC’s elite teams.

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Softball

Softball crushes the Mules, faces Trinity

This past weekend the softball team climbed the NESCAC standings with an in-conference sweep against Colby. The Polar Bears then split both out of conference series against Husson University on Sunday and University of Southern Maine on Wednesday, leaving the team 19-7 (4-2 NESCAC).

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Highlight Reel for Apr. 13

First one around: The men’s and women’s track and field teams opened their spring season at the Smith Pioneer Invitational with a dominating performance, winning 15 individual events and all four relays. Anne McKee ’20 won the 5000M by over 10 seconds with a time of 19:19.03, while Ben Torda ’18 won the 3000M steeplechase by over 30 seconds with a time of 10:03.86.

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M Lacrosse

Lacrosse continues seven-game win streak

After two tough losses to Connecticut College and Amherst to start the season, the men’s lacrosse team has won seven games in a row, advancing its overall record to 7-2. The team is 4-2 in the NESCAC after beating Trinity 10-7 on Saturday and Bates 14-13 this past Wednesday night.

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Bowdoin to host Special Olympics swim meet

Today, Bowdoin will host the annual Southern Maine Special Olympics Swim Meet at LeRoy Greason Pool. Athletes from all over Southern Maine will compete in classic swimming events, such as freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and relays, as well as less traditional events like assisted races and floating races.

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Highlight Reel for Apr. 6

Sounds good: The sailing team competed in both the Lynn Marchiando Team Race at MIT and their only home regatta, the Harpswell Sound Team Race, this weekend. The team competed in five round robins at Harpswell Sound, finishing first and second with records of 10-5 and 9-6.

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M Tennis

Men’s tennis stays perfect in California

The men’s tennis team (8-0) is ranked second in the nation after an undefeated run in California over Spring Break, including a 7-2 victory against then-No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) (7-2) during the Stag-Hen Invitational. The team’s success comes after ending its 2017 season in a disappointing 5-2 loss in the NCAA Division III semifinals to eventual champions Emory University.

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Highlight Reel for March 30

Queens of the track: The women’s distance medley relay team won by four seconds with a time of 11:37.18 at the NCAA DIII Indoor Track and Field Championships. The team, consisting of Caroline Shipley ’20, Sara Ory ’19, Claire Traum ’21 and Sarah Kelley ’18, beat the school record by six seconds, becoming the first Bowdoin competitors to win a crown since 2014.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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