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Field Hockey

Field hockey season ends after quarterfinal loss

Last weekend, the Bowdoin women’s field hockey team (11-5, 6-4 NESCAC) saw its season come to an early end at the hands of Williams (12-4, NESCAC 7-3), with a 3-2 loss in the NESCAC quarterfinal. This latest premature exit from the NESCAC tournament is the third consecutive year the Polar Bears have bowed out of the competition before reaching the finals.

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Former athletes experience new interests after sports

It was midsummer and Franklin Taylor ’19 was at a crossroads. Back home in Oak Park, an urban suburb of Chicago, Ill., he stared at the blinking cursor on his computer screen. It hovered over his email inbox, pointing to the question that had been needling him all summer long: would he don jersey number 86 in the fall?

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Baseball

Equipment manager chases pro-baseball scout dream

Few people have a life story more interesting or unexpected than Bowdoin Equipment Manager Chap Nelson’s—or “Chappy” as he’s commonly known. From dreams of playing major league baseball in Florida, to becoming Colby’s assistant baseball coach while still a college student himself to his current freelance work as a professional scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, there is only one thing as big as Chappy’s personality: his network of friends.

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More Than a Game

Money can’t fix everything, not even Bowdoin football

On the door to Coach J.B. Wells’ office is a poster emblazoned with the likeness of quarterback phenom Peyton Manning and the following quotation: “I wouldn’t have a single touchdown without someone to catch it, and someone to block for it, and someone to create the play, and someone to call it, and someone to celebrate it with.” Still mired in a 23-game losing streak, the longest in the program’s history, the Polar Bears have learned the truth of Manning’s wisdom in a literal way.

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OUTtober

Dinner confronts LGBTQ challenges in sports

On Monday evening, a group of about 50 student-athletes came together with coaches, staff and peers for the tenth annual Winning Together: Allies in Athletics event. The program was organized by the Athletic Department and the Center for Sexuality, Women and Gender (SWAG) and looks to address the challenges facing LGBTQ athletes at Bowdoin.

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M Soccer

Soccer captain earns top Marine honor

A liberal arts education is tailored to fit each student’s unique interests and career path, but as Jake Stenquist ’19 realized, there was neither a major nor minor at Bowdoin that would fully prepare him for his experience in the Marines’ Officer Candidate School (OCS).

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Sailing

Sailing team heads to Championship

This Saturday, approximately seven of Bowdoin’s top sailors will head to Maryland to compete in one of the most significant and competitive regattas of the fall season: the Showcase Finals at St. Mary’s College. The Polar Bears qualified for this event after a strong performance at the Coed Showcase Regatta at MIT two weekends ago.

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W Cross Country

Women’s cross country grabs first place in Bowdoin Invitational

The women’s cross country team dominated the competition last weekend at the Bowdoin Invitational with five of the top six finishes. Captain Julia O’Rourke ’19 led the first pack of runners, finishing second overall. She was followed by Delaney Bullock ’22, Sarah Hanson ’20, Abigael Osmanski ’21 and Erin Hollenbaugh ’20 who placed third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

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W Tennis

Women’s tennis rebuilds team around core values

Nestled in a corner of the Watson Arena parking lot and enclosed by a high fence, it is easy to overlook the tennis courts and discount the level of athletic ability and competition unfolding there. But the women’s tennis team, honored last season by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for academic and athletic excellence, looks forward to representing Bowdoin as it continues its fall season and prepares for the spring.

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Volleyball

Volleyball team falls to Johnson and Wales

Last weekend the women’s volleyball team (10-1, 3-0 NESCAC) experienced its first loss of the season to Johnson and Wales University (14-1). The Rhode Island team is currently ranked fourth in the country. Despite the loss, the team is still undefeated in the NESCAC.

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Hall of Honor inductees include a former NFL player and three-sport record holder

On Saturday, October 6, Bowdoin alumni, students and faculty will gather in Kresge Auditorium to celebrate the induction of six new members to the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor. This year, each inductee will sit with WCSH news reporter, Lee Nelson P’19 to have a “fireside chat,” in which they will talk about their experiences and accomplishments at Bowdoin.

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M Crew

Rowing team heads to first regatta under new head coach

When Head Coach Gil Birney retired last spring after 22 years, the Bowdoin crew team had a major void to fill. Stepping into his new position as head coach is former assistant Doug Welling. The team also added assistant coach Ry Hills, who brings with her a strong commitment to physical fitness and experience competing in national championship regattas.

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W Rugby

Professional rugby player becomes asst. coach

The new assistant women’s rugby coach brings experience from both sides of the pond. James Read grew up watching semi-professional rugby at Havant Rugby Club in Hampshire, England, where he began playing at age 11. After playing for seven years at Havant, Read broke into the semi-professional world and competed alongside some of the same players he watched as a boy.

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W Soccer

Women’s soccer chases another NESCAC win

For the women’s soccer team, the 2018 season has begun with intense training, learning and excitement for the future. After five games, the team stands at 2-2-1 (1-2-0 NESCAC). It started the season off with a draw against Babson College (3-3-1), followed by a 1-0 loss to Amherst (4-1-0), a 4-0 win against Bates (2-3-0), a 2-0 loss against Wesleyan (4-2-0) and a 7-0 win against the University of Maine Farmington (0-7-0).

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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