BELIEVE IT OR NET On Wednesday night, the women’s basketball team (4–1; 0–0 NESCAC) scored a comeback win in a nonconference matchup against St. Joseph’s College (4–3). The Polar Bears took the lead in the first quarter but were unable to outscore St.
SCRUM-PTIOUS The women’s rugby team (7–0) defeated Norwich University (1–6) for the second time this season in the NIRA DIII semifinals at Pickard Field last Saturday. A try by Mia Daoust ’27 in the first minute of the game propelled the Polar Bears to 28 unanswered points.
KICKING AND SCREAMING On Wednesday, Felipe Rueda Duran ’26, Tyler Huck ’26 and Julian Juantorena ’23 were named First Team All-NESCAC, while Jack Selig ’23 and Carlton Steinberg ’24 were named Second Team. Rueda Duran led the NESCAC with ten goals and six assists, scoring the most goals from a Bowdoin player since 2007.
SOLID AS A BLOCK The volleyball team (11–9; 3–7 NESCAC) won against Brandeis University (9–14) 3–1 last Friday night in Waltham, Mass. with set scores of 25–15, 25–18, 19–25 and 25–23. Skye LaMendola ’27 led the team with 21 kills and 11 digs, followed by Haley Campau ’27 with 11 kills and four blocks.
CORNERING THE CONTINENTALS The women’s soccer team (7–3–3; 4–2–2 NESCAC) beat Hamilton College (7–3–3; 3–3–3 NESCAC) 3–1 on Saturday. Hamilton scored within the first minute and nearly doubled its lead in the 17th minute, but Greta Farkas ’24 tied the game in the 22nd minute with a free kick.
THE HOLY TRINITY The men’s soccer team (7–1–3; 3–1–2 NESCAC) defeated Trinity College (3–5–2; 1–4–2 NESCAC) 3–2 last Saturday afternoon. Trinity scored the game’s first goal early in the second half. In the 69th minute, Ronaldo Cabral ’25 buried the ball under the crossbar with an assist from Felipe Rueda Duran ’26 to tie the game 1–1.
HOT SHOT The field hockey team (5–2; 2–2 NESCAC) took home its second NESCAC win of the season after defeating Williams College (4–2; 1–1 NESCAC) 2–1 in Williamstown, Mass. last Sunday. Maddie Mrva ’27 put the Polar Bears in an early lead in the fourth minute with an assist by Georgie Coetzer ’23.
TOP NOTCH(O) Bowdoin men’s soccer (4–0–1; 1–0–1 NESCAC) played to a 0–0 draw against Connecticut College (3–0–2; 1–0–2 NESCAC) on Sunday afternoon at Pickard Field. Alex Ainsworth ’26 made four saves for the Polar Bears, who were outshot by Conn.
KILLED IT The women’s volleyball team swept Swarthmore College (5–1) with a 3–0 win on the first day of the Garnet Invitational in Swarthmore, Pa. last Friday. The Polar Bears earned set scores of 25–17, 25–20 and 25–21, led by Skye LaMendola ’27 with 17 kills, Ella Haugen ’23 with 36 assists and Maya White ’25 with 13 digs.
SMOOTH SAILING Last weekend, the sailing team ended its regular season with an eighth place finish in the Open New England Fleet Race Championship at Connecticut College. The Polar Bears competed in 14 races over two days with key performances from Hattie Slayton ’23, Chris Lukens ’23, Timmy Gee ’25 and Tbo Antonietti ’24.
A TRE(E)MENDOUS SHOWING Last weekend, the men’s and women’s track and field teams took second and third place, respectively, at the Pine Tree State Classic. On the men’s team, Ajay Olson ’23 placed first in the 100m and Lars Sorom ’26 won the 400m.
I WANT REAL LOVE, BABY The women’s tennis team (2–7; 2–3 NESCAC) defeated Bates College (4–10; 0–8 NESCAC) 9–0 on Tuesday afternoon at home. The Polar Bears swept Bates in doubles play with victories from Jamilah Karah ’25 and Cara Hung ’26 (8–3), Kennedi Carter ’23 and Hannah Buckhout ’24 (8–6), and Elizabeth Yu ’24 and Candice Ballarin ’25 (8–2).
GOALS GALORE The women’s lacrosse team (4–6; 2–4 NESCAC) defeated Bates College (4–7; 0–6 NESCAC) 18–8 on Wednesday night in a dominant NESCAC win. Bowdoin scored the first eight goals of the game and held a 12–3 lead at halftime before pushing the game into running time in the fourth quarter.
DOUBLE O 7 The baseball team (7–4; 0–0 NESCAC) defeated Thomas College (5–8) 14–4 on Wednesday afternoon in South Portland. The Polar Bears took an early lead, with Kevin Murray ’25 and Luke Chessie ’23 both recording RBIs in the first inning and Murray scoring on an error.
JUST KEEP SWIMMING A school-record 14 Bowdoin swimmers qualified for the NCAA DIII Championship. Alex Grand’Pierre ’25, Penn Lee ’25, Ethan O’Connor ’23, Jack Tran ’26 and Steve Ward ’24 on the men’s team qualified in selections announced last weekend.
AIN’T NO LIE, BYE BYE BYE The men’s squash team (5–8; 2–8 NESCAC), ranked 25th in the nation, is set to compete in the Conroy Division at the College Squash National Championships this weekend. Bowdoin enters the tournament as the top-seed in the D-Division and earned a bye for the first round.
QUALIFYING IN QUANTITIES The indoor track and field teams competed at the non-scoring Valentine’s Invitational at Boston University last weekend and saw several New England DIII Championships qualifying times. Leila Trummel ’23 ran a season-best 4:59.30 mile, and Lauren Traum ’24 finished the same event with a time of 5:11.25 seconds.
HOOP! THERE IT IS The women’s basketball team (14–8; 3–5 NESCAC) completed its season sweep of Bates College (11–10; 3–5 NESCAC) last Friday night before falling to Tufts University (16–6; 7–1 NESCAC) on Saturday. In the 71–63 victory against Bates, the Polar Bears started the third quarter with a 10–0 run and held a lead throughout the rest of the game.
STAY THE COURSE The women’s track and field team had two first place finishers, Kianne Benjamin ’24 and Charlotte Hodge ’25, in the non-scoring New England Small College Invite in Boston last weekend. Benjamin broke a school record that was previously set in 2020 in the 200m with a time of 25.21 seconds and also finished second in the 60m.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME The men’s hockey team (4–0–0; 2–0–0 NESCAC) defeated Johnson & Wales University and UMass-Boston last weekend in its first games at Sidney J. Watson Arena. Against Johnson & Wales on Saturday, forward Andy Stoneman ’23 put Bowdoin on the board with fewer than four minutes remaining in the first period.
RUNNING UP THAT HILL The cross country programs both took fifth place out of 35 teams in the NCAA Division III East Regional tournament at Pickard Field on Saturday. Individually, Leila Trummel ’23 placed fifth out of 245 runners and Will Goddard ’25 placed sixth out of 242 runners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UPHILL BATTLE The Nordic ski team had one of its biggest challenges of the year this past weekend at the Dartmouth Carnival. The unusually warm winter temperatures led to soft and slushy snow conditions, which made the team’s wax setup exceptionally difficult.
SPEED. I AM SPEED. The Bowdoin Men’s Track and Field team finished second in the Maine State Meet held in Waterville this past Sunday. Over the course of the competition, numerous Bowdoin athletes produced impressive performances, with Ajay Olson ’23 and Cheng Xing ’23 honored as MVPs of the meet.
SQUASHING THE COMPETITION The men’s squash team is seeded third for the NESCAC championships this weekend. Despite a disappointing loss to St. Lawrence on January 29, the team capped off its season with the highest seeding in the program’s history and will face sixth-ranked Colby in the quarterfinals.
SPLASH SISTERS The women’s basketball team, led by impressive three-point shooting performances from Sela Kay ’23 and Annie Boasberg ’22, improved to a record of 14-3 (4-1 NESCAC) following a commanding four-game winning streak. Over the course of the streak, Kay averaged nearly three made three-pointers per game and Boasberg boasted an impressive 46% from beyond the arc to propel their team to the top of the NESCAC standings.
WE THE NORTH The women’s hockey team closed out its fall semester with a 3-0 home victory over visiting University of Southern Maine (USM) Tuesday night. Zoe Wilson ’23 and Brett Stoddard ’24 opened the scoring with two back-to-back goals early in the first period and the Polar Bears never looked back.
BYRD SOARS TO THE TOP Last Thursday, men’s soccer star Drake Byrd ’21 was named to the All-American Second Team and the All-NESCAC First Team for Division III men’s soccer. En route to his honors, he had a stellar senior campaign, recording five goals and seven assists during the 2021 season.
SERVING UP THE NESCAC Tonight, the volleyball team’s hunt for a conference title will begin. After recording a 19-4 overall record and securing the first seed in the 2021 NESCAC Volleyball Championship, the Polar Bears earned the privilege of hosting all rounds of the championship in the Morrell Gymnasium.
WINTER SPORTS FLURRY The winter athletic season will be in full swing soon. Competitions begin November 13, headlined by the women’s basketball team facing Nazareth College in the University of New England (UNE) Tip-Off Tournament in Biddeford and the men’s basketball team taking on Thomas College at home.
FALL-ING INTO WINTER SPORTS Following two weeks of informal, pre-season practices and training camps, winter sports teams will begin official practices with their coaches and full rosters today. Winter sports teams have not enjoyed a full, uninterrupted season of training and competition since the winter of 2018-2019.
WOMEN’S TENNIS PREPARES TO CAUSE A RACKET This weekend, the women’s tennis team will host the Division III New England International Tennis Association (ITA) tournament at the Pickard Tennis Courts. This event marks the first competition of the season for the women’s team and the team’s first time playing in a tournament since the fall of 2019.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PREPARES FOR INDOOR HOME COMPETITION The College will be hosting its first indoor athletic events of the fall season this weekend as the volleyball team faces Wesleyan College today and Connecticut College tomorrow. The players will be allowed to use their discretion to decide whether they want to wear masks during the game or not, but most of them will likely err on the side of caution and keep the masks on.
ATHLETICS FOR EVERYONE In a joint statement with the presidents of Colby and Bates, President Clayton Rose announced his strong opposition to two anti-transgender athlete bills currently working their way through the Maine Legislature. If passed, the bills would bar transgender women from playing in elementary, secondary and collegiate sports.
SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS At the third Bowdoin-Colby-Bates track and field meet this past weekend, two school records fell as the men’s and women’s teams closed out their non-scoring season. On the men’s side, Ajay Olson ’23 earned a new school record in the 100 meter dash (10.69 seconds), and he just barely missed the school’s 45-year-old 200 meter dash record (21.42 seconds) by 0.2 seconds.
SPLITTER Softball played a double header against Tufts on Saturday and another double header against Colby on Sunday. The Polar Bears went 2-2, splitting both double headers. After winning in eight innings against Tufts by a score of 11-8, the team dropped the second Saturday game, losing 12-2.
RESCHEDULED Rescheduling games that had been cancelled due to COVID-19, the athletic department announced that the softball team will play a double-header at Tufts on Saturday and a double-header against Colby at home on Sunday. These games were originally scheduled to be back-to-back home and away double-headers for the weekends of April 10 and 11 against Tufts and April 3 and 4 against Colby.
ASSIST. AD KEVIN LONEY Earlier this week, the Athletic Department announced that Kevin Loney, an assistant coach for the football team since 2015, will be promoted to assistant director of athletics for facilities and event management in the fall of 2021.
FALL SPORTS? In an email to the Bowdoin community Thursday afternoon, President Clayton Rose announced that, as long as the NESCAC approves intercollegiate competition, “there will in all likelihood be a full athletic schedule in the fall.” However, he is not as confident about the probability of attendance at sporting events by local residents or family members.
NCAA MIGHT WAIVE ROSTER MINIMUMS In an announcement on Wednesday, the Division III (DIII) Membership Committee recommended waiving the sports sponsorship requirement for spring sports. If approved by the DIII Administrative Committee, there will be no minimum number of rostered players required for teams to be sponsored.
NESCAC CoSAoC Late last month, the NESCAC formed a Coalition of Student-Athletes of Color (CoSAoC) with representatives from all 11 member schools. The announcement describes their mission statement as trying to “encourage dialogue and solidarity around issues of race.” The coalition aims to work with all member schools’ athletic departments in their pursuit to support student-athletes of color, and they will encourage the diversification of athletic departments across the conference.
SMART COOKIES This fall, 78 members of the Bowdoin athletic community have been recognized as Academic All-NESCAC. Even though there was no formal athletic competition this fall, the conference acknowledged athletes’ academic achievements as they do every year.
FOR THE COMMON GOOD Women’s soccer has taken advantage of their virtual season this fall to raise over $40,000 for different organizations around New England. Beginning with a virtual 5K for Maine Inside Out, an organization that reaches out to those who have been incarcerated and experienced structural racism, the team raised almost $3,000 in partnership with the volleyball team.
AN EXTRA YEAR Yesterday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Presidents announced that all Division III athletes can compete in athletic competitions and practices this academic year without losing a season of eligibility. This is a one-time waiver, and the Presidents hope that it will allow student athletes to have more flexibility in deciding their academic plans for the spring 2021 semester.
BIG BRAINS Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams were awarded College Team Academic Awards by the United Soccer Coaches Colleges Services Program this past week for their academic achievements during the 2019-2020 academic year. Every rostered member of both teams maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for the entirety of the academic year.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS Bowdoin’s athletic facilities opened this week after the College maintained a “yellow” campus level for over a week-and-a-half. However, the facilities’ hours are scaled back, and the athletic department has implemented many safety precautions.
INTRAMURALS With zero active COVID-19 cases at Bowdoin and the College in “yellow” status, the intramural season is going to kick off this weekend! New intramurals like cornhole, croquet, frisbee golf and power walk rugby are open to all students on campus.
SMALL BUT MIGHTY The women’s basketball team defeated Hamilton 77-63 in its NESCAC quarterfinal matchup last Saturday, but at halftime, a different group of competitors took the court. The back-to-back NCAA Division III finalist Polar Bears are a tough act to follow, but the third-and-fourth-grade travel teams from the Ararat Youth Basketball League entertained fans with a thrilling exhibition game during the break.
SEED SEED SEED SEED SEED After an eighth-place finish at NESCAC championships two weeks ago, the women’s squash team is seeded fifth in the the Walker Cup Division for the upcoming College Squash Association National Tournament, which begins tonight in New Haven, Conn..
ICE, ICE, BABY The women’s hockey team climbed one game closer to .500 with a 2-0 away victory over the University of New England (UNE) on Tuesday night. After dropping both games last weekend in a home series against Amherst, the Polar Bears snapped a four-game UNE win streak to return to their winning ways.
CONTROL THE T, WIN BY 3 In the lone high note in the women’s squash team’s 8-1 loss to Franklin & Marshall last Sunday, Clio Bersani ’22 swept her match 3-0 as number 2 in the ladder and was awarded NESCAC Performer of the Week honors for her efforts.
NUMBER FIVE, LOOK ALIVE The women’s squash team clawed its way back to a winning record with a close 5-4 win over Colby on Wednesday, bringing the team’s overall record to 7-6 on the season. The middle of the Bowdoin ladder carried the Polar Bears to victory, with the team claiming 3-0 wins at spots three, four and six.
NIRA, FAR, WHEREVER YOU ARE The women’s rugby team will host Norwich University in the NIRA semifinal on Saturday at 11 a.m.. After starting off the league campaign with a 38-8 loss to first-place Colby Sawyer, the Polar Bears bounced back with two key wins to secure the second playoff seed.
A PACHYDERMAGICAL MOMENT The field hockey team secured the number two NESCAC playoff seed in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 overtime victory away at Tufts on Wednesday. After an early Jumbos goal, Peyton Jackson ’21 equalized in the third quarter to send the game into overtime.
GIVING THEIR OPPONENTS A HELSINKING FEELING Men’s lacrosse alumnus Brett Kujala ’18 made history last week at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, leading Finland to an all-time best sixth place finish. Kujala put up impressive offensive numbers all tournament, averaging 9.0 points per game during the group stages and 5.3 points per game in the playoffs.
BEARS, BEATS, BOBCAT-TLESTAR GALACTICA The field hockey team held on to a 1-0 victory over Bates this past Wednesday, improving to 2-0 in NESCAC play. On a stormy afternoon, the Polar Bears dealt with poor conditions and sloshed through a rain-soaked turf field all game.
POLAR BEARS WEATHER THE STORM The field hockey team opened its campaign with a win against the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford this past Wednesday. Emma Stevens ’20 opened her scoring account with two goals against the Nor’easters, and Elle Brine ’20 added two assists in a convincing 4-0 victory.
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.
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.
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.