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.
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.
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.
Women’s lacrosse will see a familiar face on its coaching staff as it prepares for its 2022 season. On September 29, the Athletic Department announced that Kara Finnerty ’20 has been hired as an assistant coach for the team.
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.
“I want belonging”: President of the IWLCA, Liz Grote, balances administrative duties, coaching and DEI Efforts amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
Last June, amidst the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, women’s lacrosse Head Coach Liz Grote was selected as the President of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA). As President of the IWLCA, a nationwide organization that monitors the proceedings of all intercollegiate lacrosse and represents coaches from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, Grote found herself with newfound responsibility.
Athletics at Bowdoin in the 1980s were full of both tradition and change. While many well-established Bowdoin sports teams continued to face other colleges in the area and bring back a mix of wins and losses, other teams were formed or dissolved over the decade as the College’s athletics department and athletes worked to comply with Title IX.
Varsity athletics for the winter season have already been canceled, but neither the NESCAC nor Bowdoin has made a final decision yet about the spring. The College has created specific times in the academic schedule for athletes to practice and compete.
The Bowdoin Hall of Honor, founded in 2002, biannually inducts classes of five to six outstanding members of Bowdoin’s athletic community. Candidates are usually nominated by other alumni, and the finalists are chosen by a committee of seven former Bowdoin athletes.
Last Saturday, the women’s lacrosse team (9-7, NESCAC 5-5) fell to Amherst (12-4, NESCAC 6-4) in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament, by a score of 12-9. However, the team hopes its winning season overall will be enough to win an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Since opening the season with a decisive 12-7 victory over Connecticut College (3-7, 0-6 NESCAC), the women’s lacrosse team’s season has taken a turn for the indecisive. After dropping four of its next five games, the team has rebounded over the past two weeks, recording three straight victories, including two conference victories against Bates (7-4, 3-3 NESCAC) and Trinity (7-2, 3-2 NESCAC), to enter April with a 5-4 record overall, 3-3 in NESCAC play.
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.
Tournament time. The women’s tennis team (13-4, 5-3 NESCAC) is seeded fifth heading into the first round of NESCAC playoffs this weekend where it will face No. 2 Wesleyan (11-3, 5-3 NESCAC). The Polar Bears hope to build off their recent success—an 8-1 win over Babson (10-8) and a 9-0 shutout over MIT (12-8) last weekend—as they go up against a strong Cardinal squad.
Smooth sailing. The sailing team competed in two regattas last weekend. Finishing seventh out of 18 teams, the windless Admiral’s Cup significantly limited racing. At the Women’s New England Championship, the Polar Bears battled it out with Harvard, ultimately winning a tiebreaker against the Crimson to secure the final qualifying spot for Women’s Nationals.
The women’s lacrosse team (9-3, 5-3 NESCAC) has been pushing towards securing a high seed for NESCAC championships. Prior to a 18-9 loss to Colby (8-3, 5-2 NESCAC) on Wednesday, the Polar Bears had three crushing victories against Bates (6-6, 1-6 NESCAC), Connecticut College (1-9, 0-7 NESCAC) and Wheaton (7-6).
Last Saturday the women’s lacrosse team shocked defending national champion Middlebury (6-2, 3-1 NESCAC) with an 11-10 overtime win. Prior to facing the Polar Bears, the Panthers were ranked No. 1 in the country with an undefeated record.