THE BOWDOIN COLLEGE men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Williams on Saturday. In the left photo, Bowdoin’s Megan Phelps goes up for a shot while being guarded by Williams’ Claire Beacher of Brunswick, while in the right photo, Bowdoin’s Andrew Madlinger (12) takes a second half shot.

THE BOWDOIN COLLEGE men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Williams on Saturday. In the left photo, Bowdoin’s Megan Phelps goes up for a shot while being guarded by Williams’ Claire Beacher of Brunswick, while in the right photo, Bowdoin’s Andrew Madlinger (12) takes a second half shot.

BRUNSWICK — The ninth-ranked Williams College men’s basketball team needed overtime to defeat Bowdoin on Senior Day at Morrell Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, 76- 64.

 

 

Michael Mayer had 22 points to lead five players in double-figures for the Ephs, who improved to 20-2 and remained unbeaten in conference play at 8-0.

Matt Mathias had 20 points in the loss for the Polar Bears, who fell to 12-8 and 3-5 in NESCAC.

Mayer added 11 rebounds, while Taylor Epley added 21 points for the Ephs. Daniel Wohl and James Klemm had 11 apiece and Nate Robertson added 10 for Williams.

Mathias nailed five 3-pointers for the Polar Bears, who got 13 points from Keegan Pieri and 10 from Maximilian Staiger. Bryan Hurley had 14 assists in the loss for Bowdoin.

 

 

The teams were tied 36-36 at halftime following a frantic opening half that saw the Polar Bears connect on 51-percent of their shots from the field. Williams was able to stay close thanks to Epley, who had 19 of his 21 points in the opening stanza.

Mathias connected on a trifecta to give Bowdoin the lead just moments into the extra session, but the hosts failed to score the rest of the way. The Polar Bears missed their final six shots as the Ephs went on a game-clinching 15-0 run to seal the win. Wohl scored eight points in the run to lift Williams.

On Friday, sixth-ranked Middlebury built a 13-point halftime cushion and held off Bowdoin in a 72-61 win at Morrell Gymnasium.

Nolan Thompson led all players with 19 points for Middlebury, while Joey Kizel went 10-for-10 from the free throw line and finished with 14 points, while James Jensen added 12 and Peter Lynch had 10.

Bowdoin was paced by 14 points apiece from Andrew Madlinger and John Swords. Pieri had 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Polar Bears.

The teams traded blows in the first half before a late Panther run pushed the lead to double-digits. Thompson scored all 11 of his firsthalf points in the final 6:33 of the opening period as Middlebury used a 10-2 run and a quick 6-0 spurt right before the break to take a 43-30 edge at halftime.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday night with a road game at Bridgewater State scheduled fora6p.m.tip-off.

Men’s ice hockey

Senior Daniel Weiniger scored a hat-trick Saturday afternoon to lead the Polar Bears to a 5-2 win over visiting Hamilton College at Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Second-ranked Bowdoin rebounded from Friday’s 6-3 loss to Amherst to improve to 17-2-1 overall, 11-2-1 in the conference, while Hamiton dropped to 5-12-3 (3-9-2 NESCAC).

The Polar Bears opened the scoring 3:29 into the game. Colin Downey controlled the puck skating around the back of the net before sending a quick pass to Weiniger in the left circle. Weiniger one-timed the puck to the left side before Hamilton goalie Joe Quattrocchi was able to recover from the right post.

Hamilton answered with the tying goal at 4:42.

Bowdoin took the lead for good courtesy of John McGinnis at 10:03.

The Polar Bears extended their lead to 3-1 with just over 30 seconds to play in the second period when Ollie Koo dished to Robert Toczylowski, and Weiniger’s second goal made for a 4-1 Bowdoin lead.

Hamilton scored to make it a 4-2 game, but Weiniger put the contest away with an empty-net goal.

Max Fenkell made 30 saves to earn the Bowdoin win. Quattrocchi also made 30 blocks in net for Hamilton.

On Friday, Amherst scored four goals in the first period en route to a 6-3 win over Bowdoin.

Mike Moher stood just outside the right side of the crease and flipped the puck over Bowdoin goalie Steve Messina’s shoulder just 3:30 into play for a 1-0 Jeffs lead.

Amherst doubled its lead at 7:49 on the power play. Mike Rowbotham had the puck in Bowdoin’s defensive zone, deep in the right corner, and sent a pass across the crease to Elliot Bostrom who one-timed it to the left post.

The Polar Bears scored at 10:51. Taking advantage of the power play, Koo rifled off a shot on net that Weiniger deflected in from the low slot.

Amherst stretched its lead to 3-1 with just 2:40 remaining on a Brown goals.

Nick Brunette controlled a rebound off Messina’s pads in close range for a 4-1 lead.

Bowdoin halved the Amherst lead with its second goal of the game at 9:07 into the second stanza. From within the crowd of defenders and Bowdoin players, Chris Fenwick found the puck to make the score 4-2.

Trailing 5-2, Bowdoin showed some life with 2:50 left to play as a quick shot by Kyle Lockwood beat Amherst goalie Nathan Corey.

The Polar Bears head to Wesleyan for a game this upcoming Friday at 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball

Williams picked up its first victory at Morrell Gymnasium since 1999 with a 50-42 victory over Bowdon on Saturday in NESCAC action.

The win snapped a 10-game losing skid at Morrell Gymnasium for the Ephs, who improved to 18-4 (7-1 NESCAC). The Polar Bears fell to 12- 9 (3-5 NESCAC).

Brunswick native Claire Baecher scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Ephs, while Jennie Harding added 12 points and nine boards.

Bowdoin was led by senior Kaitlin Donahoe, who celebrated Senior Day with a 22-point effort.

Bowdoin carried a 21-15 edge into halftime thanks to a 12-3 run over the final four minutes of the first period, capping the run with a 3- pointer by Donahoe.

The Polar Bears held a 43-41 edge in rebounds, but shot just 19-percent from the floor.

On Friday, Bowdoin pulled away in the second half for a 60-40 win over Middlebury

Shannon Brady scored 12 points for Bowdoin, while Siena Mitman scored 11 off the bench. Megan Phelps added 10 points and nine rebounds for Bowdoin.

Middlebury was led by 13 points from Tracy Borsinger, while Scarlett Kirk pitched in 10 points.

The Polar Bears held the Panthers to 24 percent shooting in the second half and 28 percent shooting for the game while connecting on 43 percent of their attempts. Bowdoin held a 42-35 edge on the glass and converted 17 points off of 15 Middlebury turnovers.

Bowdoin will look to solidify its position for the NESCAC Tournament this upcoming Friday when they travel to play at Wesleyan at 8 p.m.

Women’s ice hockey

Trinity completed a weekend sweep of Bowdoin with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon in Hartford, Conn.

Combined with Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Bantams, the Polar Bears fell to 14-4-2 overall, 8-3-1 in the NESCAC. Trinity improved to 11-5-4, 6-3-3 NESCAC.

On Saturday, Trinity capitalized on a power play to score the game’s first goal at 9:39. Utilizing effective passing to spread the Polar Bear defense Sarah Duncan netted her first goal of the season.

Despite a combined 21 shots on goal during the second period, neither team was able to convert.

Bowdoin scored the tying goal at 9:52 into the final period, as Kayte Holtz scored on the power play, with Madeline Lane and Kim Tess-Wanat assisting.

But, Trinity answered two minutes later on an Abby Ostrom goal, and Emma Just over two minutes later Abby Ostrom answered with the game-winning goal. Ostrom took the feed from Lucy Robinson to put Trinity on top 2-1. Emma Tani scored an empty-netter with 33 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.

Bowdoin goaltender Kayla Lessard made 24 saves for the Polar Bears, while Alexa Pujol had 38 for Trinity.

On Friday, Trinity scored with three minutes remaining for the 2-1 win.

Lane scored the first goal of the night at 12:56 to put Bowdoin on top 1-0. Chelsea MacNeil and Holtz were credited with the assists.

Ostrom scored her fifth goal of the season, while Britney Ryan assisted as the Bantams evened the score at 1-1 to end the second.

Trinity’s game-winning goal was scored with less than three minutes left to play in the game. Capitalizing on the power play, Shannon Farrell took the feed from teammates Emily Kleidon and Sarah Duncan to put the game away for Trinity.

Bowdoin hosts Hamilton this upcoming Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.).