BOWDOIN COLLEGE’S Shannon Brady, top photo, goes up for a shot in a game against Amherst on Saturday in Brunswick. Above, Bowdoin swimmer Katherine Kronick competes in the 100 breaststroke at Greason Pool.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE’S Shannon Brady, top photo, goes up for a shot in a game against Amherst on Saturday in Brunswick. Above, Bowdoin swimmer Katherine Kronick competes in the 100 breaststroke at Greason Pool.

BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team polished off a perfect home campaign with a 63-47 victory over Trinity on Sunday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears finished their regular season home slate (11-0) with their 16th consecutive victory overall and improved to 19-2 (7-0 NESCAC). Bowdoin’s 16- game win streak matches the program’s longest since the 2006-07 season.

 

 

Trinity fell to 6-13 (1-6 NESCAC) on the year.

For the second straight day, Shannon Brady paced the Polar Bears in scoring, racking up 18 points to go with six rebounds and two blocks. A trio of Bowdoin players scored eight points, including Megan Phelps, who added six boards, Marle Curle, who had nine rebounds, and Sara Binkhorst, who pitched in four assists.

Trinity was led by 18 points from Taylor Higgins and also got double figures from Mackenzie Griffin, who finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Polar Bears came out sluggish in the opening half and Trinity took advantage, using a 13-4 run midway through the period to open up a seven-point lead, 28-21, matching Bowdoin’s largest home deficit of the season.

Bowdoin used a late surge, sparked by an Ally Silfen 3- pointer, to roll off a 9-0 run before halftime. Bowdoin took its first lead since early in the period right before the break when Curle put home a fast-break lay-up off a behind-the-back pass from Binkhorst to give the hosts a 32-30 edge at intermission.

Bowdoin’s defense took control in the second half as the Polar Bears slowly began to pull away. Trinity went over 11 minutes without a field goal and Bowdoin pushed the lead to double figures with 12-2 run to open the period. Brady scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half to key the Polar Bear offense.

Trinity was able to stay within shouting distance and trimmed the lead to five points following a quick 6-0 spurt, cutting the gap to 50- 45 with 4:10 to play. But, Bowdoin immediately answered with a Binkhorst 3-pointer and the Polar Bears coasted from there, closing the game on a 13-2 run.

The Polar Bears held a 51- 36 edge on the glass for the contest and finished at 37.5- percent shooting for the game. The Bantams connected on 31.1-percent of their shots, including just 23-percent in the second half.

Brady scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Polar Bears to a 60-51 victory over Amherst on Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The 24th-ranked Polar Bears defeated the sixthranked Jeffs for the first time since 2009. Bowdoin leads the all-time series 18- 12.

Brady finished with 10 rebounds to go with her 21 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field while also blocking a pair of shots. She was the lone Polar Bear in double digits as Phelps scored nine points with 11 rebounds and three steals. Binkhorst also pitched in nine points for Bowdoin.

Ali Doswell was the lone Jeff in double figures with 13 points. Hannah Peterson had nine points – all coming on three-pointers for Amherst.

Bowdoin will return to action this upcoming Sunday at Middlebury (3 p.m.).

Women’s hockey

On Saturday, Bowdoin fell to Williams, 5-1.

Williams moved above .500 with an 8-7-2 overall mark and 5-3-2 record in NESCAC play. The Polar Bears dropped to 8-6-4 (4-4-2 NESCAC) on the season.

The Ephs jumped out to an early lead 35 seconds into the first period. Gwen Schultz score the goal, but Bowdoin answered 10 minutes later with a short-handed goal by Jessica Bowen.

Williams answered 30 seconds later on a power-play goal by Emily Krueger, and Andree Heller gave the hosts a 3-1 lead after a period.

Chelsey Stevenson made it a 4-1 contest in the second period, and Heller dished to Schultz for the final goal in the third.

Bowdoin starting goaltender Beth Findley stopped 21 shots before Lan Crofton stepped between the pipes and made six saves. Christina Cleroux and Charlie Billadeau combined on 26 stops for Williams.

On Friday, Ariana Bourqe netted a pair of goals and Rachel Kennedy scored the equalizer as Bowdoin came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie Williams, 3-3.

Williams got on the board with a power-play goal just 1:13 into the evening’s action to take the early lead. Kearan Burke got the Ephs started and Michaela Levine doubled the hosts lead at the midway point of the period.

Sara Lehman, who was credited with an assist on Levine’s goal, put away Williams’ third of the game just over six minutes into the middle frame off a wrap around.

Trailing 3-0, the Bowdoin offense kicked into gear with a pair of Bourque goals in the second half of the period. Bourque knocked in her first at 10:06, converting on the power play, and tallied her second four minutes later as she deflected a shot by Brigit Bergin. The Polar Bears headed into the second intermission trailing Williams 3-2.

Kennedy tied the game with an even-strength goal five minutes into the final period, as both teams held on for the remainder of regulation to force overtime. Maddie Baird collected the puck in Bowdoin’s defensive zone and found a streaking Kennedy at the Ephs’ blue line with a perfectly timed pass. Kennedy, alone on the breakaway, went right to beat Cleroux.

Findley turned away several promising scoring opportunities for the Ephs to close out the period, matched by Cleroux on the opposite end. The two teams played five minutes of bonus hockey, including a power play for Bowdoin, but neither team was able to convert and take the win.

Findley made 24 stops in net for Bowdoin, including one save in overtime. Cleroux made 19 saves in regulation and stopped three additional shots in overtime.

The Polar Bears travel to Trinity this upcoming Friday and Saturday.

Men’s basketball

In a battle for first place in the NESCAC, Trinity rallied from an eight-point secondhalf deficit to tip Bowdoin, 67-66, in overtime on Friday evening.

Lucas Hausman was outstanding again for Bowdoin, scoring a career-high 30 points, including a 13-for-13 effort from the free-throw line. John Swords pitched in 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Bryan Hurley had nine points and seven assists in the loss.

Trinity was led by 16 points apiece from Jaquann Starks and Rick Naylor.

Bowdoin carried a fourpoint lead into halftime, 32- 28, and used an 11-5 surge early in the second half, sparked by 3-pointers from Hausman, Farley and Hurley, to take a 47-39 lead with under 15 minutes to play.

Trinity replied with an authoritative 13-0 run, capped by a pair of Naylor treys, to take its biggest lead of the game, 52-47, with 9:21 remaining.

The back-and-forth contest swung back the Polar Bears’ direction as Bowdoin rolled off an 11-0 run of its own as a Swords lay-up gave the visitors a 58-52 lead with 5:40 to go.

But, Trinity answered again and chipped away at the Bowdoin lead to regain the advantage following another Naylor trifecta, 62- 61, with under two minutes to play. Bowdoin tied it on a Hurley free throw and both teams missed late chances in regulation as the game headed into overtime.

Trinity scored the first four points of the extra session and never relinquished the lead. Ed Ogundeko’s free throw gave the Bantams a 67-64 edge with 1:17 on the clock, but Liam Farley’s jumper trimmed the lead to 67-66 on the very next possession. Bowdoin got a big defensive stop and was able to advance the ball to half court before calling a timeout with five seconds remaining. The ensuing inbounds pass was deflected into the backcourt, and Hurley’s desperation half-court heave went wide as the Bantams clung to the win.

Trinity shot just 33-percent for the game, but held a 42-32 edge in rebounding and connected on 11 3-pointers to just four for Bowdoin.

On Saturday, Connor Green recorded a doubledouble with a season-high 33 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Amherst to an 81- 66 win over Bowdoin in LeFrak Gymnasium.

Back-to-back home wins lifted the Jeffs to a 14-5 overall record and 4-3 NESCAC mark. The Polar Bears fell to 13-6 on the year and 4-3 in conference play.

The Polar Bears were led by Hausman, who posted a team-high 19 points on 8-of- 18 shooting, while Swords and Matt Palecki finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Palecki also grabbed eight rebounds and Swords pulled in seven. Hurley dished out a team-high four assists.

Bowdoin returns to action on Tuesday night at Plymouth State (7 p.m.).

Swimming

Bowdoin swept Colby in a dual meet Saturday at Greason Pool. The Polar Bears dominated, winning the men’s meet by a score of 226- 92, while the women beat the Mules, 193-118.

The Bowdoin men boasted several multiple-event winners, led by Ryan Kulesza, who claimed a meet-best three races, taking the 200- freestyle (1:48.48), 200-backstroke (1:56.64) and 200-IM (1:58.34). Andrew Park won the 50-backstroke (25.38) and 100-backstroke (1:11.95), John Lagasse took the 50- breaststroke (27.28) and 500- freestyle (5:05.22), JR Chansakul claimed the 50- butterfly (23.48) and 200- breaststroke (2:10.29), and Tom Kramer placed first in both the one-meter (291.82) and three-meter (278.18) diving competitions.

Other winners for the Bowdoin men included Tim Long in the 1,000-freestyle (10:09.27), Mike Netto in the 100-breaststroke (1:01.15), Peter Deardorff in the 200- butterfly (1:57.89) and Logan House in the 100-butterfly (53.67).

Bowdoin’s 400-free relay team of Lyle Anderson, Deardorff, Netto and Will Hutchinson also won in a time of 3:16.09.

In the women’s meet, Bowdoin had a pair of multiple winners, including Caroline Watt in both the 200-freestyle (1:59.80) and 1,000-freestyle (10:43.20), and Sophia Walker in the 50-freestyle (24.68) and 200-IM (2:13.19).

The Polar Bears had seven other individual victors, including Zoe Duran in the 50-backstroke (29.60), Mariah Rawding in the 50-breaststroke (31.84), Holly Rudel in the 100-backstroke (1:00.91), Katie Kronick in the 200-butterfly (2:20.08), Lela Garner in the 100-freestyle (54.69), Teri Faller in the 200-backstroke (2:16.75) and Bridget Killian in the 500-freestyle (5:17.13).

Bowdoin’s 400-freestyle relay of Killian, Watt, Rawding and Walker also placed first in a time of 3:43.25.

The Polar Bears will return to action this upcoming Saturday in the Maine Event hosted by Bates College in Lewiston.

Indoor track

The Polar Bears competed well against Division I foes Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire in a meet hosted by UNH at the Paul Sweet Oval on Saturday.

Erin Silva led the way for the Bowdoin women, claiming the lone win of the afternoon for the Polar Bears, establishing another school record with a height of 12-06 in the pole vault.

The Polar Bears had a trio of second-place showings, including Sarah Kelley in the 800-meters (2:20.58), Randi London in the weight throw (48-04.75) and Katharine Krupp in the triple jump (34-07.50).

The Bowdoin men also had several strong finishes, including a trio of runnerup performances. Liam Nicoll was second in the 400 (52.99), Jacob Ellis was runner up in the 800 (1:59.49) and Chris Genco took silver in the long jump (21-11).

The Polar Bears will compete at their respective Maine State Meets this coming week, with the women traveling to Bates College on Friday at 6 p.m., and the men heading to Bates on Saturday at 7 p.m.