IT WAS A BUSY weekend at Bowdoin College. Above, former Mt. Ararat High School standout Randi London competes in the discus throw during the Aloha Relays, while to the left, women’s tennis player Joulia Likhanskaia returns a shot in a NESCAC win over Middlebury.

IT WAS A BUSY weekend at Bowdoin College. Above, former Mt. Ararat High School standout Randi London competes in the discus throw during the Aloha Relays, while to the left, women’s tennis player Joulia Likhanskaia returns a shot in a NESCAC win over Middlebury.

WATERVILLE — Julia Geaumont pitched a 3-0 shutout in Saturday’s second game against Colby as the Bowdoin College softball team clinched a playoff spot despite dropping Saturday’s opener, 1-0.

 

 

In Saturday’s opener, Megan Mitchie held the Polar Bears to four hits and two walks as the Mules held on.

Bowdoin pitcher Emily Griffin pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out two.

Erica Pulford’s RBI single accounted the game’s only run.

In game two, Geaumont was dominant, allowing only five hits. She struck out five.

Bowdoin jumped on top in the first as Jordan Gowdy drove in Cielle Collins with a single for a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, Adriane Krul doubled and scored on an RBI double by Collins. Lauren O’Shea doubled in a run later, scoring Claire McCarthy.

Collins was 4-for-4 at the plate, while Katie Gately added three hits.

On Friday in the opening game against Colby in Brunswick, Marisa O’Toole and Krul each homered to lift Bowdoin to a 2-1 victory.

Geaumont picked up the mound win on six strikeouts.

On Sunday at Pickard Field, Bowdoin swept a doubleheader from the University of Maine- Farmington after dropping the first game of the day against Tufts.

In the Sunday opener, the undefeated Jumbos (27-0, 9-0 NESCAC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a tworun home run by Cassie Ruscz.

But, Bowdoin responded in its first at-bat, using two-run single by Krul and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Collins for a 3-2 lead.

Geaumont made it a 4-2 game with an RBI single.

Tufts answered in the fifth. Grace Marshall drove in a run with a single, and an error tied the game, 4-4. The Jumbos pushed the winning run across in the sixth on an RBI single by Michelle Cooprider.

Allyson Fournier came on to shut down the Bowdoin offense, picking 11 strikeouts.

Griffin took the mound loss with a two strikeouts.

In the sweep of UMaine-Farmington, Bowdoin rolled to a pair of Mercy Rule wins, 13-1 and 10-0.

In the opener, Griffin allowed eight hits and struck out three. Krul tagged a three-run home run, and a O’Shea and Siene Mitman each drove in a run for a 6-1 Bowdoin lead after two.

Geaumont picked up the shutout in the second game, fanning seven hitter and allowing just two hits. A pair of errors led to four Bowdoin runs in the first, with O’Shea driving in two with a triple.

Track

The Bowdoin men earned a second place finish at the Maine State Outdoor Championship on Saturday, hosted by Bates.

The Bobcats came away with the title, scoring 182 points to slip past the Polar Bears, who ended with 170.5. Southern Maine (134) took third, while Colby (120.50) and St. Joseph’s (7) rounded out the field.

Bowdoin boasted four state champions in Saturday’s meet, including Andrew Murowchick, who won the javelin with a throw of 171-07.50.

On the track, Kevin Hoose won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:28.06), Liam Nicoll took first in the 400 (49.06) and Conor Donahue won the 800 (1:56.08) for the Polar Bears.

The Bowdoin women hosted the Aloha Relays at Magee-Samuelson Track over the weekend.

Capitalizing and depth and several strong showings in the field events, the Polar Bears captured the win. The Polar Bears totaled 145 points to edge Bates (134). Southern Maine (120), Colby (96) and Wellesley (61) were the nexthighest finishers in the eight-team field.

Bowdoin had four athletes finish the day with first-place showings. Hayleigh Kein topped 5-03.75 in the high jump. Katharine Krupp took first in the triple jump with a final jump of 37-00 to earn another 10 points for Bowdoin.

Randi London won the discus throw with a 127-06.50 effort. Ellen Masalsky rounded out the top finishes for the Polar Bears with a 128-02.25 javelin throw.

Both the men and the women head to Williams College this upcoming Saturday for the NESCAC Championships.

Women’s tennis

Bowdoin swept doubles play and collected four wins in singles action to defeat visiting Middlebury, 7-2 in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Regional Final.

The 10th-ranked Polar Bears improved to 11-3 on the season and 5-1 in NESCAC play, while dropping the eighth-ranked Panthers to 7-5 (2-2 NESCAC).

The Polar Bears tallied 8-4 doubles victories at No. 1 and No. 2. Joulia Likhanskaia and Tiffany Cheng dispatched Ria Gerger and Lily Bondy in the top spot, with Tess Trinka and Kyra Silitch finishing off a their opponents at No. 2. Emma Chow and Pilar Giffenig captured an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles.

Likhanskaia earned the win at No. 1 singles with a hard-fought three-set victory (6-3, 2-6, 7-5). Tess Trinka finished off No. 3 singles in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) as did Silitch (6-4, 6-3) at No. 5 and Pilar Giffenig (6-2, 6-4) in the six spot.

Bowdoin next hosts Tufts on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Men’s tennis

Bowdoin lost a tough NESCAC match to Middlebury Saturday afternoon, 8-1.

The eighth-ranked Polar Bears suffered their third NESCAC loss, falling to 4-3 in conference play with an overall 10-4 record. Middlebury improved to 15-2 on the season, while remaining perfect at 5-0 in NESCAC play.

Bowdoin suffered a close loss at No. 1 doubles as the pairing of Luke Trinka and Luke Tercek lost 9-8 (7-5) as the Polar Bears were swept in doubles.

Noah Bragg, Kyle Wolstencroft, and Gil Roddy all played three-set matches, with Bragg at No. 2 and Wolstencroft at No. 5 coming back from opening-set losses. Tercek accounted for Bowdoin’s lone point on the day as he won in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) at No. 4.

Bowdoin returns to action on Tuesday at 4 p.m., as the Polar Bears host Washington and Lee.

Women’s lacrosse

The Polar Bears scored 11 goals in the second half to roll over Wesleyan, 17-5, on Saturday afternoon.

The fifth-ranked Polar Bears used a big 13-1 surge over the middle of the game to pull away from the Cardinals and improved to 12-2 (7-2 NESCAC) after their sixth straight win. The Cardinals fell to 4-10 (0-9 NESCAC) with the loss.

Megan O’Connor continued her hot play, scoring a game-high four goals to lead the Polar Bears, while Emma Beecher finished with three goals and two assists. Annie Glenn also had three goals while Lindsay Picard finished with two goals and two helpers for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears will close out their regular season on Wednesday evening at Tufts at 7 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse

David Murphy scored the gamewinning goal with 4:23 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift Wesleyan to a 9-8 win over Bowdoin on Saturday at Pickard Field.

The 20th-ranked Cardinals improved to 9-5 (6-3 NESCAC), while the Polar Bears dropped to 3- 11 (2-7 NESCAC) despite a furious fourth-quarter rally.

David Nemirov had two goals and an assist for Bowdoin, while Samuel Hodgson, Daniel O’Berry and Shawn Daly had a goal and assist apiece.

Down 8-4 in the fourth quarter, Bowdoin stunned the Cardinals with four consecutive goals for an 8-8 tie.

Wesleyan won the ensuing faceoff and circled the ball around to Murphy, who beat a defender for the go-ahead marker. Bowdoin had two more chances to tie, including a possession with under 30 seconds to go, but Wesleyan’s Greg Piertoforte caused a turnover to seal the win for the Cardinals.

Bowdoin concludes the regular season on Wednesday at home against Tufts (7 p.m.).