BOWDOIN COLLEGE JUNIOR Lindsay Picard (3) looks for an open teammate over the shoulder of defending Abby Hatch (11) of Colby. The Polar Bears edged the Mules, 12-11 in the NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE JUNIOR Lindsay Picard (3) looks for an open teammate over the shoulder of defending Abby Hatch (11) of Colby. The Polar Bears edged the Mules, 12-11 in the NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday.

BRUNSWICK – Lindsay Picard scored three goals and had three assists to lead the Bowdoin College women’s lacrosse team to a 12-11 win over Colby in the New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinals Saturday at Ryan Field.

POLAR BEARS SHORTSTOP Sean Mullaney attempts to throw a runner out during a contest against Colby this past weekend.

POLAR BEARS SHORTSTOP Sean Mullaney attempts to throw a runner out during a contest against Colby this past weekend.

The third-seeded Polar Bears (14-2) advanced to the semifinals, where they will play second-seeded Middlebury this upcoming Saturday at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

The sixth-seeded Mules fell to 10-6 with the loss. Saturday’s contest was the latest tightly-played match between the two programs as the last six games have been decided by a single goal dating back to 2011.

Picard also won a gamehigh five draw controls and had four groundballs in the win. Mettler Growney and Clare McLaughlin had three goals apiece for the Polar Bears.

Colby’s Abby Hatch netted a hat trick with an assist, while Sasha Fritts also had three goals.

Colby jumped to a 4-2 lead in the opening 14 minutes of play and held a 6-4 advantage following a Kendall Smith goal with 8:45 remaining in the first half. Bowdoin went on a 4-0 run over the final 7:16 of the period, turning a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead as McLaughlin scored twice just 25 seconds apart to give the hosts an 8-6 lead at the break.

Taylor Wilson extended the lead to 9-6 early in the second period before Colby rolled off the next three goals to deadlock the contest. Hatch buried a freeposition shot and Fritts scored consecutive goals to make it 9-9 with 21:21 to play.

McLaughlin answered quickly for Bowdoin, regaining the lead 24 seconds later, and sparked the decisive 3-0 run that proved insurmountable for the Mules. Growney found the back of the net with 15:17 to go and Picard capped the spurt with a breakaway goal with 12:59 remaining to make it 12-9.

Colby made a late bid, getting goals from Sara Miller and Fritts to close the gap to 12-11 with 6:26 to go. Colby won the ensuing draw control, but Isabel Sippel stopped Abby Hatch’s potential game-tying shot to preserve the one-goal lead. The Polar Bears ran out most of the remaining five minutes to clinch the win.

Sippel made seven saves in goal for Bowdoin, while Claire Dickson stopped 10 for Colby.

Bowdoin will make its fifth NESCAC semifinal appearance. The Polar Bears, who are making a run for their first NESCAC title, will be looking to return to the conference title match for the first time since 2006.

Women’s tennis

Bowdoin nearly knocked off undefeated and topranked Williams College on Saturday afternoon after finishing the day with a slim 5- 4 loss.

The Ephs are 17-0 and 6-0 in NESCAC play. The match against the Polar Bears (12-4, 6-2 NESCAC) was the closest any team has played the Ephs all season.

Bowdoin led Williams after doubles with a 2-1 edge. The Polar Bears took an 8-6 decision at No. 2 from Kyra Silitch and Tess Trinka and a 9-8(5) win at No. 3 from Emma Chow and Pilar Giffenig.

The Polar Bears earned two more wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Trinka won in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (4) to earn the point for Bowdoin. Silitch battled in a three-set match at No. 5 to win 6-2, 0-6, 7-5.

Bowdoin will compete in the NESCAC Championship beginning Friday at Middlebury College. Selections and match times will be announced early this week.

Men’s tennis

On Saturday, the Polar Bears completed their regular season with a 6-3 NESCAC win over Williams.

The eighth-ranked Polar Bears concluded their regular season with a record of 13-4 (6-3 NESCAC). The 14thranked Ephs dropped to 9-9 (3-4 NESCAC).

Trailing 2-1 following doubles play, Bowdoin overmatched the Ephs in singles action, recording a dominating performance to win five of six and clinch the match.

Kyle Wolfe and Noah Bragg were able to keep the Polar Bears alive with an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles. Bowdoin received straight-set wins from Luke Trinka (6-3, 6-3), Bragg (6-4, 6-3), Wolfe (6- 1, 6-4) and Gil Roddy (6-3, 6- 1).

With the win already in hand, Kyle Wolstencroft took a hard-fought, three-set battle at No. 5, 7-5, 5-7, 10-8.

The Polar Bears will open play at the NESCAC Championship next weekend at Middlebury College. Pairings and match times will be announced this week.

Behind a three-set win by Wolstencroft, the Polar Bears slipped past Tufts, 5-4, on Friday.

Bowdoin grabbed an important 2-1 edge following doubles play thanks to a tight 9-8 win by Bragg/Wolfe at No. 3. The duo of Gil Roddy and Wolstencroft had cruised to an 8-2 triumph at No. 2.

Tufts stormed back in singles play, winning at the No. 1-3 positions. Bowdoin got wins from Luke Tercek at No. 4 (6-2, 6-0) and Roddy at No. 6 (7-5, 6-4), setting the score at four apiece.

Wolstencroft won his first set 6-3 before dropping set two 2-6. In the third he took command, rolling to a 6-1 win and giving Bowdoin the match.

Baseball

On Saturday at Waterville, the Polar Bears and Mules split a doubleheader, with Bowdoin capturing the opener, 5-3, and falling in the nightcap, 4-3.

The Mules are 16-11 overall and finished 5-7 in the NESCAC East for the second straight year. Bowdoin moved to 13-17 overall and 5- 6 in the conference.

Bowdoin concludes its conference schedule with a 4 p.m. game against Bates on Tuesday.

In the first game on Saturday, Bowdoin took control with a four-run second inning. Chris Nadeau dropped a bunt to score Peter Cimini to tie the game, 1-1, and Sean Mullaney singled in Sam Canales with the go-ahead run. Chris Cameron followed with an RBI triple, and Erik Jacobsen’s single to right field gave the Polar Bears a 4-1 lead.

Leading 4-2 in the third, Chad Martin doubled and scored on a Cole DiRoberto RBI single for a 5-2 Bowdoin edge.

Harry Ridge earned the mound win, going the distance with six strikeouts and one walk.

Bowdoin led 3-0 in the sixth inning of game two, but failed to hold the lead as the Mules battled back with two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth.

In the 10th, Zach Ellenthal’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly allowed Colby to walk-off with the win.

In the opener on Friday at Pickard Field in Brunswick, Cameron laced a two-out, two-run single in the seventh evening to break a late tie and lift the Polar Bears to a 7-4 win over Colby.

Henry Van Zant earned the victory on the mound for Bowdoin by tossing a complete game, allowing six hits and striking out seven.

With Bowdoin holding a 2- 1 lead heading into the fifth, Colby took its only lead of the game when Jason Buco scampered home on a double steal for the Mules and Hanson singled home Tommy Forese to give the visitors a 3-2 advantage.

The Polar Bears answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame when Aaron Rosen doubled home Cimini, and then came home from third on a throwing error to grab a 4-3 edge.

Colby knotted the game again in the seventh inning.

Bowdoin took the lead for good with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Cameron laced a two-run single up the middle, scoring Rose and Jacobsen to give the hosts a 6-4 edge. Canales followed with a single to center to bring home Cole DiRoberto and make it 7-4.

Track

Track

Hayleigh Kein and Erin Silva both won individual titles at the NESCAC Track and Field Championships Saturday at Williams College.

The Polar Bear men finished with 72 points to take fifth place overall, while the women accumulated 63 points to take sixth place at the meet.

Kein took the high jump with a height of 5-04.25, setting a facility record at Williams. Silva repeated as the pole vault champion, setting a NESCAC record with a height of 12-05.50 to win the event by nearly a footand a-half.

The best finishes for the Bowdoin were second-place showings by the Liam Nicoll in the 400-meter dash (49.06), Christopher Genco in the long jump (22-06), Brian Greenberg in the triple jump (46-11.50) and Andrew Murowchick in the javelin (172-02.50).

Other strong showings for the Bowdoin men included Cam Woodford, who took fourth in the shot put (46- 03.25) and hammer throw (156-10). Conor Donahue was fourth in the 800 (1:53.69) and Kevin Hoose fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:39.20).

Other top finishes for the Polar Bear women included Randi London, who took second in the shot put (39-09.25) and the discus (122-00), along with fourth in the hammer throw (141-00). Pamela Zabala was third in the discus (131-00.75).

Softball

Bowdoin set a new program record with six home runs in a single game as Bowdoin topped Brandeis, 9- 0 in Friday’s opener.

Brandeis came back to post a 6-5 in the nightcap.

Bowdoin stands at 26-12 and hosts Husson in a doubleheader to conclude the regular season on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

In the opener, Bowdoin scored all nine runs off the six homers that were tallied in game one. The previous program record for total home runs in a single game was three. Katie Gately and Julia Geaumont matched the program mark for home runs in a single game with two each. Gately’s two-run blast to center in the top of the second gave Bowdoin the 2-0 lead, with Geaumont and Nicole Nelson each adding solo shots in the following inning to double the Polar Bears’ lead.

Gately wrapped her second homer of the day with a lead-off shot to left field, followed by a two-run shot from Cielle Collins to the opposite side. With Marisa O’Toole standing on first, Geaumont cleared the fence with her second homer of the day over the right-field fence.

Emily Griffin allowed four hits in the shutout. The sophomore tallied no walks or strikeouts in six innings of work.

In the second game, the Judges came back from a 5-4 seventh-inning deficit for a walk-off win.

Bowdoin took the 2-0 lead after three innings with RBI singles from Gately and Geaumont in the second and third innings, respectively.

The Judges evened the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth off another misplay and single.

Gately again gave her team the lead with another RBI single to right field, scoring Siena Mitman, in the sixth. The Judges used the bottom half of that same inning to push ahead 4-3 as Cori Coleman homered to left and Danielle Novotny tagged an RBI single the same direction.

Geaumont tallied her third home run of the day to give the Polar Bears a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh with another two-run shot to center.