BOWDOIN COLLEGE GOALTENDER Peter Cronin, left photo, makes a save agianst Hamilton at Watson Arena, while in the right photo, Bowdoin basketball player Kate Kerrigan cuts to the basket during weekend action in Brunswick.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE GOALTENDER Peter Cronin, left photo, makes a save agianst Hamilton at Watson Arena, while in the right photo, Bowdoin basketball player Kate Kerrigan cuts to the basket during weekend action in Brunswick.

BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team defeated Bates for the second time in a week, 72-55, on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears, who beat the Bobcats in a non-conference game 82-54 in Lewiston last weekend, improved to 10-3 (1-1 NESCAC). Bates fell to 3-9 (0-2 NESCAC) with the loss.

 

 

In a game that was considerably closer than the first meeting, the Polar Bears took the lead for good in the second quarter. Tied at 11 after the opening period, Bowdoin rolled off a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter, sparked by two Marle Curle 3-pointers, to take a nine-point lead late in the half.

Bowdoin carried a 31-22 lead into halftime.

Bates got as close as five points on two occasions in the third quarter, but Bowdoin answered every Bobcat run. Shannon Brady keyed a 9-2 run to close the period as Bowdoin entered the final quarter with a 53-41 lead. Bates failed to get closer than seven points in the final quarter as the Polar Bears walked away with the win.

 

 

Curle came within a few rebounds of a triple-double, totaling 13 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in the win. Brady led all players with 24 points while also blocking three shots and grabbing five rebounds for the Polar Bears.

Bates was led by 17 from Freeport native Nina Davenport, who also had nine rebounds and three steals. Chelsea Nason had 14 points, including four 3- pointers for the Bobcats.

Tufts survived a late Bowdoin rally to take a 53-50 win in a battle of nationally-ranked teams Friday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The 14th-ranked Jumbos avenged an early season non-conference loss to Bowdoin and improved to 10-2 (1- 0 NESCAC). Bowdoin’s eight-game winning streak came to an end.

The Jumbos never trailed, holding a 16-7 edge after one period and entering halftime with a 25-20 advantage. Both teams battled through foul trouble throughout the opening half as the squads were called for a combined 21 fouls in 20 minutes of game play.

The game remained close through the third quarter into the fourth, where Tufts opened the period on an 8-2 surge, thanks to seven consecutive points from Maura Folliard, to take a commanding 49-36 edge with 7:28 to go.

Bowdoin began to chip away by feeding Brady, who had been sidelined with foul trouble, as the senior scored six straight points to spark a 12-0 Polar Bear run that closed the gap to 49-48 with 3:18 remaining.

Michaela North and Brady traded buckets as Tufts entered the final two minutes with a 51-50 lead.

Bowdoin had two chances to take the lead following defensive stops, but a turnover and missed 3-pointer maintained the Tufts lead.

Emma Roberson had a chance to seal the game at the free-throw line for Tufts with 21 seconds to go, but missed both chances. However, Tufts managed to grab the offensive board and Roberson made the most of her second chance, hitting two from the charity stripe to make it 53-50. Bowdoin missed a last chance trey to tie.

Brady finished with a game-high 16 points for Bowdoin with six rebounds before fouling out. Curle had 14 points, while Kate Kerrigan added nine points, six rebounds and four steals.

Tufts was led by 13 points each from Roberson and North, who also had a game-high 13 caroms.

The Polar Bears will host Emmanuel in a non-conference game on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball

Lucas Hausman scored 42 points, including 27 in the second half, to lead the Polar Bears to an 84-77 win at Bates in Lewiston on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears improved to 8-4 (1-1 NESCAC), while the Bobcats fell to 8-6 (1-1 NESCAC). The teams will play a non-conference game in Brunswick on Feb. 9.

Three-pointers by Liam Farley and Tim Ahn ignited a 14-4 Bowdoin run midway through the first period, establishing a 27-18 lead after a Hausman trey with 9:09 left in the period.

Hausman was fouled attempting a 3-pointer with under a minute to play and made all three free throws for a 40-29 lead before taking a 40-31 lead into halftime.

Jack Simonds rebounded his own miss and made a step-back trey in the right corner for a 64-55 Bowdoin lead with 6:58 to go before Bates made a final run. A 3- pointer by Shawn Strickland and a trey by Justin Zukowski capped 10-2 Bates run, cutting it to 66-65 with 5:09 left.

With 3:48 to go and the shot clock about to expire, Matt Palecki banked in a 3- pointer from the top of the circle to lift the Polar Bears into a 71-67 lead. Mike Boornazian quickly answered with a trey of his own, but with 1:51 to go a clutch three-pointer by Hausman lifted Bowdoin into a four-point advantage again.

Bates closed the gap to one for a final time with 1:20 remaining as Josh Britten found enough daylight on the left wing to make his only 3-pointer of the half. Bates called timeout, but Hausman, isolated on the perimeter, sank a 17-foot jumper. Bowdoin iced the game with six free throws in the final minute.

It is the second-straight time that Hausman posted 40-plus points against Bates as the senior recorded a school-record 44 in a win over the Bobcats last February. He went 11-of-21 from the field, 5-of-8 from 3-point range and 15-of-17 from the free-throw line to tie Bo McFarland for the third-highest scoring output in a single game in school history.

Palecki added 11 points for the Polar Bears, who were out-rebounded 47-40 but held Bates to 38-percent shooting for the game.

Boornazian led Bates with 22 points.

Tufts jumped to an early lead and never looked back in a 102-69 win over Bowdoin on Friday evening.

The Jumbos improved to 10-2 (1-0 NESCAC). Tufts shot 61-percent from the field in the first half, including 8-of-14 from 3-point range to take a 58-20 lead at halftime.

Leading 12-8 in the early going, the Jumbos used a 10- 0 run to push the lead to double digits and continued to roll, getting 16 first-half points from Vincent Pace and 11 from Stephen Haladyna, who did not miss a shot in the opening period.

Bowdoin struggled from the field, hitting just 25-percent in the first half including 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

The Polar Bears outscored Tufts in the second half, 49- 44 to close the final margin. Jake Donnelly led Bowdoin with 13 points, while Hausman scored 11. Liam Farley added nine off the bench for Bowdoin while Blake Gordon scored eight.

Women’s hockey

Marissa Fichter scored with under three minutes remaining to lift Bowdoin to a 3-2 NESCAC win over host Williams on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (4-5, 2-2 NESCAC) forced the series split after falling in Friday night’s game, 7-1. The Ephs (6-4-0, 4-2-0 NESCAC) dropped only their second conference game of the season after sweeping Wesleyan back in December to close out 2015.

Abby Brustad scored the game’s first goal for Williams with under five minutes remaining in the second period. Eliza Quigley cleared the puck out of her team’s own zone and passed up to Brustad, who skated down the right boards before going top shelf.

Miranda Bell evened the score just over a minute later by finishing off a scramble in front of the Ephs’ crease. Fichter tallied an assist.

Bell fed Fichter with 1:44 remaining in the middle frame to give Bowdoin its first lead.

Williams evened the game nine minutes into the final period as Chelsey Stevenson buried a rebound.

Fichter notched the game-winner with 2:39 remaining on a solo effort. The first-year lined up a low shot from the right side, with the puck skipping inside the far post.

Bowdoin goaltender Crofton ended the day with 18 saves in net for Bowdoin. Christina Cleroux made 31 stops for the Ephs

In the Friday contest, Williams used a five goal second period to down the visiting Polar Bears.

Bell scored the lone goal for Bowdoin 9:32 into the final period with a feed from Fichter.

Crofton had 14 saves in net for Bowdoin before Sophia Lattanzio relieved and made 12 stops.

Cleroux stopped 17 shots for the Ephs.

Bowdoin hosts the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Men’s hockey

Hamilton came from behind twice to down host Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon by a 4-2 final.

The Continentals improved to 8-3-1 (4-2-1 NESCAC), as Bowdoin dropped to 4-6-2 (2-4-2 NESCAC).

Spencer Antunez and Chris Wallace traded the puck heading into Hamilton territory, with Wallace finding Mitch Barrington just outside the Continental crease for a quick one-timer to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead at 13:21.

Hamilton evened the game 12:33 into second period with a power-play goal. With Brad Smelstor in the middle and Neil Conway at the right point, the pair found Robbie Murden on the left. Murden’s shot rang off the inside of the far post.

Wallace responded with a man-up goal two minutes later. Matthew Lison’s shot crossed the crease where Antunez tipped the puck towards the right post and a waiting Wallace.

Murden closed out the middle frame with another equalizer in the final two minutes. Brandon Willett dug the puck out from the back boards and found Murden on the right post.

The Continentals took the lead midway through the final period, again converting on the power play. Peter Cronin turned Conor Lamberti’s shot from the high slot away, but Tyler Bruneteau cleaned up the rebound for the go-ahead.

With three minutes remaining, Cronin denied a pair of promising Hamilton bids on a breakaway by Truman Landowski and a doorstep poke by Jon Stickel.

Neil Conway capped the game for Hamilton with an empty-netter in the final minute.

Cronin ended the day with 30 saves for Bowdoin. Evan Buitenhuis made 19 stops in net for the Continentals

On Friday, Cronin stopped all 46 shots he faced in net as Bowdoin played to a 0-0 tie against Amherst on Friday night.

The Jeffs (3-4-4, 2-1-3 NESCAC) recorded their first shutout of the season.

Dave Cunningham ended the day with 29 saves in net for Amherst.

Cronin’s 46 saves is the highest single-game save mark in Bowdoin history.

Bowdoin travels to Wesleyan next Friday night for a 7 p.m. NESCAC contest.