PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — On the day it reached its highest-ever national ranking, the Bowdoin College women’s tennis team eased to an 8-1 win in its conference opener against Trinity.

The Polar Bears remained perfect at 4-0 and rose to No. 2 in the latest ITA Division III poll, the highest-ever ranking for the program.

Bowdoin swept doubles play in a trio of easy wins. Tiffany Cheng/Joulia Likhanskaia won 8-4, Kyra Silitch/Tess Trinka won 8-2 and Maddie Rolph/Pilar Giffenig won 8-3.

In singles play, Bowdoin earned five straight-set wins to clinch the victory. The bottom of the lineup was outstanding as Sarah Shadowens (6-0, 6-0) and Samantha Stalder (6-0, 6-0) earned 6-0, 6-0 wins. After four matches in four days, the Polar Bears earn some much-deserved time off, as they will return to action on Saturday at Claremont- Mudd-Scripps.

On Wednesday, Bowdoin knocked off 10th-ranked Washington University (St. Louis), 8-1.

Bowdoin again swept doubles play to open the day. Likhanskaia and Cheng finished at No. 1 in a quick 8-2 decision. Rolph and Giffenig went 8-4 at No. 3, followed by Trinka and Silitch at No. 2 (8-6).

Cheng and Stalder both finished their singles matches in straight sets. Stalder secured a win at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-1 final. Cheng followed suit with a 6-4, 6-2 finish at No. 2. Likhanskaia battled back from a dropped first set to win her match at No. 1 (5- 7, 6-3, 6-4). Trinka earned another point for Bowdoin at the three spot, going 6-2, 4- 6, 6-2. The day concluded as Silitch went 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 at No. 4 to earn the Polar Bears’ eighth point of the match.

Women’s lacrosse

Bowdoin jumped out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back en route to a 20-10 victory over Vassar in Florida on Thursday.

The Polar Bears, whose 20 goals is a season best, moved to 2-3, while Vassar dropped its first game of the year and fell to 2-1.

Emma Beecher led the way for Bowdoin, scoring a game-high five goals and three of her team’s first six. The score was 6-1 after 11 minutes of play. Vassar tacked on a pair of goals to make it 6-2 before the Polar Bears finished the half on a 3-1 run to take a 9-4 edge into the break.

Vassar brought the score to 11-7 with 20 minutes to go, but Bowdoin put the game out of reach with a 9-1 surge over a 12-minute span. The game closed with running time.

Along with Beecher (five goals, eight shots, one assist), Annie Glenn was active for the Polar Bears, scoring three goals and tallying five groundballs. She also had four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Margaret Savage, Megan O’Connor and Kelsey Gallagher had two goals apiece.

Julia Trudell led Vassar with three goals.

The Polar Bears are off until Wednesday when they will travel to play Endicott at 5 p.m.


The Polar Bears swept Dickinson in a Thursday doubleheader to remain unbeaten on the season.

Bowdoin (4-0) won the first game 10-5, and took the second game, 4-3, despite being out-hit by Dickinson (10-5).

The Polar Bears scored 10 runs off nine hits in game one. After Stephen Sakowicz gave Dickinson a 1-0 lead on an RBI double, Bowdoin responded with a pair of two-run singles from Chad Martin and Jack Wilhoite.

The Red Devils cut the lead to one in the bottom of the third when Ryan Dolan tripled to drive in a run and Matt Primavera hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

Bowdoin’s Stephen Girolamo and Peter Cimini contributed an RBI single each in the sixth inning. Martin pushed another run across the plate with a sacrifice fly, immediately followed by a Cimini run off a Dickinson error.

On the mound, Brandon Lopex earned his first collegiate win, going six inning and allowing four hits and as many runs. He struck out six and walked a pair.

In game two, Dickinson led 1-0 again after a sacrifice fly from Rick Hopkins in the second inning.

Bowdoin evened the game in the bottom of the fourth off a solo home run from Cimini. Neither team scored again until the sixth when the Red Devils put a pair of runs on the board.

Sawyer Billings, Luke Cappellano and Colby Joncas combined to drive in three runs for the Polar Bears to overcome the deficit.

Ben Osterholtz, Connor Rooney, Kyle Stanley and Jacob Stein combined to allow 11 hits and three runs for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears return to the field on Saturday for a doubleheader against Franklin & Marshall at 10 a.m.


After dropping game one to Keene State (4-2 final), the Polar Bears rebounded to knock off Western New England, 11-5 in game two of a doubleheader on Thursday.

The Polar Bears (3-1) were unable to come back from a three-run deficit against Keene State (4-7).

In the opener, Bowdoin got on the scoreboard first, capitalizing on a fielding error to go up 1-0 in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the inning, Morgan Fallon tallied the game’s first RBI to even the score. Olivia Indorf made it 2-1 with a double to center field, and Shae Crosby tacked on another Owls’ run with an RBI single to left field in the sixth inning. By the end of the sixth, the score was 4-1.

A grounder from Emily Griffin allowed Julia Geaumont to score for Bowdoin, but the Polar Bears got no closer. Geaumont ended the day with two doubles and Kate Gately added a triple.

Griffin pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs off seven hits. Mariah Crisp struck out nine Bowdoin batters to earn the win for Keene State.

The Polar Bears found their offensive footing in the second game, pushing three runs across the plate in the top of the second inning against WNE.

After WNE responded with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the inning, Bowdoin put up four more runs in the third. Samantha Valdivia and Griffin each singled to drive in runs, and Gowdy added a two-run single to right field that made the score 7-2. Gately doubled in the following inning, driving in Ali Miller.

Bowdoin produced three more runs in the top of the seventh inning. O’Shea, Gowdy and Marisa O’Toole all tallied RBIs in the inning. Geaumont earned the win in the circle, pitching six inning before Samantha Roy closed out the seventh.

The Polar Bears were to return to the field today at 9 a.m. for a pair of games against TCNJ and Becker College.