KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Bowdoin College men’s tennis team won its first NCAA Division III title Wednesday, defeating conference rival Middlebury 5-0 in the championship match.

The Division III title is the first for a Bowdoin men’s program. The Polar Bears’ field hockey squad has won four NCAA championships, most recently in 2013.

Bowdoin had lost six consecutive matches to Middlebury, a NESCAC foe, dating to 2012. The win gave the Polar Bears a school-record 20th victory on the season.

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AMERICA EAST: Colin Ridley had three hits, drove in three runs and scored once as Maine (20-34) cruised to an 11-1 win over fourth-seeded UMBC (28-23) in an elimination game during the first day of the America East tournament at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Brett Chappell added four hits, two runs and one RBI for the sixth-seeded Black Bears, who scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 10-0.

Starter John Arel gave up one unearned run on two hits, striking out 11 and walking three over eight innings.

In their opening game of the day, Maine lost 1-0 to third-seeded Stony Brook on a walk-off homer by Bobby Honeyman in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Maine will play another elimination game at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Black Bears won’t know their opponent until after the two earlier games.


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