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The Bowdoin College men’s and women’s tennis teams will host NCAA Division III regionals this week.

The men’s regional begins Thursday at Pickard Tennis Courts, with Nichols taking on UMass-Boston at 1 p.m.

On Friday, the defending national champion Polar Bears will meet the winner at 8 a.m., followed at 10:30 a.m. by MIT against Stevens.

The regional final will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m.

The women’s tourney begins Friday, with Colby- Sawyer meeting Bridgewater State (not before 1 p.m.), and MIT taking on Gwynedd Mercy (not before 3:30 p.m.).

On Saturday, the host Polar Bears face the winner of the Colby Sawyer-Bridgewater State match at noon, followed by Wesleyan meeting the survivor between MIT and Gwynedd Mercy at 2:30 p.m.

The women’s regional final will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.

The surviving men’s and women’s squad heads to the NCAA Final Four.

NESCAC honors

Four members of the Bowdoin softball team were recognized in All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors announced by the league on Tuesday.

Seniors Marisa O’Toole and Emily Griffin were tabbed as First Team All-NESCAC choices, while sophomore Caroline Rice and first-year Allison Rutz were recognized as Second Team All-Conference.

Both Griffin and O’Toole moved from the Second Team to the First Team for the first time in their career. Griffin was a Second Team honoree in 2014 and 2015, while O’Toole was on the Second Team last season.

Griffin earned 13 wins in the circle and worked 112 1/3 innings, registering 89 strikeouts. She also hit .362 at the plate with 46 hits and 33 runs scored. She finishes her career at Bowdoin fourth in school history in career pitching wins (33) and among the top-10 at Bowdoin in hits and stolen bases.

Meanwhile, O’Toole led the Polar Bears with a .423 average. She hit a team-high seven home runs and added seven doubles and three triples to post a .750 slugging percentage. Her 18 career home runs are second all-time at Bowdoin, while she ranks among the top- 10 in program history in hits, doubles and RBIs.

Rice followed up her NESCAC Rookie of the Year performance last season with another fantastic campaign by batting .344 with 29 RBIs and 26 runs scored. Rutz burst onto the scene with a phenomenal season, racking up a .393 batting average with a team-high 11 doubles and team-high 46 hits. She also was solid in the circle, totaling a 7-2 record with a 1.48 ERA and four complete games.

Bowdoin ended its season with a record of 28-10, finishing first in the NESCAC East Division standings.


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