WALTHAM, Mass.

The Bowdoin College volleyball team recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over Brandeis on the opening night of the New England Invitational on Friday evening.

The Polar Bears won with set scores of 25-20, 25-22, 25-17.

Three Bowdoin players had double-digit kills — Caroline Flaharty and Ashley Williams both had 12, while Michelle Albright added 10 of her own. Kate Kiser was the lone setter for the Polar Bears, pitching in with a match-high 37 assists.

Lisa Sheldon led Bowdoin and the match with 21 digs, while her teammates Caroline Flaharty and Michelle Albright respectively added 11 and 10 digs. Sydney Salle led the match with four blocks.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE men’s golfer Tom Dunleavy watches his putt during the Bowdoin Invitational at Brunswick Golf Club on Saturday.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE men’s golfer Tom Dunleavy watches his putt during the Bowdoin Invitational at Brunswick Golf Club on Saturday.

On Saturday, the Polar Bears (3-1) split their two matches, cruising to a 3-0 win over Marymouth (Va.) and dropping a 3-2 decision to Minnesota- Morris.

Against Marymouth, Bowdoin was in control from the get-go, taking the win by set scores of 25-15, 25-11, 25-21.

In a back-and-forth match against Minnesota-Morris, Bowdoin dropped a 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 20-18 decision.

The Polar Bears will open NESCAC play this upcoming Friday inside Morrell Gymnasium against rival Colby at 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer

Bowdoin surrendered a lone penalty kick goal en route to a 1-0 NESCAC setback at Amherst on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) last played Amherst (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) in the 2016 NESCAC semifinals, with Amherst ending Bowdoin’s season in a 2-1 contest.

The hosts scored the game’s lone goal 21 minutes into the first half. Fikayo Ajayi successfully converted on a penalty kick following a Bowdoin foul in the box.

Senior goalie Stevie Van Siclen proceeded to put forward a complete game in net. Five minutes after the goal, Van Siclen made a kick save on a Weller Hlinomaz shot as his body dove in the opposite direction. Van Siclen smothered another Amherst bid in the final seven minutes of the opening half, cutting off a shot at the far edge of the box.

The Polar Bears travel to Husson University on Tuesday evening for a 7 p.m. game.

Field hockey

The Polar Bears fell just short of a season-opening NESCAC win after dropping a 2-1 decision to Amherst on Saturday afternoon.

Bowdoin (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) fell behind early in the first half, but quickly evened the score minutes into the second.

Amherst (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) regained the lead midway through the frame to secure an opening win.

Amherst got on the board 6:23 into the contest off a successful penalty corner. Laura Schwartzman inserted the ball to Elizabeth Turnbull, who drove a shot into the lower left corner.

Kara Finnerty nearly tied the game midway through the half. The sophomore collected a leading pass from the defense and earned a point-blank shot on Emilie Flamme, but the keeper denied her shot and kept Bowdoin off the board.

The Polar Bears made the game 1-1 just 2:43 into the second half. Bowdoin executed a corner play and Elizabeth Bennewitz found Johna Cook at the top of the circle. Cook’s shot fired past the Amherst defense and deflected into the net.

The hosts took the their final lead of the afternoon on a successful penalty stroke by Turnball.

Bowdoin plays at Bates on Wednesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer

Bowdoin surrendered a late goal to Amherst and fell 1-0 in its NESCAC opener on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears are now 1-1 (0-1 NESCAC), while Amherst remained perfect at 2-0 (2-0 NESCAC).

The Mammoths created a solid offensive chance with 14:45 remaining in the contest, with Eden Charles cutting back on a defender at the top of the box and dishing a pass to Hannah Guzzi on the left side. Drawing two Polar Bears to the ball, Guzzi passed to Rubii Tamen, who got an open look. However, her shot went just wide of net.

Breaking through three minutes later, Amherst tallied what stood as the game-winning goal with 11:30 left to play. Racing towards a long throw-in from midfield, Guzzi put a shot on frame. Sabrina Albanese turned away the first attempt but was unable to fully control the ball as a charging Guzzi buried her own rebound to give Amherst a 1-0 lead


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