BOWDOIN’S LAURA COOPER, center, looks to move the ball during a NESCAC field hockey clash with Middlebury on Saturday.

BOWDOIN’S LAURA COOPER, center, looks to move the ball during a NESCAC field hockey clash with Middlebury on Saturday.


The Bowdoin College men’s soccer team dominated from start-to-finish, but needed an overtime goal from C.J. Masterson to defeat the University of Southern Maine on Sunday afternoon at Pickard Field, 1-0.

The Polar Bears, who held a 32-1 advantage in shots for the contest, got the game-winning goal 40 seconds into overtime to improve to 6-2. The Huskies fell to 3-5. Bowdoin has claimed the last nine meetings in the series dating back to 2008.

After a scoreless first half, Bowdoin peppered the net with 23 shots in a relentless second-half attack, but failed to beat USM goaltender Richard Glemawu. The Polar Bears rang four shots off posts, including a pair by Jake Stenquist and Levi Morant in a span of 10 seconds early in the second period.

USM’s best chance came early in the second half as Benjamin Musese slipped behind the Bowdoin defense to get a shot on goal that was smothered by Bowdoin’s Stevie Van Siclen.

Bowdoin appeared to have the go-ahead goal on two occasions in the second half, one on a low and hard shot from Matty McColl that Glemawu batted away in the 65th minute. Then, with the clock ticking down under 10 seconds in regulation, Masterson got behind the USM defense, but his last-second attempt curved around the right post, sending the game to overtime.

Masterson made up for it just 40 seconds into the extra session, receiving a cross from Matty McColl and burying the game-winning goal in the top of the net.

Bowdoin finished with an 12-1 edge in shots on goal. The Huskies were called for four yellow cards in a physical effort that also saw them called for 26 fouls compared to 10 for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears will return to play on Oct. 2 at Thomas.

Bowdoin defeated Middlebury on Saturday in NESCAC action, 3-1, at Pickard Field.

In the 15th minute McColl was fouled just outside the box, setting up a promising free kick. Ethan Ellsworth launched a shot towards net that bent towards the near post and in for a 1-0 lead. Middlebury keeper Jeremy Yeager had not allowed a goal in 367:45 consecutive minutes of play.

Middlebury countered less than four minutes later. Daniel O’Grady won a battle in the air to head in a pass from Drew Goulart.

Bowdoin regained the lead in the 37th minute off a header from Moctar Niang. McColl bested a Middlebury defender and sent a cross towards Niang, who headed in his first goal of the season.

Niang doubled his season tally with another header goal just 1:50 into the second half, this time off a feed from Max McPherron.

Van Siclen ended the day with four saves. Yeager made four stops for the Panthers.

Women’s volleyball

Heidelberg rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Bowdoin in four close sets on Friday evening at the Transylvania Invitational, 3-1.

Heidelberg improved to 7- 7 with the 18-25, 26-24, 26-24, 25-19 win.

Bowdoin controlled the opening set, closing it on a 10-4 run, sparked by three late kills from Brooke Vahos to take a 25-18 win.

The teams traded blows throughout the second set after Bowdoin rallied from a six-point deficit midway through. The teams were tied at 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 until two consecutive kills by Heidelberg to even the match.

The Polar Bears rallied again in the third, rallying from three set points to tie the score at 24 apiece thanks to a Caroline Flaharty kill. But a kill by Taylor Valentine and ace by Morgan Strenk gave Heidelberg a 26- 24 win and a 2-1 advantage.

Bowdoin jumped to a 5-1 lead in the fourth set, but Heidelberg rebounded to tie take the lead midway through the frame, 17-14. Bowdoin rallied to tie the score at 19 apiece, but Heidelberg finished off the Polar Bears with six consecutive points to take the 25-19 win.

Flaharty ended with a match-high 15 kills and also collected 15 digs.

Bowdoin dropped a pair of matches on Saturday, falling to 5-6 on the season.

Against Transylvania, the Polar Bears suffered a 25-20, 25-21, 27-25 setback.

Then against nationally-ranked Emory, Bowdoin was defeated 25-16, 25-21, 25-22.

Bowdoin hosts Williams on Friday at 8 p.m.

Women’s rugby

Using a balanced attack and strong team defense, Bowdoin held off Sacred Heart, 41-36, on a steamy day in Fairfield, Conn., on Saturday.

Bowdoin stands at 2-0 with the win.

First year Hannah Zuklie scored her first try, opening the scoring for Bowdoin after the Polar Bears posted a defensive stand for the first 11 minutes of the match. Three minutes later, SHU answered with a converted try and scored again minutes later to take the lead 12-5.

Bowdoin controlled the late stages of the opening half, as fullback Allegra Bersani, Jackie Jaques and co-captain Vianney Gomezgil Yaspik each scored a try, giving Bowdoin a 29-12 lead at halftime.

The second half remained highly competitive as each team battled for the first 25 minutes with no score. Finally SHU broke over the line with two tries sandwiched, making it 36-24.

Leading 36-29, Bowdoin’s Julianna Lewis downed the ball over the line to add a cushion that moments later sealed the win, as SHU was awarded a penalty try late in the game, making it a 41-36 final.

Bowdoin will return to action this upcoming Saturday at Castleton.

Women’s soccer

Bowdoin returned to the win column behind a pair of late first-half goals to defeat visiting Middlebury, 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears picked up their first conference victory to climb to 2-2-1 (1-2-1 NESCAC). The Panthers are now 3-2-1 (1-2-1 NESCAC).

After trading chances in the opening 30 minutes of play, both teams stepped up their offensive pressure in the final 15 of the first. Sara DiCenso fired a shot off from the right corner of the box, forcing Rachel Stout to making a jumping save to deny the bid. Six minutes later, Olivia Miller served Emma Shumway with a corner kick. From inside a scrum in front of the net, Shumway managed a hard kick towards the left post. The ball bounced back towards the field of play, but Stout stepped in to deny any rebound.

Emma Beane broke through with a solo effort from deep on the left for Bowdoin. Beane launched the ball to the far side, going top right corner, for a 1-0 lead with 6:08 remaining in the half.

Three minutes later, Brigit Bergin picked off a Middlebury defender in the box for another individual effort. Bergin stripped the defender of possession and quickly turned back on net for a close range shot.

Middlebury held a 17-12 edge in shots, while Bowdoin held an 8-5 corner kick advantage.

Ursula Alwang made four stops in net for the Panthers, while Stout made nine saves for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin plays at the University of New England on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Field hockey

Bowdoin and Middlebury played over 85 minutes of scoreless action before Annie Leondard came up with a double overtime game-winner for the Panthers on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears fell to 3-2 (3-2 NESCAC) on the season. The Panthers rebounded from their first setback of the year to climb to 4-1 (3-1 NESCAC).

Stingy defensive play by the Polar Bears kept the game scoreless throughout regulation. Danielle Brown worked through for a breakaway opportunity with 13 minutes remaining in the first half, only to see Elizabeth Bennewitz break up the bid.

Erin Nicholas pressured Maddie Ferrucci five minutes into the second. The first-year directed a reverse chip on net that Ferrucci made a blocker save on to deny.

Bennewitz again made a key stop with a midair defensive save on an Audrey Quirk shot.

On the opposite side Abby Furdak denied Emma Stevens a few minutes into overtime. With Stevens dribbling across the goal face, Furdak turned away an attempt that was initiated inches from her shuffling feet.

It took just 26 seconds of double overtime for Leonard to net the day’s lone goal. Nicholas began the play by carrying low across the circle from left to right, finding Leonard on the right side. The senior banged home a quick shot to end the game.

Middlebury held a 25-8 shot advantage and slight 6-5 edge in corners. Ferrucci ended the day with a career high 14 saves. Furdak had five saves for her first collegiate shutout.

Bowdoin plays at Wellesley College on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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