BOWDOIN COLLEGE men’s soccer goaltender Stevie Van Siclen makes a save during penalty kicks in a NESCAC quarterfinal against Williams on Saturday in Brunswick.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE men’s soccer goaltender Stevie Van Siclen makes a save during penalty kicks in a NESCAC quarterfinal against Williams on Saturday in Brunswick.


The Bowdoin College field hockey team upset second-seeded Tufts, 2-1 in the NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (10-6) are seeded seventh and faced a Jumbos team (11-5) that had pinned a 3-0 setback on Bowdoin just three days prior.

Alexis Chauvette and Mary Travers earned a two-on-goal 26 minutes into the first half. While Maddie Ferrucci turned away Chauvette’s initial shot, Travers controlled the rebound and attempted to put the ball beyond Ferrucci. The Jumbos earned a penalty stroke, which Mary Kate Patton successfully converted.

Just under five minutes into the second half, Bowdoin tied the game. Elizabeth Bennewitz fired a shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner, collected her own rebound, and put the Polar Bears on the board with her second attempt.

The Jumbos received six penalty corners in a 10-minute span but were unable to break the tie. Ferrucci made a save in Bowdoin’s circle and a quick transition allowed Kara Finnerty to pass the ball ahead to Emma Stevens, who took a clear shot on Emily Polinksi and put away the game-winner in the 53rd minute.

Bowdoin successfully defended a Tufts corner in the final seconds to secure the upset victory.

The Jumbos finished with a 19-6 shot advantage and 10-2 corner advantage. Ferrucci ended the day with five saves. Polinski made three stops.

The Polar Bears travel to face top-seeded Middlebury this upcoming weekend for the NESCAC semifinals.

Men’s soccer

Bowdoin advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the fifth consecutive year following a penalty-kick shootout against Williams on Saturday afternoon.

The third-seeded Polar Bears (10-3-3) and sixth-seeded Ephs (8-3-5) played a 1-1 double-overtime game, with the final decision coming in a 4-3 PK victory for Bowdoin.

Bowdoin jumped on top in the 54th minute. As with most of the offensive chances in the game, the Polar Bears successful bid came off a corner. Ethan Ellsworth took the kick from the left side and served Levi Morant in the box. Morant headed the ball inside the near post for a 1-0 lead.

Williams ramped up pressure in the remaining minutes of regulation. Tobias Meullers’ free kick from just outside the box curled in towards the upper left corner, forcing Bowdoin netminder Stevie Van Siclen to punch the ball up and out of play.

The pressure paid off for the Ephs in the 78th minute. Nick Ranieri booted a ball from high in the box, crossing to the right side, with Mark Sisco-Tolomeo heading the ball into the far corner.

Neither team found the back of the net in the two overtime periods, forcing penalty kicks to decide a winner.

Bowdoin trailed 3-2 in PKs, but Van Siclen made the final two stops and watched Niang and Jason Oliver score for the win.

Van Siclen ended the day with five saves.


Mike Breuler caught three touchdown passes as Wesleyan held off Bowdoin, 21-10 on Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field.

The Cardinals improved to 5- 2, while the Polar Bears remain winless at 0-7. Bowdoin travels to Lewiston to face Bates this upcoming Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Bowdoin controlled most of the opening quarter and cashed in on a 31-yard field goal from Andrew Sisti to take a 3-0 lead with 3:01 remaining in the period.

Wesleyan answered with an eight-play, 60-yard drive, capped off by a 10-yard pass from Mark Piccirillo, who rolled out to the right and found Breuler in the end zone for a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.

After a Bowdoin three-and-out, the Cardinals marched 76 yards in 12 plays, scoring on another Piccirillo strike to Breuler over the middle from 20 yards to increase the lead to 14-3.

After a scoreless third quarter, Wesleyan made it 21-3 on the opening play of the fourth as Breuler hauled in a back-shoulder catch from Piccirillo to end a six-play, 60-yard drive.

Bowdoin didn’t go away, stopping Wesleyan on a fourth down deep in its own territory, then scoring on an 85-yard pass from Griff Stalcup to Nick Vailas — the fourth longest pass in school history — to cut the lead to 21-10 with 4:36 to go.

The Polar Bears had a late bid to cut further into the Cardinal lead, but a late drive stalled inside the W-10 with under a minute to play.

Women’s volleyball

Bowdoin wrapped up its regular season with a 3-2 triumph over Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears finished the regular season with a 14-9 record (8-2 NESCAC) and will be the third seed for the upcoming conference tournament that begins this upcoming Friday at Tufts. Bowdoin will battle sixth-seeded Middlebury in the opening round at 8 p.m.

Bowdoin won the first two sets, but had to hold off a furious rally by the Camels in an eventual 25-13, 25-23, 20-25, 25- 27, 15-13 win.

After cruising in the opening set, Bowdoin and Conn. College battled over the final four, with three decided by two points.

Down 11-9 in the deciding fifth, Bowdoin got back to back kills from Michelle Albright and Sydney Salle to tie the score, and a service ace by Megan Birnbaum to take the lead.

Salle had 16 kills and three blocks, while Caroline Flaharty added 16 kills and 15 digs. Kate Kiser dished out 54 assists, while Lisa Sheldon added 37 digs. Khelsea Gordon had 12 kills and three blocks for the Polar Bears.

On Friday, Bowdoin’s rally fell short in a 3-0 loss to Wesleyan. The Cardinals improved to 18-4 (8-1 NESCAC).

Wesleyan won by increasingly competitive set scores of 25-15, 25-23, 27-25.

Salle totaled 13 kills, while Ashley Williams had nine for the Polar Bears. Sheldon had a team-best 17 digs, while Kiser had 34 assists and 10 digs.

Cross country

The Bowdoin women placed sixth, while the men took seventh overall at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship hosted at Pineland Farms in Gray on Saturday.

Williams won the women’s 6K race with Amherst taking the men’s 8K competition.

Sarah Kelley was Bowdoin’s top finisher in either race, taking

10th in 22:33.6. Caroline Shipley was close behind in 19th in 23:08. Julia O’Rourke (39th, 23:38.8), Anne McKee (73rd, 24:33.30) and Martha Boben (75th, 24:36.8) rounded out the top-five Polar Bear runners.

Sean MacDonald paced the Bowdoin men by recording a 19th-place finish in 25:53.8. Ben Torda was seconds behind him, taking 25th in 26:03. Naphtali Moulton (47th, 26:31.1), Connor Rockett (50th, 26:32.8) and Andrew McGowan (52nd, 26:40.0) were the other top finishers for the Polar Bears.

The Polar Bears will compete at the New England Division III Championship in two weeks, hosted by the University of Southern Maine at Gorham Country Club.

Women’s soccer

Bowdoin ended the 2017 season in a 4-0 NESCAC quarterfinal loss to top-seeded Williams on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears ended the year at 9-6-1, bowing to an Ephs team (14-1-1) that is ranked third in the nation.

Williams got on the board early as Victoria Laino scored her first of two opening-half goals. Laino booted a long shot on net in the 14th minute. The first-year scored her second of the game in the 37th minute, volleying a loose ball into the net.

Claire Dardinski found Kate Rusk-Kosa behind the defense for promising look, but a Williams defender raced back to break up the play. With minutes remaining in the half, Morgen Gallagher won the ball for a clear line to goal, but again a Williams defender stepped in.

The Ephs found their third goal in the 57th minute. Natalie Turner-Wyatt played a ball through to Alison Lu, who slotted a shot into the lower right corner.

Turner-Wyatt deflected a ball into the net from just outside the box to tally the Ephs’ final goal.

The Ephs held a 22-6 shot advantage and 4-2 corner-kick edge.

Rachel Stout made six saves for the Polar Bears.

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