BRUNSWICK — The Amherst College football team mounted a pair of goal-line stands to hold off Bowdoin, 24-14, on Saturday at Whittier Field.

The Mammoths remained perfect at 3-0, while the Polar Bears fell to 0-3 and host Tufts on Homecoming weekend this upcoming Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Bowdoin took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, using 15 plays to reach the Amherst 1-yard-line. The Mammoths stood tall defensively, stopping the Polar Bears on four straight plays and taking over on a Bowdoin fumble on fourth and goal.

The teams traded possessions until later in the quarter when Amherst covered 81 yards in eight plays, scoring on a screen pass from Ollie Eberth to Jack Hickey from 22-yards out to take a 7-0 lead.

The Mammoths extended their advantage to 10-0 early in the second quarter on a 41-yard field goal by Andrew Ferrero.

Bowdoin responded with its best drive of the day, a seven-play, 69-yard drive that ended in an Austin McCrum touchdown pass in the flat to Bo Millett to cut the lead to 10-7 with 5:15 to go before the break.

Amherst answered in turn with a big drive right before halftime, covering 83 yards in 10 plays and scoring on a Eberth pass to Justin Berry, who dove to the pylon for the touchdown with 51 seconds left in the half, making it 17-7.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Amherst looked to put the game away early in the fourth quarter, but a couple stops by the Bowdoin defense gave the Polar Bears the ball back with 9:47 to go. Bowdoin moved to the Amherst 4-yard line, but the Mammoth defense came up big for the second time, holding the Polar Bears scoreless with their second goal-line stand.

The Mammoths put the game on ice from there, covering 96 yards in 10 plays to score an insurance touchdown with 2:56 to go on a spectacular grab by Bo Berluti in the back of the end zone, making it 24-7.

Bowdoin scored a late touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Austin McCrum to Griff Stalcup with 1:21 left to cut into the final margin.

Amherst totaled 463 yards of total offense, with 251 coming through the air courtesy of Eberth, who also tossed three touchdowns, and 78 more coming on the ground for the quarterback.

Bowdoin’s Austin McCrum threw for a 242 yards and two touchdowns, while Griff Stalcup caught 11 passes for 75 yards. Bo Millett also had 75 yards receiving on just five catches.

Franny Rose led Bowdoin with 11 tackles, while John Ballard had eight for Amherst.

Women’s volleyball

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second consecutive Friday, Bowdoin triumphed in a five-set NESCAC match — this time in a 3-2 victory at Williams College.

Bowdoin came away with the win thanks to set scores of 24-26, 25-20, 13-25, 25-20, 15-11.

Sydney Salle had a season-high 15 kills and eight total blocks to lead Bowdoin. The Polar Bears also received double-doubles from Caroline Flaharty (12 kills, 15 digs) and Sophia Pahl (11 kills, 15 digs). Ashley Williams notched 13 kills, Kate Kiser had 52 assists and Lisa Sheldon posted 23 digs for Bowdoin.

Mia Weinland led all players with 25 kills for Williams.

Bowdoin ended the weekend with two wins at Clinton, N.Y., on Saturday and stands at 13-1 overall heading into Tuesday night’s home match against Salem State (7 p.m.).

The Polar Bears defeated Hamilton, 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 26-24, 25-12), in NESCAC play, then rolled to a 3-1 win over SUNY Poly (25-8, 17-25, 25-12, 25-17.

Men’s tennis

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Bowdoin senior Jerry Jiang and sophomore Justin Wang won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division III New England Regional doubles championship on Sunday at Middlebury College.

In addition to winning the doubles crown, Jiang advanced all the way to the finals of the singles bracket, where he lost in the title match in three sets.

By winning the ITA Regional, Jiang and Wang advance to the 2018 ITA Cup Oct. 11-14, hosted by Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Georgia.

Seeded fourth headed into the tournament, Jiang and Wang needed a tiebreaker to get out of their first round match 8-7 (5) vs. Ng/Chen of Brandeis. The duo then cruised to 8-3 wins over teams from Tufts and Middlebury before defeating a Williams College duo, 8-5, in the semifinals.

In the finals against Middlebury, Jiang and Wang took the victory, 6-3, 7-5. It is the third straight year that a Bowdoin doubles team has taken the title. Jiang joined Kyle Wolfe as the regional champion in 2016, while Grant Urken and Luke Tercek won the crown in 2017.

Playing his 11th match (single and doubles) over the course of three days, Jiang lost for the first time late Sunday evening in a three-set battle to Boris Sorkin of Tufts, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Jiang won three straight-set matches to advance to the quarterfinals, where he then won a three-setter against Kevin Ma of Amherst (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) and Arturo Kam of Williams (7-5, 2-6, 6-3) to advance to the championship.

The Polar Bears will compete at the Bates College Wallach Invitational in Lewiston this weekend.

Men’s golf

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. — Bowdoin finished seventh at this weekend’s NESCAC Fall Qualifier hosted by Wesleyan University at Lyman Orchards Golf Course.

The Polar Bears totaled a team score of 632 and missed the cut on being one of the four teams to advance to the NESCAC Championship in the spring.

Middlebury (587), Trinity (588), Hamilton (592) and Tufts (595) will compete for the conference title at Middlebury next semester.

Bowdoin slipped four shots between days one and two, but received strong showings across the board, led by Tom Dunleavy’s 16th-place finish (73-77-150). Jackson Harrower ended in 31st with a 79-79-158, followed by Reed Foehl in 34th (78-81-159). Matt McCarthy (42nd, 166) and Michael Donovan (45th, 168) rounded out the Polar Bear team this weekend.

Bowdoin will compete at the USM Invitational on Oct. 7-8 at Gorham Country Club.

Women’s tennis

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Polar Bears performed well in their most competitive outing of the fall season — the ITA New England Regional this weekend at Williams College.

Julia Marks won a trio of matches, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over seventh-seeded Patricia Obeld of Tufts before falling to top-seeded Victoria Wu of Wesleyan, 6-2, 6-3.

Devon Wolfe won two matches to reach the third round, claiming a pair of straight-set wins, including a 6-0, 6-3 win over Middlebury’s Ruhl Kamdar.

In doubles play, Bowdoin’s duo of Tasha Christ and Rachel Bercovitch won a first-round match, 8-5, before falling to Wesleyan’s top-seeded pairing in the second round.

The Polar Bears will host the Bowdoin Invitational in two weeks, Oct. 12 at Pickard Courts.

Women’s golf

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bowdoin placed 12th at the Williams Invitational this weekend at Taconic Golf Club.

The Polar Bears improved 31 strokes on day two of the tournament to finish with a final score of 797.

Caroline Farber moved up from 40th to finish 34th at the tournament, carding a two-day total of 170 (87-83). Emme McCabe ended in 52nd with a score of 179, followed by Haley Baldwin in 73rd (214). Lindsey Bindra (234) and Brynne Wicklund (269) completed Bowdoin’s team this weekend.

The Polar Bears will compete in the NESCAC Championship next weekend at Middlebury College, hosted at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course.

Women’s soccer

BANGOR — Bowdoin remained unbeaten in non-conference action following a 3-0 victory over Husson on Sunday afternoon.

The Polar Bears are 4-3-1 after their conference bye-weekend. The Eagles fell to 2-8.

Despite controlling play in the opening half, it took until the 42nd minute for the Polar Bears to break through. Kate Rusk-Kosa successfully converted on a penalty kick to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead.

In the final minute of the half, Claire Burns converted after the Polar Bears set up their fourth corner kick.

Beth Brown added a third and final goal in the 60th minute of the game. Brown finished off a feed from Talia Missan to record her first collegiate goal.

Sami Ireland made 11 stops for Husson.

Bowdoin held a 24-1 shot advantage and 9-0 corner-kick edge. The Polar Bears hold a 7-0 all-time series lead over the Eagles.

Bowdoin plays at Maine Maritime on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Women’s rugby

BRUNSWICK — West Chester University defeated Bowdoin on Saturday, 19-10, in a matchup of the nation’s two oldest varsity intercollegiate programs.

The Polar Bears dropped their first match of the season and fell to 2-1.

Bowdoin’ defense was aggressive and relentless, as the Polar Bears allowed just 12 points in 79 minutes of play despite Westchester controlling 85 percent of the ball possession.

Bowdoin opened the scoring 24 minutes into the first half with possession starting at midfield. After a strong carry by co-captain Dana Peirce, the ball moved downfield through a series of offloads by both backs and forwards and ended with a try for Jackie Jaques, assisted by Satya Kent.

The score remained 5-0 until just minutes before halftime when West Chester’s outside center Autumn Czaplicki broke the line and scored in the corner.

The Polar Bears struck first in the second half with a downfield series of plays ending with flanker Hannah Zuklie scoring a 1-meter pick-and-go try to make the score 10-5.

Bowdoin kept the lead until the 70th minute when Autumn Czaplicki took an inside angle and scored her second score of the day. The try was converted, giving West Chester a 12-10 lead.

Czaplicki scored her third try with no time remaining and the conversion was good for final score.

Bowdoin will host the University of New England for a Homecoming game this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Cross country

BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin men and women competed in the Maine State Championship on Saturday at the Pickard Cross Country course.

The Polar Bear men won their first state title since 2013.

Bowdoin totaled 29 points to cruise to the state title, easily out-pacing Bates (56) and Colby (70) in the 12-team field.

Overall, Bowdoin placed four of the top nine finishers to cruise to the victory. Sean MacDonald finished first in a time of 25:11.2 on the 8K track, taking the victory by 15 seconds. Connor Rockett took fifth in 25:40.3, followed by Naphtali Moulton in sixth (25:42.9) and Andrew McGowan in ninth (26:09.8). Alec Ferguson-Hull rounded out the top-five Bowdoin performers in 17th place with a time of 26:37.0.

The Bowdoin women placed third as Bates captured the title with 25 points, with Colby in second with 56. Bowdoin finished with 66 points.

Julia O’Rourke was the top Bowdoin finisher, placing 14th among individual competitors overall, finishing the 6K race in 23:18.8. Delaney Bullock was 17th (23:24.2), followed by Sarah Hanson in 20th (23:26.8). Erin Hollenbaugh (34th, 23:57.3), Abby Osmanski (38th, 24:11.2) and Martha Boben (39th, 24:13.7) rounded out the top Bowdoin finishers.

The Bowdoin men and women compete this upcoming Saturday in the Open New England Championships in Boston.


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