Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bowdoin Week in Sports

Women's Soccer

The Bowdoin College women's soccer team scored all of their goals in the opening half of a 6-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday afternoon at Pickard Field. The Polar Bears improve to 2-2 this season and 24-0-1 all-time against the Huskies. Southern Maine drops to 1-6 this year with the setback.

Bowdoin's first four goals came in a span of 8:22, with Ellery Gould breaking the scoreless tie just 6:17 into the contest when Southern Maine goaltender Kat Rothe fumbled a ball in the box. Gould pounced on the loose ball and tapped in her third goal of the season to give the Polar Bears the lead. Dana Riker scored at the 12-minute mark on a strike from 25 yards out that lofted over the head of Rothe and assisted on a strong run by Celeste Swain just 1:43 later, as Swain knocked home
her first of two goals on the afternoon.

Riker scored again in the 15th minute with a put-back before Swain her second tally in the 22nd minute. Lucy Morrell's first career goal rounded out the scoring for the Polar Bears. Plenty of goaltender saw time in the game as Rothe (17 minutes, one
save, four goals against) gave way to Alison Bradley (45:38, eight saves, two goals against) for Southern Maine. Katie Cobb played the final 25:22 in net for the Huskies.

Bowdoin's Kat Flaherty made one stop in the first half of play before giving way to first-years Gen Barlow (20:10, one save) and Devin Hardy (24:50) in the second period.


A goal in each half propelled the Middlebury women's soccer team to 2-0 decision at Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers remain unbeaten at 4-0-0 (3-0-0 NESCAC) this year while the Polar Bears fall to 2-3-0 (1-2-0 NESCAC) overall.

The game's first goal came in the 28th minute, as a scramble drew Bowdoin's Kat Flaherty out of goal. Middlebury's Annie Rowell tapped a slow-roller behind the defense and into the net for a 1-0 lead. The Panthers doubled their lead late in the second period, as Margaret Owen collected a long-ball pass from Anne Ford and lofted a shot to the top corner to give the visitors some insurance.

In an up-and-down contest, Lauryn Torch made 10 saves in goal for Middlebury while Flaherty finished with 14 for the Polar Bears.


Men's Soccer

Bowdoin's Tim Prior scored the game's only goal as the Polar Bear men's soccer team survived a defensive struggle against Middlebury on Saturday, 1-0. Bowdoin improves to 4-1-0 (2-1-0 NESCAC)while the Panthers fall to 3-2-1 (1-1-1 NESCAC).

The lone goal came in the 27th minute as a perfectly-played cross by Dan Chaffetz across the box to the waiting head of Tim Prior, who headed the delivery into the top-right corner. Bowdoin had a pair of attempts to push the lead even higher in the first half, hitting one post and having one offering swept off the goal line by a Middlebury defender.

Dan Hicks was forced to make only one stop for the Polar Bears in the shutout. Tim Cahill was credited with two stops for the Panthers.


The Bowdoin College men's soccer team scored a trio of second-half goals and posted their fourth consecutive shutout in a 3-0 victory over Colby on Sunday. The Polar Bears (5-1-0, 3-1-0 NESCAC)have not allowed a goal in their last 376:35 of play, their longest shutout streak since the 2006 campaign. Additionally, their five straight wins is the program's longest winning streak since 2003. Colby falls to 1-4-1 (0-4-0 NESCAC) with the loss.

Despite the final score, Colby controlled the pace of play for a significant chunk of the opening period, out-shooting the Polar Bears 5-3 in the stanza. The Mules could not find the back of the net,however, and that proved costly as Bowdoin's offense came to life in the second half.

A tremendous individual effort by first-year Michael Gale resulted in the first score of the day. In the 61st minute, Gale collected a ball on the left wing, beat his defender, and launched a low left-footed rocket that tucked inside the far post. Colby's best chance to tie came in the 74th minute as a bouncing ball came to Josh Lyvers at the top of the box. Lyvers ripped a shot that was coolly collected by Bowdoin netminder Dan Hicks to preserve the lead.

Bowdoin responded to the threat with a decisive push downfield just moments later. Carl Woock sneaked behind his defender, corralled a loose ball on the right wing and chipped a well-placed shot just over the head of oncoming goaltender Dan Marden to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage. The Polar Bears sealed the win with a nifty through-ball pass from Nick Powell to Eddie Jones in the 85th minute, as Jones notched his third goal of the season to clinch the victory.

Hicks made three saves in net for Bowdoin while Marden stopped four between the pipes for the Mules. With the win, the Polar Bears avenge a 3-1 loss to Colby last season and improve to 37-25-12 all-time against the Mules, including an 11-1-1 mark in their last 13 meetings.


Field Hockey

The Bowdoin College field hockey team scored five first-half goals en route to a 6-0 win over the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday evening at Ryan Field. The ninth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 3-1 and have outscored their opponents 18-0 over their current three-game win streak. Southern Maine dips to 4-4 with the loss.

Katie Herter got the Polar Bears going just five minutes into the game,putting back a rebound after an initial save by Southern Maine netminder Allison Hill. Six minutes later, Kara Kelley took a feed from Ella Curren and ripped a shot to the bottom right corner to give Bowdoin a 2-0 lead. The Polar Bears converted off a penalty corner in the 19th minute, as a feed from Megan McCullough was set by Shavonne Lord for Curren, who rifled a shot through traffic to give the hosts a three-goal advantage. After Ingrid Oelschlager put home a goal from the right side
of the circle later in the period, Kelley finished off the half with a hard, low shot that found the back of the cage to give Bowdoin a 5-0 advantage at the break.

Elisabeth Clegg scored the lone goal of the second half in the 52nd minute for Bowdoin. Emily Neilson made three saves in the opening half for the Polar Bears before giving way to Kayla Lessard, who made two stops in the second period. Hill made 16 stops between the pipes for the Huskies.

Bowdoin's victory is their seventh-straight against the Huskies and improves their mark to 29-6-4 all-time against Southern Maine.


A pair of first-half goals snapped Middlebury's eight-match losing streak to rival Bowdoin and gave the Panthers their first NESCAC win of the season in a 2-0 decision on Saturday. The Panthers (2-2, 1-2 NESCAC) had not beaten the Polar Bears (3-2, 1-2)
since 2004, including a pair of defeats in NCAA Tournament play.

Middlebury found the back of the cage just over 14 minutes into the contest, when Dana Heritage cracked a drive from the top-right of the circle to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Bowdoin had a great chance to tie the score with under five minutes to play in the half, as a give-and-go attempt by Polar Bears McKenna Teague and Liz Clegg forced a defensive save by Middlebury's Madison Kahn to retain the one-goal advantage. Heather McCormack made the Polar Bears pay just moments later, finishing off a scrum off the left post to give the Panthers a 2-0 at intermission.

Bowdoin's best chance to chip away at the lead came in the second period as Ingrid Oelschlager's attempt trickled just wide of the net. Madeline Brooks stopped six shots in net for the Panthers, who dealt the Polar Bears just their second home loss in the last five seasons. Emily Neilson stopped nine shots for the Polar Bears.



The Bowdoin College football team totaled 515 yards of offense and scored outscored Middlebury 19-0 in the fourth quarter to win their season-opener on Saturday, 50-35. In a classic quarterback duel, Oliver Kell tossed for 374 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Polar Bears (1-0) while David McKillop threw for 420 yards and three scores in defeat for the Panthers (0-1).

Kell, who threw for the second-most yards in a single game in program history, became the school's career passing yardage leader in the victory. He is the first player in school history to eclipse 4,000 career yards passing (4,086 total) and breaks the mark of 3,712 formerly held by Hayes MacArthur '99.

Bowdoin started their season auspiciously, scoring on their first two drives. An five yard end-around rush by Pat Noone gave the hosts the lead after a nine-play, 67-yard drive and, after a Middlebury punt,Noone found himself on the receiving end of a 51-yard scoring strike from Kell to give the Polar Bears a 14-0 lead.

Middlebury's offense found their stride on the ensuing possession, as McKillop directed a four-play, 60-yard drive that ended in a screen play from the junior quarterback to Matt Rayner, who scampered through traffic for a 14-yard score. After forcing a Bowdoin punt, McKillop and Rayner hooked up again - this time on a 24-yard scoring pass - to deadlock the score with just 18 seconds left in the opening quarter.

After receiving the kickoff, Bowdoin found paydirt on the last play of the period, as Nick Tom rambled 62 yards through the Middlebury defense to give the hosts a 21-14 edge.

The Panthers took the lead for the first time in the second quarter with impressive back-to-back drives. A 10-play, 53-yard surge was capped by an Erik Rostad dive into the endzone to tie the game at 21. Later in the quarter, McKillop found Rayner for the third time with 4:12 left to cap a nine-play drive and give the visitors at 28-21 lead. Bowdoin managed to trim the advantage before intermission as Bill Donahue booted a 40-yard field goal right before the break to close the gap to 28-24.

Bowdoin took the opening kickoff of the second half and cashed in on an 11-play drive deep into Middlebury territory. On a fourth-and-goal from the three yard line, Kell rolled right and found Phil Tonucci wide open in the flat to give the Polar Bears a 31-28 lead. The Panthers regained the lead later in the quarter as a long pass from McKillop to Bill Greven set up a three-yard plunge by Rostad to make it 35-31 Middlebury.

The Polar Bear defense clamped down from there, and the Bowdoin offense continued to roll with 19 unanswered points in the fourth period. Early in the fourth, a broken play resulted in Kell finding a wide open Justin Starr for a 32-yard score. After a long Middlebury drive was stymied in Bowdoin territory, Kell found Noone again over the middle for a 58-yard touchdown pass to make it 44-35. Late in the quarter, a Kevin Zikaras interception set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Nick Tom, icing the 50-35 victory.

Noone's 12 catches broke the program mark of 11 in a game held by Bert Sciolla, Paul Wiley and Doug Johnson. His 180 yards receiving were the fourth-most in school history. Kell's four touchdown passes were the second-most in school history. Zikaras led Bowdoin with 15 tackles (nine solo) including three for a loss.

McKillop threw 61 passes, completing 38 for the Panthers and ended with 420 yards through the air. Rayner and David Reed each finished with seven catches and 101 yards. Cam Daylor led Middlebury with 10 total tackles while Chris Dola had five tackles (3.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks in the game.

Middlebury retains an 11-7-1 lead in the all-time series as Bowdoin earns their first victory against the Panthers since the 2005 season opener (the teams did not play in '06 and '07). The 85 total points are easily the most scored in the series history and are the most points scored in a Bowdoin game since 2004 when Hamilton defeated Bowdoin 51-48.



Bowdoin College sophomore Eddie Jones (Scarborough,Maine) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week thanks to his performance in three Polar Bear victories last week. Jones scored eight points as Bowdoin rebounded from a season-opening loss to outscore their opponents 9-1 during their current win streak.

Jones sparked the offensive outburst in a 3-1 win over Southern Maine last Wednesday, collecting a pair of assists. On Saturday against Bates College, Jones scored his first goal of the season to give the Polar Bears an early one-goal lead and then added an insurance goal to ice the 4-0 victory. He followed it up on Sunday with a key goal with just 11 seconds left in the opening half to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead over St.Joseph's in an eventual 2-0 win.

As a rookie last fall, Jones led the Polar Bears with four goals and four assists in just nine games.

Bowdoin College quarterback Oliver Kell (Westford,Mass.) and wide receiver Pat Noone (North Attleboro, Mass.) have been named Co-Offensive Players of the Week by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The duo accounted for 423 of Bowdoin's 515 yards of total offense and had a hand in five of the Polar Bears' seven touchdowns in a season-opening 50-35 win over Middlebury.

Kell completed 25-42 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns (0 INT) in the victory. The senior co-captain, who also rushed for 22 yards, threw for the second-most yards and second-most touchdowns in a game in program history. Additionally, he became Bowdoin's all-time leader in career passing yardage during the game, becoming the first Polar Bear in school history (118 seasons) to eclipse the 4,000 yard mark. He now has 4,086 yards passing for his career.

In his first career start, sophomore Pat Noone established a school record with 12 catches for 180 yards, the second-most yardage by a receiver in program history. He scored Bowdoin's first touchdown of the day on a five-yard end-around run and caught scoring passes of 51 and 58 yards, the last of which came in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Bowdoin has won four straight games dating back to last season, equaling their longest win streak since 2005. The Polar Bears will look to extend their streak to five games this weekend at Amherst, where they will attempt to snap a three-year losing skid against the Jeffs. The Polar Bears will be looking to win five consecutive games for the first time since 1970-71, when they claimed six straight victories - the last five of 1970 and the opener of the '71 campaign.

Courtesy Bowdoin Communications



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