The Bowdoin field hockey team won its third Division III national championship in four years last weekend. The Polar Bears downed Skidmore, 5-0, in the semifinals (behind two goals and three assists from Cathleen Smith), then edged Messiah College, 2-1, on penalty strokes, to win it all.
Bowdoin got a regulation goal from Ella Curren, then, after Messiah drew even, won the shootout, 3-1. Emily French, Kassey Matoian and McKenna Teague converted to give the Polar Bears the championship.
Men’s soccer is making history as well. The Polar Bears got an overtime goal from Zach Danssaert Sunday to edge Middlebury, 2-1, and advance to the Final Four Friday, Dec. 3 in San Antonio where they will face Lynchburg, Va. Messiah and Wisconsin-Oshkosh are the other semifinalists. The winners meet in the national championship contest Saturday, Dec. 4.
Bowdoin hosted the sectional finals last weekend and prior to downing Middlebury, beat Amherst, on penalty kicks.