Bowdoin's fall season ends

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Bowdoin’s fall sports season came to an end last weekend when field hockey, no stranger to playing into November, was eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Polar Bears missed out on the Final Four for just the second time in eight seasons, falling to Tufts, 2-1.

Bowdoin, which beat New Paltz State (6-1) and MIT (3-1) in previous playoff rounds, took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Lauren Schroeder scored. That score remained until the second half, when Tufts scored twice on penalty corners, ending the Polar Bears’ season at 16-4.

The field hockey team had several players named to the NESCAC all-star team.

Brooke Phinney was named the Defensive Player of the Year and Rachel Kennedy was tabbed as the conference’s Rookie of the Year. Cathleen Smith and Katie Riley joined Phinney on the First Team. Kassey Matoin and Kayla Lessard made the Second Team.

In other athletic news, the Bowdoin football team finished with a 17-0 loss to Colby last weekend to wind up 1-7.

The women’s volleyball team made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament before dropping a 3-2 (14-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-12, 13-15) heartbreaker to U. Mass-Boston. The Polar Bears finished the year 28-5, setting a program record for wins in the process.

Senior co-captain Melissa Haskell was named a Capital One Academic All-District honoree by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Haskell was one of just six nominees from District One (New England) and advances to Academic All-American consideration. She is the first Bowdoin player to earn Academic All-District recognition.

Women’s soccer made it to the NCAA second round before falling, 2-1, to Ithaca last weekend. The Polar Bears finished the year 11-4-4. Abby Einwag had Bowdoin’s lone goal.

Brianne Weaver was named NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year. Molly Popolizio was named to the First Team. Becky Stoneman was chosen for the Second Team.

The men’s soccer team ended with a loss in the NESCAC quarterfinals, but former Cape Elizabeth standout Ben Brewster was named to the NESCAC First Team. Hunter Clark was named to the Second Team.

The men’s cross country team was second out of 50 teams at the New England championships and will take part in the NCAA Division III championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. Coby Horowitz was the first finisher with teammate Sam Seekins second. Horowitz was also named the conference’s Men’s Cross Country Most Outstanding Performer. Horowitz and Seekins each made the all-conference first-team.

The women were 11th at the New England meet. Madelena Rizzo was 22nd and earned a spot on the All-New England squad. Rizzo was also named a Second Team All-NESCAC recipient.

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Bowdoin’s Brooke Phinney prepares to smack the ball during last week’s playoff win over SUNY New Paltz. The Polar Bears’ quest for another national championship ended last weekend with a Third Round loss to Tufts.

Bowdoin’s Cathleen Smith (9) plays the ball while teammate Colleen Finnerty looks on during the Polar Bears’ playoff win over SUNY New Paltz.