Field hockey, football wins highlight memorable Bowdoin weekend

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It’s getting to the point where you can set your watch by the Bowdoin field hockey team battling for a national championship in mid-November.

That will once again be the case this weekend when the reigning titlists take part in the NCAA Division III Final Four in Dudley, Mass.

Last weekend, the top-ranked Polar Bears hosted Second and Third Round games and managed to advance.

Saturday, Bowdoin faced Keene (N.H.) State and got two goals from Katie Herter and one each from Liz Clegg and Cathleen Smith to win, 4-0.

Sunday, the Polar Bears punched their Final Four ticket with a 3-0 victory over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In that triumph, Clegg, Smith and Katie Riley rattled the cage as Bowdoin improved to 19-0.

Saturday, in the national semifinals, the Polar Bears meet familiar foe Middlebury. In the regular season, Bowdoin downed the Panthers, 3-2, in overtime. The Polar Bears also beat Middlebury in the NESCAC finals, 2-1.

The Polar Bears, national champions in 2007, 2008 and 2010, have won 14 consecutive tournament games, which is a record.

The other semifinal consists of Ursinus and The College of New Jersey.

The national championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Field hockey wasn’t the only Bowdoin fall sport making headlines last week.

The Polar Bears football team capped their season with a win over rival Colby, 20-10. Bowdoin finished 4-4 and won the CBB title for the sixth straight time thanks in large part to 195 all-purpose yards from senior Pat Noone.

Bowdoin beat the Mules for the sixth year in a row thanks to a first quarter safety, a TD pass from freshman Mac Caputi to Noone, a sophomore Jimmy Garvey field goal and a short scoring run from sophomore Zack Donnarumma.

The Polar Bears tied Middlebury for fourth place in the NESCAC.

Elsewhere, Bowdoin’s men’s cross country team and two women’s individuals (sophomore Madelena Rizzo and junior Olivia MacKenzie) qualified for the NCAA Division III championships in Winnecone, Wis.

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Bowdoin senior Katie Herter plays the ball up the field during Saturday’s NCAA Division III Second Round playoff tilt with Keene State. Herder scored two first half goals and the Polar Bears rolled to a 4-0 win. A 3-0 victory over MIT Sunday sent Bowdoin to the Final Four.

Bowdoin’s field hockey team exults after Saturday’s win over Keene State. The Polar Bears will meet Middlebury in the NCAA Division III National Semifinals Saturday in Dudley, Mass.

There was also a pretty big football game on the Bowdoin campus Saturday as the Polar Bears held off rival Colby, 20-10, to win the CBB title. It was their sixth consecutive win over the Mules. Senior Pat Noone had a day to remember, producing 195 all-purpose yards and scoring a touchdown as the Polar Bears’ season ended at 4-4.

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