The end of one era and the beginning another was the theme of last weekend at Bowdoin College as the Polar Bears closed Dayton Arena and opened Sidney J. Watson Arena. There was plenty of other winter action as well in recent days.
The Bowdoin men’s hockey team lost 5-2 to Middlebury in its last game at Dayton Arena Friday, then bounced back and opened Watson Arena in style Saturday with an 8-3 win over Williams. Kyle Shearer-Hardy had a game to remember, scoring four times as the Polar Bears improved to 7-5-1. Richard Nerland stopped 25 shots. Bowdoin goes to the road this weekend, playing at Connecticut College Friday and Tufts Saturday. Tuesday, the Polar Bears visit Colby.
The Bowdoin women’s hockey team won in their final Dayton Arena appearance, downing Wesleyan 3-0 behind two goals from Dominique Lozzi Friday. Saturday, the Polar Bears and Hamilton played to a 1-1 tie in the first game at Watson Arena. Katie Herter had the Bowdoin goal. Sage Santangelo stopped 17 shots. The Polar Bears (3-6-1) are home with Amherst Friday and welcome Connecticut College Saturday.
Bowdoin’s women’s basketball team improved to 13-3 on the year Saturday with a 73-49 victory at Colby in the teams’ NESCAC opener. The Polar Bears have now beaten the Mules 18 straight times. Caitlin Hynes had a career-high 24 points. Bowdoin is home against Bates Friday and hosts Tufts Saturday.
The Bowdoin men’s basketball team fell 65-55 at Colby Saturday in their NESCAC opener. Colby coach Dick Whitmore (a Bowdoin graduate) won his 600th career game. Mike Hauser had 12 points. The Polar Bears (10-4) are at Bates Friday and go to Tufts Saturday.
The Bowdoin indoor track teams opened 2009 with an invitational sweep Saturday. The men had 81 1/2 points to defeat USM (63 1/2) and Brandeis (36). The women beat Brandeis 76-64.
Bowdoin’s swimming and diving teams swept Bates Saturday in Lewiston. The men won 179-105. The women squeaked out a 147-142 decision.
For the second straight year, Bowdoin College field hockey coach Nicky Pearson has been named the Division III National Coach of the Year. Pearson, who also received the honor following the 2007 season, was honored by her peers at the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Annual Banquet Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.
Pearson led the Polar Bears to a 19-2 overall record and the team’s second-consecutive Division III Championship in 2008. Bowdoin defeated conference rival Tufts, 3-2 (OT), on Nov. 23.