About the Program
The Bowdoin College softball team was instituted in 1982, and proven to be one of the top squads in New England in the past two decades. From 1999-2002, the team posted at least 19 wins each season (including a record 25 in 2002) and reached the NESCAC Tournament Championship Game in 2001. In 2004, the Polar Bears won 22 games and took the East Division crown. They qualified for the NESCAC Tournament for the fourth time in five years and had another strong campaign in 2005, going 19-10 overall.

The team won the NESCAC Championship in 1992, and has also seen numerous individual accolades. Kristie Miller was named All-NESCAC every year from 1999-2002, and the team has boasted three NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors overall. The Polar Bears play in one of the most competitive conferences in the nation in the NESCAC, and also play a challenging non-conference schedule against teams from all over the region. The team also makes an annual southern spring break trip.

2007 Recap
It was a record-breaking season for the Polar Bears in 2007, as the squad posted a school-record 26 victories against just 15 losses. Several players earned individual honors, led by Jayme Woogerd '07 and Julia Jacobs '10 who grabbed Second-Team All-Conference recognition. Karen Reni '09 won 13 games in the circle for Bowdoin, tying the school record with Jacobs, who also won 13 contests in 2007. Woogerd finished with the school record for runs scored (94), while finishing second all-time in hits (157) and stolen bases (32).

The Polar Bears play on the softball diamond at Pickard Field, part of the 35 acre athletic complex on the south side of the Bowdoin campus. The field is a state-of-the-art diamond with extraordinary drainage, and is usually one of the first playable fields in New England each spring. Indoor practices in Farley Field House begin in mid-February with NESCAC competition beginning in early April.


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Softball Coaching Staff

Head coach: Ryan Sullivan
Assistant coaches: Winnie Cockburn, Jen Burton, Amanda Stevens

In the spring of 2008, Ryan Sullivan will enter his fourth season as head coach of the Bowdoin softball team. Sullivan served as co-head coach of the Polar Bears in the 2004 season and had an extremely strong 'rookie' year at the helm in 2005, as the squad posted a 19-10 record. Sullivan led the Polar Bears to a 26-win campaign in 2007, setting a program-record for victories in a season.

Sullivan is currently an assistant coach for Bowdoin's football team, where he is primarily responsible for the offensive line. A native of Hubbardston, Massachusetts, Sullivan is a graduate of Middlebury College. He has an extensive background in coaching, having been on the staffs at Middlebury and Georgetown University as well as a high school coach at Quabbin Regional and Weston High in Massachusetts.

In 2004, Sullivan led a collection of young players to a berth in the NESCAC Tournament and a NESCAC East Division crown. The teams' 22 wins were the second-most by any squad in school history. He can be reached at rsulliva@bow

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Softball Roster

# Name Year Pos. Hgt. Hometown/School
2 Emma Powers 09 UT 5-2 Philadelphia, Pa./Shipley School
3 Kaitee Daley 09 OF 5-6 Canaan, Vt./Canaan Memorial
4 Courtney LaPierre 09 OF/2B 5-2 Gorham, Maine/Gorham
5 Laurel Clark 10 OF 5-3 Durham, Conn./Hopkins School
6 Jessica Paris 09 3B 5-5 Rye, N.Y./Harrison
7 Clare Ronan 10 C/OF 5-7 Jenkintown, Pa./William Penn
8 Alison Coleman 09 C 5-9 Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston
9 Julia Jacobs 10 P 5-4 Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood
10 Karen Reni 09 P/OF 5-9 Ashland, Mass./Ashland
11 Kelly Overbye 09 1B/OF 5-8 Simsbury, Conn./Westminster
13 Molly Nestor 11 C/UT 5-5 Duxbury, Mass./Notre Dame
14 Kara Nilan 11 P 5-4 Pittsfield, Mass./Taconic
15 Jamie Paul 10 UT 5-4 Brooklyn, N.Y./Stuyvesant
16 Lauren Coven 10 IF 5-5 Ridgwood, N.J./Ridgewood
18 Kate Chin 08 2B/UT 5-6 Belmont, Mass. / Noble & Greenough
22 Shavonne Lord 10 SS 5-2 Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury

Head Coach: Ryan Sullivan
Assistant Coaches: Winnie Cockburn, Jen Burton, Amanda Stevens
Team Captains: Kelly Overbye, Emma Powers
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 Softball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponent Result Score
03/13/2008,  9:00AMvs. RPI (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  8-7
03/13/2008,  11:00AMvs. Wheaton (at Fort Myers, Fla.)L  6-0
03/14/2008,  9:00AMvs. Olivet (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  4-3
03/14/2008,  11:00AMvs. North Park (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  8-4
03/15/2008,  9:00AMvs. Alfred (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  4-3
03/15/2008,  11:00AMvs. W.N.E.C. (at Fort Myers, Fla.)L  4-3
03/16/2008,  11:00AMvs. Edgewood (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  7-6 (8)
03/16/2008,  3:00PMvs. Plymouth St. (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  1-0 (8)
03/18/2008,  9:00AMvs. Brockport St. (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  4-3
03/18/2008,  11:00AMvs. Illinois College (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  5-1
03/19/2008,  9:00AMvs. Concordia (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  5-0
03/19/2008,  11:00AMvs. St. Lawrence (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  7-2
03/20/2008,  9:00AMvs. Keene St. (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  1-0
03/20/2008,  11:00AMvs. Fitchburg St. (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  8-0
03/21/2008,  9:00AMvs. Alverno (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  9-0
03/21/2008,  11:00AMvs. SUNY-New Paltz (at Fort Myers, Fla.)W  8-3
04/05/2008,  3:30PMat Tufts (Game 1)L  5-3
04/05/2008,  5:30PMat Tufts (Game 2)L  3-0
04/06/2008,  10:00AMat TuftsL  4-3
04/06/2008,  12:00PMvs. Bates (Game 1 at Tufts)W  17-1
04/06/2008,  2:00PMvs. Bates (Game 2 at Tufts)L  5-0
04/11/2008,  4:00PMTRINITYL  7-5
04/12/2008,  12:00PMTRINITY (Game 1)W  4-3
04/12/2008,  2:00PMTRINITY (Game 2)W  5-2
04/15/2008,  3:30PMMAINE-FARMINGTON (Game 1)W  6-0
04/15/2008,  5:30PMMAINE-FARMINGTON (Game 2)W  10-5
04/17/2008,  3:30PMSOUTHERN MAINE (Game 1)W  11-6
04/17/2008,  5:30PMSOUTHERN MAINE (Game 2)L  6-3
04/21/2008,  4:30PMBATESW  7-3
04/22/2008,  3:30PMat Univ. of New England (Game 1)L  3-2
04/22/2008,  5:30PMat Univ. of New England (Game 2)W  7-4
04/24/2008,  4:30PMat ColbyW  6-2
04/25/2008,  3:00PMCOLBY (Game 1)W  4-3
04/25/2008,  5:00PMCOLBY (Game 2)L  5-4 (8)
04/26/2008,  1:00PMat Husson (Game 1)L  6-5
04/26/2008,  3:00PMat Husson (Game 2)L  2-1
04/27/2008,  12:00PMBRANDEIS (Game 1)L  8-4
04/27/2008,  2:00PMBRANDEIS (Game 2)L  11-0
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Softball Releases

Date Posted Title
05/08/2008,  4:00PM Daley Named Second-Team All-NESCAC
03/24/2008,  7:30PM Jacobs Named NESCAC Pitcher of the Week
03/24/2008,  12:00PM Softball Outstanding in Near-Perfect Spring Trip
05/14/2007,  10:00AM Woogerd, Jacobs Earn NESCAC Honors
05/01/2007,  9:00AM Jacobs Named Pitcher of the Week
03/26/2007,  8:00PM Reni Named Softball Pitcher of Week
03/26/2007,  2:00PM Softball Enjoys Stellar Spring Trip
05/22/2006,  10:00AM Chagnon Receives NESCAC Honor
05/13/2005,  12:00PM Chagnon, Nelson Catch NESCAC Honors
04/26/2005,  1:00PM Perovich, Cohen Named NSCA All-Americans
04/11/2005,  3:30PM Nelson Grabs Player of the Week Honors Again
03/29/2005,  4:30PM Softball Stellar on Spring Trip
03/29/2005,  4:00PM Nelson Earns Player of the Week Honors
05/07/2004,  12:30PM NESCAC Collects All-Conference Honors, Nelson Rookie
04/24/2004,  12:00PM Softball Preps For NESCAC Tournament
04/22/2004,  11:00AM Hanley Breaks Career Strikeout Mark
04/19/2004,  4:00PM Nelson Named Player of the Week
08/28/2003,  11:00AM Sheridan and Sullivan Named Head Coaches of Softball
05/13/2003,  8:00AM Softball All-NESCAC Honors
09/09/2002,  8:00AM Burton Named Head Softball Coach
05/22/2002,  8:00AM Spring All-Academic Team Announced
05/16/2002,  8:00AM Softball Earns All-NESCAC Honors
04/30/2002,  8:00AM NESCAC Softball Preview
04/30/2002,  8:00AM Softball Game Cancelled
04/15/2002,  8:00AM Hanley, Allen Honored by NESCAC
04/01/2002,  8:00AM Miller, Metzler Honored by NSCA
03/12/2002,  8:00AM Spring Sports Outlook
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Softball : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991