Date Posted:03/12/2002,  8:00AM

Spring Sports Outlook


BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College had much to cheer about during this past winter season. From the looks of things, they will have just as much to cheer about this spring as well. As snow gives way to sunshine, the Polar Bears will look to continue recent spring successes and begin new traditions.

The men's lacrosse team captured their seventh ECAC Championship in the 2001 season, and will look to carry that momentum into the 2002 campaign. Bowdoin went 8-1 in their last nine games, with their only loss coming to eventual national champion Middlebury in the NESCAC Title Game, 11-5. With a strong group of seniors leading the way, the Polar Bears will be solid with senior defender and captain Brian Mathews (Dallas, Texas) leading the way. Senior midfield Hunter Walter (Pepper Pike, Ohio) is the top returning scorer for Bowdoin.

The softball team had an outstanding 2001 season as well, making it to the NESCAC Title game with a 19-7 record. They return a core group of senior as well, including first-baseman Kristie Miller (North Cannan, Conn.), who hot .397 last season with 10 extra-base hits and 21 RBI. Senior Katie Sheridan (Marblehead, Mass.) joined Miller as first-team All-NESCAC selections last season by hitting .321 with eight stolen bases. Last Year's NESCAC Co- Rookie of the Year Erin Hanley (Foxboro, Mass.) will lead a solid pitching staff that allowed only 1.39 runs per game last season.

The men's tennis team looks to be extremely strong entering the spring campaign, after posting a 14-4 record in dual matches last year. All but one of last year's players returns, with juniors Colin Joyner (Great Falls, Mont.) and August Felker (St. Louis, Mo.) leading the Polar Bears from the top two positions.

The women's lacrosse team plays in undoubtedly the toughest conference in the nation. After posting a 5-6 record last year, the Polar Bears will look to bounce back in 2002 as the team's top seven scorers all return. Even missing the final three games of the season due to injury, senior captain Kristi Perine (Middlebury, Vt.) led all scorers last year with 26 points on 19 goals and 7 assists. Fellow captains Beth Sherman (S. Windsor, Conn.) and Carrie Simonds (Belmont, Mass.) lead a deep group of players that should be a competitor in the NESCAC this season.

Lots of exciting things will be happening with the Bowdoin baseball team this spring and for the next few seasons. After a young team went 13-20 last year, three of the team's leading hitters, Rob Metzler (W. Hartford, Conn.), Kevin Bougie (Sanford, Maine) and Andy Workman (Ipswich, Mass.) all return. All three hit over .333 and had at least 20 RBI's last season. Bougie also led the team with a 1.54 ERA last season, with then-rookie Andrew Nichols (Barnstable, Mass.) going 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 2002.