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Three Teams Still Alive in NESCAC Playoffs

Story posted February 23, 2004

Three Bowdoin College sports teams remain alive in the NESCAC playoffs as postseason play begins in earnest next weekend. The top-ranked women's basketball team along with the men's and women's hockey teams will all see action in the upcoming weeks thanks to successful endings to their regular seasons.

The women's basketball team (24-0) is ranked first in the nation and dropped rival Colby in the first-round of the NESCAC playoffs on Saturday, 68-37. The Polar Bears will host the NESCAC Semifinals and Championship games next Saturday and Sunday in Morrell Gymnasium. The Saturday semifinals will feature Bowdoin and Williams, while Bates will play Wesleyan on the other side of the bracket. The winner of Sunday's Championship game receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The women's ice hockey team (18-4-1) used a solid regular season and an auspicious flip of a coin to claim the NESCAC regular season crown last weekend. The Polar Bears finished the season in a tie for first place with Middlebury. The teams had split their regular season meetings and were deadlocked in every tiebreaker, leading to the coin flip that was won by Bowdoin. The squad claimed the first-round bye that comes with top seed in the conference tourney and will host the semifinals and championship games on March 6 and 7 in Dayton Arena.

The men's ice hockey team (16-7-0) used a win in their regular season finale against Amherst to take the third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Championship Tournament. Bowdoin, ranked 12th in the latest national poll, will host Hamilton in a first-round game next Saturday. The semifinals and championship games will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on March 6 and 7.

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