It pains me to say this as a Batesie, but many congratulations to the Lady Polar Bears of Bowdoin on their 4-3 victory over Middlebury in the DIII Field Hockey Championship, which caps a perfect 20-0 season. Junior Lindsay McNamara, the NESCAC player of the year, scored a hat trick, including the game winner, in the victory. This is the first national championship for Bowdoin in any sport.
Bowdoin is a non-scholarship DIII school, and therefore does not report graduation rates for its athletes, but the overall graduation rate for Bowdoin Students stands at 91%. Beaten finalist Middlebury comes in at 92%, while beaten semifinalists Lebanon Valley and Salisbury check in at 70% and 68%. But high academic standards are incompatible with on-field success. Right?