BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Fellow Bears, it is time for an update of our teams as our fall athletes are in mid-season. The football team impressed in front of the Homecoming crowd on Saturday with an exciting 56-20 victory over UMass Dartmouth. Bridgewater State started the season with three straight losses, then defeated Fitchburg State, Westfield State, and Worcester State to return to .500. The team started its winning streak with a 50-6 win in Fitchburg, a 41-17 blowout win at home against Westfield State and then a standout defensive win at Worcester State. After the Homecoming victory the Bears have three games remaining on their 2019 schedule, including the Cranberry Bowl on the road against Mass. Maritime. The Bears are now 4-3 and fighting for a playoff spot, and they ask Bears to come down to Swenson Field and support the team.
In Women’s Tennis, the Lady Bears wrapped their fall season in the Little East Championship Semifinals. After a slow start, the girls won three straight matches against Western Connecticut State, UMass Dartmouth, and Worcester State. The match win in Worcester qualified the Bears for the Little East Championship, where they took on top-seed Rhode Island College. The Bears fell 5-0 to RIC in the Semifinals, a bittersweet end to a successful season.
Lady Bears Soccer is 8-6 overall with seven of those wins coming at home. Bridgewater State also struggled in the first three games of the season, but they have bounced back above .500 with two games left in the season. Following three straight wins over Wentworth, Salem State, and Gordon College, the Lady Bears won handily at Framingham State, 8-2. The final home game is Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. against Fitchburg State is Senior Day, celebrating the effort and accomplishments of the 2020 Senior class. The Lady Bears finish their season with road games at UMass Boston and Worcester State.
For Bears cross country, the Women’s team achieved two top-three placements at Fitchburg State and Franklin Pierce. They did not qualify for the NEICAAA Championships, so the Lady Bears set their sights on the Western New England Invitational, where they finished in 4th place. Women’s Cross Country ends their season with the MASCAC Championships, and Division III Championships.
The men’s cross-country team is consistent, placing in the top 20 in all events and two 2nd place finishes to start the season. The Western New England Invitational is the undisputed highlight of their season, winning the title this past weekend. Senior Mike Hutchison finished 4th of 182 runners in the eight-kilometer course and helped the Bears capture their title. The Bears end with the MASCAC and Division III Championships.
The Volleyball team experienced mixed results this season with a 8-12 record and losses in four of the last six contests. They went even at the Hall of Fame Invitational, sweeping Fitchburg State but dropping their next match to Bates College. The women can truly turn the season around in their four remaining games, with the chance to win out and finish with a .500 record.
The newly-formed female Equestrian team have only placed once this year at their first meet in Medway. Next weekend, they will compete at Winter’s End Farm in Stoughton in an event hosted by Stonehill College. Bridgewater hosts their next event Nov. 3 at Legacy Stables in Middleboro.
Bears field hockey team has had a season to forget as the girls are 2-11 with their lone wins over Fitchburg State and Framingham State. They suffered another defeat Homecoming weekend at home against Plymouth State, a close 3-2 decision. They have four more games before their Senior Day game on Nov. 1 against Salem State.
Finally, the Men’s soccer team has had a rough go as they are also 3-11-1 on the season. The Bears lost 2-1 at home to Framingham State on October 18, and bounced back with a 2-1 win over UMass Dartmouth. With two of their final three games at home, they ask for fans’ support to help them finish the season with a positive note. Senior Day for Men’s Soccer is Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m.
With the fall season narrowing down and playoffs soon arriving, the Bears need fan support at Swenson Field for their student-athletes moving forward! They would appreciate a large showing of support on Senior Day to thank the senior athletes for four years of hard work and dedication.