July 22, 2019

Meet Jake Stenquist - Bowdoin Men's Soccer

Jake Stenquist, Bowdoin Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information

In his four years at Bowdoin College, Jake Stenquist touched nearly every corner of campus, all of which drove him to leadership positions that will parlay to a post-collegiate career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

A government & legal studies major with a minor in physics, Stenquist was a four-year contributor to the Polar Bear men’s soccer program, playing in 60 games and helping the team to the 2015 NESCAC Championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances during his career on the field (2015, 2017). He also served as a captain of the team his senior season. Off the pitch, Stenquist was a Proctor for Residential Life, a volunteer for the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program, all while also playing drums for a campus rock band.

After his sophomore year, Stenquist attended the junior’s increment of the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) of Marine Officer Candidates School (OCS) at Marine Base Quantico, Virginia. The next summer he returned and graduated at the top of his company for the seniors PLC program, as the Marine Corps Association’s Honor Graduate. In May he received one of the college’s top honors: the Andrew Allison Haldane Cup, awarded to a member of the senior class “who has outstanding qualities of leadership and character.”

Stenquist credits his time on the Polar Bear men’s soccer team as one of the key elements of his Bowdoin experience. “Athletics provides an outlet for healthy competition and physical activity that keep me focused,” said Stenquist. “The motivation I feel to do my best for my team inspires my competitive drive to be better as a player, as a student, and as a person. Athletics makes our whole campus stronger.”