The Week That Was in Bates Sports

January 17-23, 1996


Women's Basketball

Women's Hoops Takes Two out of Three at Home, Surpasses '94-'95 Win Total

The women's basketball team continued to play well, going 2-1 on the week and upping their record to 9-4, eclipsing last year's seven-win season.

Bates gave Southern Maine, the No. 1 team in New England at the time, a battle on Jan. 17 before falling, 73-62. The Huskies could not shake the Bobcats in the first half, as Bates trailed by just three at the break, 38- 35. The Bobcats hung close and took their only lead of the second half with 11:40 remaining on an offensive rebound by first-year guard Colleen McCrave. Southern Maine scored the next eight points, however, and pulled away from there. First-year forward A.T. Taylor was one of three Bates players acheiving double-doubles, leading the squad with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while junior center Sarah Bonkovsky added 13 points and 10 rebounds. McCrave pitched in 12 pointsand 10 boards.

Bates rebounded nicely, dropping Savannah College of Art and Design, 75- 48. The Bees entered the game with a 10-4 record, and the two teams were even through the first 10 minutes of the contest. Bates went on a 12-4 spurt over a three and a half minutes span that extended a slim 13- 12 lead to a 25-16 bulge, highlighted by 3-point baskets by junior forward Nicole Woodson and first-year forward Kristen Porter. From there, the Bobcats closed out the second half by outscoring the Bees 16-3 over the last 7:10 to go to the break with a 43-25 lead. Bonkovsky led all players with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Taylor had 15 points and McCrave had 12 rebounds, 12 assists and seven steals on the day.

The Bobcats survived their next game, a 79-75 affair with the University of New England. The first half was a back-and forth-affair, with Bates taking a lead it would not relinquish about four and a half minutes into the game, when they went on a 10-2 run to take a 16-9 lead. Though the Knights closed to within 28-25 with 7:28 remaining after an 8-2 run of their own, the Bobcats immediately went on a 15-2 run over the next five minutes, capped by a 3-pointed by Taylor, who had a game-high 15 first- half points. Bonkovsky had 14 points and eight rebounds for Bates at the break. Bates went into the locker room with a 45-34 halftime advantage, including 12-of-14 from the free throw line, while UNE did not get to the charity stripe once. Bates maintained its 11 point cushion for much of the second half. UNE put on its big run with three minutes to go in the game. With the score 75-63, Bates, UNE went on an 11-2 run, bringing them within 77-74 with 39.1 seconds left. After Bates turned the ball over, UNE got two good looks at the basket, but Porter, who was making her first collegiate start, pulled down a huge rebound with 8.1 seconds left. She was fouled immediately and coolly sank both free throws to put the game out of reach, 79-74. Bates was led by Taylor's 23 points and 18 points and 11 rebounds from Bonkovsky, while Porter had a season-high 11 points.

Up Next:
1/24 vs. Colby
1/29 at Maine-Farmington

Men's Basketball

Men Top WNEC, But Drop a Pair to Ranked Teams

> The Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak against Western New England College, but lost to the University of Southern Maine, the No. 4 team in Maine and Williams, the No. 1 team in New England.

Bates lost to the Unversity of Southern Maine on Jan. 17, 85-79, in a hard fought, physical contest. Trailing 24-12 midway through the first half, the Bobcats scored 17 of the next 22 points to tie the game, 29-29. The run was highlighted by a pair of big 3-pointers by senior forward Jon White. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the half, with USM holding a 38-35 lead. Bates came out strong in the first half, opening on a 12-4 run over the first 3:21, capped by a Matt Garvey 3-pointer. The Bobcats took their largest lead of the game at 62-51 on another Garvey trifecta with eight minutes remaining. At that point, however, the Huskies took over, outscoring Bates 34-17 the rest of the way, including 21-10 in the last 4:02 to take the win. garvey led the way with 23 points, while senior guard Adam Piandes had 17 points and five assists and White hit for a season high 12.

Western New England College was stubborn, but eventually fell, 104-94. In a see-saw first half, the teams stayed within two baskets of each other until the Bobcats put together an 11-0 run over 1:30, starting with a Jesse Strandberg put-back with 7:25 to go to make a 27-25 Bates deficit into a 36-27 lead. WNEC closed the gap over the remaining 5:55 to make the halftime score 45-40, Bates. Junior forward Mike Marsh led Bates with 11 points, while senior center Jay Lowe's 5 rebounds was tops on the Bobcats. Bates would not give up the lead in the second half, though WNEC clawed its way back. The Golden Bears went on an 11-4 run starting at 16:30 of the second to cut a 54-46 Bates lead to 58-57, but Bates took control of the game at the 13:24 mark of the second half. Over the next six minutes, the Bobcats went on a 20-8 run that took extended a slim 60-59 lead to the game's largest bulge, 14 points, at 81-67. Garvey hit on three 3-pointers in that run to aid the Bobcats' explosion. The Bobcats cruised from there to the 104-94 final. Garvey led all scorers in the game with 32, knocking down 7-of-14 3-pointers and nine-for-nine from the line. Five other Bobcats reached double figures: Lowe (16 pts., team-high nine rebounds); Marsh (13 pts., 5 reb.); Piandes (13 pts., 8 assists); White and Strandberg (10 pts., six reb. each).

On Saturday, Bates put up a valiant effort, but fell, 98-70. The Bobcats stayed close to the No. 1 Ephs for most of the first half. With the score 36-35, Bates, Williams went on a 15-2 run over the final 3:15 of the half to take a 50-38 lead into the locker room. Piandes had 21 points and seven assists in the game, while Garvey had 20 points and five rebounds.

Up Next:
1/23 vs. Colby
1/25 vs. Emerson
1/29 at Maine-Farmington


First Day of Alpine Washed Out, Nordic Finishes Strong

> Despite a torrential downpour which caused a wash out of the first day's alpine event, the Bates Carnival had some fine performances from Bobcat skiiers. The team finished sixth overall out of 13 teams. Individually, senior All-American Sean Clark finished fifth in the Men's slalom with a time of 91.58, while senior David Chamberlain was fifth in the men's 10K classic with a time of 26:30. As a team, the Bates men finished fourth in the 10K classic. For the women, senior Jessica Baker was the top alpine finisher, coming in 19th in the slalom with a time of 102.96.
Up Next:
1/27 St. Lawrence Carnival

Men's Track

Men Top Bowdoin, Fall to Tufts

The Bobcats hosted NESCAC rivals Bowdoin and Tufts this weekend and finished in between the two. Tufts won the meet with 294 point. Bates was second with 156, while Bowdoin came in third with 124. Junior Sammy Martin was victorious for the Bobcats in the 35 lb. weight throw with a throw of 59' 1 3/4", while Peter Beesonwon the pole vault and qualified for the NCAA Division III New England Championships and the ECAC Championships with his vault of 13' 3". Those were Bates' only two wins on the day, though Martin also qualified for the ECAC and NCAA New England meets in the shot put with a throw of 44' 11", as did junior Darin Edler with a high jump of 6' 4".
Up Next:
1/27 at Coast Guard

Women's Track

Women Finish Third at Bowdoin

> The women's track team took part in the New England Challenge Cup Meet at Bowdoin. They finished with a score of 109.5, good for third place, behind UMass-Lowell (206) and Bowdoin (142) and ahead of Connecticut College (75.5). Junior Heather Bumps was the Bobcats' lone winner on the day, taking the 20# weight throw with a throw of 37' 1". Senior Kirsten Achenbach finished second in the 800M run (2:30.43) and third in the 1500M run (5:02.30). First-year runner Meghan Lockwood came in third in the 55M dash (7.90), while classmate Lindsey Hescock took third in the in the long jump with a jump of 4.41 meters.
Up Next:
1/27 vs. Colby, Mt. Holyoke and Springfield


Bates Swimmers Split with Babson

The Bates men's and women's swimming and diving teams traveled to Babson over the weekend. The women's team was victorious by a score of 163-67, while the men fell, 97-139.

After losing the opening race of the meet, the women rallied to come in first in all but one event after that. 13 different swimmers set season or personal best records. Multiple winners for the Bobcats were senior Melissa Sander in the 200 freestyle (2:03.40) and 200 butterfly (2:16.66), sophomore Denby Johnson in the 200 individual medley (2:19.54) and 100 backstroke (1:03.54) and sophomore Kate Gibson in the 1M and 3M diving (200.50 and 225.05).

Though the men fell, first-year diver Dave Burke continued to rewrite the Bates recordbooks. He won both the 1M and 3M diving (232.25 & 260.30), setting a new school mark for the 3M diving competition. He has now broken a Bates diving record in three of the six meets he has participated in his college career. Other winners for the Bobcats were senior co- captain Chris Eastman in the 1000 freestyle (10:48.67), sophomore Steve Simmons in the 200 butterfly (2:05.26). Despite the score, 13 swimmers set season or personal bests in the meet.

For the season so far, 15 women and 12 men have qualified for the NCAA Division III New England Championships. The women's team boasts a 4-2 record, while the men stand at 2-4.

Up Next:
1/20 vs. Tufts

Men's Squash

Men's Squash Goes 4-1 at Army Invitational, Evens Record

The men's squash team bounced back from a tough outing the previous week to put in an impressive showing in the Army Invitational. On Jan. 20, the Bobcats topped Fordham, 8-1, and Columbia, 8-1, avenging a 6-3 loss to the Lions from earlier in the season. The Bobcats also lost to Franklin and Marshall, the sixth ranked team in the country. On Jan. 21, the Bobcats' victims were Hamilton, 9-0, and Cornell, 6-3. This last win was especially seet as bates had never before beaten the Big Red, who were ranked 15th, the highest ranked team that Bates has ever defeated. Six Bates players went 4-1 in the tournament; Jamie Reiner, Case Newberry, Sandy Weymouth, Ted Horan and Eric Sanders. The team's record now stands at 8-8.
Up Next:
1/23 at Bowdoin
1/27 vs. Conn. College and Tufts at Bowdoin
1/29 vs. Colby

Women's Squash

Women's Squash Competes at Williams Invitational

The women's squash team went to Williams for the weekend and finished 3-4. They defeated Hamilton, 6-3, Mt. Holyoke, 5-4, and Vassar, 7-2. They lost to Connecticut College, 7-2, Smith, 8-1, Colgate, 9-0, and WIlliams, 9-0. Top performers for the Bobcats were Katie McQuilkin, who went 5-2 in the tourney, and Alicia Wurst and Shana McMenimon, who had three wins each. The team's record is now 7-7.
Up Next:
1/27 vs. Tufts @ Bowdoin
1/29 vs. Colby

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