The members of Bates field hockey's senior class have the opportunity to achieve something no field hockey squad in school history has done. The Bobcats have reached the post-season three straight years entering 2001. To become the first senior class to repeat the performance, they will have to win the challenging New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament, in order to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Bobcats' top five scorers all return from the 2000 campaign, and all but two of the team's goals came from players who will see action again in 2001. Bates has had four players earn Regional All-America honors over the past two years, including forwards Johie Farrar '03 (West Paris, Maine) and Julia Price '03 (Mansfield, Mass.) and midfielder Kathrene Tiffany '03 (Boston, Mass.). Head coach Wynn Hohlt's team will most miss the presence of departed goalkeeper Peg Ficks '01 (Washington, Conn.), a senior captain in 2000 and a two-time All-American in the cage. Ficks was not only the first Bates woman to earn multiple All-America honors for field hockey, but she also earned Academic All-America honors as a senior.
Farrar and Price look to move the focus of Bates' success from the defensive end of the field to the offense. In 1999, the tandem, along with senior Ginny Hurley '02 (Revere, Mass.), helped Bates produce its most prolific scoring season since the early 1980s. Farrar and Hurley combined for 18 goals that year, each the highest-scoring single season for the Bobcats in the previous 10 years. In 2000, Price was one of the top playmakers in the NESCAC, recording six assists.
Tiffany anchored the Bates midfield, gaining a reputation as one of the toughest players in the region. She also was second on the team with four assists, two of which snapped the 34-game home winning streak of nationally-ranked Keene State College, while her lone goal helped the Bobcats to a key NESCAC road victory.
Field hockey and women's lacrosse
coach Wynn Hohlt (email@example.com)
graduated from Williams College in 1989, where she was a Regional All-America
goalkeeper. After receiving a graduate degree in exercise and sports studies
from Smith College, Hohlt became head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Plymouth
State College, where she led the Panther field hockey program to five postseason
berths in six seasons, compiling a 94-38-1 record. Overall, she boasts a 119-58-1
record in nine seasons as a head coach of field hockey.