The Week That Was in Bates

October 14-20, 1996


Men's Cross

Men's Cross Country Finishes 13th at Open New England's

The men's cross country team accomplished one of its preseason goals by finishing in the top 15 at the Open New England Championships, which pits the top teams from all three NCAA Divisions. Their 13th place finish was fifth amongst Division III schools, and placed them ahead of six Division I schools. Junior Justin Freeman (Enfield, N.H.) led the way for the Bobcats with a personal record of 25:13, placing him 41st out of the 195 competitors. First-year runner Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) was not far behind in 56th place in a time of 25:27. Classmate Mike Danahy (South Windsor, Conn.) also finished in the top half of the field, coming in 93rd in 26:06.

Up Next:
10/26 NESCAC Championships at Williams

Women's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country Takes 16th at Open New England's

With another strong performance from their top two runners, the women's cross country team finished in the top half of the 33 team field at the Open New England championships. Sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) placed 45th overall and an impressive fifth amongst Division III runners with a time of 18:43, while junior Abigail Phelps (Chester, N.H.), was 54th overall and eighth within the Division III ranks in 18:54. Such high places should bode well for the Bobcats entering the NCAA Qualifiers in three weeks.

Up Next:
10/26 NESCAC Championships at Williams

Field Hockey

Field Hockey (4-7) Splits 3-0 Decisions

In a weekend double-header, the field hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision to Connecticut College and came back the next day to drop New England College by the same score.

Against the Camels, Bates fell behind quickly, giving up a goal less than five minutes into the game. They were able to generate some offense, getting off 17 shots, but Conn. College was even more potent, peppering 13 shots in each half. Sophomore Wendy Zimmerman (Denver, Colo.) allowed two goals and had six saves in the first half, while classmate 'Cil Bloomfield had eight saves and allowed one goal in the second.

Just before the skies opened up on Oct. 20, the Bobcats were able to take out their frustrations on New England College. Sophomore forward Rosie Lenehan (Concord, N.H.) scored the Bobcats' first goal midway through the first half on a penalty shot that just escaped the Pilgrim's goalie. Junior forward Jessica Klein (Montpelier, Vt.) extended the lead just before halftime on a feed from sophomore Amanda Schall (Chevy Chase, Md.). Klein scored her fourth goal of the season in the second half, unassisted, to round out the scoring. Zimmerman and Bloomfield combined to make just three saves in recording their first shutout of the season.

Up Next:
10/26 vs. Colby


Football (0-5) Second Half Effort Falls Short; Hubbard Named Rookie of the Week

After falling behind 31-0 at the half, the defense held tough and the offense rallied in the fourth quarter to close the final to 31-19. For his efforts on the day, first-year linebacker Frost Hubbard (East Walpole, Mass.) was named NESCAC Rookie of the Week. He had 16 tackles, five unassisted, including one for a loss.

The Panthers, as Wesleyan did the week before, scored a majority of their points on quick strikes. Three of their five first-half scoring drives lasted less than two minutes, including a 25-yard halfback option pass on a reverse for their first touchdown. Their last TD came when a punt by junior punter Chris Snow (Tewksbury, Mass.) was blocked and recovered in the end zone. In contrast, only two of the Bobcats' drives in the first half gained positive yardage.

In the second half, the Bates defense held the Panthers to just 43 yards of offense, forcing four turnovers, including two interceptions by junior defensive back Enrico Herring (Middletown, Conn.) and halting two fourth-down conversions. Meanwhile, the offense turned things around, putting together a pair of scoring drives of more than 10 plays and four minutes. First-year running back Paul Erickson had touchdown runs of eight yards and one yard, while senior quarterback Dan Hooley (Bristol, Conn.) hit tight end Jared Libby (Clinton, Maine) on a five-yard touchdown pass for Libby's third scoring catch in the last three games with three minutes left in the game. Senior defensive back Tim Kelleher (Nashua, N.H.) recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the Bobcats could not capitalize.

Up Next:
10/26 vs. Colby


Women's Soccer (9-1-1) Can't Solve Connecticut College

The women's soccer team's hopes for an undefeated season were dashed in the closing moments against Connecticut College. The Camels held Bates scoreless for the first time all season, 1-0, despite the return of the NESCAC's leading scorer, first-year forward Kate O'Malley (Deephaven, Minn.), from an ankle injury. The regionally fourth-ranked Bobcats and ninth-ranked Camels were evenly matched, as the shots on goal were 19-18 in favor of Bates. The Bobcats maintained a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks, though Connecticut College made their one count. With 8:15 remaining on the clock, the Camels got their lone opportunity when senior goalkeeper Shannon Walker's (Weston, Mass.) clearing attempt after the corner failed and was knocked by an opportunistic Conn. College forward. Bates was able to get the ball in their opponents zone a couple of times in the waning moments of the game, but could not convert a pair of corner kicks and a direct kick.

Up Next:
10/23 vs. Bowdoin
10/26 vs. Colby

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer (4-4-1) Uses Late Scores to Avoid Losses

Thanks to a pair of goals by sophomore forward Eric Trickett with the clock winding down, the Bobcats finished the week with a 3-1 win over Husson and a 1-1 tie Connecticut College.

In a rain-delayed trip to Husson on Oct. 15, the Bobcats fell behind, 1-0, three minutes before halftime on an unassisted goal. Though Bates dominated the game, outshooting the Braves, 24-8, they were behind until Trickett took a pass from classmate Chad LaFauci (North Andover, Mass.) with 15 minutes to go and converted it into his third goal of the season. In overtime, the Bobcats used their c when Apstein was hauled down from behind on a rush just outside the 16-yard line. Trickett was called on to take the direct kick, which took nearly 30 seconds to get organized because the Camel wall was lined up less than 10 yards from the ball. Coach George Purgavie's protests were eventually heeded, and Trickett fired the ball through the wall and past the goalkeeper to tie the game with 3:15 left in regulation. Both teams had a couple of chances in overtime, the best a bicycle kick by senior tri-captain Tom Murray (Marshfield, Mass.) which sailed just over the goal.

Up Next:
10/23 at Gordon
10/26 vs. Colby


Volleyball (6-19) Continues To Slide

Despite numerous close games, the volleyball team had trouble finishing their opponents as they went 0-3 in the Amherst Invitational. They lost to Amherst in three games, 14-16, 10-15, 11-15; took Trinity the distance, 7-15, 15-9, 15-8,. 13-15, 10-15; and fell to Tufts in straight games, 11-15, 5-15, 10-15.
Up Next:
10/22 vs. St. Joseph's
10/25-26 at Mt. Holyoke Tournament

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