The Week That Was in Bates

October 21-27, 1996



Men's Cross Country Improves to Fourth at NESCAC Championships

The men's cross country team improved five spots from the 1995 NESCAC championships to finish fourth Oct. 26 at Williams. First-year runner Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) and junior co- captain Justin Freeman (Enfield, N.H.) captured All-NESCAC honors by finishing third and fifth in times of 26:36 and 26:51 respectively. First-year runner Mike Danahy (South Windsor, Conn.) came in 20th in 27:33, while senior Brian O'Connor (Bethel, Conn.) had his first top- five finish of the season, coming in 39th overall in 28:31. First-year runner Matt Payson (Union, Maine) rounded out the top five in 52nd place, running 29:00.

Up Next:
11/2 ECAC Championships at UMass- Dartmouth

Women's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country Finishes Seventh at NESCAC Championships

The women's cross country team slipped from their fourth-place finish a year ago to place seventh at the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Williams Oct. 26. Sophomore Adelia Myrick earned first team All-NESCAC honors for the second straight year by finishing third overall in a time of 19:28. Junior Abigail Phelps (Chester, N.H.) just qualified for second team All-NESCAC, coming in 14th overall in 20:10. Rounding out the Bobcats' scorers were first-year runner Tracy Lyford (Portsmouth, N.H.) and senior co-captain Ilse Abusamra (Byfield, Mass.) who took 44th and 45th place in a time of 21:12, and junior Kimberly Walker (Hampton, N.H., 53rd, 21:29).

Up Next:
11/2 ECAC Championships at UMass- Dartmouth

Field Hockey

Field Hockey (5-7) Drops Colby

The Bobcats opened their CBB season with a convincing 2-0 win over Colby Oct. 26. It was their first win over the White Mules since 1992.

The first half was evenly played on both ends of the field. With two and a half minutes remaining, the Bobcats were able to clear the defensive zone and make a rush. First-year halfback Molly McMahon (Cumberland, Maine) sent the ball in front, where sophomore forward Amanda Schall (Chevy Chase, Md.) was waiting to knock the ball high over the left shoulder of the Colby goalie.

The Bobcats came out with a 1-0 lead in the second half and extended it midway through the period. Schall was on the other end this time, picking up her team-leading fourth assist of the season. She fired a penalty corner to the top of the circle, where senior captain Nicole Ouellette (Wilmington, Mass.) fired a shot through the crowd of Colby defenders. The ball bounced off the turf and past the goalie to give Bates a two-goal cushion. Sophomore goalkeeper Wendy Zimmerman (Denver, Colo.) was outstanding, making 16 saves in recording her first career shutout.

Up Next:
10/29 vs. Southern Maine
11/2 at Bowdoin


Hooley Becomes Football's (0-6) All-Time Leading Passer in Loss to Colby

Senior quarterback Dan Hooley (Bristol, Conn.) threw for 217 yards, giving him a career total of 4,150, but it wasn't enough as the Bobcats lost a 21-0 third-quarter lead to Colby, losing 28-21.

On his third pass of the day, Hooley found first-year receiver Paul Fantasia (Watertown, Mass.) for 17 yards to pass Jim Murphy '69's previous mark of 3,985 yards. Though the Bobcats had the ball for more than 10 minutes in the first quarter, they were not able to find the end zone and the score was even after one.

In the second period, the Bobcats came to life. With 7:47 left in the quarter, Bates took over on its own 12-yard line. Junior running back P.J. McGrail (Westwood, Mass.) had runs of three and six yards before exploding down the left sideline for a 79-yard touchdown run, the longest running play in the NESCAC this year. On the Mules' next play, senior defensive back Greg McCabe (Stoneham, Mass.) intercepted a pass and returned it 16 yards to the Colby 10, where senior linebacker Mike Holte (Marshfield, Mass.) recovered McCabe's fumble. Two plays later, Hooley hit first-year linebacker Frost Hubbard (East Walpole, Mass.), who was used as a short-yardage fullback, on a seven-yard touchdown pass to put Bates up 14-0 with 5:23 remaining in the first half. After junior defensive back Enrico Herring (Middletown, Conn.) intercepted his third pass in the last two games, the Bobcats ran their two-minute offense to perfection driving 52 yards in seven plays, only to miss a field goal with six second remaining in the half.

The third quarter featured two turnovers by Colby and one by Bates. The second Colby turnover was an interception by Hubbard followed by a 14-yard return. Hooley found senior wideout Tom Spiro (Randolph, Mass.) over the middle for a 51-yard touchdown on the next play to put Bates up 21-0. Colby turned things around from there, however. After converting their first fourth-down attempt in five chances on their next drive, the Mules scored the first of four unanswered touchdowns. After the Bobcats held on three plays to open the fourth quarter, Colby recovered a muffed punt and went in the end zone four plays later to make the score 21-14, Bates. The Bobcats' next possession resulted in a bad snap to punter Mike Voelker (Coventry, R.I.) and Colby needed to go just 20 yards in two plays to tie the game. Bates was able to move the ball as far as the Colby 35 before Hooley was sacked, though the punt pinned the Mules at their own 18. They remedied the situation by going for 49 yards on the first play, which would have been a touchdown if not for the speed of Herring. Four plays later, however, it was a touchdown, putting the final at 28-21, Colby.

Holte and Hubbard were honored by the ECAC and NESCAC for their outstanding performances. Hubbard took home Rookie of the Week from both, the second straight week he was honored by the NESCAC. He had 10 tackles, four of them solo and one for a loss. He forced one fumble to go with his interception and touchdown catch. Holte had a remarkable 21 tackles, five of them solo. He also had one sack, his team-leading sixth of the season, and two fumble recoveries.

Up Next:
11/2 at Bowdoin


Women's Soccer (10-2-1) Splits CBB Matches

The women's soccer team was unable to duplicate the men's feat of beating the top-ranked team in New England, falling to Bowdoin, 4-2, on Oct. 23. They were in danger of losing their third straight before rallying in the last ten minutes to beat Colby, 2-1, on Oct. 26.

Against Bowdoin, Bates jumped out to a 1-0 lead with ten minutes left in the first half. The Bobcats applied some pressure at the front of the Bowdoin goal and drew a penalty shot on a hand ball. First- year forward Kate O'Malley (Deephaven, Minn.) knocked the ball along the ground past the goalkeeper for her 14th goal of the season. The Polar Bears answered less than three minutes later when a direct kicked popped out of sophomore goalkeeper Suzie Arnold's (Falmouth, Mass.) hands onto a waiting Bowdoin foot. In the second half, the Polar Bears scored a pair of similar goals on crossing passes which were headed in by a slashing forward to take 3-1 lead. With 7:27 left in the game, the Bobcats got back to within striking distance off a corner kick. Junior Laura Stern (Newton Highlands, Mass.) sent the ball across the goal to first-year fullback Kelly Heath (Albuquerque, N.M.), who found classmate Katie Dodson (Westford, Mass.) waiting to chip the ball over the goalkeeperÕs head. Bates found a second wind and put pressure on Bowdoin for the next five minutes, but the Polar Bears were able to clear and take advantage of a slippery field, scoring the final goal in the last minute of play.

In their second CBB game of the week, the Bobcats fell behind early to Colby. The White Mules scored with 18 minutes to go in the first half and kept the potent Bates offense at bay for much of the rest of the game. With just over 10 minutes remaining, senior halfback Kathleen Swinbourne (Topsham, Maine) assisted O'Malley's 15th goal of the season, putting her one goal shy of the Bobcats' single-season goals record. With 2:34 left in the game, Swinbourne netted the game-winner, her fifth goal of the season on an assist from sophomore forward Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.). Arnold made seven saves in picking up the win.

Up Next:
10/29 at Southern Maine

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer (6-4-1) Extends Unbeaten Streak to Four

George Purgavie's men's soccer team played their third straight overtime game Oct. 22, defeating Gordon, 2-1, on the road. They then extended their record to 3-0-1 in the last four games with a 1-0 win over Colby Oct. 26.

The Bobcats fell behind early against Gordon, giving up a goal just four minutes in. Junior midfielder and tri-captain Matt Ferrigno (Southwick, Mass.) was the offensive force for Bates. He tied the game with 15 minutes left in the first half on a feed from first-year backfielder Justin Wang (North Andover, Mass.). The two teams battled for control over the next 60 minutes, but neither was able to den the twine. Twelve minutes into the first overtime, senior fullback Peter Rossi (Storrs, Conn.) found Ferrigno again, securing the 2-1 victory. Senior tri-captain and goalkeeper Mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.) made three saves for the win.

Bates opened up their CBB schedule with a tough Colby team that was coming off a home victory over Bowdoin. The rivalry was as intense as ever, with plenty of back-and-forth action and physical play. With five minutes remaining, it looked as though the Bobcats were headed to their fourth consecutive overtime game. At that point, Ferrigno connected with senior midfielder Jason Perkins (Hartland, Vt.) for Perkins first goal of the season to provide Bates with the margin of victory. Marsh again made just three saves in garnering his second shutout of the season.

Up Next:
10/29 at Univ. of New England

11/2 vs. Bowdoin

Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis (4-5) Loses to Colby, Competes in NEWITT

In a very competitive match against the team he coached last year, John Illig's women's tennis team lost to Colby, 6-3. Senior co-captain Lena Baldwin (Marion, Mass.) won a tough match in the No. 3 position, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, while sophomore Lisa Gralnek (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) at No. 4 also went to three sets to win, 6-2, 6-7, 6-0. Sophomore Natalie Herald (North Attleboro, Mass.) had an easier time at No. 5, winning 6-3, 6-1.

At the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament at Amherst Oct. 25-26, Gralnek was the team's top performer, reaching the quarterfinals of the No. 4 flight. She defeated her opponent from Tufts after dropping the first set, 3-6, 6-0, 7-5, in the first round. In the second round, she defeated Colby's No. 4 player again, 6-3, 6-4, before falling in straight sets, 1-6, 0-6, to Wellesley. Senior Courtney Jones (Hingham, Mass.) won her first round match in the No. 6 flight, 6-1, 6-4, over a player from Wesleyan. In doubles play, the No. 3 team of Herald and Jones ousted their opponents from Mt. Holyoke, 8-5, before falling 0-8 to Williams.


Volleyball (9-22) Tops St. Joseph's, Finishes Ninth at Mt. Holyoke

After beating St. Joseph's in four games on Oct. 22, the Bobcats took part in the Hall of Fame Tournament at Mount Holyoke over the weekend, where they finished ninth of 16 teams. The posted a second win over St. Joe's, 12-15, 15-6, 15-10, 15-10. and topped Mt. Holyoke, 8-15, 15-13, 15-1, 15-2. Their lost two five-game matches to Amherst (12-15, 16-14, 8-15, 15-13, 13-15) and Bridgewater State (10-15, 19-17, 15-12, 2-15, 10-15). The also lost to nationally- ranked Springfield (5-15, 3-15, 4-15). In the win over the host school, senior co-captain Sundra Durkis (Belmont, N.H.) had an outstanding hitting percentage of .607, registering 19 kills and two errors in 28 attempts. She was nearly as good in the heartbreaker against Bridgewater State, getting 30 kills and just six errors in 53 attempts for a .453 percentage. Also in that game, senior co-captain Tasha Hawthorne (Belton, Mo.) had 45 assists to go with the 46 she had against Amherst. First-year player Shannon Browher (Laconia, N.H.) had 24 digs against the Jeffs.
Up Next:
11/2 State of Maine Championships

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