Men's Cross Country Improves to Fourth at
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.
11/2 ECAC Championships at UMass-
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).
11/2 ECAC Championships at UMass-
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.
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.
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
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.
10/29 at Southern Maine
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.
10/29 at Univ. of New England
11/2 vs. Bowdoin
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.