The Week That Was in Bates

October 1-7, 1996


Men's Cross Country

Men's Cross Country Wins State Maine Championship

The Bates College Cross Country Team regained possession of the coveted State of Maine Championship, held Oct. 5 at Bowdoin. By winning the title, the Bobcats ended their four-year winless streak in State of Maine competition, the longest they had ever gone without a title. The win marked the 19th team championship for the Bobcats since 1968 and ended a two-year reign by Bowdoin College as team champs.

The race was tensely anticipated by both teams following last week's Codfish Bowl competition, won by Bates. Led by All-American James Johnson, Bowdoin was looking to maintain its place ahead of Bates in regional and polls. In the end, Bates pulled away from the Polar Bears to win with 27 points, 17 points ahead of Bowdoin. Colby followed in third place with 82 points.

Bates' outstanding duo of first-year runner Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) and junior Justin Freeman (Enfield, N.H.) keyed the Bates attack by setting the pace and winning a great individual battle with Colby All-American Pat Fournier. Twiest and Freeman battled with Fournier for the first three miles of the race. Shortly before the four-mile mark, the Bates duo powered to the lead and never looked back, with Twiest winning at 26:06 and Freeman in second at 26:10. Fournier was third at 26:26. Two-time defending champion Johnson of Bowdoin held off a gutsy performance by Bates first-year student Mike Danahy (South Windsor, Conn.) to finish fourth at 27:03. Danahy's time of 27:05 earned him fifth place and All-State honors along with Twiest and Freeman. The Bobcats closed out their scoring with first-year harrier Matt Payson (Union, Maine) and senior Steve Beardsley (Medford, Mass.), placing 9th and 10th respectively with times of 27:17 and 27:21. Bates' depth was a significant factor throughout the race. Senior Brian O'Connor (Bethel, Conn.) and sophomore Al Donahue (Scituate, Mass.) had outstanding races, placing 13th and 17th respectively. First-year runner John McGrath's (Merrimac, N.H.)18th place and sophomore Dave Ennis' (Northfield, Minn.) 20th place performances gave Bates nine finishers among the top 20. "This was a great race for our program. The team competed with tremendous intensity and excitement," head coach Al Fereshetian said. "They continue to learn how to focus on what can be accomplished. They are gaining in confidence week by week but remain realistic in the pursuit of our goals."

Up Next:
10/18 Open New Englands at Franklin Park, Mass.

Women's Cross 

Women's Cross Country Takes Third at State of Maine Championships

Sophomore runner Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) earned All-State honors for the second year in a row, finishing fourth overall in a time of 19:19 in a competitive field. The Bobcats finished in third place overall with 70 points, behind second place Colby and ahead of Southern Maine. Junior Abigail Phelps finished ninth in 19:41, just missing All-State. Once again, the Bobcats' next five runners came in a tight pack taking five of six places from 21st to 27th. Senior co- captain Ilse Abusambra (Byfield, Mass.), first-year runner Tracy Lyford (Portsmouth, N.H.), senior co-captain Heather Alcock (Belmont, Mass.), junior Kimberly Walker (Hampton, N.H.), first-year harrier Sarah Tomkins (Aspen, Colo.) and junior Erika Cohen (Sharon, Mass.) all finished within 20 seconds of each other.

Up Next:
10/12 at Bowdoin Invitational

Field Hockey

Field Hockey (2-5) Ends Losing Streak

After losing four straight games, the field hockey team twice bounced back from a one-goal deficit to defeat Gordon College at home Oct. 3, 3-2, before falling to Williams, 2-0, Oct. 5.

Gordon got on the board first with a goal less than five minutes into the game. The Bobcats played catch up for the rest of the half before sophomore Rosie Lenehan (Concord, N.H.), in her second game back at forward took a pass from classmate Amanda Schall (Chevy Chase, Md.) and directed it home with seven minutes to go before halftime. In the second half, the Bobcats had a golden opportunity, as Gordon was called for a penalty inside the circle, earning Bates a penalty shot. The Scots' goalie made a spectacular save on Lenehan, though, turning the momentum briefly, as Gordon scored on their next trip down the field. The Bobcats responded, and with fifteen minutes left in the game, Lenehan notched her second goal of the game, poking in a rebound from first-year midfielder Kate Orellana (Middlebury, Vt.). As the clock ticked under five minutes, the Bobcats stepped up the pressure in the Scots' zone and earned a penalty corner. Lenehan fired the ball to senior captain Nicole Ouellette (Wilmington, Mass.) at the top of the circle, where she snapped the ball into the cage for the game-winner. The sophomore tandem of 'Cil Bloomfield (Exeter, N.H.) and Wendy Zimmerman (Denver, Colo.) combined for six saves in the win.

In the next game against Williams, the Bobcats played tough against the once defeated Ephs, but could not generate any offense, losing 2- 0, despite Zimmerman's 10 saves.

Up Next:
10/9 at Maine-Farmington
10/12 vs. University of the South


Football (0-3) Loses to Williams in Home Opener

The Bobcats had the misfortune of playing Williams in its first game after having its 24-game unbeaten streak snapped. The Ephs took their frustration out on Bates, dominating the game, 40-7. Williams scored its first touchdown less than five minutes into the game when they went hit a 57-yard pass on a crossing pattern on third and long. Williams would score three more touchdowns to take a 27-0 lead before the Bobcats got their only score of the game. Senior quarterback Dan Hooley (Bristol, Conn.) hit senior tight end Jared Libby (Clinton, Maine) over the middle for a 57-yard TD of their own with 57 seconds left in the first half. Though the Bobcats were able to hold Williams to two scores in the second half, they were unable to generate offense of their own.

Up Next:
10/12 vs. Wesleyan


Golf Ties Hosts for Second at USM Invitational

Behind junior captain Tim Sargent's (Morrisville, Vt.) second straight top-five finish, the Bobcats finished in second place Oct. 6 at the University of Southern Maine Invitational. The team tied with the hosts with a score of 330, 17 strokes behind champions Thomas College, and five shots ahead of Bowdoin. Sargent finished with a 77, tying him for third, while classmate Matt Delehanty (Larchmont, N.Y.) was close behind in fifth with an 80. Rounding out Bates' scoring were sophomore Jeff Sydner (Glastonbury, Conn.) with an 86 and junior Simeon Werner (Minnetonka, Minn.) with an 87.
Up Next:
10/15 CBB Championship at Springbrook

Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer (8-0-1) Stays Undefeated, Arnold Named NESCAC Player of the Week

The women's soccer team, ranked fourth in New England and 24th in the nation, extended their unbeaten streak to nine games to open the season. They played a pair of teams ranked in the top 10 in New England, defeating No. 6 Gordon, 2-0, Oct. 3 on the road, before tying No. 3 Williams at home, 2-2.

At Gordon, first-year forward Kate O'Malley (Deephaven, Minn.) continued her assault on the Bates record book, tallying both goals in the 2-0 win. After eight games, O'Malley now has 13 goals and 6 assists for 32 points, leaving her just three goals short of Bethany Maitland's '87 record of 16 goals in a season. Assists came from senior co-captain Nicole Woodson (Walpole, Mass.) and first-year fullback Kara Bristow (Albuquerque, N.M.). Sophomore goalkeeper Suzie Arnold (Falmouth, Mass.) went the distance in goal, making four saves en route to her second shutout of the season, the other coming against Tufts, the No. 4 team in New England at the time.

Returning home for the first time in five games to take on Williams, the Bobcats got a scare early on. With exactly 15 minutes expired in the game, O'Malley lost her footing and twisted an ankle. She had to be helped off the field. The Bobcats were quick to respond, however, as senior co-captain Breck Smith (Kennebunkport, Maine) intercepted a pass in front of the Ephs' goal and fired it home to give Bates a 1-0 lead at the 20:51 mark of the game. The Bobcats were able to maintain the lead until the last ten minutes of the game, when Williams sneaked a shot past senior goalkeeper Shannon Walker (Weston, Mass.). In the first overtime, first-year halfback Jolene Thurston (Post Mills, Vt.) was able to pick out the ball in a scrum in front of the Williams goal an knock it in to put the Bobcats up 2-1. The Ephs answered just two and a half minutes later, though, on a similar pile-up in front of Arnold, who allowed her first goal in five games. Neither team was able to take control after that, and the game ended with the 2-2 deadlock.

Arnold, for her 12 saves and shutout against Gordon, was named the NESCAC Player of the Week, making it the third time this season that a Bobcat has won the award. She joins O'Malley, who won the award last week and in the first week of the season.

Up Next:
10/12 at Maine-Farmington

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer (3-3) Stuns Fifth-Ranked Williams

The Williams Ephs came to Lewiston riding a 46-game regular season unbeaten streak, ranked fifth in the country and defending Division III national champions. They still may have the title, but their winning streak was snapped thanks to a host of outstanding performances by the Bobcats. The first goal was scored with just three minutes remaining in the first half. First-year midfielder Andrew Apstein (Waban, Mass.) streaked down the flank, beat his defender and rushed in to the net, where his shot was headed home by junior midfielder Mike Drunsic (Manchester, Vt.). Williams answered just under five minutes into the second half, but Bates scored what proved to be the game-winner about 15 minutes later at the 19:00 mark. Senior midfielder Doug Steele (East Longmeadow, Mass.) took a corner kick, which was rebounded out to sophomore midfielder Chad LaFauci (North Andover, Mass.). LaFauci gathered the ball and shot it towards the goal, where sophomore midfielder Eric Trickett (Windham, N.H.) flicked it in with his head for his second goal of the season. Thanks to the characteristically aggressive defensive play of senior tri-captain Tom Murray (Marshfield, Mass.) and senior tri-captain Mike Marsh's (Manchester, Conn.) athletic save of a shot by leaping and tipping it over the crossbar in the last two minutes, the Bobcats hung on to hand Williams its first loss in the regular season since the fall of 1992.

Up Next:
10/9 at Husson
10/12 at Wheaton

Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Surprises at ECAC and Rolex Tournaments

The men's tennis team split up for its action at the Rolex Invitational at MIT and the ECAC tournament held at Vassar College. The two returnees from last year's NCAA squad were at MIT. Sophomore Brian Kend (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) won his first match easily, 6- 0, 6-2, over a foe from Tufts, but fell in the second round, while junior captain Lonnie Klein (Riverdale, N.Y.) was unable to defeat his first opponent from Amherst.
At the ECAC tournament, Bates players showed very well, losing only to Division I opponents. They were led by first-year player Peter Dalrymple (Salt Lake City, Utah), who reached the semi-finals of the number two singles flight in a string of hard-fought matches. He defeated a first-round opponent from Division II St. Lawrence University, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, and won his quarterfinal over Middlebury, 7-6, 6-0. In the semis, he fell short, but not by much, taking his opponent from UConn to three sets before falling, 3-6, 7-6, 2-6. Senior Fred Goldman (Brookline, Mass.) and sophomore Andy Wagner (Gates Mills, Ohio) teamed up to reach the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament, topping opponents from New Paltz State, 6-4, 6- 4 before falling to a team from Hartford, 5-7, 1-6.
Up Next:
10/11-13 Bates Invitational

  • Women's Tennis

    Women's Tennis

    Women's Tennis (4-3) Splits in Connecticut

    Despite falling behind in four of six singles matches, the women's tennis team prevailed over Salve Regina, 6-3, Oct. 4. The next day, they were not as successful in coming back against Connecticut College, dropping a 7-2 decision. Sophomore Natalie Herald (North Attleboro, Mass.) won both of her matches at No. 5 -- 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, over Salve Regina and 6-2, 6-3 over Conn. College. Senior co-captain also played well, dropping a tough 5-7, 5-7 decision against the Newporters, but bouncing back to take a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over the Camels.
    Up Next:
    10/9 vs. Bowdoin
    10/11-12 Rolex Invit. at Wellesley


    Volleyball (5-13) Wins Bracket in Bates Invitational, Falls in Semifinals

    The Bobcats played some of their best volleyball of the season on Friday night of the twelve-team Bates Invitational. They topped Brandeis, 15-5, 15-10, 12-15, 15-4, in the first match of the night on Oct. 4. They went on to dominate Western Connecticut in the nightcap, 15-3, 15-4, 15-5. They earned a first-round bye in the single-elimination bracket the next day, but were eliminated by eventual tournament champs Tufts in an odd match, 15-11, 15-1, 17-15. First-year middle hitter Amanda Colby (Willimantic, Conn.) was named to the All-Tournament team.
    Up Next:
    10/9 at Colby
    10/11-12 at Eastern Connecticut Tournament

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