The Week That Was in Bates

November 4-November 10, 1996



Men's Cross Country Ties for Third at Regionals; Twiest Earns Nationals Berth

First-year runner Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) had the Bobcats' top performance in leading Bates to a tie for third place in the NCAA Regional meet at Westfield, Mass. Twiest finished fifth in 26:04, earning All-New England status and a trip to the National Championships at Augustana College in Illinois Nov. 16. Junior co-captain Justin Freeman (Enfield, N.H.) earned his third All-New England honor with a 12th-place finish in 26:30. First-year runner Mike Danahy (South Windsor, Conn.) finished 18th in 26:45 to join Twiest and Freeman on the All-New England squad. Bates, which tied with Brandeis, who was ranked 20th nationally, missed a team entry to Nationals by one place, as only the top two teams from New England gain an automatic berth. The third place finish is up six spots from last year.

Up Next:
11/16 NCAA Championships at Augustana College

Women's Cross Country

Myrick and Phelps Head to Nationals as Women's Cross Country Takes Eighth

Sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) and junior Abigail Phelps will make return appearances at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. on Nov. 16. Though Bates as a team finished eighth, which was down from last year's third place finish, Myrick and Phelps retained their All-New England status, finishing sixth and ninth respectively, the second All-New England team for each. Myrick, the highest sophomore to finish, ran the 3.1-mile course in 19:08 while Phelps improved on last year's 21st-place finish with a 19:25 performance. Both were among the top seven runners not on a qualifying team, earning their trip to nationals.

Up Next:
11/16 NCAA Championships at Augustana College


Football (0-8) Wraps Up Disappointing Season with Loss to Hamilton

In a driving rain which forced both teams to rely on their running game, Hamilton scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure a 20-7 win, concluding the Bobcats' season in a disappointing fashion.

The Continentals got the only score of the first half late in the first quarter. After driving 68 yards in eight plays, Hamilton was faced with fourth and two from the two-yard line after three hard hits by Bates defenders. The Bates defensive line had plenty of pressure on the Hamilton quarterback, only to see him slip away and find an open receiver for the TD. Bates had a fantastic opportunity on the next drive when senior wide receiver Wyatt Crosswhite (W. Hartford, Conn.) returned the ensuing kickoff to the Bates 40 and Hamilton was flagged for a personal foul, giving the Bobcats a short field to work with. Senior quarterback Dan Hooley (Bristol, Conn.) completed a fourth down pass to first-year running back Ryan Jarvis (W. Boxford, Mass.) for a first down to the Hamilton 13, but the Bobcats could not advance the ball inside the 10 and first-year kicker Rob Sanderson (Gainesville, Fla.) missed the 27-yard field goal attempt. Neither team mounted a threat until Hamilton's final drive of the half, which stalled out at the Bobcats' 15-yard line.

Bates got off to a fast start in the third quarter, holding the ball for 13 plays over eight minutes and driving as far as the Hamilton 22, but Hooley suffered one of four sacks on the day to stall it out. After junior punter Chris Snow (Tewksbury, Mass.) pinned the Continentals at their own 20 and the Bobcats held on three straight plays, Hooley hooked up with Crosswhite for 32 yards, followed by a Jarvis 15-yard touchdown run two plays later. Sanderson's extra point knotted the game at 7. Unfortunately, the Continentals scored touchdowns on their next two drives, including a 63-yard touchdown pass. Though the Bobcats got 108 rushing yards from Jarvis in his first career start, Hooley threw for a season low 146 yards, while the defense gave up a season-high 281 yards passing.


Women's Soccer (13-3-1) Reaches Elite Eight

The women's soccer team faced the top three teams in New England in the NCAA Regionals, and coach Jim Murphy's squad showed that they will be amongst top squads in the region for quite some time. In the opening round, they avenged one of their two losses with a 2-0 win at Bowdoin on Nov. 6. In the regional semifinals at Williams, the Bobcats knocked off the top-seeded hosts Nov. 9 by the same score. In the regional finals, Amherst derailed the Bobcats' trip to the final four, 1-0.

In Brunswick, the Bobcats may have played their best half of soccer all season in the first half. In front of a boisterous Bates crowd, the Bobcats took the lead midway through the period when leading scorer Kate O'Malley (Deephaven, Minn.) threaded a pass from close to the end-line back to senior co-captain Breck Smith (Kennebunkport, Maine) who arched a shot from the eight-yard line over the goalkeeper's head and into the far corner. Bowdoin played more like the team which had been ranked No. 1 in New England for much of the season in the second half, but defense, led by sophomore Julie Lundman (Worthington, Ohio), junior Lindsay Anderson (Sudbury, Mass.) and goalie Suzie Arnold (Falmouth, Mass.) stifled the Polar Bears time after time. O'Malley added the insurance goal in the second half when she fired a rocket from 25 yards out which just went under the crossbar, her 16th of the season, tying the Bates single-season mark. The win raised Bates' all-time record against Bowdoin to 3-0 in the post-season.

On Nov. 9, the Bobcats faced top-seeded Williams in the regional semifinals. The two teams had battled to a 2-2 tie earlier in the season, a game in which O'Malley injured her ankle in the first 15 minutes and did not play for the rest of the game. O'Malley took her revenge on this wet day, scoring both Bates goals. She set the school single season scoring record with her 17th goal and 41st point 20 minutes into the game. The ball popped out of the Williams' goalie's hands onto the foot of junior fullback Gwenn Drapeau's (W. Springfield, Mass.) foot. Drapeau sent it to the waiting O'Malley, who knew what to do with it. Though both teams had their opportunities in the rest of the game, neither could capitalize until O'Malley sneaked past the Ephs' keeper off a corner kick with two minutes remaining. Arnold was outstanding once again, making 10 saves to preserve her third straight shutout.

The next day, the Bobcats championship run ended at the hands of Amherst. There was no scoring in the first half, though both teams had their opportunities, including an Amherst rush less than a minute into the game. Both goalies were exceptional in goal in the first stanza. The Jeffs notched the only goal of the game 35 minutes into the second half off a corner kick. After the defense stopped the initial shot, Amherst gathered the ball and chipped it over Arnold's head off the crossbar. Rather than let up with the advantage, Amherst kept the pressure on over the remaining 20 minutes. The Bobcats were able to penetrate Amherst territory on three occasions in the final ten minutes, but each time the Amherst defense was up to the task, allowing one shot and clearing the ball. Arnold made 12 saves in the losing effort.

The Bobcats' 13 wins tied the school record for wins in a season., while O'Malley finished the season with school records of 18 goals and 43 points.

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer (9-4-1) Thumps Thomas, Heads To ECACs

After tying a school record with nine goals in one game against Thomas, the Bobcats earned their first post-season berth since 1992.

Six different Bobcats scored goals against the Terriers, including a hat trick by sophomore forward Stephen Coco (Auburn, N.H.) and a pair by classmate JK Werner (Arlington, Vt.). Coco's three goals came in the first 25 minutes of the contest. Bates netted eight goals in the first half en route to the 9-1 victory. Also tallying more than one were junior tri-captain Matt Ferrigno (Southwick, Mass., 2 assists), senior midfielder Doug Steele (East Longmeadow, Mass., 2 A) and senior forward Jason Perkins (Hartland, Vt., 1 G, 1A). The Bobcats outshot Thomas 25-5, leaving goalkeepers Mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.) and Brian Anton (Chappaqua, N.Y.) to make one save apiece.

On Monday, Bates earned the fifth seed in the ECAC tournament. They will travel to New London to take on Connecticut College Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Earlier this season, the Bobcats and Camels played to a 1-1 tie on sophomore Eric Trickett's goal with 3:15 remaining. The Bobcats are ninth in New England, while the Camels are sixth in the Metro region.
Up Next:
11/13 ECAC Quarterfinal at Conn. College
11/15 ECAC Semifinal vs. Babson/Bowdoin Winner (Site TBA)
11/16 ECAC Final (site TBA)


Volleyball (12-26) Goes .500 at NESCAC Championships; Three Make All-Conference

The volleyball team ended their season splitting their four matches at the NESCAC tournament to finish in a tie for 7th, two places ahead of their seed. In the first round, they held off a rally by eighth-seed Trinity in the first round in a hard-fought match, 15-10, 15-7, 9-15, 8-15, 15-13. Senior co-captain and setter Tasha Hawthorne, (Belton, Mo.) assisted 41 of the team's 48 kills, while outside hitter Sundra Durkis (Belmont, N.H.) led the team with 16 kills and 23 digs. In the second round, Bates met eventual champion Tufts and lost 6-15, 4-15, 10-15 to the NCAA-bound Jumbos. The Bobcats rebounded nicely in their first consolation bracket game, downing Connecticut College, 15-4, 16-14, 15-13. Durkis had 13 kills and 11 digs in that match, while sophomore outside hitter Liz McDonald (Minneapolis, Minn.) had 12 kills and 11 digs. In the consolation semifinals, Bates dropped three straight to Wesleyan, 8-15, 9-15, 5-15. McDonald, who would be named to the All-Tournament team, led the Bobcats with 7 kills and a .357 percentage in that match. Hawthorne earned All-Conference honors for the third straight year, making second team, while Durkis was named for the first time to the third team

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