The Week That Was in Bates

October 29-November 3, 1996



Men's Cross Country Takes Sixth at ECAC, Williams Mascot

The Bates College Cross Country team returned home on Saturday after the ECAC Championships with some outstanding performances and some memorable experiences. Despite resting five of Bates' best runners in preparation for the NCAA qualifying meet next week, the Bobcats finished an excellent sixth place out of a field of 37 teams. Bates used strong pack running to improve on their 20th place finish last year. Senior Brian O'Connor (Bethel, Conn.) and sophomore Al Donahue (Scituate, Mass.) led the way for the Bobcats by placing 29th and 30th overall with identical times of 26:39. Both improved on their lifetime personal bests and earned the right to compete with Bates' other top five runners in this week's meet. First -year runner John McGrath (Merrimac, N.H.) placed 3rd for Bates, 52nd overall at 27:19. First-year runner Adam Kessler (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and sophomore Dave Ennis (Northfield, Minn.) closed out the Bates scoring by placing 58th and 64th with times of 27:26 and 27:39 respectively. For Kessler, his performance was a lifetime best, and Ennis was within 1 second of his lifetime mark as well.

One team's loss is another team's gain. That was the sentiment as Bates returned home on Saturday. Despite placing behind a fine Williams College team, it may be Williams who suffered the greatest loss with the defection of the longtime Williams mascot "T" The Bear. Amid rumors of neglect and physical and emotional abuse, two caring and sympathetic members of the Bobcat Cross Country program assisted "T" to safety. "T" is presently recovering and regaining his spirits. It is hoped that he will be well rested and energized by this weekend, when he hopes to accompany the Bobcat Cross Country team to the NCAA Regional Championships at Westfield State in Westfield, MA.

Up Next:
11/9 NCAA Regional Championships at Westfield State

Women's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country Places 12th at ECAC Championships

Running without their regular top five, all of Bates' scoring harriers finished in the top half of the field of 200 to tie the Bobcats with New York University for 12th place in the 27-team field. Leading the way was first-year runner Sarah Tomkins (Aspen, Colo.), who came in 60th in a time of 20:25. Sophomore Sandra Abbott (Tilton, N.H.) was 69th with a time of 20:43. The Bobcats' other scorers were senior Rebecca Grossberg (Montclair, N.J., 83rd, 20:55), first-year runner Paige Kobert (Hacketstown, N.J., 89th, 21:09) and Sophomore Rebecca Skarbeck (Wethersfield, Conn., 95th, 21:14).

Up Next:
11/9 NCAA Regional Championships at Westfield State

Field Hockey

Field Hockey (6-8) Needs Overtime to Down Southern Maine, Plays Close to Bowdoin

The Bobcats survived a torrential downpour Oct. 30 to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 2-1 in overtime. Though they lost to Bowdoin by the same score on Nov. 2, it was a fine performance against the defending ECAC champs.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead late in the first half when junior forward Jessica Klein took a feed from sophomore Amanda Schall (Chevy Chase, Md.) at 25:03 and banged it past the Huskies' goalie. Southern Maine bounced back quickly after the second half began, converting a penalty corner to tie the game. Neither team took control over the last 20 minutes, and the game went into overtime. As the rain came and went and the sun began to set, Schall used her speed to get loose on a breakaway, and scored the game-winner wit just 2:32 left in overtime. Sophomore goalkeeper Wendy Zimmerman (Denver, Colo.) made eight saves to get the win, her fourth of the season.

The Bobcats' showdown with Bowdoin for the CBB Championship on Nov. 2 was a tight game. The Polar Bears got on the board first midway through the first half. Bates played catch-up until right after halftime, when Klein hooked up with Schall once again. Though the bate defense played well, they could not shut down the Polar Bear offense for the whole game and fell, 2-1.


Football (0-7) Unable to Make it Two in a Row over Bowdoin

Despite scoring first for the fifth time in seven games, the result was the same as the Bobcats lost to Bowdoin, 35-16 in Brunswick.

The first quarter saw only three drives, both of which ended in field goals, a Rob Sanderson 27-yarder at 5:25 after a 16-play 48-ard drive that consumed 5:54, followed by a 17-play drive by Bowdoin. With the game tied at 13:52 of the second, Bowdoin's special teams came through, forcing a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, followed by a touchdown two plays later and giving them a 10-3 lead. The Bobcats had a chance to get back in the game when they recovered a fumble in the Bowdoin 46-yard line, but they fumbled the ball right back two plays later, which the Polar Bears converted to go up 16-3. The Bobcats responded when senior wide receiver Tom Spiro (Randolph, Mass.) outleapt his Bowdoin defender for a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Dan Hooley (Bristol, Conn.) with six seconds remaining before halftime, send the Bobcats to the locker room with some momentum and just a six point deficit. The defenses held tight in the third quarter, as six consecutive drives ended in punts, as opposed to just one punt in the first half. The Polar bears took control in the fourth quarter, busting the score open with a seven-play, 95-yard drive to go up 22-10. They converted interceptions on two of Hooley's next three passes into 13 points to put the game out of reach, 35-10. Hooley did connect with senior tight end Jared Libby (Clinton, Maine) for a 41-yard touchdown, but it was too little, too late.

Up Next:
11/9 vs. Hamilton


Women's Soccer (11-2-1) Returns to the NCAAs

The women's soccer team had a comfortable 2-0 win on Oct. 29 over Southern Maine before learning on Sunday night that they became the first team in Bates history to make two NCAA appearances. Their last trip to the big dance came in 1993.

At Southern Maine, the Bobcats dominated play, outshooting the Huskies 20-5. Sophomore forward Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.) tallied her sixth goal of the season on a pass from senior midfielder Kathleen Swinbourne (Topsham, Maine) with less than ten minutes to go in the first half. First-year halfback Kara Bristow (Albuquerque, N.M.) added an insurance goal from classmate Katie Dodson (Westford, Mass.) in the second half. Goalkeepers Suzie Arnold (Falmouth, Mass.) and Shannon Walker (Weston, Mass.) combined to make three saves for their third combined shutout of the season.

On Sunday night, the Bobcats learned that they will have a chance to avenge one of their two losses on the season in the NCAA tournament. In the first round, they will face Bowdoin for the second time this season. Though the Polar Bears have won 21 of the 26 meetings between the two teams, Bates holds a 2-0 advantage in the post-season, having won ECAC playoff games in 1991 and 1994. Bowdoin won this year's regular-season meeting, 4-2, Oct. 26. .

Up Next:
11/6 at Bowdoin (NCAA First Round)
11/9-10 NCAA Regionals at Williams

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer (8-4-1) Wins CBB Crown

George Purgavie's men's soccer team put itself in excellent shape to earn a post-season berth with wins over the University of New England on the road Oct. 29 and Bowdoin Nov. 2 at home. The latter gave the Bobcats their first outright CBB crown since 1989.

First-year forward Andy Apstein (Waban, Mass.)led the way against the University of New England, notching his first multiple-goal game of his career. After junior midfielder Matt Ferrigno (Southwick, Mass.) got the Bobcats on the board in the first half on a pass from junior Michael Drunsic (Manchester, Vt.). Apstein scored the first of his two goals unassisted in the first half, then took a feed from senior backfielder Peter Rossi (Storrs, Conn.) in the second. Rossi picked up his team-leading fourth assist of the season. Juniors Billy Fischer (Durham, N.C.) and Jason Gurdak (Ludlow, Vt.) connected for the final goal of the game.

Against Bowdoin Nov. 2, the Bobcats wasted no time getting on the board. Nine minutes and fifteen seconds into the game, sophomore midfielder Chad LaFauci (North Andover, Mass.) won a loose ball just over the midfield stripe. He dribbled in from the left sideline and angled a pass right onto the foot of senior forward Doug Steele (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who chipped the ball to the far corner over the Bowdoin goalie's head. Though the game went back and forth with plenty of physical play, neither team was able to penetrate the other's defense, and the Bobcats held on for the 1-0 win. Senior tri-captain mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.) made three saves for his third consecutive shutout, lowering his goals-against average to 0.96. For his efforts in bringing the CBB crown back to Bates, Marsh was named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week. Also, with a 5-0-1 record in their last six games, the Bobcats earned a No. 9 ranking in New England, their first appearance in the polls this season.

Up Next:
11/9 vs. Thomas


Hawthorne and Durkis Named to All-State Volleyball (10-24) Team

The Bobcats cruised to an opening-round victory over Maine-Farmington in the State of Maine Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 2, but lost their next two games to finish fourth in the 11-team field.

In the 15-0, 15-4, 15-4 win over UMF, senior co-captain Tasha Hawthorne (Belton, Mo.) had 23 assists, while first-year hitter Amanda Colby (Willimantic, Conn.) had 10 kills and just one error in 14 attacks, for a .643 attack percentage. In the second round, eventual champion Colby battled back after falling behind in the first and fourth games with the Bobcats to win, 16-14, 7-15, 15-9, 15-13. The Bobcats lost despite a team leading 20 kills and 16 digs from senior co-captain Sundra Durkis (Belmont, N.H.) The third-place match with St. Joseph's College was a nail-biter, with just one game decided by more than three points. The Monks were able to avenge their loss to the Bobcats from a week earlier by winning, 7-15, 16-14, 17-15, 13-15, 15-12. Hawthorne had 47 assists and was a perfect five-for-five in attacks, while Colby racked up a .444 attack percentage (31 kills, seven errors, 54 total attacks) For their efforts, Durkis was named second team All-State, while Hawthorne qualified for the first team.
Up Next:
11/9-10 NESCAC Championships at Hamilton

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