The Week That Was in Bates

September 16-22, 1996


Men's Cross Country

Men's Cross Country Upsets MIT

Saturday September 21, 1996, Bates College used strong front running and the home field advantage to upset MIT in a triangular meet with Tufts at the Springbrook Golf Course in Leeds, Maine. The meet featured three of the best teams in New England Division III cross country. Tufts won the meet with 28 points followed by Bates with 49 and MIT with 52.

Leading the way for Bates was the tandem of First-year runner Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) and junior Justin Freeman (Franklin, N.H.). They were able to pull away from a pack of five runners over the last 300 meters to finish first and second with times of 26:31 and 26:33. For Twiest, it was his first career collegiate win. Freeman, an Academic All American and individual national qualifier, improved his best time on the course by 39 seconds in finishing second.

Other top finishers for Bates were, first-year runners Mike Danahy (S. Windsor, Conn., 11th, 27:22), Matt Payson (Union, Maine, 17th, 28:17) and Brendan Hahesy (Melrose, Mass., 18th, 28:25). Senior Co Captain Steve Beardsley (Melrose, Mass.) and first-year runner John McGrath (Merrimack, N.H.) closed out the top seven for Bates.

Prior to the meet Tufts was ranked second in New England, MIT 5th and Bates 9th. MIT was also ranked 20th Nationally. "This meet was a tremendous lift for our team, as they proved that we can run with some of the best teams in the region. Although we still have a long way to go the team can now see that our goals are realistic," head coach Al Fereshetian said.
Up Next:
9/28 Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park, Boston, Mass.

Women's Cross 

Women's Cross Country Takes 8th at UMass-Dartmouth

Amidst a competitive field of 20 teams, the Bobcats took eighth place, once again led by the tandem of sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) and junior Abigail Phelps (Chesterton, N.H.). Myrick came in 6th place overall and fourth among Division III runners with a time of 18:57, while Phelps was 11th in 19:23. The Bobcats' other scorers were senior co-captains Ilse Abusamra (Byfield, Mass., 35th, 20:25) and Heather Alcock (Belmont, Mass., 60th, 21:33) and first- year runner Sterling Tomkins (Aspen, Colo., 46th, 20:56). Bates' 158 points placed them just behind hosts UMass-Dartmouth (151 pts.) and Springfield College (156 pts.).

Up Next:
9/21 at Lyndon State

Field Hockey

Field Hockey's (1-3) Offense Sputters

Field hockey suffered a difficult weekend, losing 5-0 to Trinity Sept. 21 and 1-0 to Elms College in overtime Sept. 22.

Against Trinity, the tone was set early when the Bantams scored just 30 seconds into the game. By the time the first period ended, the Bobcats had surrendered four goals, the last coming with just 49 seconds remaining. While the Bobcats' defense picked up a bit in the second half, they were still unable to generate any offense, as all nine shots were turned away.

The Bobcats played Elms even for all of regulation, but suffered a let down in overtime, as the Blazers' top forward broke free and fired a shot past sophomore goalkeeper 'Cil Bloomfield (Exeter, N.H.) to earn the win.

Up Next:
9/28 at Tufts


Football (0-1) Sticks with Trinity; Holte Takes Home Defensive Player of the Week Honors

Though they were on the short end of the 20-11 score against Trinity, the Bates Football team did not go down without a fight. Especially fiery was senior co-captain linebacker Mike Holte, who had 15 tackles total (five solo), five sacks and a forced fumble, helping hold Trinity running back Ray Jones to 40 yards under his season average from a year ago, and earning Holte NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week Honors and a place on the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll.

After wasting 20 rushing yards by junior P.J. McGrail (Westwood, Mass.) with 28 penalty yards on their opening drive, the defense first showed its teeth by thwarting a Trinity drive that had reached the Bates 16. The Bobcats came up with a pair of sacks on third and fourth down. On the ensuing drive, Bates went 51 yards to the Bantam 16, where first-year kicker Rob Sanderson (Gainesville, Fla.) hit his first field goal of the season, a 34-yarder to put Bates up 3-0, which lasted until the end of the period. Trinity scored on the their first possession of the second quarter, converting a third and eight play-action pass into six points. The extra point made the score 7-3 Trinity, a score which stood until the second quarter.

Jones returned the opening kickoff to the Bates 31. Trinity was poised to score on a quarterback sneak two plays later, when Holte stripped the ball lose and senior defensive back Greg McCabe (Stoneham, Mass. - 9 tackles, 2 solo) recovered at the Bates four-yard line. The Bobcats not escape the shadow of their end zone, and Jones returned junior punter Chris Snow's (Tewksbury, Mass.) punt back to the four, from where Jones punched it in two plays later. The missed extra point made the score 13-3.

The defenses held until late in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Dan Hooley (Bristol, Conn. - 14-26, 221 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) playing in front of a hometown crowd started a drive with 5:45 remaining. He drove the Bobcats 65 yards on 5-of-8 passing in two minutes and seven seconds. the drive was highlighted by a 32-yard reception on third and 15 in traffic by first-year wideout Paul Fantasia (Watertown, Mass. - 2 catches, 46 yards). Hooley then connected with senior wideout Wyatt Crosswhite (West Hartford, Conn. - 4 catches, 64 yards, 1 TD) from 12 yards out for Bates' first touchdown of the season. The 2-point conversion was good to senior wideout Tom Spiro (Randolph, Mass.), cutting the lead to 13-11 with 3:38 remaining. Trinity recovered the ensuing onsides kick and ran the ball nine straight times, the final rush a Jones 5-yard touchdown, making the final score 20-11.

As a team the Bobcats totaled 9 sacks for 45 yards. Besides Holte's five, sacks were recorded by junior defensive lineman Brendan Cullen (West Roxbury, Mass.), sophomore lineman Jeff Konieczny (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), senior linebacker Jeff Sisto (Millis, Mass.) and senior co-captain defensive back Derek Werner (Bristol, Conn.).

Up Next:
9/28 at Tufts


Sargent Individual Medalist In Match with USM and St. Joseph's

The golf team finished just four strokes behind Southern Maine in a triangular meet with the Huskies and St. Joseph's Sept. 19. Junior captain Tim Sargent (Morrisville, Vt.) scored the team's lowest round of the season to date with an 81, which tied him for first among individuals. Also in the top five for the Bobcats was junior Simeon Werner (Minnetonka, Minn.) with an 86 good for fifth, while junior Matt Delehanty (Larchmont, N.Y.) and sophomore Peter Coleman (St. David's, Pa.) each shot a 95 and tied for 9th place.

Up Next:
9/22-23 Bowdoin Invitational
9/27 State Tournament at Westbrook

Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer (4-0) Routs Trinity

The women's soccer team continued their domination of opponents so far this season, defeating Trinity 5-0. The class of 2000 once again starred, accumulating four goals and four assists in the game. The Bobcats have now outscored their opponents 18-3 in four contests.

Sophomore forward Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.) got the scoring started early, connecting on a feed from first-year fullback Katie Dodson (Westford, Mass.) 11 minutes into the game. First-year fullback Kathleen Swinbourne (Topsham, Maine) was on each end of the next two goals, scoring on a pass from classmate Jolene Thurston (Post Mills, Vt.) at 39:12, and feeding the team's leading scorer, first- year forward Kate O'Malley (Deephaven, Minn.) less than a minute later. O'Malley's seven goals equals the output of last year's leading goal scorer. Thurston and first-year fullback Kara Bristow each scored second-half goals for the final margin. Senior Shannon Walker (Weston, Mass.) and sophomore Suzie Arnold (Falmouth, Mass.) combined for the Bobcats' second shutout of the season.

Up Next:
9/25 at St. Joseph's
9/28 at Tufts
9/29 at Babson

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer (1-2) Loses Heartbreaker in Hartford

The Bobcats got on the board first against Trinity but could not hang on to the lead, giving up two second half goals en route to a 2-1 loss.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair. With the score tied at the 33:32 mark of the first half, junior forward J.K. Werner (Arlington, Vt.) went on a breakaway on the Trinity goal when he was hauled down from behind by a Bantam defender, earning a penalty shot. Sophomore midfielder Eric Trickett (Windham, N.H.) converted to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead, which held up into the second half.

The second half was played mostly in the Bates end of the field. At the 50:17 mark, a mass of Trinity players managed to bludgeon the ball past senior goalie Mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.), who had nine saves on the day. With just 12 minutes left in the game, the Bantams headed a perfect crossing pass into the goal for the winning tally.

Up Next:
9/25 at St. Anselm
9/28 at Tufts

Men's Tennis

Remaining Players From Men's Tennis NCAA Team Semifinalists at Middlebury

At the Middlebury Invitational Tennis Tournament Sept. 21-22, the top two returnees from last year's NCAA Regional qualifying team, junior Lonnie Klein (Riverdale, N.Y.) and sophomore Brian Kend (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) had impressive debuts in the number one and two slots. Each made it to the semi-finals of the A flight. Klein dispatched Dave Pastel of Bowdoin, 6-1, 6-2, and Arturo Perez of Coast Guard, 7-6, 6-3, before falling. Kend lost just three games in each of his first two rounds and then took Bowdoin All-American Clem Dobbins to a tie-break in the third set before bowing, 2-6, 6-3, 6-7. The first-year doubles team of David Carlson (Ramsey, N.J.) and Peter Dalrymple (Salt Lake City, Utah) reached the semifinals of the number two flight, topping opponents from Tufts 9-7 in the first round.
Up Next:
Up next: 9/27-28 ECAC Tournament


Volleyball (3-7) Tops UMF, Splits Matches in Round Robin

The volleyball team had the home court advantage last week, playing five games in Alumni Gym. They finished the week at 3-2.

They started with a win over Maine-Farmington. In a match that started fairly easily, but got tougher by the end, the Bobcats triumphed in the games, 15-4, 15-6, 16-14. First-year hitter Amanda Colby (Willimantic, Conn.) was the team's top offensive force with 13 kills, while senior co-captain and hitter Sundra Durkis had a .500 kill percentage (7 kills, 1 error in 12 chances).

The Bobcats split their four games in the Bates Round Robin, defeating both CBB rivals, including a thrilling five-set match with Colby, in which Bates came from back from a two games to one deficit (15-10, 1-15, 13-15, 15-9, 15-11). They had an easier time with Bowdoin (15-9, 15-6,. 15-8), a match in which they had a .296 kill percentage as a team. In their other two games, the Bobcats nearly came back against Middlebury, the eventual tournament champs (5-15, 12-15, 15-12, 14-16), and fell for the second week in a row to Gordon College (2-15, 15-6, 15-17, 5-15). Colby led the way with 53 kills in the tournament, while senior co-captain and setter Tasha Hawthorne (Belton, Mo.) has 93 assists.
Up Next:
9/25 at University of New England
9/27-28 at MIT Tournament

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