The Week That Was in Bates

September 23-30, 1996


Men's Cross Country

Men's Cross Country Takes Third in Strong Codfish Bowl Field

In a field including three Division II opponents and several nationally-ranked Division III foes, Bates' top duo of junior co-captain Justin Freeman (Enfield, N.H.) and first-year runner Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) once again did the Bobcats proud Sep t. 28 at the Codfish Bowl in Boston. Freeman finished in 25:30, ten seconds behind the winner in second place. Twiest captured sixth place, coming in with a time of 25:49. First-year harriers Mike Danahy (South Windsor, Conn.) and Matt Payson (Union, Main e) finished 23rd and 40th in times of 26:31 and 26:47 respectively. Their times all represented personal bests, making them four of 12 Bates runners to improve their personal records on the day. The Bobcats 129 points were behind only Division II Keene St ate and UMass-Lowell. The were ahead regional powers Brandeis (2nd in New England, 20th nationally), Bowdoin (4th in N.E., 23rd nationally), Coast Guard (8th in N.E.) and UMass-Dartmouth (9th in N.E.).

Up Next:
10/5 State of Maine Championships at Freeport

Women's Cross 

Women's Cross Country Tops Lyndon State Without Top Runners

Bates had five of the top eight finishers in a triangular meet Sept. 28 with Lyndon State and Johnson State despite competing without their top two runners from the previous three meets of the season. Senior co-captain Ilse Abusamra (Byfield, Mass.) was the Bobcats' top finisher, coming in second with a time of 22:55. The fifth through eighth places were taken by a group of Bobcats just 23 seconds apart: Sandra Abbott (Tilton, N.H., 23:42), Erika Cohen (Sharon, Mass., 23:58), Paige Kobert (Hackettstown, N.J., 24:02) and Kristen Tilney (Jackson, N.H., 24:05).

Up Next:
10/5 State of Maine Championships at Freeport

Field Hockey

Field Hockey (1-4) Snaps Scoreless Streak in Loss to Tufts

The field hockey team was outplayed badly in the first half of their Sept. 28 game at Tufts, but they did manage to rebound to come out even in the second half. After giving up two goals on 12 shots in the first half to the undefeated Jumbos, Bates was ab le to equal Tufts' goal and shot total for the second frame, with sophomore Rosie Lenehan (Concord, N.H.) scoring with less than three minutes remaining in the game to snap the Bobcats three game scoreless streak. Sophomore goalie Wendy Zimmerman (Denver, Colo.) made 15 saves on the day.

Up Next:
10/3 vs. Gordon
10/5 vs. Williams


A Tale of Two Halves for Football (0-2) at Tufts

After jumping out to a 14-0 lead by halftime, injuries and turnovers led to the Bobcats downfall, as they lost to Tufts, 24-14, Sept. 28 in Medford. In the first quarter, the Jumbos had the first chance to get on the board when they drove the Bates 21 be fore losing seven yards on a busted play on third down. The 45-yard field goal attempt which followed was blocked by first-year player Alexi Whitney (Brookline, Mass.). The Bobcats scored seven plays later when junior tailback P.J. McGrail (Westwood, Mass .) scampered 40 yards around the left side of the line for his first touchdown of the season to put Bates up 7-0 with 24 seconds left in the quarter.

The Bobcats survived a pair of turnovers on their first two possessions of the second quarter before striking again. First-year linebacker Frost Hubbard (East Walpole, Mass.) picked off a Jumbo pass at the Tufts 30-yard line, and McGrail ran the ball thre e times, the last a nine-yard dash which ended with McGrail airborne, diving into the end zone. Bates was up 14-0 after the conversion, a lead which lasted into the third quarter. McGrail ended the half with 112 yards rushing on 14 carries. The Bobcats ou tgained Tufts, 194-69, overall for the half.

The second half was quite a different story. McGrail touched the ball just three times in the second half before going down for the rest of the game with a hamstring pull. On the drive after McGrail went down, senior quarterback Dan Hooley (Bristol, Conn. ) was hit while rushing for a first down, breaking a pair of ribs.

The Bobcats also hurt themselves by shortening the field in the second half, turning the ball over on each of their first two possessions. Tufts was able to put together drives of just 37 and 58 yards for touchdowns to tie the game at 14 with 4:55 left in the third quarter. The Bobcats defense held strong on the Jumbos' first drive of the fourth quarter. After a short punt and a 26-yard pass play, Tufts had first and goal on the Bates four-yard line. After the defense stopped three consecutive runs, a Tuf ts pass floated over the receiver's head incomplete. The Bobcats were unable to overcome the bad field position, though, and Tufts converted a field goal with 4:06 left in the game to put them up 17-14. The Jumbos iced the game with a TD with under two m inutes remaining.

Key stats: P.J. McGrail 19 carries, 126 yards, 2 TD (named to ECAC New England Division III Weekly Honor Roll) - Dan Hooley 5-16 passing, 61 yards, 2 INT - Wyatt Crosswhite 4 catches, 39 yards - Mike Holte 13 tackles, 2 for a loss,1 solo, 1 sack - Frost H ubbard 17 tackles, 2 solo, 1 INT, 1 pass break-up.

Up Next:
10/5 vs. Williams


Golf Finishes Sixth in State; Sargent Leads Way to Fourth at NESCAC Championships

After finishing sixth at the one-day State of Maine Championships Sept. 27 with a team score of 343, the Bobcats had one of their best finishes ever at the NESCAC Championships Sept. 28-29. The tournament was held at Middlebury. Bates came in fourth with a two day total of 680, on top of a group of five schools who finished within nine strokes. Leading the way was junior captain Tim Sargent (Morrisville, Vt.), who was playing in his home state. Sargent earned All-NESCAC honors by shooting 80-75-155, tying him for first place after regulation, losing medalist honors in a playoff. Classmate Simeon Werner (Minnetonka, Minn.) also had his best performance of the season, firing an 85-78-163, tying him for ninth place. The team's fourth place finish is up from an eighth place finish the prior year.
Up Next:
10/6 at Southern Maine Invitational

Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer (7-0) Continues to Dominate Opponents

Outscoring their opponents 16-3 on the week, the women's soccer team exceeded their win total of 1995 in half the number of games.

The week began with a record setting performance in an 8-1 win at St. Joseph's Sept. 25. Junior halfback Lindsey Anderson (Sudbury, Mass.) got the scoring started early, taking a pass from senior co-captain and halfback Nicole Woodson (Walpole, Mass.) 2:1 6 into the game. Woodson wasn't done distributing the ball yet, though, as she connected with first-year forward Kate O'Malley (Deephaven, Minn.) for the Bobcats' next two goals. Woodson's three assists in the game tied the Bates record, set by Laurie Pin chbeck '87 in 1986 and tied last season by sophomore forward Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.), also against St. Joe's. With Bates leading 3-0 at the 31:38 mark of the first half, the Bobcats put the game away with three goals in the next three minutes. Se nior co-captain and forward Breck Smith (Kennebunkport, Maine) scored from first-year halfback Jolene Thurston (Post Mills, Vt.), O'Malley scored on a feed from classmate Kara Bristow (Albuquerque, N.M.) and then assisted sophomore forward Tracy Barbaro ( North Haven, Conn.). When O'Malley returned the favor to Woodson, assisting her on the first goal of the second half, O'Malley tied the team record with eight points in a game, set by Laury Schwartzberg '84, who had four goals in a game against Thomas in 1982. The final goal of the game for Bates came from first-year fullback Katie Dodson (Westford, Mass.), assisted by Bristow.

Sept. 28 at Tufts was the Bobcats' first true test of the season and they passed with flying colors. The Jumbos were ranked seventh in New England at the time and had not allowed a goal all season. That all changed just five minutes and 15 seconds into th e action, when McCrave knocked home a rebound off a shot from Smith. The game continued with neither team able to put together much offense until O'Malley struck with her fourth goal of the week, this time from Dodson with 12 minutes gone in the second ha lf. Senior fullback Kathleen Swinbourne (Topsham, Maine) finished the scoring on an unassisted goal with about 15 minutes left in the game, as the Bobcats pulled off the 3-0 victory.

In their second game of the weekend in Boston, the Bobcats were extended into overtime by Babson before they could equal 1995's win total. The game appeared to headed to the half a scoreless tie when Swinbourne notched the first of her two goals on an ass ist from O'Malley with three and a half minutes to go, followed by McCrave from junior fullback Laura Stern (Newton Highlands, Mass.) less than a minute later. Babson scored twice in the second half to send the game into overtime, but Bates controlled the extra session, getting three goals in five minutes from Woodson, Swinbourne and Smith. O'Malley assisted the first two OT goals, giving her three on the day, tying Pinchbeck's school record. Woodson assisted on Smith's goal.

For her four goal, five assist week, O'Malley was named NESCAC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. Her 13 points in the week are more than any other player in the conference has for the whole season. She leads the league with 11 goals, six assists and 28 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Suzie Arnold (Falmouth, Mass.) ranks third in the conference with a 0.62 goals-against average.

Up Next:
10/3 at Gordon
10/5 vs. Williams

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer (2-3) Stomps St. Anselm on the Road, Loses to Tufts on Early Goal

The men's soccer team scored an impressive 3-1 road win over Division II St. Anselm College Sept. 25 before bowing to Tufts, 1-0, Sept. 28.

In Manchester, N.H., sophomore forward Stephen Coco (Auburn, N.H.) netted the first two goals of his career in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie. Senior tri-captain and backfielder Tom Murray got the Bobcats on the board first on an assist from senior def enseman Peter Rossi (Storrs, Conn.). Junior tri-captain Matt Ferrigno (Southwick, Mass.) and senior midfielder Doug Steele (East Longmeadow, Mass.) picked up assists on Coco's goals. Senior tri-captain and goalie Mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.) made 11 sav es for the win.

At Tufts, the Jumbos deflected a corner kick past Marsh just three minutes in for the game's only score. Neither team was able to generate much offense. The Bobcats managed just five shots on goal, while Marsh made eight saves.

Up Next:
10/5 vs. Williams

Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis (3-2) Sweeps Three to Surpass .500

After a rough first week of the season, the women's tennis team rebounded to win three in a row, the first two on the road. They were victorious at Southern Maine on Sept. 25, 8-1, and Plymouth State on Sept. 28, 9-0 . They finished out the week with a 9- 0 win over Division II UMass-Lowell. Senior co-captain Annalee Gunlicks (Glencoe, Ill.) went 3-0 in the number one position, including rallying from a set down to defeat her opponent from Plymouth State, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Up Next:
10/4 at Salve Regina
10/5 at Connecticut College


Young Volleyball Squad (3-12) Continues to Struggle

Still struggling to find the right combinations, the Bates volleyball team dropped five matches this week, including a 3-1 loss at the University of New England Sept. 25 that saw both teams reach ten or more points in three of four games. At the MIT Invit ational Sept. 27-28, the Bobcats lost to Eastern Connecticut and Vassar, 3-0 each, and to Wesleyan and Roger Williams, 3-2.
Up Next:
10/4-5 Bates Invitational

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