The Week That Was in Bates

April 10 - April 16, 1996


Outdoor Track and Field

Men's Track Takes Maine State Title, Jackson Named Outstanding Field Performer; Women's Track Places Fourth at Colby

The men's outdoor track and field team won its first State of Maine championship since 1967, topping Bowdoin and Colby 71-60-60 in Brunswick April 13. Walter Jackson led the way for the Bobcats, winning the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, six inches and the discus with a throw of 133' 6". For his efforts, both of which qualified him for the NCAA New England Division III Championships, Jackson was co- recipient of the Frederick D. Tootell Memorial Award for outstanding field performer, marking the eighth time in the last 10 years that the award has been won by a Bates athlete. The Bobcats also got an outstanding performance from senior Darin Edler, who won the high jump with a leap of 6' 2" and the 110m high hurdles in 16.08 seconds, a New Englands qualifying time. Edler also scored in the 100m dash (4th, 11.82 seconds), the long jump (5th) and pole vault (5th) and was the lead led in the second place 4x100m relay team. In another good sign, MIT, who competed in a seperate quadrangular meet with the CBB school, finished just 21 points ahead of Bates without two of the Bobcats' top performers competing. The Engineers had finished 100 points ahead at Tufts the week before and the two teams will meet up again at Tufts next week.

With a limited team due to April break, the women's track team finsihed fourth at Colby behind the hosts, Bowdoin and MIT, who was just 2.5 points ahead of the Bobcats. Despite the small squad, there were several performances of note. First-year jumper A.T. Taylor set the school record in the long jump for the third straight week, winning the event with a leap of 16' 11". Senior Kirsten Achenbach and junior Heather Alcock finished second and third in the 800m in times of 2:225.68 and 2:31.74 respectively. Junior Kate Osborne took second in the discus with a toss of 98' 6", while first-year hurdler Erkia Bristol took second in the 100m hurdles at 17.15 seconds.

Up Next:
4/20 at Tufts w/MIT (M)
4/20 at Bowdoin Aloha Relay (W)

Men's Lacrosse

Men's Lacrosse Pounds UNE

In a game that was decided early, the men's lacrosse team ripped the University of New England, 18-4. Junior midfielder Dan Peterson scored three goals in the first five minutes of the game, while senior tri-captain and attack Rob Toomey notched four straight goals to end the half as the Bobcats led 10-2 at the half. The Bobcats contiued to dominates the Knights throught the second half, allowing senior- tricaptain and goalie Matt Arsentault to actually run downfield and get a shot on goal. In his natural position, Aresnault stopped 14 of 18 UNE shots on goal. The Bobcats now have a three-game winning streak and are 5-3 overall.

Up Next:
4/18 at Colby
4/20 vs. MIT

Women's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse Fights Trinity to the Wire

In an outstanding performance that wasn't decided until the last minute of the game, the women's lacrosse team fell to 1995 NCAA quaterfinalist Trinity, 16-15. The Bobcats scored first on a goal by junior first home Lydia Langford 1:01 into the game. The Bantams answered with four of the next five goals and had a 6-3 lead into the last five minutes of the first half. Bates responded, scoring the last three goals of the half, including first-year cetner Julie Lundman's only goal of the game with 13 seconds remaining. The teams swapped goals throughout the first 10 minutes of the second half, until Trinity established a 13-11 lead with 17:06 remaining. The Bobcats fought back, including three goals by senior tri-captain and third home Suzanna Baird in the last half of the second period, but it wasn't enough. Two key plays by Trinity stopped the Bobcats' momentum in the last five minutes. With five minutes remaining, Bates won a ground ball and was moving on the attack when a Trinity player intercepted a drop pass by Lundman and went in for the goal, putting the Bantams up 16-14. The Bobcats were able to answer 10 seconds later, but instead of tying the score , they were still down one. Then, with 40 seconds remaining in regulation, Langford had a open shot which was stopped with an outstanding save by the Trinity goalie. Langford led the way with four goals on the day, while Baird and senior tri-captain and left attack Jodi Kopke each had three goals. The Bobcats' record stands at 2-1.
Up Next:
4/18 at Williams
4/20 at Bowdoin

Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Tops Connecticut College

Though it was a 7-0 win on paper, the men's tennis team was tested by Connecticut College. Senior Mark Erelli went to three sets at No. 2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, while classmate Jeff Poleshek had a tough first set before winning 7-5, 6-1. The doubles teams of Poleshek and Dylan Stearns, and Loren Santelices and Rob Ruby each went to a tie- breaker in winning their matches 9-8. The team is now a perfect 7-0 on the campaign.

Up Next:
4/16 at Williams
4/19 at Wesleyan
4/21 at Middlebury


Baseball Stopped by St. Joe's

After a seven day layoff due to finals, the baseball team returned to the field and found itself a little rusty, falling to St. Joseph's, 10-5. The Bobcats fell behind 1-0 in the third inning, but came right back to take a 3-1 lead in the fourth on an RBI ground out by senior co-captain and catcher Matt Irish and a two-run double by junior left fielder Charlie Cullinane. The Monks tied it in the bottom of the fourth, but junior designated hitter Jeff Barricelli and junior right fielder Ryan Nofsinger each drove in a run in the fifth to put the Bobcats up 5-3. Sophomore righty Chris Snow, after hitting one batter and walking two more, gave up his second grand slam of the season in the sixth, and junior reliever Matt Garvey gave up two more in that inning as the Monks took the game from there. Nofsinger was 2-4 on the day with an RBI and a run scored, while Cullinane went 1-2 with two RBI and Bates' only extra-base hit. The 'Cats are now 2-3.
Up Next:
4/17 vs. Colby-Sawyer
4/18 vs. St. Joseph's
4/19 vs. Savannah College of Art and Design (DH)
4/20 vs. Savannah College of Art and Design
4/21 at Endicott (DH)


Softball Gets Swept at Wesleyan

The softball team got rained put at Elms on Friday inly to see the second leg of the road trip get even worse, as Bates dropped a pair to Wesleyan, 17-7 and 12-6. Both games were called after five innings; the first because of the ten-run rule, the second because of darkness due to a late start.

In game one, the junior pircher Kara Jackson fell behind early, giving up four runs in the first inning. The Bobcats answered with five of their own in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run triple by junior captain and catcher Heather Chichester's two-run triple and an RBI single by sophomore shortstop Tonie Taft. The Cardinals got that back and then some in the bottom ofthe third, plating eight runs and chasing Jackson from the game. Wesleyan went on to take that game 17-7.

Game two was a tad closer but still ended up in the wrong direction. This time the Bobcats got a 5-1 lead in the second inning, as Chichester drove in one run and scored another on a steal of home plate, while first-year player Emily morningstar, at third base also picked up and RBI. The Cardinals answered once again, tying the game with four in the bottom of the second and four more in the bottom of the third of first-year hurler Backy Gasior, who took the loss. The team's record now stands at 1-7.

Up Next:
4/18 vs. St. Joseph's
4/20 at Husson (DH)


The following games were postponed due to weather, with make-up dates in parenthesis where available: 4/14 - Softball at Elms, Women's Lacrosse vs. Conn. College, Men's Lacrosse vs. Wheaton; 4/17 - Softball vs. Bowdoin (4/29).

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