The Week That Was in Bates Sports

January 24-30, 1996


Women's Basketball

Women's Hoops Wins In Double Digits For First Time in Five Seasons

This week, the women's basketball team notched double figures in wins for the first time since the '90-'91 season with a victory over Colby, 76- 55, on January 24. The Bobcats ended the week with a tough, 87-46 loss to the University of Maine at Farmington on the 29th.

The Bobcats never trailed the White Mules. First-year guard Colleen McCrave scored 11 points in a 14-4 Bates run at the end of the first half to make the score 47-25, and essentially, put the game away. Colby came out in the second half and put together a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 14, but that would be as close as Colby would get. Junior center Sarah Bonkovsky led all scorers with 19 points and 18 rebounds, while McCrave and first-year A.T. Taylor added 18 and 14 points, respectively. Taylor, for her performances against U.N.E. and Colby, was named Rookie of the Week by the NEWBA and MWBCA for the second time this season. It was the fourth time in six weeks that a Bates player has won the award (McCrave won it twice, as well).

The Bobcats rode a three game win-streak into Farmington with the hopes of upsetting the Beavers, ranked second in the state of Maine. Unfortunately, Bates got off to its worst start of the season. UMF quickly gained a 10-0 lead, forcing the Bobcats to call time-out with 17:17 left in the half. Things did not get much better for Bates, as the Beavers added a 21-12 run after the time-out, and at the half the socre was 45-25 in favor of UMF. The Beavers continued to dominate in the second half, and the final score was 87-46. Taylor led Bates scorers with 13 points, while Bonkovsky and McCrave each added eight.

Up Next:
1/31 vs. St. Joseph's
2/3 at Trinity
2/6 at Bowdoin

Men's Basketball

Men's Hoops Slips Back to .500

The men's basketball team had a rough week, dropping to 8-8, sandwiching losses to Colby on Jan. 23 and the University of Maine at Farmington on Jan. 29, around a Jan. 25 win over Emerson.

Bates and Colby traded baskets early in the game until, with 6:06 left in the first half, the White Mules put together a 21-3 run to lead 48-27 at the half. The Bobcats came out in the second half and, led by a steal by senior guard Adam Piandes, outscored Colby 11-2 in the first 3:13 of the half to cut the lead to 12. The White Mules regained their composure and the closest Bates would get would be nine points on a three-pointer by junior guard Matt Garvey with 3:54 left in the game. Although Bates outscored its opponent 45-38 in the second half, it was not enough to erase Colby's first half run, and the White Mules claimed an 86-72 victory. Bates was led by Garvey, who scored 16 points, and Piandes who scored 8 points and dished out 14 assists.

Against the Lions, the Bobcats trailed 4-6 early in the first half before three-pointers by junior forward Jon White and Piandes led Bates to a 10- 2 run and a 14-8 lead that they would never relinquish. The Lions kept close, trading baskets with the Bobcats, but Bates was still able to compile a 58-47 halftime lead. The second half was similar to the first and 10 points by Garvey in the last 4:12 iced the game for the Bobcats. Garvey led Bates scorers with 28 points while Piandes added 27 points and 11 assists and White scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats put up a battle against the Beavers, but ultimately fell 81-73. Down by 10, 37-27, at the half, Bates was able to put on a 14-0 run about six minutes in to tie the game, 45-45, with 13 minutes remaining. The run was highlighted by eight points by junior forward R.J. Jenkins. Fortunately, the Bobcats could never take the lead, and Farmington took the win from there. Bates was led by Piandes' 20 points, eight assists, and six rebounds and Garvey's 19 points and five boards.

Up Next:
1/31 vs. St. Joseph's
2/3 at Trinity
2/6 at Bowdoin


Lightning Strikes Skiing Twice: St. Lawrence Carnival Partially Rained Out

Nordic was the victim this time, as the St. Lawrence Carnival lost the mixed relay to rain. The Bates team performed well despite the conditions, finishing sixth or better in four of the six events. In the men's 17.5K cross-country, Bates skiers Justin Freeman (46:39.0) and David Chamberlain (46:59.6) finished ninth and tenth respectively, leading the team to a fourth place finish with 89 points. Katie Gould's came in 22nd with a time of 44:20.5 to lead the Bobcats women's 14k cross country effort to sixth place with 67 points. The men's alpine team was led once again by senior Sean Clark who finished eighth in the giant slalom (2:12.73) and 14th in the slalom (1:51.52). Teammate Kina Pickett finished 16th in the giant slalom (2:15.82) and 22nd in the slalom (1:56.29), just ahead of the Bobcats' third finisher, Sandy Perrins (1:56.60). The men finished fifth in both events, scoring 87 points in the G.S. and 85 in the slalom. The women were not as successful, finishing eighth in the slalom, led by Jessica Cornwall's 28th place (1:34.22), and scoring no points in the giant slalom.
Up Next:
2/2-3 Vermont Carnival

Men's Track

Men Place Third at Coast Guard, Dominate Throwing Events

The men's indoor track team placed third at the Coast Guard Academy Men's Indoor Quad Cup Meet, just 11.5 points behind WPI. More than one third of the team's 120 points came in the throwing events. The Bobcats took four of the top five spots in the 35 lb. weight throw, with Spencer Potter winning the vent with a throw of 49' 5 3/4", Jon Eden coming second at 48' 4", Sammy Martin third at 47' 7 1/4" and Billy McEvila in fifth with a throw of 43' 10". In the shot put, Walter Jackson was second with a throw of 44' 7 1/4" and Martin was third with a throw of 42' 5 3/4". Other strong performances for the Bobcats came from Chip Noble, who won the 400m run with a time of 53.93; Peter Beeson, who took second in the pole vault with a vault of 13' 0"; Darin Edler, who placed third in the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.46; and Steve Beardsley, who placed third in the 800m run with a time of 2:01.97. The Bobcats even their record at 4-4.
Up Next:
2/3 vs. Colby, Springfield, and WPI

Women's Track

Women's Track Finishes Third at Challenge Cup

The women's indoor track team came in third in the New England Challenge Cup which they hosted on Saturday. The meet was won by Springfield College with 225 points, followed by Colby College with 166 points, Bates with 95 points and Mouth Holyoke College with 86. Top performances for the Bobcats were turned in by Lindsey Hescock, who won the high jump with a leap of five feet, Meghan Lockwood, who won the 55-meter dash (7.65) and came in second in the 200-meter dash (27.86), senior Kirsten Achenbach, who won the 800-meter run (2:29.04) and came in second in the 1500-meter run (5:05.56), Christine Unger who placed second in the 600-meter run (1:45.07). The Bobcats also got a win from the 4x800 relay team of Achenbach, Amanda Bergstrom, Heather Alcock, and Unger. The team is now 2-4 in the indoor season.
Up Next:
Up next: 2/3 at Bowdoin


Women Top Tufts; Burke Continues to Impress

The Bates women's swimming and diving team bested Tufts this weekend, 197-102, while the men fell, 158-111, despite another fine performance by first-year diver David Burke.

The women topped Tufts in every event but three this weekend en route to an easy win. Senior Melissa Sander led the way in three different freestyle events, the 100 (56.41), the 200 (2:03.83), and the 500 (5:34.35). Sophomore Denby Johnson also won three different events, the 50 freestyle (25.93), the 200 backstroke (2:17.51) and the 100 individual medley (1:05.48). Sophomore Jen Weiers also won more than one event, taking the 100 and 200 breaststroke (1:13.39 and 2:38.66). On the day, five Bates swimmers set personal bests, including junior Dawn Bilodeau, who won the 50 butterfly with a time of 29.57.

The men were undermanned against the Jumbos, but still had some impressive personal performances. Once again, first-year diver David Burke set school records in both 1M and 3M diving with scores of 263.75 and 266.75 respectively, the latter setting a Tarbell Pool record and missing qualifying for nationals by just over one point. Other Bates winners on the day were Damon Bowe in the 100 and 200 backstroke (59.67 and 2:06.83) and Steve Simmons in the 50 butterfly (25.68). Dave Gair set three personal bests in the 200 butterfly (2:08.43), 200 backstroke (2:14.41) and 400 individual medley (4:38.60).

On the season, the women are 5-2 and have qualified 16 swimmers for the NCAA New England Championships. The men are 2-5 and have qualified 11 swimmers for New Englands.

Up Next:
2/3 at Trinity

Men's Squash

Men's Squash Takes Three of Four from NESCAC Foes

The men's squash team won three of their four matches this week, falling to Bowdoin, 7-2, in Brunswick, before downing Connecticut College and Tufts, 8-1 each, and avenging an early season loss to Colby, 5-4. Eric Sanders was 4-0 and dropped just one game on the week, while Case Newberry, Ari Friedlander and Pat Cosquer were all 3-1. The Bobcats' record is now 11-9.
Up Next:
2/7 vs. Bowdoin

Women's Squash

Women's Squash Drops Under .500

The women's squash team dropped two of three this week, splitting at Bowdoin with Bowdoin (L, 8-1) and Tufts (W, 6-3), before falling to Colby at home, 9-0. Junior Katie McQuilkin was the only Bates player with a winning record on the week, going 2-1. The team now stands at 8-9.
Up Next:
2/3 at Smith

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