The Week That Was in Bates Sports

January 31-February 6, 1996


Women's Basketball

Bobcats Go 2-0; Defeat St. Joseph's and Trinity

The women's basketball team raised its record to 12-5 after defeating St. Joseph's College 85-65 on Jan. 31 and NESCAC rival Trinity College 59-55 in overtime on Feb. .

The Bobcats got off to a slow start against the St. Joseph's Lady Monks, but led by three three-pointers by first-year forward A.T. Taylor and some key buckets by first-year guard Colleen McCrave, Bates pulled away to a 24- 11 lead with 11:39 left in the first half. The Bobcats kept the pressure on the Lady Monks and by the end of the half had extended their lead to 46-29. The first five minutes of the second half saw little scoring from either team, but at the 15:00-minute mark a McCrave basket sparked a 14-2 Bobcat run that placed the game significantly out of reach for St. Joe's. Junior forward Sarah Bonkovsky scored 30 points and grabbed 17 boards to lead Bates, while Taylor added 19 points and 10 rebounds and senior point-guard Dianna Devlin dished out 13 assists.

For their second game of the week, the Bobcats traveled to Hartford, Conn., to take on the Bantams of Trinity College. In a low-scoring affair, Bates held a narrow 18-13 halftime lead. The Bantams, however, started off the second half with a 12-0 run to take the lead. The Bobcats rallied to take the lead until, with 18 seconds left in the game, Trinity nailed a three-pointer to tie the game. Bates turned the ball over on the ensuing play, but the Bantams were unable to get a shot off before time expired. In overtime, the Bobcats were able to overcome the Bantams thanks to some clutch free-throw shooting by Taylor in the final seconds. Undaunted by the pressure, the first-year forward nailed four free-throws to give Bates the 59-55 win. Taylor led the Bobcats with 21 points while Bonkovsky added 17 points and 16 rebounds.

For her performances against UMF, St. Joseph's, and Trinity, Taylor was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week and the NEWBA Co-Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row. During this three-game stretch, Taylor averaged 17 points along with 6.7 rebounds per game. She also had 13 steals.

Up Next:
2/6 at Bowdoin
2/9 at Norwich
2/10 at Middlebury

Men's Basketball

Bobcats Drop Two More to Top Teams The men's basketball team lost a pair this week, 90-75 to St. Joseph's College, the top-ranked team in Maine and No. 8 in the NAIA, and 93- 72 to Trinity, ranked sixth in the Sports Illustrated preseason poll.

Bates faced a tough opponent in 16-2 St. Joseph's. The Monks jumped out to a 12-0 lead over the first four minutes of the game, but the Bobcats put on a 15-2 run, capped by a pair of Matt Garvey three-pointers, to take a 19-16 lead at 9:03 of the first half. Bates was able to expand that to 34-25 on a 7-0 spurt over one minute starting at 5:31 to give them their biggest lead of the game. St. Joe's showed why they are one of the best, though, ending the half on a 14-2 run, culminated by a three-pointer at the buzzer to give them a 43-40 halftime lead. Senior Adam Piandes had 19 at the break, while Garvey had 11. In the second half, the Monks tried to pull away early, but the Bobcats hung tough, taking a one point lead with 9:56 on a lay-up by junior Jesse Strandberg on a nice feed from Piandes. This sparked St. Joe's though, as they scored the next 10 points over the next 1:32, and then won the game at the line, scoring their last ten points from the charity stripe. For the game, Piandes led the way with 26 points and 9 assists, thile Garvey knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to 23 points. Senior Jay Lowe was the only other player in double figures with 10.

In the second game of the week, the Bobcats once again played well, but could not put on the finishing touches to snap the Bantams' six-game winning streak. Bates held a 32-27 lead midway through the first half, but Trinity ended the half on a 20-4 run to take a 53-40 lead. The Bantams never really looked back from there, as they were able to shut down the Bates offense. Garvey was held to 14 points for the game and Piandes to just 13. Mike Marsh also netted 13 points and had a team high five rebounds. Trinity outrebounded Bates 50-32 and outshot them 54 percent to 40 percent. Bates' record is now 8-10.

Up Next:
2/6 at Bowdoin
2/9 at Norwich
2/10 at Middlebury


Swimming Sweeps Tri-Meet in Connecticut, Smashes Trinity Pool Records

Both the men and the women took on Trinity and Connecticut College Feb. 3 at Trinity, and both came away victorious. The women topped Conn College, 75-38, and Trinity, 74-40. The men were victorious by scores of 85-24 over Conn College and 71-42 over Trinity.

The women got outstanding performances from several swimmers, setting five Trinity pool records in the process. Sophomore Denby Johnson won both of her events, establishing pool records in the 50 freestyle (25.74) and the 500 freestyle (5:23.92). Senior Melissa Sander also won her evens, taking the 200 butterfly (2:17.03) and setting another pool record in the 200 individual medley (2:27.02). Senior Beth Sawyer also set a pool record, taking the 100 freestyle (57.48). Finally, the 400 freestyle relay team of first-year Emily Preissler, sophomore Maria Barton, and senior co-captains Jane Milkey and Sawyer set a pool record with a time of 3:53.86.

The women were not alone in their domination at Trinity. The men had one of their best meets to date, winning eight of twelve races. They started the day with a bang, as first-year swimmers Damon Bowe, Chris Orpilla and Todd McCoy and senior co-captain David Gair combined to set a Trinity pool record in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:53.32. First-year diver David Burke continued his impressive campaign, winning the 1M diving with a score of 217.05, and setting both a school and pool record in the 3M diving with a score of 267.05. Burke has now established school records in five of the Bobcats' eight meets this season. Other winners for Bates were Bowe in the 200 individual medley (2:05.17) and 200 backstroke (2:08.02), senior co-captain Chris Eastman in the 100 freestyle (50.04), Gair in the 200 butterfly (2:07.56) and Orpilla in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.55).

The women are now 7-2 on the season, while the men are 4-5.

Up Next:
2/10 vs. Colby

Men's Track

Men Take Quad Meet; Potter Qualifies for Nationals

Behind another strong showing from the Bates throwers, the men's track team (189) defeated Springfield (168), WPI (149) and Colby (77). The Bobcats took the top four spots in the 35-pound weight throw. The top spot went to junior Spencer Potter, whose throw of 50' 11" provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, making him the second Bates thrower to make it in the weight throw. The other, junior Sammy Martin, finished second over the weekend with a throw of 49' 11 1/4". Martin also took third in the shot put (43' 11"), just behind teammate Walter Jackson (44' 11"). The Bobcats also got wins in the 400m from Chip Noble (52.58) and the 1000m from junior Steve Beardsley (2:37.58), both of whom qualified for Division III New England's with their times. Senior Darin Edler also put on a show in his events. At one point during the meet, Edler cleared six feet in the high jump, where he finished second with a jump of 6'6", ran to the pole vault to clear the bar at ten feet, good for a sixth place finish, then sprinted to make the final call at the 55m hurdles trials in time to qualify for the finals, where he finished third with a time of 8.24. He also finished fourth in the 55m dash with a time of 7.04.
Up Next:
2/10 at MIT

Women's Track

Women's Track Finishes Fourth at Bowdoin

The women's indoor track team finished fourth in a highly competitive field at Bowdoin on Saturday. With a score of 99, they finished behind Bowdoin (150), Colby (137), and Tufts (119) and ahead of Worcester State (58) and Fitchburg State (27). First-year runner Adelia Myrick was the Bobcats' lone first-place finisher on the day, running the 800m in a time of 2:22.80. She also finished second in the 3000m in 11:05.7. Other top-three finishes came from senior Heather Bumps in the 16-pound weight (third, 38' 1/4"), sophomore Lindsey Hescock in the high jump (third, 5' 0"), sophomore Christine Unger in the 600m (second, 1:44.64) and first-year Meghan Lockwood in the 55m dash (second, 7.69).
Up Next:
2/9 State Meet at Bowdoin


Skiing Finally Gets a Full Carnival, Finishes Seventh at Vermont

The weather finally held out for the ski team, which was finally able to take part in a complete carnival. After getting out to a quick start and holding down fifth place out of 14 teams after one day of competition, the Bobcats slipped to seventh on the second day. Bates placed one finisher in the top ten in three of four Friday events. Senior Sean Clark was seventh in the giant slalom with a time of 1:43.32, as the Bobcats finished fourth, their highest single event finish. Senior Katie Gould's 10th-place finish of 58:34 in the 15K Classical nordic helped Bates to a fifth-place finish, while sophomore Justin Freeman also finished tenth in the men's 20K Classical nordic at 1:06:27 to pace the team to sixth place. Unfortunately, only Gould could manage a top 15 finish on the second day of competition, finishing 15th in the women's 5K freestyle nordic with a time of 16:41. The Bobcats finished fifth in that event, but did not manage higher that eighth in any other Saturday competition. In the end, the Bobcats scored 553 points, 40 behind sixth place St. Lawrence and 107 points ahead of Colby.
Up Next:
2/9-10 Dartmouth Carnival

Women's Squash

Women's Squash Goes 1-2 at Smith

The women's squash team dropped two of three at Mt. Holyoke College this weekend, falling to Wesleyan and Franklin and Marshall, 9-0, and beating Bard, 8-1. For the season, senior Autumn Shurin is leading the way with nine wins, while classmate Sarah Merriam leads four players with eight wins. The other three are juniors Alysia Wurst, Kiersten Scarpati and Katie McQuilkan.
Up Next:
2/7 vs. Bowdoin

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