Winter '95-'96 Season Summary

Winter 1995-1996


Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball (17-7) Has Winningest Season in History

Despite playing the final two weeks of the season with just eight players, coach Jim Murphy led the women's basketball team to its winningest season in history. The team was captained by senior point guard Dianna Devlin (Eliot, Maine), who leaves holding school records for assists in a game (15), season (177) and career (389). Junior center Sarah Bonkovsky (Harvard, Mass.) averaged a double-double (19.1 points, 10.7 rebounds) and was named first-team All-Maine, All-NESCAC and All-New England by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA). She was also named to the Academic All- District Team, sporting a 3.7 GPA as a biology major. First-year forward Amy "A.T." Taylor (Orono, Maine) was honored as Rookie of the Year by no less than four groups; NEWBA, NESCAC, the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). First-year guard Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.), a second-team All-NESCAC selection, recorded the first triple-double in Bates women's basketball history, getting 17 points, 12 steals and 10 assists in the Bobcats' Jan. 7 win over Colby- Sawyer. She was second in the nation in steals with 6.8 thefts per game and established a school record with 163 steals on the campaign. Other seasonal highlights included becoming the first team to defeat the host team at the Babson Invitational in a convincing 85-75 win, a 75-48 triumph over Savannah College of Art and Design, the top defensive team in NCAA Division III, and a 59-55 overtime road victory over ECAC tournament semifinalist Trinity.

Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball (10-14) Starts Strong, Ends With a Bang at Colby

The men's hoops team got off to a promising 5-1 start this season, but could not get together enough momentum to carry them to the post-season. The only loss in the first six games came to '94-'95 Division III Sweet 16 participant Plattsburgh State in that school's Cardinal Classic, where senior point guard Adam Piandes (Winchester, Mass.) and junior forward Mike Marsh (Somewhere, Conn.) were named to the all-tournament team. Included in that stretch was an 86-66 victory over NCAA Tournament qualifier Bowdoin, one of only five losses the Polar Bears suffered all season. Piandes had 24 points in that game, while Marsh and classmate Matt Garvey (Amherst, Mass.) each chipped in 16. Later that week, Piandes became the 18th player in school history to score 1,000 points, doing so on a 3-point shot in a 93-89 win, Dec. 4 over the University of New England. Garvey then became the 19th player to reach the 1,000-point plateau Jan. 13 at Skidmore. Garvey and Piandes ended the season fourth and fifth respectively on Bates' all-time scoring list, with Garvey in sight of Dave Kennedy's all-time record of 1,600 points. Unfortunately, much of the rest of the season held disappointment, until the finale. Heading into the last game at Colby, the senior class had never beaten the White Mules, and no Bates team had won in Waterville since 1987. Piandes saved his best for last, though, scoring a season high 31 points and handing out nine assists. Classmate Jay Lowe (Saco, Maine) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the game as the Bobcats prevailed, 89-84. Piandes, who ended the season ranked sixth in NCAA Division III in assists per game with 8.3, was named second team All-NESCAC.


Skiing Finishes 5th at Easterns, 14th at NCAAs

Five Bates skiers, four of whom return for next season, qualified for the NCAA Championships held in Bozeman, Mont. this year, as the Bobcats finished 14th. The top performance at Nationals was turned in by the men's nordic team, who finished 10th overall, led by the performances of sophomores David Chamberlain (Wilton, Maine) and Justin Freeman (Franklin, N.H.) in the men's 10K freestyle, who finished 16th and 17th respectively. Women's nordic skier junior Katie Gould (Williamstown, Mass.) also went to Bozeman, where she placed 17th in the 5K freestyle race. 1994-95 All-American junior Sean Clark (Raymond, Maine) and junior Kina Pickett (South Woodstock, Vt.) also qualified for nationals for the alpine team. At the Eastern championships held at Middlebury College, Clark, Pickett and Sandy Perrins (Placerville, Colo.) led the men's team to a season best third-place finish in the men's giant slalom, while the previous week at Williams, Freeman and Chamberlain led the men's nordic team to third place finishes in both the freestyle and pursuit races.

Men's Squash

Men's Squash (15-13) Ends Season Ranked 16th , Highest Ever; Wigton Inducted to NISRA Hall of Fame

The men's squash team gave coach George Wigton a great send-off. Wigton, who is retiring at the end of the year after over thirty years at Bates saw his squash team put together an outstanding season. In one of the biggest wins in team history, the Bobcats knocked off Cornell, 6-3. It was the first time Bates had beaten a team ranked in the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association (NISRA) Top 15. In addition, the Bobcats finished the season coming in third place in the NISRA Team Championships, Summers Trophy division, knocking off Fordham and Army along the way. At the team championships, coach Wigton was inducted into the NISRA Hall of Fame. Presented by co-captains Gardner "Case" Newberry (Shelburne, Vt.) and Marc Zuccaro (Wilton, Conn.), the plaque read "...Bates teams are known for their fairness, professionalism and sportsmanship:qualities which George represents. A man of impeccable integrity and perspective, the NISRA salutes one of its most respected coaches." Individual highlights were earned by junior Pat Cosquer (Westfield, N.J.), who took home NISRA Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 4, when he defeated his opponent from Colby, giving the Bobcats a 5-4 win. First-year student Eric Sanders (Belmont, Mass.) brings hope for the future, going 13-1 in the number nine slot.

Women's Squash

Women's Squash (9-16) Loses Momentum After Quick Start

The women's squash team got off to a fast start, winning four of their first five matches, including a sweep over Smith. Despite winning just five of their remaining matches, there were several good signs for next season. The Bobcats lose just two seniors, co-captains Sarah Merriam (Fayetteville, N.Y.) and Autumn Shurin (Kansas City, Mo.), who played at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions for much of the year. They do return junior Katie McQuilken (Wayland, Mass.), who is already Bates' career leader in wins with 36, and who led the team with 12 wins on the season. Junior Helena Baldwin (Marion, Mass.), who had 16 wins a year ago also returns for next season.

Women's Swimming and 

Women's Swimming and Diving (8-2) Gains Top Ten at New Englands; Sander Returns to Nationals

Behind the strength of six team records at the NCAA New England Championships, the women's swimming and diving team finished eighth overall out of 32 teams. Senior Melissa Sander (Richmond, Calif.) led the way, finishing second and earning All-New England honors in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.9 seconds. Sander also finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:14.18. Both times qualified Sander for the NCAA National Championships, where she finished 15th and 13th respectively. In addition to qualifying for nationals in the butterfly events, Sander set school records in the 50 freestyle (25.14) and 200 freestyle (1:58.29). Sophomore Denby Johnson (Chanhassen, Minn.) also set a Bates record, knocking a full second off the old record in the 100 freestyle (54.36). The 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, and the 200 medley relay teams also set school records at New Englands, where 11 different swimmers scored points for the team. During the season, the Bobcats topped such highly-ranked teams as Tufts (6th at New Englands) and Clark (11th).

Men's Swimming and 

Men's Swimming and Diving (4-6) Finishes Among Top Half at New Englands; Burke Rewrites Diving Record Book

Despite their sub-.500 record, the men's swimming and diving team had an excellent season, with exciting growth for the future. Leading the way was first-year diver David Burke (Andover, Mass.), who set nearly every diving record at Bates. The Bobcats' leading individual scorer, Burke had eight record-setting performances during the season and his fourth- and sixth-place finishes at New Englands were the top Bates' performances at that meet. Another first-year swimmer who had a large impact was Damon Bowe (Houma, La.), who finished seventh at New Englands in the 200 butterfly (1:58.74). Bowe was the team's overall leading scorer this season. During the season, the team's biggest win was during a tri-meet with Trinity and Connecticut College, when the Bobcats topped both opponents handily and set two pool records; Burke in the one-meter diving (six dives) and Bowe, fellow first-years Chris Orpilla (Seaside, Cal.) and Todd McCoy (Mystic, Conn.) and senior David Gair (Golden, Colo.) in the 400 medley relay.

Men's Inddor Track

Men's Indoor Track and Field Sends Three Weight Throwers to Nationals, Ends Season 16th in the Country

Behind the superb efforts put forth by the weight throwers, the Bates men's indoor track and field team finished the Quad Cup season with a 10-5 record, fifth best in New England. Senior Jon Eden (Glenwood, Ill.) and juniors Spencer Potter (Waitsfield, Vt.) and Sammy Martin (Acton, Mass.) all took home All-ECAC honors, while Eden and Martin were named All-New England at the Division III New England Championship, and all three went to the National Championships, held at Smith College. For overall team effort, the Bobcats were ranked 16th in NCAA Division III, as determined by a power rating which took into account every team's top two performers in every event contested at the NCAAs. Other key members who contributed to that rating were junior Walter Jackson (Hartford, Conn.), who earned All-New England in the shot put and senior Darin Edler (Danvers, Mass.), who competed in the high jump, long jump, pole vault, 55m dash and the 55m hurdles.

Women's Track

Women's Indoor Track and Field Has a Pair of All-New England First-Years; Myrick Head to Nationals

The women's indoor track and field season saw the emergence of several first- year competitors step to the forefront. Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska) continued where she left off from the cross country season, reaching the NCAA National Championships in the 1500m run and earning All-New England and All- ECAC in that event. Classmate Lindsey Hescock (Pawcatuck, Conn.) showed her versatility at New Englands, finishing fourth in the pentathlon. The Bobcats' top sprinter on the season was also a first-year student, Meghan Lockwood (Rye, N.H), who qualified for Mew Englands in both the 55m and the 200m dash. Other top distance runners were seniors Kirsten Achenbach (Okinawa, Japan) and Megan Lane (Portland, Maine)

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