The Bobcats outscored their opponents by an average of 39 points per game this week in wins over Thomas (86-45, Jan. 13), New England College (114-46, Jan. 15), Hamilton (88-55, Jan. 18), and Skidmore (82-67, Jan. 19). In the win against NEC, senior captain Sarah Bonkovsky (Harvard, Mass.) scored her 1,167th career point to pass Lisa Kelley '86 and become the College's all-time leading scorer.
At Thomas on Jan. 13, the Bobcats' press baffled the Terriers, enabling them to jump out to a 55-25 halftime lead. The lead was sparked by sophomore forward Amy Taylor's (Orono, Maine) 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Colleen McCrave's six steals.
In the second half, Bates extended its lead to 41 points by the time the final whistle blew. Taylor and first-year guard Jolene Thurston (Post Mills, Vt.) led the Bobcats with 16 points apiece. First-year guard Melissa Lapointe (Salem, N.H.) added 13 points and six assists off the bench, while McCrave finished with 11 points and eight steals.
In their home opener on Jan. 15, the Bobcats trampled New England College. Bates ran up a 12-0 lead in the first two and a half minutes, while the Pilgrims tried to figure out how to break the Bobcats relentless full-court press. The Pilgrims couldn't find the answer by half-time, and the Bates lead was 57-27.
The Bobcats opened the second half with a 24-4 run to put the game sufficiently out of reach. With 13:09 remaining in the half, Bonkovsky hit a pair of free throws to vault her over Kelley into first place on the Bates women's all-time scoring list. The record-setting did not stop with Bonkovsky. By the end of the game, the score stood at 114-46, a new single-game scoring record for Bates.
Bonkovsky led Bates with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Taylor added 25 points in only 22 minutes, and senior Susan Thompson (Hampden, Maine) added 17 points off the bench.
Against Hamilton on Jan. 18, the Bobcats' press once again led to turnovers by the opponents and easy points for Bates. McCrave led the defensive charge with 12 steals in the first half. Also, led by 12 points from Taylor and 10 from Lapointe, the Bobcats went on a 26-6 over the last eight minutes of the first half to extend a four point lead to 48-25.
In the second half, Taylor's hot shooting continued and she set a school record with five 3-pointers in the game. Taylor led all scorers with 27 points and McCrave finished with 13 steals and 10 points.
The Bobcats raced out of the gate against Skidmore on Jan. 19, building a 21-6 lead over the first 10 minutes. The Thoroughbreds jockeyed its way back late in the first half to narrow the Bates lead to 39-29 at the end of the half.
Down the homestretch, the Bobcats extended its lead back up to 15 for the 82-67 win. Lapointe led Bates with 16 points off the bench. Thurston and Bonkovsky each added 15 points, while first-year forward Emily King (Lebanon, N.H.) scored 12 points and picked up 12 rebounds.
Taylor was chosen as the NEWBA Player of the Week, the NESCAC Co-Player of the Week, and named to the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll. The Bobcats are ranked 7th in the latest NEWBA poll.
1/22 at Southern Maine
1/25 at Babson
After seven road games to open the season, the Bobcats finally enjoyed the rowdy support of the Alumni gym faithful with three home games this week. In the opener on Jan. 14, the Bobcats routed Suffolk, 88-72, but the weekend brought tougher competition. After pushing Hamilton into overtime, Bates lost 111-108 on Jan. 18 and fell to Skidmore, 97-88, on Jan. 19 despite a 20-point lead in the second half. On a brighter note, senior guard Matt Garvey (Amherst, Mass.) became the College's all-time leading scorer against Skidmore, the same team which he broke the 1,000 point mark against last season. Garvey's free throw with 27 seconds left in the first half, which gave him 1,601 career points, propelled him past Dave Kennedy '86 into first place.
Against Suffolk, Bates established the first lead of the game four minutes in when Garvey scored eight straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Up 19-16 with 13 minutes to go, the Bobcats closed the half on a 24-13 run to take a 43-29 lead.
The Bobcats extended their lead to 88-72 in the second half to secure the victory. Garvey led Bates with 24 points. Senior forward Mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.) added 14 points and 8 rebounds and first-year guard Ryan Emerson (Milford, N.H.) scored 10 points. Senior captain Jesse Strandberg (Steep Falls, Maine) had a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats got off to a slow start against the 6-1 Continentals on Jan. 18. Hamilton opened the game with a 20-6 run over the first six minutes. Led by some early baskets by Marsh and 18 first half points by Garvey Bates cut the Hamilton lead to 49-41 at the half.
By the time the Bobcats began their second half comeback with 8:42 left, the Continentals had extended their lead to 13 points. Behind a boisterous home crowd, Garvey led the comeback with 18 points, including 9-10 shooting from the line, as Bates outscored Hamilton 31-18 over the last nine minutes. Down 93-90 with 14.8 seconds remaining, Garvey tried to create a shot, only to be blanketed by Continental defenders. Despite the defensive pressure, Garvey spotted a wide-open Emerson, who nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game as time expired.
With their roster depleted by the foul-outs of Strandberg, Emerson, senior forward R.J. Jenkins (Winthrop, Maine), and sophomore forward Andy Hall (Forestdale, Mass.), the Bobcats struggled in overtime. Marsh and Garvey kept the game close with some clutch shooting, but the Hamilton duo of sophomore forward Michael Schantz (nine points in overtime) and senior forward Kevin Larson (five points in overtime) led the Continentals to a 111-108 victory.
Garvey led Bates with 48 points, a school-record, and 8 assists. Marsh added 27 points and Jenkins scored 11, while Strandberg grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The following day, the Bobcats went up against Skidmore. The score went back and forth between the two teams early in the first half, but with 12 minutes remaining in the half, the Bobcats went on a 14-2 run over the next three minutes to turn a one point deficit into a 30-19 advantage. Thanks to 23 first half points by Garvey (including the free throw with 27 seconds left that earned him the scoring record), Bates led 48-34 at intermission.
Over the first five minutes of the second half, the Bobcats extended their lead to 20 points. As the Bobcats grew overconfident, carelessness arose and the Thoroughbreds gained momentum and 30-9 run over the next 8:30 to take a 72-71 lead. Skidmore held on, as Bates faded, for the 97-88 win.
Garvey, once again, led the Bobcats with 30 points, earning him NESCAC and MBCWA Co- Player of the Week and ECAC Weekly Honor Roll distinctions. Garvey currently leads the NESCAC in scoring, averaging 25.4 points per game. Marsh scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
1/22 at Southern Maine
1/24 at Western New England College
1/25 at Williams
In the Nordic portion of the Univ. of New Hampshire Carnival (Jackson, N.H.) on Jan. 17-18, the men placed fourth and the women fifth. Combined with last weekend's alpine results, Bates finished sixth overall in this season's first event, behind the Univ. of Vermont, the Univ. of New Hampshire, Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Williams.
For the men, juniors Justin Freeman (Franklin, N.H.) and captain David Chamberlain (Wilton, Maine) led the Bobcats. In the 10-kilometer freestyle, Freeman finished second in a time of 26:55.9 and Chamberlain finished fourth in 27:42.1. Junior Christian Oberle (Colts Neck, N.J.) was the Bobcats next highest finisher, placing 27th in 29:34.5.
For the women, senior captain Katie Gould (Williamstown, Mass.) led the Bobcats, finishing sixth in a time of 16:34.7 in the 5-kilometer freestyle. Junior Jennifer Bergeron (South Burlington, Vt., 17:42.1) and first-year skier Beth Naylor (Jericho, Vt., 17:43.9) finished 19th and 20th, respectively, for Bates.
In the mixed relay, the Bobcats' first team of Chamberlain, Bergeron, Freeman, and Gould placed third in a time of 58:05.0, while their second team, made up of sophomore Chris Connard (Francestown, N.H.), Naylor, Oberle, and senior Becky Steer (Anchorage, Alaska) finished 12th in 1:02:36.0.
1/24-25 St. Lawrence Carnival, at Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Bobcats won five straight over Haverford (Jan. 15), Hamilton (Jan. 17), Mount Holyoke (Jan. 17), Conn. College (Jan. 18), and Vassar (Jan. 18) while only dropping one match, before losing to Williams, 7-2, on Jan. 18. Bates finished up the Williams Invitational with two more wins over Colgate (Jan. 19, 8-1), and Cornell (Jan. 19, 7-2).
All nine Bobcats won their matches on Jan. 15 against Haverford without dropping a set, including senior Rebecca Shankman (New Rochelle, N.Y.) who was playing with a broken nose.
At the Williams Invitational, where Bates played seven matches in three days, the Bobcats opened with wins over the Continentals and the Lyons on Jan. 17. The following day, Jan. 18, the Bobcats dropped only two games while defeating the Camels and the Brewers, before going up against their host, the Ephs. Only first-year competitor Janice Michaels (Princeton, N.J.), in the number eight spot, and Shankman, the ninth seed, managed victories over the Ephs.
The Bobcats finished strongly on Jan. 19, the last day of the tournament, with wins over the Red Raiders and the Big Red, while only dropping three matches as a team.
1/22 at Bowdoin
1/25 at Tufts
The Bobcats had a successful week as they stomped Haverford 10-0 on Jan. 15 at home, and traveled to West Point for the Bowdoin Invitational where they beat Vassar 5-4 on Jan. 17, Fordham 7-2 on Jan. 18, and Army 5-4 on Jan. 19.
The Bobcats surrendered only one game in their win over Haverford, but found the Bowdoin Invitational more challenging. The bottom of the Bates ladder came through for the Bobcats in their three matches at West Point. Fifth-seeded sophomore Eric Sanders (Belmont, Mass.) won all three of his matches without dropping a game while sixth-seeded Pete Linkroum (Chester, Vt.), also a sophomore, won dropped only two games over the weekend in his three victories. Seventh-seeded first-year Christian Stallkamp (Haverford, Pa.) also won all three of his matches, while only losing one game. Top seeded senior Pat Cosquer (Westfield, N.J.) and third-seeded Gad Nestel (Leverett, Mass.) defeated their Fordham opponents for their only wins at the Invitational.
Jan. 22 vs. Bowdoin
Jan. 25 at Tufts
In their first home meet of the young season, the Bobcats defeated Babson College (M 126-115, W 123-85) on Jan. 18.
In men's competition, the Bobcats and Beavers traded wins, with neither team gaining a significant advantage until Bates took three first place victories in a row: Damon Bowe (Houma, La.) in the 500-meter freestyle, David Burke (Andover, Mass.) diving, and Chris Orpilla (Seaside, Calif.) in the 100-meter breaststroke late in the meet to pull out the victory. Burke's unbeaten streak continues, as he won both diving events with scores of 230.3 and 240.15. Sophomore Corey Smith (West Hartford, Conn., two 2nd-place finishes) and junior Mike Yee (Brookline, Mass., two 3rd-place finishes) helped the Bobcats sweep the diving events. Bowe, a sophomore, was also a multiple winner, with victories in the 200-meter IM (2:04.82) and the 500-meter freestyle (5:11.65). Junior Steve Simmons (Winter Park, Fla.) and senior Tatsuya Sato (Tokyo, Japan) also had individual victories for the Bobcats in the 1000-meter freestyle and the 50-meter freestyle.
In women's competition, the Bobcats dominated the Beavers to such an extent that the last four events were exhibitions. Together, junior Denby Johnson (Chanhassen, Minn.), first-year swimmer Marin Magat (Chapel Hill, N.C.), senior Kathleen Swinbourne (Topsham, Maine), first-year swimmer Lisa Loughran (Middletown, N.Y.), sophomore Joanne Murphy (West Hartford, Conn.), first-year swimmer Megan Shelley (Potomac, Md.), and sophomore Kate Grennan (Bristol, Conn.) combined to win seven first-place finishes in the first eight individual events before the meet became an exhibition.
Jan. 25 at Colby
After losing to Tufts 297-156 a year ago, the Bobcats took revenge upon the Jumbos, winning the Bates Quad Cup on Jan. 18. The final results were: Bates 235, Tufts, 199.5, Colby 89, and the Univ. of Mass.-Dartmouth 38.5. In all, 33 members of the Bates team scored and contributed to the victory.
Once again, the Bobcats dominated the throwing events. The first four places in the shot put all belonged to Bates. Junior Walter Jackson (Hartford, Conn.) finished first with a throw of 44' 9 3/4", and senior Sam Martin (Acton, Mass.), first-year thrower Lucas Adams (Nottingham, N.H.), and sophomore Bill McEvila (Hartford, Conn.) rounded out the finishers. Also, McEvila and senior Spencer Potter (Waitsfield, Vt.) placed second and forth, respectively, in the weight throw. First-year runner Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.), who won two events, was the Bobcats only multiple winner. He won the mile run in 4:20.77 and the 1000-meter run in 2:37.49. First-year runner Mike Danahy (South Windsor, Conn.) qualified for the New England Div. III Championships and the ECAC Championships in the 5000-meter run. Danahy narrowly defeated his Tufts rival, winning by two seconds (15:22.76 to 15:24.2), and set a lifetime personal best by 25 seconds. Other winners were: sophomore Peter Beeson (Novelty, Ohio) in the pole vault, and senior Alec MacLachlan (Newburyport, Mass.) who set a school record in the 600-meter run.
Jan. 25 at M.I.T.
Bates fell to Bowdoin by a mere seven points at the New England Challenge Cup Meet at Bowdoin on Jan. 18. The final team results were: Bowdoin 171, Bates 164, Conn. College 95, Worcester 84, the Univ. of Mass.-Dartmouth 37, Mount Holyoke 27.
The Bobcats had six first-place finishes at Bowdoin, led by sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodiak, Alaska), who qualified provisionally for Nationals. Myrick placed first in the 1500-meter run in 4:44.72 and the 800-meter run in 2:26.56. Senior Heather Bumps (South China, Maine) finished first in the weight throw with a throw of 43'5", surpassing her personal best. Senior Sara Gill (Rapid City, S.D.) placed first in the 400 meters in 1:03.9, while first-year runner Rebecca Liggero (Wellesley, Mass.) took second in the event to give Bates a 1-2 sweep. Junior Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H.) in the 3000-meters, and the Bates 4-by-800 meter relay team rounded out the first place finishes for the Bobcats.
1/25 New England Challenge Cup at Bates (Colby, Springfield, Tufts, Bowdoin, and Williams)
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