The women's basketball team set a school record for win in a season by any basketball team, men's or women's as they defeated Tufts, 93-74, Feb. 19.
The Bobcats hit 18 of their first 25 shots (72 percent) and jumped out to a 44-13 lead with nine minutes left in the half. They cooled off to end the half shooting 23 for 40 (57.5 percent), but held a commanding 56-30 lead. Four Bates starters scored in double figures in the first, led by sophomore guard Amy taylor (Orono, Maine) with 15. The Jumbos managed to cut into the deficit in the second, but never really threatened the Bobcats. Tufts ended the game on a 22-5 run to cut the final tally to 93-74.
For the Bobcats, senior center Sarah Bonkovsky (Harvard, Mass.) led all scorers with 24 points, while Taylor chipped in 22. First-year forwards Emily King (Lebanon, N.H.) and Jolene Thurston (Post Mills, Vt.) also scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.), third in the nation in steals, had an NCAA Division III women's high with 13 swipes. The Jumbos also placed four players in double figures.
In a nail-biter, the Bobcats held off a pair of Connecticut College rallies to escpae New London with a 62-60 win. Thought Bates led thoughout the first half, a late Camel run cut the lead to 34-31. Bates came out with their typical intensity, stretching the lead to 50-39 with eight minutes to go. The Camels rallied, buoyed by the Bobcats two for seven second half performance from the line. With Bates leading 60-57 with 9.5 seconds left, a Conn College player was fouled by King in the act of shooting a 3-pointer. She hit all three free throws, but Taylor took the inbounds pass the length of the court. She missed a lay-up attempt, but Thurston was right there to put back the miss with 2.2 seconds left as the Bobcats scored their sixth one-basket win of the season. Thurston and King each scored 14 points to lead the Bobcats, while Bonkovsky had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
For the second time this season, the Bobcats brought an eight-game winning streak into a game against rival Colby and for the second time the White Mules came out victorious, 70-69.
The Bobcats, ranked third in New England, lost for the first time in 10 home games and the first time in seven games which have been decided by one basket. The eighth-ranked Mules were one of two teams to defeat the Bobcats this season.
Trailing 44-37 four minutes into the second half, Bates went on a 13-0 run, nine points coming from Bonkovsky, over the next three minutes to take a 50-44 lead. The White Mules responded with a 7-0 run to regain a one-point lead with 10 minutes to go. With just under seven minutes left, Colby scored nine straight points, four by first year forward Erin Cole-Karagory (Caribou, Maine) to take a 65-57 lead, but McCrave converted a four free-throws, the last two with 5.9 seconds left to give Bates a 69-68 lead. Cole-karagory then took the inbounds pass the length of the floor and was fouled on a shot with 2.5 seconds left. She hit both free throws to clinch the upset.
Cole-Karagory led all scorers with 28 points, while Bonkovsky ended up with 22 points and 12 rebounds. The Mules owned a 18-9 advantage at the free throw line.
The Bobcats will learn if they have earned the first NCAA basketball tournament berth in school history Sunday night. Because Alumni Gymnasium does not have a standard size court 88 feet instead of 94 the Bobcats will be on the road.
3/5 NCAA Tournament 1st round
On Feb. 17, Matt Garvey (Amherst, Mass.) averaged a point a minute with 28 as the Bobcats defeated Maine Maritime Academy, 88-60.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 19-8 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and never looked back, taking a 38-27 lead into the break. Garvey had 15 points at half-time on 5-13 shooting from 3-point range. The second half was more of the same, as the Bobcats quickly scored 10 of the first12 points of the half to go up 50-29. They cruised the rest of the way of the 88-60 final, holding the Mariners' leading scorer to just two points in the second stanza. Bates outrebounded the Mariners 53-33, their largest margin of the season. Senior guard Mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.) and senior forward R.J. Jenkins (Winthrop, Maine) had nine and eight boards respectively to led Bates. Sophomore forward Andy Hall (Forestdale, Mass.) had a career-high 12 points.
Five players scored in double figures for the visiting Tufts on Feb. 19 as they snapped Bobcats' three-game winning streak with a 112-80 victory.
Leading by one six minutes into the game, Tufts went on a 12-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 26-13 lead. They then closed the half by outscoring the Bobcats 13-5 over the final five minutes to take an 18-point lead into the locker room at 54-36. The Jumbos outshot Bates 52 percent to 33 percent in the first stanza. Garvey scored 18 at the break, including five 3-pointers.
The Jumbos were just as dominant in the second half, allowing Bates to score on consecutive possession just five times. In the process, the Bobcats ended the game allowing more points than they had in a game all season. Garvey led all scorers with 27 points.
At Connecticut College Feb. 22, the Bobcats never recovered from a slow start and fell to the Camels, 96-66. Bates opened the game by missing 10 of its first 11 shots, falling behind 15-2. The Bobcats never recovered, trailing 51-25 at the half. Conn College maintained at least a 15 point lead the rest of the way and blew it open at the end. While the Bobcats shot a respectable 40 percent from the field (28-70), the Camels were much more impressive at 59 percent (38-65). COnn College also owned a 47 to 15 percent advantage from 3-point land. Senior Jesse Strandberg led the Bobcats with 16 points, while Garvey had 14. Marsh's seven rebounds led the Bobcats.
For the second straight season, the Bobcats defeated a highly-favored Colby team to end the year, defeating the White Mules, 65-60.
After Colby scored the first basket of the game, Bates scored the next two and never trailed again. Leading by four with 8:30 left in the first half, Garvey, Marsh and first-year guard Jesse Lynch (Mt. Vernon, N.H.) each hit a 3-point basket as part of an 11-0 run to take a 28-15 lead, their biggest of the game, and took a 33-24 lead into halftime. Garvey had 16 points at the break, while senior center Andy Black had 10 to lead Colby.
The White Mules opened the second half on a 9-5 run capped by back-to back slam dunks by Black to cut the lead to 38-35. Marsh's nine points to open the half for Bates sustanied the lead for a while, but Black's third dunk of the game cut the lead to 50-49 with nine minutes remaining. Bates answered with a 6-0 run to go up 56-49 with 7:20 left. Garvey hit the last nine points of the game for Bates, including 6-6 from the line.
Garvey led all scorers with 31 points, including 6 3-pointers, to raise his final career total to 1921 points. Marsh added 17 points and eight rebounds, while Strandberg added eight boards and a career high five steals. For Colby, the second ranked team in New England, Black led the team with 22 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Bates ends the season at 1-3 in the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin conference,while Colby drops to 2-1, the same record as Bowdoin College, who they face on Saturday for the CBB title.
Men's Lacrosse (1-1) Splits Spring Trip in North Carolina
On Feb 21, the men took the field at Catawba College for their first game of the season. The travel didn't seem to tire anyone out as there was no shortage of goal scoring, 21 in all. The game was tied at 10 after regulation, but the Indians spoiled the debut of first-year goalkeeper Jason Beyer (Peekskill, N.Y.) with a goal three minutes into the extra session. First year Michael D'Addario (Locust Valley, N.Y.) and Senior Tim Brady (Manchester, Mass.) led the way for the Bobcats with three goals apiece.
On Saturday the men took the field against Denison College. The Bobcats found themselves in another tight match as first year midfielder Kevin Purviance (Glastonbury, Conn.) broke a 10-10 tie with 3:47 to play with his second goal of the game to lift Bates to the 12-10 win. Fellow rookie Jon Miller (Allentown, Pa.) set up the game-winner and added the insurance goal 1:18 later. Brady, D'Addario, and senior Dan Peterson (Schenectady, N.Y.) each added two goals apiece in the winning effort. First-year goalie Tim Campbell (Andover, Mass.) allowed just five goals over the final three quarters to secure the win.
3/15 vs. Trinity at Springfield
Women's Lacrosse (2-0) Sweeps in Colorado
The women's lacrosse team spent February break in Colorado and made the most of their trip, downing Colorado College, 18-15, and Whittier College, 18-2.
Against Colorado College Feb. 20, the Bobcats established a lead early and hung on for the three goal lead. Senior attack Lydia Langford (Wellesley, Mass.) had an offensive explosion, scoring eight goals and dishing three assists. Goalie Priscilla Bloomfield (Exeter, N.H.) made six saves for the win.
The Bobcats dominated Whittier Feb. 23, scoring nine goals in the first half on the way to the 18-2 win. Langford had four goals and two assists. Sophomore Abby Fierman (Newton Centre, Mass.) came off the bench to notch five goals and one assists. First-year player Meg MacDougal (Madisonville, Ky.) had three goals. The Bobcats outshot the Poets 46-11, and Bloomfield made nine saves for the win.
4/5 vs. Williams
The ski team concluded a consistent regular season with a fifth place finish at the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Championships, held Feb. 21-22 at Middlebury. Justin Freeman (Franklin, N.H.), David Chamberlain (Wilton, Maine), Bryce Hubner (Manchester, Vt.), Katie Gould (Williamstown, Mass.), and Jennifer Bergeron (South Burlington, Vt.) all finished in the top five of their respective races and are headed to the NCAA championships.
The nordic races were cancelled on Saturday due to a lack of snow at the Rikert Touring Center. The team scores from day one were doubled for the final carnival results. After this was done the men finished fourth overall and the women finished fifth. However in the classical freestyle the women earned Bates a second place finish while the men brought home a third place finish. Both teams beat rival Dartmouth.
In the men's 10K Classical race Freeman raced very strongly to finish second with a time of 29:36.9. The second place finish is the best finish a Bates skier has had this season. Chamberlain added a fourth place finish with a time of 29:59.9. Hubner's Alpine race qualified him for Nationals with a total time of 1:20.20. Gould's and Bergeron's times of 17:16.5 and 17:23.0 translated to 4th and 5th in the women's 5k Sean Clark (Raymond, Maine) added a top ten finish in the giant slalom with ninth place finish in a combined time of 1:55.45. Teammate Sandy Perrins (Placerville, Colo.) finished 11th with a combined time of 1:56.12.
In addition to the teams' success, nordic coach Becky Flynn Woods was named EISA nordic coach of the year, while her father, current baseball and golf coach and former skiing coach Bob Flynn received the prestigious EISA Service Award.
3/5-8 NCAA Championships at Vermont
The Bobcats won two of their three matches at the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets (NISRA) team championships to finish runner-up in the third tier of team playing for the Summers Trophy. They defeated Colby, 6-3, and Vassar, 5-4. The match with the Brewers came down to senior Pat Cosquer's (Ridgewood, N.J.) final match at No. 1. He was tied at two games apiece, and the score 13-13 in the final point before winning the last two points to earn the berth in the finals. The next day, the Bobcats fell to Wesleyan, 8-1, but still had their most successful campaign ever.
2/28-3/2 NISRA Individual championships at Dartmouth
The women's swim team ended its season with 236 points, good for a 14th-place finish out of 31 teams at New Englands, down from last year's eighth-place finish. The Bobcats' lone All-New England performance came from the 200-yard medley relay team of junior Denby Johnson (Chanhassen, Minn.) , senior Dawn Bilodeau (Lewiston, Maine), Lisa Loughran and Liz Fey, which finished eighth with a time of 1:55.02, establishing a Bates College record. Fey and Johnson had the Bobcats' top individual performances. Fey took ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke with another school record of 2:31.99 and 14th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.89. Johnson finished 11th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.61 and 12th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:59.25.
2/28-3/2 Men's New England Championships
At the University of Rhode Island on Febuary 21-22 senior Bates pole vaulter Shannon Walker (Weston, Mass.) became New England Champion with a vault of 10-06.0. She beat a talented pool of vaulters as three women vaulted above nine feet.
The Men competed on the same dates but at Boston College. First year student Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N.M.) ran a 4:11.86 in the mile-run finals giving him a 4th place finish and automatically qualifing him for the National Championships. Senior Steve Beardsley (Melrose, Mass.) finished 7th in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:29.34. The Distance Medley team of Beardsley, Twiest, sophomore Chris Terry (Needham, Mass.), and senior Chip Noble (Gorham, Mass.) finished 7th overall, but first for a division III school. Senior Alec MacLachlan (Newburyport, Mass.) ran a personal best time of 1:07.68 in the 500 meters.
3/1 ECAC Championshiups at BU
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