A combination of foul trouble and poor shooting ended the Bates College Women's basketball team's school record eight-game winning streak at the hands of in-state rivals Colby College, 81-65.
The Bobcats hit just two of their first eight shots of the game and were 8-33 (24 percent) in the first half. Bates' trapping defense was hurt when sophomore guard Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.) , the NCAA Division III leader in steals with 6.1 per game, picked up her third foul with 11:48 remaining and the Bobcats down 9-4. It looked like Bates would survive, trailing just 32-30 in the last minute of the half. The White Mules scored the last five points to open up the Bobcats' largest mid-game deficit of the season, 37-30. Colby started the second half on a 14-7 run over the first 6:30 to go up 14 at 51-37 and cruised from there. The 65 points scored by Bates was 15 points under their 80.1 average which is 10th in NCAA division III.
Both teams were affected by the tightly-called game by the referees. McCrave played thirteen minutes, five in the second half. She was one of three Bates players to foul out, compared to five the rest of the season for the Bobcats. NEWBA and Maine Rookie of the Week Erin Cole-Karagory played just 15 minutes. A total of 49 fouls were called in the game, compared to 22 in Bates' win over Southern Maine. Colby senior guard Chris Roberts was the main beneficary of the foul calls, hitting 10-12 from the line, 3-4 from the field and 2-3 from 3-point range to lead White Mule scorers with 18 points. Bates sophomore guard Amy Taylor (Orono, Maine) also had 18, while senior center Sarah Bonkovsky (Harvard, Mass.) and first-year forward Emily King (Lebanon, N.H.) each had 16. Bonkovsky and first-year center Jen McGonagle from Colby led all rebounders with 11 each.
2/5 at St. Joseph's College
2/8 Trinity College
Four Bobcats scored in double figures as the men's basketball team defeated Emerson in Boston Jan. 30. Bates held off a late Lion rally to preserve the victory in a game that was similar to the Western New England and Southern Maine contests the week before, when the Bobcats also saw large advantages dwindle quickly. Senior guard Matt Garvey (Amherst, Mass.) led all scorers with 27 points on 9-of-27 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line. Backcourt mate Ryan Emerson (Milford, N.H.) matched Garvey with three 3-pointers. Senior Mike Marsh (Manchester, Conn.) had 12 points and stands three shy of 1,000 for his career. Senior captain Jesse Strandberg (Steep Falls, Maine) recorded a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Bates outrebounded the Lions, 53-43 and outshot them from the floor, 39 percent to 30 percent.
2/5 at St. Joseph's College
2/8 Trinity College
On day one Beth Naylor (Jericho, Vt.) turned in a fourth place finish (18:10.1) in the women's 5 K Classical Cross Country race and Katie Gould (Williamstown, Mass.) skied to a time of 18:52.1 good for a 14th place finish. In the Men's 10K David Chamberlain (Wilton, Maine) and Justin Freeman (Franklin, N.H.) once again paced off each other as they finished 2nd and 3rd with times of 30:32.1 and 30:36.7. There efforts placed Bates 3rd in the 10K behind Middlebury and Vermont and ahead of Dartmouth, New Hampshire, and Williams. Page Heller (Wilmington, Mass.) was Bates' top finisher in the Women's Giant Slalom as she finished 22nd with a time of 1:59.77. For the men in the Giant Slalom it was Bryce Hubner finishing first for Bates with a time of 1:50.38 to finish 19th overall.
Day two saw Bates one again picking up a third place finish with the Men's 20K Freestyle. Again it was Chamberlain and Freeman placing 9th and 10th with times of 1:02.34.5 and 1:02:58.3 that paced the Bobcats. Chistian Oberle (West Dover, Vt.) had a good race for the bobcats as well finishing 18th overall with a time of 1:05:20.5. In the women's 15K Freestyle Gould placed 14th with a time of 58:06.1. In the second run of the Men's Slaloms Sandy Perrins (Placerville, Colo.) had an effort of 52.45 which placed him 22nd overall with a total time of 1:47.43. Adam Cohen (Norwich, Vt.) was 36th overall with a time of 55.32 on his second run and a time of 1:53.16 for the combined times. For the women it was Heller again as she finished 27th with a second run time of 62.62 that gave her a total time of 2:09.21. First year Alison Megroz (South Londonderry, Vt.) finished 34th overall with a combined time of 2:13.66.
2/7-8 at Dartmouth Carnival
At Brown this past Sunday Brown played without their #1 and #2 players (both All-Americans). Through a prior arrangement the Bruins and Bobcats agreed to play only if the match were played as a non-ranking match or a scrimmage. That freed them up to play without their two best players and thus creating a close match. Bates beating a "scaled-down" Brown team will not move Bates up in the rankings.
2/5 at Bowdoin
With win number 15, the men's mquash team tied the school record for most wins in a season. The Bobcats are currently ranked 15th in the country out of 32 teams, tying the school record for highest ranking set last year.
On Jan. 27, the Bobcats traveled to Waterville to take on their rival Colby College. At first it appeared Bates may be in for a long day as their #1, #2, and #3 players all lost. However the rest of the Bobcats rose to the occasion to take a 4-9 sweep. Picking up 3-0 wins for Bates where Sandy Weymouth (Hlngham, Mass.), Eric Sanders (Belmont, Mass.), Pete Linkroum (Chester, Vt.), Christian Stalkamp (Haverford, Pa.), and Sam Judd (Southwest Harbor, Maine).
This past Saturday at Merill Gymnasium the Bobcats looked strong as they handled Conn College 9-0. All of the Bobcats got a taste of victory including players 1-10. Pete Linkroum moved to an impressive 13-0 on the season at #6, while Eric Sanders is right behind him at 11-0 at #5. Bates won the sets with an impressive margin of 30-4 in the 10 matches.
2/5 at Bowdoin
In one of their more lopsided meets of the season, both swim team lost to at Tufts. The men fell 179-103, while the women lost 171-131.
The trio of divers had another outstanding meet for the men, sweeping the 1- and 3-meter events for the second consecutive meet. Soophomores David Burke (Andover, Mass.) and Corey Smith (West Hartland, Conn.) and junior Michael Yee (Brookline, Mass.) were oustanding, but until sophomore Damon Bowe (Houma, La.) and senior captain Chris Renyi (Wycoff, N.J.) took first and second in the 400-yard individual medley, Burke stood as the only winner, and the divers were the only others to take the top two spots.
The women started off much better, as the foursome of senior Dawn Bilodeau (Lewiston, Maine), junior Denby Johnson (Chanhassen, Minn.) and first-year swimers Liz Fey(Middletown, N.Y.) and Lisa Loughran (Middletown, N.Y.) won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:57.42. Johnson went on to win three more events: the 1000-yard freestyle (11:07.04) and the 100- and 200-yard butterfly (1:03.21 & 2:19.83). Fey was also a multiple victor in individual events, taking the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke (1:12.67 and 2:35.42). Unfortunately, they were the Bobcats' only individual winners on the day.
2/8 at Conn College w/Trinity
This meet would marked the last time seniors Steve Beardsley (Melrose, Mass.), Paul Kolter (Manchester, Mass.), Alec MacLachlan (Newburyport, Mass.), Sammy Martin (Acton, Mass.), Chip Noble (Gorham, Maine), Spencer Potter (Waitsfield, Vt.), Todd Rainville (Wethersfield, Conn.), and volunteer assistant coach Pete Merrill (Enfield, N.H.) would compete in Merill Gymnasium. Arch-rival Bowdoin was in town, along with MIT and Norwich. On this day the seniors would not disappoint.
Kolter and Potter got things going early for Bates in the weight as they picked up 2nd and 4th place finishes. Sophomore weight thrower Bill McEvila (Hartford, Conn.) combined with Martin's fifth place finish to give Bates a 2-5 place finish worth 22 total points.
MacLachlan, the present school record holder in the 600 meters, stepped down to run the 400 due to an injury suffered by Noble. MacLachlan came through for the Bobcats with a solid time of 52.60 coming from behind in the last 50 meters to take first. MacLachlan also added a second place finish in the 200 with a time of 23.71. Beardsley took to the track in the 600, and took an early lead. He never looked by while on his way to the record books with a time of 1:24.05 which broke MacLachlan's week old record. For his efforts on the day Beardsley was presented with the meet's Honor Baton. Bates' distance medley team took the track to record an impressive time of 10:33.12 while in the process crushing Bowdoin's team by a margin of 46 seconds. Rainville recorded two seasonal best times of 6.98 in the 55-meter dash and 25.05 in the 200 meters. Todd also ran a strong leg in the 4 X 400 relay before handing of to Noble who ran a 51.8 split in his only race of the day.
Other performances for the Bobcats included first place finishes in the shot put by Walter Jackson (Hartford, Conn.), who is undefeated on the season. Pole Vaulter Peter Beeson (Novelty, Ohio) also remained undefeated as he beat out a field of vaulters that had four people going over 13 feet. Jeff Crowder (Fort Washington) had a career high vault of 12 feet. Kevin Stroman (New York, N.Y.), in his only event of the day due to injury, picked up a win in the triple jump with an effort of 41-0.5. First year and team point leader Matt Twiest (Albuquerque, N. M.) ran a 1:59:11 to win the 800 meters after getting boxed in terribly and going through the 400 at 61 seconds. Chris Terry ran his best race as a Bobcat capturing 3rd in the 600 meters with a time of 1.25.74.
2/8 State Meet at Bowdoin
Competing without NCAA qualifier Adelia Myrick, the women's track team finished a respectable third place out of six teams at a New England Challenge Cup meet at Smith Feb. 1. Leading the way was senior captain Heather Bumps (South China, Maine) who won the 20-pound weight throw with a throw of 34 feet, 4 1/2 inches. Sophomore Kate Osbourne (Sandy Hook, Conn.) took fifth with a throw of 36 feet, 10 1/2 inches, while first-year thrower Jennifer Winslow (Lee, N.H.) was seventh with a toss of 35 feet, 1 1/4 inches. The Bobcats also got a first place finish from their 4x800 relay team, which finished with a season best time of 10:17.57. The 400m run was Bates' top scoring event, led by senior Sarah Gill (Rapid City, S.D.), whose 1:03.68 was good for second place. A trio of first-year runners, Tracy Lyford (Portsmouth, N.H.), Rebecca Liggiero (Wellesley, Mass.) and Kate O'Malley (Deephaven, Minn.) took fifth, seventh and eighth place, respectively, in the 400. Junior Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H.) qualified for the ECAC Championships with a personal record 5:01.2 in the 1500m run, while senior Ilse Abusamra (Byfield, Mass.) set a p.r. in the 3000m with a fourth place finish in a time of 11:11.43.
2/7 State of Maine championships at Bates
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