Playing women's lacrosse in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) might be one of the most competitive athletic endeavors in Division III. It is not unusual to find NESCAC teams making up half of the top 10 in the nation, with any number of other members a little lower in the top 20, waiting to spring an upset and claim their spot. In 2001, for the first time in eight years, the Bates College Bobcats returned both to the IWLCA national polls and the post-season, reaching the ECAC tournament.
Bates will have to replace the services of a pair of 100-point scorers in Erin Flynn '01 (Newton, N.J.) and Jenn Sall '01 (Gladwyne, Pa.), a task that will be made easier by the return to the front line of tri-captain Liz Coulson '02 (Devon, Pa.). Coulson, who entered the 2001 season with 53 points, volunteered to step in to the goal cage when the Bobcats' projected starter went down with a pre-season injury. Despite losing their two top guns, five players who scored more than 10 goals are back, including Liz Lawler '03(Dublin, N.H.) and Carrie Smith '04 (Chevy Chase, Md.), who each scored 36 points. Smith also finished the season ranked second in NCAA Division III play in draw controls, averaging more than five per game.
Bates's season usually begins in February with a warm-weather trip, including 2001's trip to Orlando, Fla. Upon returning to Maine, the team begins intense indoor practices that lead to the first of 14 games from late March to early May. Lacrosse facilities at Bates are first rate. The Bobcats began play on an artifical turf surface in 2001, part of a $4 million dollar project to improve outdoor playing fields. Bates also enjoys indoor practice areas in Merrill Gymnasium and the Gray Athletic Building, while the Davis Fitness Center provides the Bobcats with a top-caliber weight room.
Wynn Hohlt (email@example.com) graduated from Williams College
in 1989, where she was an All-America defender in lacrosse and Regional All-America
goalkeeper in field hockey, leading teams to ECAC title games four times in
her final two years. After receiving a graduate degree in exercise and sports
studies from Smith College, Hohlt became head field hockey and lacrosse coach
at Plymouth State College, where she led the Panther field hockey program
to five postseason berths in six seasons. In nine years of coaching, Hohlt's
field hockey and lacrosse teams have been to the postseason nine times.