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Women’s lacrosse ends season with 16-7 quarterfinal loss at Middlebury

The Bates women’s lacrosse team ended their surprising 2013 season with a loss in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC championships on Saturday, falling to second-seeded Middlebury 16-7. Bates managed to pull off a respectable 4-6 NESCAC record after starting the year 0-3, and clinched the seventh seed in the playoffs.

The Lady Cats kept the score close for most of the first half, a far cry from their matchup with Middlebury earlier in the season.

The Panthers started fast, roaring out to a 6-1 lead with just under fifteen minutes remaining in the first half.

However, Bates wouldn’t go away, and fought back to cut into the deficit as the half wound down. Junior Blair Shrewsbury and freshman Emma Noto sandwiched goals around a Middlebury tally, and the lead was down to 7-3 with 5:09 remaining in the first half.

That was as close as the Bobcats would get; Middlebury answered with back-to-back goals of their own to push their halftime lead to 9-3.

After Bates freshman Moriah Greenstein scored on a free position shot early in the second half, Shrewsbury again found a way through the Panther defense, picking up a rebound and firing past Middlebury goalie Alyssa Palomba for her second goal of the day.

Unfortunately, the 10-5 score was as close as the Bobcats would get. Middlebury went on a 6-2 run the rest of the way, including a four-goal run to get to their final goal total.

Shrewsbury and fellow junior Wally Pierce each scored two goals to lead all Bates scorers, while senior captain Linnea Fulton had three draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers in her final college game.

Freshman goalie Hannah Jeffrey, the NESCAC saves leader, had 11 saves on the day, capping a stellar rookie season.

Although the Bobcats lose former All-NESCAC defender Linnea Fulton, the entire rest of the team will be back next season, when the women’s lacrosse team looks to continue their upward trajectory.

Bates debate excels at nationals

This past April, the Brooks Quimby Debate Council finished off the year with two national debate tournaments. The first was the British Parliamentary Nationals, hosted by the University of La Verne in California between April 12th and 14th. British Parliamentary debate features four, two-person teams. Two teams—“opening” and “closing”—take the “government” side, which argues in favor of a certain resolution (i.e., “this House would legalize gay marriage”). The other side, or “opposition,” likewise consists of two opening and closing teams that argue against the motion. Interestingly, while the two teams on a given side will both argue for or against the same motion, each team actually competes with the other on its side to see who can argue the same point better.

According to sophomore debater Matt Summers, Bates had a “phenomenal showing” at nationals. After the preliminary rounds, all teams are ranked depending on how they performed. A good performance in preliminaries is essentially because the competition is seeded. In other words, the better you do early on, the easier the rest of the tournament will be.

After the preliminaries, Summers and his partner, senior Eric Devaux, were in fifth position, followed by seniors Ben Smith and Cat Djang in sixth, and sophomore Taylor Blackburn and senior Virginia Flatow in seventh, out of 160 teams.  The top 32 teams in the tournament advanced to the knockout rounds of the tournament. Each team then advanced to the quarterfinals, and Blackburn and Flatow even advanced to the semifinals. At this point, only eight teams remained in the competition, each fighting for a spot in the final round. In a terrific showing for Bates, Blackburn and Flatow lost in a narrow three-two decision—just one vote away from advancing to the final round of nationals.

But while Bates did not advance to the finals, Bates was not unrepresented in the last round of British Parliamentary Nationals. Loyola Marymount University graduate student and Bates alum, Colin Etnire, represented LMU in the final round and took home the second speaker award for the tournament. Summers was the seventh best speaker.

Fast-forward to American Parliamentary nationals held in late April at the University of Maryland at College Park, and the results were less favorable for Bates. American Parliamentary debate features two teams of two people facing off against each other. Unlike British Parliamentary, where neither team knows the resolution, the American style requires teams to write “cases” in advance. One side will then “propose” a motion, and the other side must oppose it on the spot.

In all, it seems Bates’ run at this national tournament was cut short prematurely by a questionable judging call. In the “bubble round”—a round in which a win will allow a team to “break” into the “out rounds”—Summers and Blackburn suffered from an “unfortunate decision” from a former debater turned judge. As Summers explained, “breaking” requires a certain number of wins and “speaker points,” or points awarded for individual performances. Blackburn and Summers were poised in this round to break as long as they beat their Brown University opponents and received speaker scores of 26 points or above. Speaker points have a de facto range between 23 and about 28. For varsity debaters in a national tournament, a score of 26 would be considered average.

Summers recalled that he and his partner “mopped the floor” with Brown and won the round. But when it came down to speaker scores, the story was different. To their surprise, the team received speaker scores of just 24—the average score for novice debaters. All scores are subjective, Summers explained, and a score of 24 might have reflected the average speaker score when the judge—a former debater—was himself debating five years ago. But in any case, the competition for Blackburn and Summers ended at that moment with a puzzling and disappointing speaker score. The duo—ranked eleventh nationally—finished the tournament 28th out of 77 teams.

Still, despite a somewhat disappointing finish at the American Parliamentary Nationals, Summers said that it was nonetheless a “terrific year for Bates, and an overall good finish”. Moreover, he noted that the BQDC will “sorely miss [its] senior class next year” as the team prepares for another run at the national title.

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From Left: Ty Daly, Taylor Blackburn, Matt Summers, Cat Djang, Ben Smith, Chris Bolger, Taylor Stone, Sasha Grodsky, Shannon Griffin and Logan Pettinato at Stanford University COURTSEY PHOTO/BROOKS QUIMBY DEBATE COUNCIL

Experimental College: By Bates, for Bates

Do you want to learn how to longboard, chant poetry or dance like Shakira? Well, here at Bates, Experimental College looks to make your dreams a reality. The Student Activities Office sponsors Experimental College during short term. Experimental College allows all members of the Bates community to take a three to four week co-curricular or extracurricular course, not for credit. It is a great way to learn a new skill or explore a subject you don’t have to time to study during the regular semester.

This short term, the Experimental College course line-up offers quite the selection. The Bates community can yarn bomb Bates, explore and reflect on the life of the spirit, longboard, learn Vietnamese, and more.

Amanda Zakowich ’16 is excited for her first Experimental College experience. She is signed up for Lady Longboarding, Intro to Slacklining, and Intro to the Low Countries: Dutch Language and Culture. Zakowich is looking forward to bonding with her classmates, and learning new skills. She is unafraid of the scrapes and bruises she may get along the way.

“I chose Slacklining because it’s one of those random skills that would be cool to know and Lady Longboarding because I’ve always wanted to longboard but never had the opportunity to learn,” said Zakowich.

Zakowich also loves how Experimental College is so representative of Bates.

“I think that offering Experimental College at Bates shows that the school believes in giving students an opportunity to teach other students and for students to learn from other students is beneficial,” she said.

Experimental College is certainly one unique learning experience offered at Bates. So this short term, if you’re tired of sunbathing at the amphitheater or playing Frisbee on the quad, check out some of Bates’ awesome Experimental College.

Women’s tennis drops close match to #23 Brandeis

After fighting for over seven hours, the Bates women’s tennis team finally came up on the short end of a 5-4 match against Brandeis University on Saturday.

The Bobcats were playing without senior captain Jacqui Holmes, their No. 2 singles and doubles player. Senior Ashley Brunk moved into her spot in singles, losing a nail biter at the No. 2 spot, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3). Brunk also teamed up with sophomore Elena Mandzhukova at No. 1 doubles, but the pair dropped their match 8-4.

The doubles team of Nicole Russell and Kristen Doerer moved into the No. 2 doubles spot vacated by Holmes and remained undefeated as a doubles team on the season, taking care of their match 8-5.

Russell also easily won her match at No. 4 singles, making short work of Brandeis’ Dylan Schlesinger, 6-1, 6-2.

Brennan moved down to No. 3 doubles for the match to play with sophomore Audrey Grauer, who was in the doubles lineup for the first time all season. The pair gelled immediately, outlasting Brandeis’ team of Schlesinger and Sarita Biswas in a 9-7 marathon.

Brennan also had the only other Bates singles win on the day. The junior dismantled the Judges’ Maya Vasser at No. 3, 6-2, 6-0.

The Lady Cats were actually up 4-2 in the match following Russell’s singles win, but losses at second, fifth, and sixth singles sealed the comeback win for the Judges.

“Everyone stepped up with Jacqui out and we just tried to do what we do in practice every day, which is compete,” noted Russell, “It is definitely a match we wanted to win, but we can learn from close matches like that.”

The loss drops the women’s team to 3-4 on the season; they will be back in action on Tuesday at 4 PM when they host Colby.

A descent into (March) madness

What has two thumbs and doesn’t have a clue in the world of who’s going to win the NCAA tournament this year?

This guy.

I’d love to say that I’m joking, but unfortunately, I’m about as clueless as Rick Ross at a vegan bar. This isn’t 2012, where any idiot could pick Kentucky and gloat as the Wildcats zoomed through the tournament behind “The Brow” and a bunch of other young fellas (yes, I can say that. They’re younger than me, damn it). The exact opposite is true this year. There isn’t a dominant team that stands out above the rest screaming at you to pick them like 2012 Kentucky or 2007 Florida. Instead, there’s a host of valid candidates who all have flaws just waiting to be exposed.

Despite the fact that picking this year’s national champion is going to be more of a blind game of darts than a scientific process, your trusty sports editor (that’s me) thought it would be a smart idea to post his Final Four picks for the world to see. Try not to be jealous when I’m taking home the million dollar prize from ESPN.

Midwest: LOUISVILLE. This was a toss-up between the Cardinals and Duke, because I think the rest of this region is pretty weak as far as legitimate contenders go. It’s entirely possible that Doug McDermott could go thermonuclear and shoot Creighton past Duke and into the Sweet Sixteen, or that Phil Pressey and Mizzou could figure out how to play decent basketball long enough to put a scare into the Cardinals, the tournament’s top overall seed. But I honestly don’t believe anyone besides the top two seeds is a threat to get out of this region. Michigan State is a decent three seed, but they’re just 3-6 in games against the Top 25. I spent all week watching Peyton Siva and Russ Smith set the Big East tournament on fire, which is probably what Duke players were doing after they lost in the first round of the ACC tournament. But I digress; Louisville is the best team in this region, and might be the best in the country. It’s theirs to lose.

West: KANSAS STATE. My first “WHAT!?” pick has me earning the ridicule. My response? Look at their side of the region! All they have to do to make it to Sweet Sixteen is take out some Whack-a-Mole opponent in the first round and then the winner of Wisconsin and Ole Miss in the second. Wisconsin scares me a bit, but then I remember that their mascot is a freaking Badger, and more relevantly, their offense isn’t particularly good at putting basketballs in hoops. Then it’s on to Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen. Disclaimer: I believe in Gonzaga as a contender about as much as I believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny (just kidding, guys. How else would all those eggs get out there on Easter? But really, I think Gonzaga is a fraud). Assuming Los Wildcats (Noche Latina, anyone?) make it that far, who scares you from the other side of the region? New Mexico? Ohio State? No thanks. I actually have Arizona, the six seed, taking down the Buckeyes in the Sweet Sixteen and facing K-State in an All-Wildcats Elite Eight, with Coach Frank “WHAT DO YOU MEAN I’M SHOUTING” Martin getting his bunch o’ Wildcats all the way to the Final Four (if that doesn’t make sense to you, search him on Google images. I swear the man’s volume button is stuck at 10,000. Out of 10).

South: FLORIDA. Bias? I ain’t got no stinkin’ bias. Except for, you know, the fact that blue and orange are my favorite colors, I own more Gators apparel than is at all normal for a kid from Massachusetts who goes to school in Maine, and I have a wall of Tim Tebow pictures in my room (don’t we all? Sigh- so dreamy). But wait:  I actually think this pick makes sense. Their second round matchup with UCLA is far less threatening because of the broken foot Jordan Adams suffered in the PAC-12 tournament, and the hypothetical game in the Sweet Sixteen against Georgetown is a decent matchup. Both teams play defense at an elite level, but while Florida is a very good offensive team, Georgetown avoids the hoop like it’s the plague. Assuming Otto Porter doesn’t go for 40, I have Florida moving on and beating Kansas. It’s mostly because I’m a shameless homer, but also because the few times I’ve watched the Jayhawks play this year they’ve been spotty at best. Ben Mclemore is a stud and Jeff Withey is a good center, but anyone who watched them struggle with Iowa State and get plain embarrassed by TCU knows that this Kansas squad is prone to long moments of weakness. Granted, Florida hates close games more than an Florida State student hates words with multiple syllables, but I think their defense is built to last. If their shooters get hot, it’s going to be very hard to stop Billy Donovan’s bunch.

East: INDIANA. Victor Oladipo (Vic-tor Oh-la-dee-po), noun. – an athletic freak of nature who can score at will, defend any guard in the country, and is drawing favorable comparisons to some guy by the name of Dwyane Wade. Cody Zeller might get the lion’s share of the attention in Bloomington and around the country, but Oladipo is the engine that makes the Hoosiers go. He can get his shot from anywhere, and is a difference-maker on defense. This isn’t to say that Zeller isn’t a star; he is, after all, an All-American, and has the nickname “The Big Handsome”. So yeah, there’s that. Throw in shooter Christian Watford and you’ve got yourself the makings of a juggernaut. The knock on Indiana is that they’re a different (read: worse) team away from Assembly Hall, which is going to be a problem unless the NCAA decides to hold the entire tournament on Indiana’s campus. That’s not going to happen, which means that the Hoosiers are going to have to win on the road. Spoiler alert: they’re going to. I don’t care about the other top seeds in their region; they aren’t as talented as Indiana, and they aren’t as hungry. It’s going to be Indiana in the Final Four, and everyone else sitting at home wishing their warm-up pants were as fly as the Hoosiers’ red-striped duds.

So there you have it. Two conventional picks, and two that defy conventional wisdom (for what it’s worth, I have Louisville and Indiana in the championship game, with Louisville winning it all). But you know what? It’s okay to go out on a limb with your bracket. In fact, it’s encouraged. Go ahead: pick Harvard to win it all (no seriously, if you’re in my bracket competition, please pick Harvard). There is no such thing as a right or wrong answer, because the entire thing is subjective. The sheer randomness of it all is what keeps people coming back year after year. Some people win bracket competitions by spending hours poring over results, statistics, and inside reports from ESPN’s army of experts. Others do little research, picking off what they saw during the year, what their gut says, and occasionally listening to their biases in order to make a pick. Still others win because they pick the teams with mascots they like (these people are evil). In the end, that’s what makes March Madness great. It doesn’t matter who you pick, as long as you have a good time with it. So download the March Madness app, charge your laptops and iPads, and get ready to sneakily watch tournament games while your teacher drones on about something you probably should be listening to. It’s time to embrace the madness.

Women’s Lacrosse Beats Endicott, Wesleyan, Cruises in Home Opener vs. St. Joe’s

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The Bates women’s lacrosse team roared to life last week after an 0-3 start to the season, beating Endicott and Wesleyan on the road before blasting St. Joseph’s in their home opener on Monday afternoon.

The Bobcats started fast against Endicott, jumping all over the host Gulls on their way to 12-7 win, their first of the season.

After the teams traded goals to start the game, Bates ripped off a four goal run, led by two goals from freshman Emma Brinkman and one apiece from sophomore Emma Getsinger and junior Wally Pierce to push the score to 5-1.

Endicott gradually closed the gap to 8-5 by halftime, despite Bates goals by junior Soo Hee Yoon, freshman Kelan McCann, and another from Pierce.

The Bates defense stiffened in the second half, allowing only two goals. Freshman Hannah Jeffrey had eight saves on fifteen shots, and senior captain Linnea Fulton had four draw controls and one ground ball on the day.

Brinkman scored two more goals in the second half to finish with four for the game, while Pierce added one more to finish with a hat trick. Junior Blair Shrewsbury had the other Bobcat goal.

The Lady Cats then traveled to Middletown, Connecticut, to take on the Wesleyan Cardinals in search of their first NESCAC win.

In a game that was tight from start to finish, stellar individual efforts from Emma Getsinger and Hannah Jeffrey led the visiting Bobcats to a thrilling 8-7 victory.

Getsinger scored four goals, none bigger than the game-winner with only 9.7 seconds remaining in regulation off of a feed from sophomore Kathy Yannopoulos.

Jeffrey played the best game of her college career, finishing with thirteen saves against only seven goals allowed.

The game was close throughout, with neither team holding more than a two-goal advantage at any point in the game.

After Wesleyan rode an early run to a 4-2 lead, freshman Kelan McCann scored back-to-back goals to tie the game, before Getsinger powered a free-position shot past the Wesleyan goalie with one second to go in the half to give the Bobcats the lead heading into halftime.

Wesleyan scored the first two goals of the second half to temporarily regain the lead, but Getsinger again answered back with her third goal of the day to tie the score at six.

Bates shut the door following Wesleyan’s final goal with 15:58 remaining, shutting out the hosts the rest of the way.

Blair Shrewsbury evened the score at eight with just under seven minutes remaining, setting the stage for Getsinger’s heroics.

The Lady Cats ran their win streak to three in their season-opener on Monday, eviscerating St. Joseph’s College in a lopsided 21-3 game.

The game was actually close for much of the first half; the score was just 5-2 after St. Joseph’s Cassie Diplock scored back-to-back goals with 7:22 left in the half.

Twelve different players scored for Bates, including six freshmen. Kelan McCann exploded for four goals and three assists, more than doubling her season output for points in this game alone.

Alex Briody added two goals and three assists of her own, while Moriah Greenstein (three goals and one assist) and Emma Noto (two goals) also scored multiple goals.

Sophomore Emma Getsinger continued her early season scoring streak, tallying two more goals to move to twelve on the season, while sophomore Kathy Yannopoulos added a goal and an assist to take over the team lead in total points.

It was a relatively uneventful day in net for Jeffrey and sophomore Jill Conway; Jeffrey made five saves while allowing two goals, and Conway made two saves while allowing one goal.

The Bobcats move to 3-3 on the year with the win, and will be back in action on Saturday as they host defending national champion Trinity at 12 PM on Garcelon Field.

Black Mamba for MVP? Not so Fast…

At 34 years of age and in his 17th year in the league, Kobe Bryant should be in the twilight of his career, playing second fiddle to a younger, fresher superstar as he gracefully makes the transition from BMOC to mentor to retiree.

The only problem is that Kobe didn’t get the memo. Despite being saddled with a petulant, injured Dwight Howard, a creaky Steve Nash, a rapidly declining Metta World Peace, and a coach who hasn’t helmed a relevant team since the ’07 Suns, Kobe is somehow putting up his best season in years.

Bryant’s play of late has been particularly transcendent. Last week he put up back-to-back 40-10 games, becoming the first Laker to accomplish that feat since the Logo, Jerry West, did it in 1970. His per-game averages last week? 33.2 PPG, 7.8 APG, 5.8 RPG, and, to placate the “KOBE IS AN INEFFICIENT GUNNER” club (of which I am a card-carrying member), 50.5% shooting, despite adhering to his usual diet of long jumpers and obscenely difficult fadeaways. It’s the best he’s played in years, and it’s not very close. The Mamba is shooting the highest percentage of his career (47.5%, the first time he’s ever crossed the 47% mark), has his highest APG since ’04-’05, is rebounding slightly above his career average despite the presence of Dwight Howard on the defensive glass, and for the statheads out there, has a PER of 24.8, behind only Lebron James and Kevin Durant.

Unfortunately for Lakers fans and Mr. Bryant himself, his MVP candidacy has several enormous holes in it that prevent him from being taken seriously. First is the problem that has dogged him throughout his career; that he cares more about his individual numbers than the overall play of those around him, and by extension, about how his team plays. Putting up great numbers is only part of the equation; if you aren’t winning, your relevance in the MVP discussion goes up in smoke.

Although it’s true that the Lakers have won of late, they still remain out of the top eight seeds in the Western Conference. How can you give the award for Most Valuable Player to a guy who doesn’t even have his team in the playoffs? This is especially damning when one considers that Kobe plays with Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol (until his recent injury), Steve Nash, and Metta World Peace, not to mention a capable bench. The argument that Howard is injured is irrelevant to me; he still is one of the top 3-5 centers in the league even when hurt, and has been playing at a high level this year even as his touches on offense have been outsourced to the Republic of Kobe and his hurt back hinders his activity on defense and on the boards. The reality is the Lakers simply have too much talent to be where they are, and their status as a team on the outside looking in cripples the argument of Kobe for MVP.

Second, and more relevant, is the presence of Lebron James. While Kobe has been great, Lebron has redefined the way the game of basketball can be played. Comparing the two shows just how much better Lebron is playing right now, and just how much more he means to his team. Lebron has a higher field goal and three-point percentage, and averages more rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals per game, by fairly wide margins. The cherry on top of the statistical landslide is Lebron’s PER, which stands at a staggering 32 – 7.2 points higher than Kobe’s.

The team argument also goes Lebron’s way. The Heat have won 18 straight, and for now look like the best team in the NBA. I’ve already brought up the Lakers’ situation; they struggle just to remain at .500 despite a collection of talent better than most teams in the league. It’s not Kobe’s fault that LA is where it is, but it certainly bears mentioning when talking about Kobe’s validity as an MVP candidate.

I also can’t help but compare Lebron to Kobe in another way: the supporting cast. Remember how Lebron took a Cavs team that had Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Eric Snow as the 2nd and 3rd options to the NBA Finals? Yeah, Kobe thus far has taken a team with Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Metta World Piece, and Steve Nash to the Western Conference playoff bubble. Not quite the same. Yes, there have been injuries, and difficulty adjusting to new teammates, and the rest of the issues that face any newly assembled team, but that doesn’t excuse the failure of such a star-studded roster. The Lakers might make the playoffs, and Kobe might be having a great year, but neither entity is what they thought they were. The Lakers thought they were a championship-caliber team, and Kobe thought he would be leading the way on his personal quest to tie Michael Jordan’s total of six championship rings. It turns out that the Lakers are a mess, and Kobe is an aging gunner who sees his last years of health being wasted by a dysfunctional group of selfish, declining stars.

Kobe Bryant isn’t the MVP this year; it really is that simple. Lebron and the Heat are playing too well, and Kobe and the Lakers haven’t played well all year. That hsouldn’t take away from Kobe’s momentous accomplishments this year. He is, after all, 34 years old, the age when many players have already decided to hang up their shoes and join the panel of some ESPN question and answer show. Whether or not you hate Kobe, this is a year that we all need to appreciate for what it is. It’s not an MVP year, but it is a historic year, when an aging star defies Father Time and continues to remind the rest of the league that Kobe is simply cut from a different cloth. You don’t have to like him, but you have to respect him, because even being in the MVP discussion this point is a testament to just how important the Mamba is not just to the Lakers, but to the NBA as a whole. I don’t like him at all, but the NBA is a less entertaining place without Kobe Bryant.

Women’s lacrosse opens NESCAC play with losses to top-ten opponents

The Bates women’s lacrosse team opened non-conference and NESCAC play last week, dropping their season opener to Babson before absorbing losses over the weekend to No. 6 Middlebury and No. 8 Amherst.

The Lady Cats took on Babson last Wednesday, and more than held their own in a back and forth battle that ended in a nail-biting 10-9 defeat. Sophomore Aly Dowey started the Bobcats’ season off on the right foot after an early Babson goal, as she scored the first goal of the season for Bates before winning the ensuing draw and assisting junior Bridget Meedzan on another goal just eight seconds later.

Babson responded with a four goal run to go up 5-2 late in the first half. However, junior Blair Shrewsbury scored two of her career-high four goals back to back to draw the Bobcats to within one goal at halftime. The Beavers expanded their lead to 9-7 midway through the second half, but Shrewsbury and sophomore Emma Getsinger scored back to back to even the score at 9 with 8:12 left in the game.

However, with just three minutes left in the game Babson was able to rifle a shot past Bates’ freshman goalie Hannah Jeffrey, and the Beavers ran out the clock for a 10-9 victory. Jeffrey made seven saves in her first college start, thoroughly outplaying her Babson counterpart in the game.

The Lady Cats then went road tripping, stopping in Middlebury, Vermont on Saturday to take on the Panthers, ranked sixth nationally. Despite an even start to the game, Middlebury had little trouble disposing of the visiting Bobcats, 20-4. The first five minutes of the game were fairly even, as Bates trailed only 2-1 after a goal from Getsinger.

However, Middlebury roared to life after Getsinger’s goal, ripping off an 11-0 run and effectively ending the game before halftime. Freshman Moriah Greenstein scored her first college goal early in the second half, and sophomore Kathy Yannopoulous, Bates’ leading returning scorer from 2012, scored two late goals to bring the final margin to 20-4. Jeffrey made 11 saves before giving way to sophomore Jill Conway.

The Lady Cats looked to rebound on Sunday against the Lord Jeffs of Amherst, ranked 8th nationally. Despite holding a late lead, the Bates women were unable to come away with the elusive first win, dropping the game in a 9-8 heartbreaker.

Play was frenzied early, as Amherst scored just 37 seconds into the game before Getsinger answered with a goal of her own. Bates took the lead seven minutes later, as Yannopoulous found junior Wally Pierce cutting to the goal for an easy finish. Amherst went on a quick 3-0 run, before Getsinger took a feed from freshman Alex Briody and slashed her way to the net, reducing the deficit to 5-4 at halftime.

After an Amherst goal early in the second made the score 6-4, the Bates offense came to life and rattled off four consecutive goals, turning the two goal deficit into a two goal lead and driving Amherst goalie Katelyn Salerno from the game. However, Bates would not score again, while Amherst steadily chipped away at the lead. With the score tied at eight and 3:42 left in the game, Lord Jeffs sophomore Priscilla Tyler slipped the game winner past Jeffrey, who had seven saves in defeat.

The Lady Cats will look to get their first win of the 2013 season on Wednesday, when they travel to take on the Gulls of Endicott College on Wednesday at 4:30 PM.

Women’s tennis flattens Babson and Mt. Holyoke, falls at #6 Middlebury

After returning home from a tough spring trip to California, the Bates women’s tennis team got back into action against two out of conference foes before opening their NESCAC season at Middlebury.

First up for the Lady Cats was Mount Holyoke, inside the friendly confines of Merrill Gym.

Led by dominant performances from sophomore Elena Mandzhukova and senior captain Jacqui Holmes, Bates rolled to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Lyons.

Mandzhukova easily won her match at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3, while Holmes took her singles match at No. 2, 6-0, 6-3.

Mandzhukova and Holmes also made short work of their doubles opponents; as Mandzhukova teamed up with senior Ashley Brunk in an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles, while Holmes and junior Lucy Brennan won their match at No. 2 doubles by an identical 8-3 score.

Senior Nicole Russell and junior Kristen Doerer rounded out the doubles sweep for the Bobcats, cruising to an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles.

Next up on the schedule was Babson, who were overmatched from the get go in an 8-1 Bates blowout.

Mandzhukova once again led the way, overcoming a tough opening set in her No. 1 singles match to win 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 after she and Brunk won their No. 1 doubles match 8-2.

Holmes won her No. 2 singles match 6-1, 6-1, but she and Brennan fell just short of a comeback in a thrilling 9-7 defeat at No. 2 doubles.

Brennan took out her frustration on her No. 4 singles opponent, ripping through Babson’s Minte Tamoshunas 6-0, 6-0.

Russell and sophomore Audrey Grauer closed out singles play with victories at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

“I think the Babson match showed how much our team has improved,” said Brunk. “We had a tight match with them last year, and it felt good to win a few more matches against them this year.”

The Lady Cats ended the week in Middlebury, Vermont, to take on the #6 nationally ranked Middlebury Panthers.

Although several of the matches remained close throughout, Middlebury eventually slammed the door in an 8-1 victory.

Russell and Doerer had the lone Bates win on the day, taking No. 3 doubles in a surprisingly easy 8-3 victory.

Mandzhukova faced off against the second-ranked player in Division III, Lok Sze Leung, and played well in a 6-3, 6-4 loss.

Senior Ashley Brunk was the only Bates player to take a set in singles, as she won the first set of her match 6-2 before losing the second and third sets 6-2, 6-2.

Brunk said, “We have a lot of experienced players on our team this year, and it’s great to know that we have such a deep team.”

The Bates women next play at Brandeis on Saturday, March 16, at 1 PM.

Baseball sees season-opening succcess down south

Ten months after just missing a berth to the NESCAC playoffs, the Bates baseball team returned to action for the 2013 campaign in Georgia. The squad looked to get off to a great start and build off of what was a successful 2012 campaign, playing seven games in total against foes Oglethorpe, Berry, and Emory.

2012 First Team All-NESCAC selection Griff Tewksbury is back, along with upperclassmen Kevin McGregor and Ryan Sonberg who look to round out an experienced core of leadership for the Bobcats.

On February 19th, the Bobcats took to the diamond for the first time against Berry College. It wasn’t the beginning Bates expected, as they fell victim to a combined one-shit shutout by a pair of Berry College pitchers.

For the game, the only threat Bates had of putting a run on the scoreboard came in the fifth inning when junior Steve Burke led off the inning with a single. Senior captain Griff Tewksbury then drew a walk. Both runners advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by junior catcher Jeff Gunn. But their scoring attempt was fizzled when Burke was thrown out at home, followed by a groundout to second. Eventually, the Bobcats lost 6-0.

Finally getting on a real baseball field was a great feeling,” noted McGregor. “We hadn’t been on a real field until we played our first game, which based on the result showed we needed to get the kinks out and the rust off the bats,” he added.

The next day, it was a completely different story for the Bobcats. They took to the diamond for a double header against Berry and swept the two game series. The Cats immediately got the bats going, scoring four runs on three hits while taking advantage of three Berry errors. Bates got its first run when freshman Sam Berry singled up the middle, allowing Ryan Sonberg to score.

From there, the floodgates opened as the Cats scored seven runs over three innings. Bates junior Brad Reynolds started on the bump, shutting out Berry College for three innings before giving way to freshman reliever Sam Warren. Warren went two innings before freshman Connor Colombo finished it out. For the Bobcats in game 1, catcher Mekae Hyde drove in two runs while junior Kevin Davis drove in a game-high three. Overall, the Bobcats outhit the Vikings 22-7.

“The strengths of the team this year is our defense and pitching, as well as our leadership,” explained Sonberg. “We are going to play fundamentally sound baseball,” he added.

In the second game of the series, it was a much closer contest for Leonard’s squad. Kevin McGregor led the way with his 4-for-4 performance, getting things started in the first with a single. The Cats got the first run in the opening stanza on a bases loaded walk by Jeff Gunn. Junior starter Chris Fusco held the Vikings scoreless through three, but allowed a lone Berry run in the fourth. In the top of fifth, Bates exploded for three runs on two hits along with two wild pitches.

After giving up the lead late in the game, the Bobcats were able to score in the top of seventh and turn a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the bottom half to stymie a Berry comeback attempt. Tewksbury had a 2-for-4 game, recording an RBI and a run. Four pitchers saw time on the mound for the Bobcats. Reliever Sam Maliska got the win and Dean Bonneau closed the door on the Vikings, recording the save.

After a couple days of rainouts, the team was able to get back on the diamond and take on Oglethorpe. Bates looked dead in the water, falling behind 9-4 by the time the eighth inning rolled around. Ryan Sonberg closed the gap hitting a solo homer before Bates opened up the floodgates in the ninth. Davis, McGregor, and sophomores Alex Parker and Pajka began the inning with four consecutive hits.

Sam Warren grounded out to second, scoring Parker on the play. Sonberg evened things up when he reached on a fielder’s choice while the Petrels failed to throw out Pajka at home. Bates would score five more runs in the inning, securing the 14-9 victory. Sonberg had a game-high four RBI while starter Spinosa went 3.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits. Freshman Mark Cunningham got the victory.

The next day, Bates had three games, starting with a double header against Emory. In game 1, the Bobcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh, erasing Emory’s 4-2 lead. Pinch hitter Mekae Hyde got things started with a lead off walk followed by Sonberg and Davis reaching base on intentional walks. Griff Tewksbury singled to left, starting the rally, which eventually led to a 5-4 Bates lead. Dean Bonneau was flawless in the bottom of the seventh, recording his second save of the trip and preserving the 5-4 victory.

In all, both Steve Burke and Kevin McGregor had three hits in four plate appearances with Burke, as well as Tewksbury, both two RBIs. Tom Baroni and Chris Ward toed the rubber for the Bobcats, before giving way to Bonneau.

In the latter contest, Emory scored five runs in the first inning and didn’t give up the lead behind strong pitching from two Eagles freshman. The only runs for the Bobcats came in the top of the first after Sonberg scored on a Tewksbury sacrifice fly. Bates then went on to get two more runs in the second and fifth innings. But, that was all they were able to muster as Emory eventually won 6-3.

In the third contest of the day, Bates took on Oglethorpe. For the game, the Bobcats were held to three hits, one apiece by Warren, Burke, and Berry. Bates trailed 2-1 after scoring a run in the top of the sixth. Junior southpaw Brad Reynolds gave up two runs to Oglethorpe in the bottom half of that inning before giving up three more the inning after. Overall, it was a messy game for Bates, who committed five errors.

“We think that this year’s team is the most talented team we’ve had in our four years at Bates,” added McGregor. “The team chemistry is better then it’s ever been.”

Overall, it was a successful five-day trip for the Bates Bobcats, who finished 4-3 overall. With a mixture of seasoned upperclassmen and talented youth, the team figures to be in the mix for the NESCAC crown.

“I thought we held our own with some very good teams in Georgia,” believes senior Sonberg. “There are things that we as a team and individually can continue to improve on, but our goal is to be playing our best ball when we play Tufts at the end of March.”

The team returns to action March 9th against Middlebury.

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