The Bates Student

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Author: Hannah Palacios (Page 1 of 2)

Frisbee Teams Fight Rainy and Cold Short Term Weather

The weather forecasts might have finally climbed above 50, but it seems to me that Bates is about to experience another cold front.

Coldfront, the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team is the unofficial spring varsity sport. So far this year the A team has a record of 18-1, winning a bid to Nationals in a few weeks in Rockford, Illinois. They also won sectionals, came second at regionals and won the New England Open. Arguably, they’ve been the team with the most wins this season.

But beyond their athletic accomplishments, Coldfront also has a team dynamic unlike any other.

First of all, there are no cuts. In the fall, both A and B teams practice, socialize, and play together, forming a broad community that isn’t separated by skill. Teams are determined in the spring, and even then each player has the choice to try out for either A or B. This promotes leadership, unity and a bond that you can actually see. Upon sitting down with a table of frisbee players this week, the closeness of the team was very clear to me. I couldn’t differentiate between who plays for which team. Yet even if you aren’t on the frisbee team, it’s hard not to take notice.

Frisbee grabs your attention all over campus. First at the activity fair, covered in glitter and tutu’s — what one member properly called “ridiculous flair” — throwing around a frisbee and blasting music. Then on Garc on Friday afternoons, yelling so loud I can hear them from the Puddle. This flair is the culmination of the personalities of everyone on the team; quiet, loud, first-year or senior, cat or dog lover. It is a representation of the culture of the team, and reminds everyone to have fun and not take things too seriously. And that seems to have worked out in their favor.

“I have played high level soccer all my life, and yet have never been on a team that is so competitive,” says Annie Boyer ‘21.

If you didn’t already believe me, here are some more examples.

There is always something going on for the team. Whether it be some of the best themed parties you’ve ever seen, apple picking at Wallingford’s Fruit House, pasta dinners or simply making a ruckus in commons, these girls are genuinely friends.

“It’s been an incredible experience to be a part of such an inclusive and supportive team, especially as a first year and I’m really looking forward to seeing this program continue to grow throughout my time at Bates,” says Liz Casey ‘21, who plays on the A team.

Jamie Siegart ‘21,  who plays on the B team couldn’t agree more.

“My favorite part of Coldfront is that we are one big family, regardless of if you are on A or B team” Siegart says. “Everyone seriously cares about each other and wants you to be the best player that you can be. You can come onto the team with no prior frisbee experience at all and are welcomed with open arms and smiling faces. Joining frisbee was the best decision I’ve made thus far at Bates.”

Although a club level sport, they are led by confident and extraordinary captains at both team levels. But above everything else, the succeed because everyone on the team cares.

“The program is driven more by people on the team than by the school so we can define and create what we want as a team and as a culture,” says Adair Andre ‘18.

Input is important, every members opinion matters, and that shows through the time they spend together (as well as team meetings, strategy conversations, surveys).

I could go on and on, but I suggest you see for yourself and keep up with Coldfront’s success at Nationals the week of May 19.

Why a Canadian Team Needs to Win the Stanley Cup

I know, I know, at this point you’ve probably scoffed and switched to reading a different article, but hear me out.

When you think of Hockey, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? A toothless Hoser in a tattered Canadiens jersey just playing a little pond hockey with some Timmies and an ice cold Molson.

Personally, I can name 20 of my high school classmates that fit that bill.

Yes, there it is: I am Canadian. But I assure you that, just because our money looks like it came straight out of a game of Monopoly, doesn’t mean I can’t give my two cents (pay no attention to the fact that Canada also no longer has pennies…). All jokes aside, while Canada is often synonymous with Hockey, no Canadian team has won a Stanley Cup in 23 years.

In 2016, not a single Canadian team made the playoffs.

The Montreal Canadians have won the most Stanley Cups in history (24), but haven’t made it past the first round of playoffs in the last three years, and haven’t won a cup since 1993. It’s still too soon for me to talk about the Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Bruins in 2011, or as my Grade Six teacher called it at the time, “The Choke of the Century.” The Flames have missed out on a playoff bid for two of the last three years, and up until 2014 hadn’t won a playoff game in ten years. Edmonton had high hopes when they acquired Connor McDavid, now the youngest captain in NHL history, but, last year, made the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons. Ottawa has had such a bad year that the owner threatened to move the team. The Jets haven’t been much different, only making two playoff appearances since relocating in 2011, with this year marking their first playoff series win in franchise history. And with the Leafs’ tough loss to the Bruins last Wednesday, the city of Toronto will mark its 50th year without winning a Stanley Cup.

So why does Canada — the country which is credited with inventing the sport — consistently have such a hard time reaching a post-season series? I could go on about that for pages and pages. But as nice as it would be to finally get a win in what essentially is Canada’s national sport, there is another reason why this is Canada’s year.

I was sitting in the Den watching the pre-game report on last Wednesday’s Bruins – Maple Leafs game seven, and I saw on the b-roll a sign that said, “Toronto Strong.” In the wake of the attack by a man who plowed into a crowd killing 10 and injuring 14 two days before, Toronto really needed a win. They fought hard, and it was a fair game, the Leafs were simply outplayed. But after what feels like a never ending series of mass deaths in Canada in the last few weeks, Canadians need something to place their faith in again. The entire National Hockey League, and the entire country, has united in their support for the Humboldt Broncos, the SJHL team that was involved in a 16 fatality crash earlier this month. But it is the neighboring province’s Winnipeg Jets that have become a symbol of the strength and resilience for which hockey players are known. The same could be said for plenty of other teams; e.g. the Tampa Bay Lightning in the wake of the Parkland Shooting. But in a league that has come to rely so much on young prospects, overshadowed by the fact that 10 young players with dreams of winning a Cup will never get there, maybe the Winnipeg Jets can restore the Canadian faith and win it for the Humboldt Broncos.

 

Men’s Lax Dominates Endicott College

It was an outstanding week for Bates’ men’s lacrosse team. Coming off a tough loss versus Williams, the Bobcats headed into a non-conference matchup versus the Endicott College Gulls with redemption on their mind.

The Gulls came out strong, putting four goals up, before senior captain Clarke Jones ’18 netted a goal with two minutes left in the first quarter off an assist from Brendan Mullally ’20. Endicott responded a minute later, putting the Gulls up 5-1 at the end of the first. The Bobcats would not go down without a fight, scoring in the second at 14:07 by way of senior captain Burke Smith ’18, and again a minute later by Matt Chlastawa ’20.

Halfway through the second, Bates had tied it up, thanks to goals by Matt Kelleher ’19 and Jones. It was scoreless for another four minutes. Then, Chlastawa found Jones for a nice goal to put Bates ahead by one. Less than thirty seconds later, Peyton Weatherbie ’21 scored his first career goal off an assist by Sean Clark ’20, bringing Bates up 7-5.

Endicott responded quickly with one more. However, another from Mullally sealed the second quarter up, with Bates sitting at eight to Endicott’s six after being down by four at the end of the last quarter. The Bobcats never trailed again for the remainder of the game.

The teams traded goals all the way through the third, but the Bobcats never relented. Jones put a pair on the board with eleven minutes left. The Gulls fought for two more at nine minutes left, but Kelleher responded a minute later off of Chlastawa. Endicott didn’t score for the rest of the game. Jack Scribner ’21 put another one up with five minutes left, and Chlastawa threw in one more for good measure. The Bobcats took the win with a final score of 15-10.

“After last Saturday’s loss, the team knew that we weren’t going to be given anything, especially in a conference like the NESCAC,” says Peyton Weatherbie ‘21. “That is why Tuesday’s game was important for us. It was important for us to get back to our fundamentals and get back in the win column. Now that out of conference play is over, we know that every game is a playoff game, and we are excited to take advantage of every chance we get to show other teams in our conference what we can do.”

That proved to be sound advice, as the Bobcats dominated in an away game versus the Hamilton College Continentals. Bates came exploding out of the gate, winning the face off and scoring the first goal of the match within the first minute by Curtis Knapton ’20. Bates scored two more before a response from the Continentals, an unassisted goal from senior captain Jones, and then one more from Chlastawa assisted by Parker Strong ’18.

Jones and Chlastawa are currently tied at the top of the conference with 33 goals, with Chlastawa topping the NESCAC with 59 points and Jones at a close second with 47 points. Bates responded to Hamilton’s only tally of the game with two more shots by Mullally and Chlastawa at 3:42, just shy of the last minute of the game.

The Continentals pulled out one more with just 26 seconds to go in the first quarter. The second quarter was completely dominated by the Bobcats, with Jones scoring back-to-back goals in the twelfth minute. Add to that one more by Knapton, Scribner’s first of the game and another for Chlastawa, and the score was 10-2 at halftime. Hamilton came back in the game after the break, putting up four goals and leaving Bates scoreless up until nearly the fifth minute. Jones and Chlastawa teamed up for one, which Hamilton quickly retaliated. The duo quickly put up two more to close out the third, first by Jones unassisted, then a buzzer beater by Chlastawa fed by Jones.

Bates extended their lead in the fourth to seal the deal, outscoring Hamilton 6-2, with goals from Dahnique Brown-Jones ’19, a pair by Mullally, one more from Chlastawa/Jones, one from Andrew Small ’19, and the first career goal by James Gruver ’21.

“It was a really fun and exciting game. Getting another NESCAC win means a lot to everybody on the team and is something we will absolutely build off of. I think we all are excited to keep proving what we are capable of this season and are working hard to keep moving forward,” says Drew Collins ’20.

 

An Interview with a Bates Alumnae: Abigail Abbott ’17

Sure, it’s posted on the face of every Bates brochure; job outcomes after graduation from Bates College are near perfect. A staggering 99.5% of the class of 2017 reported being settled. But do we actually see this affect back on campus? In my experience, yes. I sat down with Abigail Abbott ’17, an Education Fellow at the Bates Museum to discuss just that.

Bates Student (BS): First, could you tell me a little about your position and how you came to land in it?

Abby Abbott (AA): As an Education Fellow at the Museum, I work with Anthony Shostak who is the Education Curator, and I help him with all the educational programming that we do here at the museum. I help him with all the outreach to local K-12 schools, for example at Auburn Middle School we go in and do week-long printmaking workshops, and we’ll also offer workshops throughout the school year here at Bates. That’s one part of my job, and then I also work on reaching out to Bates students. I am trying to figure out ways to get students more involved with and more aware of the Museum. We have done things like holding a paint night or printmaking workshops, in hopes that it will sort of ‘spread the word’ about what we offer here and how the Museum works for Bates students. I also manage the Museum’s Instagram account, and we will have professors bring in their classes to look at works from our permanent collection. There are many different facets to this position and things that I am kind of tapping into.

I came across this job…I think I might have seen it when I was applying for different positions my senior year. I figured it would be a good fit for me, a good post-Bates job (even though I’m still here), something to kind of transition from being a student to learning about the arts and learning about education and other jobs within a museum, and it has been very helpful thinking of what I want to do long-term.

BS: So when you came to Bates, what was your thinking for your career path?

AA: I did a lot of back and forth. When I first came to Bates I knew that I loved art, and then I took a few education classes and I really loved that, so I was thinking about ways to merge the two, but then I was also a psych major, and that also came into play. I was starting to lean more towards doing research about well-being and then I realized that art was my passion and I really enjoyed sharing that with other people, whether that was through teaching or producing my own art. I wanted to be in a position that allowed me to explore different opportunities in both fields. I am still struggling with figuring out what path I want to go down, but you never know what opportunities will arise so you just have to be open minded.

BS: Ok now a couple fun questions, what was your favorite class that you took as a student here?

AA: Oooh that’s tough there are so many! I have two favorites. One that led me down the route of education was “Perspectives on Education” with Mara (Prof. Mara Tieken), she’s an incredible teacher, and I learned a lot from her. The other one would be, I’m forgetting the exact name of it, but it is with Professor David Cummiskey, Philosophy of Health I think. That one was incredible because you learned about how different cultures approach health care and it’s so different from everything I was studying in art.

BS: Okay two more favorites, favorite work of art and favorite thing in Commons?

AA: Oh my gosh, I have so many. I feel like it always changes for me. A consistent favorite is Edgar Degas, some of his pastels are just incredible. The artist that I am working on an exhibition for right now, Dahlov Ipcar, is amazing too. She has these incredible paintings with geometric patterns and animals that she basically painted from her imagination. Commons…just everything. One of my favorite desserts is the chocolate no bake cookies — so good. I also love the nuggets that they do. Oh and I miss the omelet bar, I wish I could have that back in my life!

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Lax Goes Viral

This week proved to be rather eventful for the men’s lacrosse team.

Coming in hot off a NESCAC win last Saturday, the Bobcats took to the field on Tuesday, March 20, in a non-conference matchup against Keene State.

The ‘Cats established a lead early on, ending the first quarter up 4-1. Curtis Knapton ‘20 got Bates up on the board first, followed by one from Clarke Jones ‘18, and then two later in the quarter from Max Breschi ‘18 and Jack Scribner ‘18.

The second quarter started off with a bang, when Matt Chlastawa ‘20 scored three times in the first five minutes. He rounded off the game with seven goals and three assists, but the action really got started in the third quarter. Brendan Mullally ‘20 showed up with a hat trick in the third, but it was one goal in particular that garnered attention. With a nice behind-the-back feed from Chlastawa, Mullally pulled off an amazing behind-the-back goal. So amazing in fact, that the play made the SportsCenter top ten of the week, topping up the list at number one.

“I saw the #sctop10 on the Bates Instagram, but I wasn’t expecting to make it, much less number one. It’s just a testament to Aaron Morse and all the hard work he has done for the marketing of Bates Athletics,” says Chlastawa. “I didn’t believe it at first, and it was cool to see a Bates highlight along with two other lacrosse highlights. I think it’s great for Bates as well as the lacrosse community as a whole.”

Bates finished off the game with five goals scored in the last quarter, including the final 21st by Devin Russell ’21, the first of his career. “It was great to see the team really come together and start to play towards our potential. The atmosphere was electric,” Russell says.

That electric atmosphere continued on Saturday, March 24, when the ‘Cats met the Williams College Ephs at home to an energetic crowd. However, a filled home stadium wasn’t enough to push the team to a win, with the Eph’s coming out on top 17-8. The Ephs set the precedent early on in the first, but the Bobcats fought hard and, after essentially matching Williams point for point, managed to tie it up by the end of the second quarter. Even though Bates put up 44 shots, Williams matched exactly that and took off in the second half of the game. The Ephs put two on the board in the first two minutes of play in the third, and never trailed after that. Bates put up two more goals, one in each of the last two quarters, scored by Clarke Jones ‘18 and Curtis Knapton ‘20 respectively. The Ephs sealed the deal in the fourth, scoring five goals in response to Knapton. Despite the loss, senior captain Clarke Jones put up four goals, and goalie Rob Strain ‘20 put up an impressive wall to a barrage of tough shots from the Ephs.

“Tuesday was a great team win. We had 14 members of the team tally points, so it was really nice to see representation from a large portion of the squad,” says Will Haskell ‘21. “It was an unfortunate loss on Saturday, but it does show us that we do have a lot to learn, and that the NESCAC is a hard conference and not always to expect a win, but it was amazing to see the turnout. It always adds more energy to the game.”

 

Men’s Lacrosse Nabs First NESCAC Win of 2018 Season

After narrow losses in the first two NESCAC matchups this season, Bates men’s lacrosse headed into Saturday afternoon’s game against Trinity eager to pull out a win. Although sub-zero conditions deterred a large crowd, the team exploded onto the field ready to fight.

The Trinity College Bantams were the first on the board, but the ’Cats quickly responded and took the lead with three goals in the first quarter; two of which were scored by Matt Chlastawa ’20, who finished the game with a season high five goals. The points in this game also brought Chlastawa up to the top of the NESCAC standings in points, tying for first at 30.

The only goal of the second quarter came from an assist from Chlastawa, who ferried a ground ball to fellow sophomore Curtis Knapton ’20, who put one more on the board from eight yards out. The second quarter came to a close with the ’Cats up four to one against the Bantams. Bates came into the third even stronger, bringing it to 5-1 within the first thirteen seconds with a goal scored by Jack O’Brien ’18.

Rob Strain ’20 recorded 11 saves throughout the game, but let two slip in in the last few minutes of the quarter. However, with another four goals in hand, scored by Chlastawa , Dahnique Brown-Jones ’19, Clarke Jones ’18, and Breschi ’18, Bates finished out the third at 8-3. The Bantams fought hard, putting another four goals on the board. Despite the Bantams’ aggressive offense, the Bobcats scored another six goals in the fourth, three of which came in the first minute of play. At the end of the game, Jones netted a hat trick, and star of the game Chlastawa popped in two more to bring his tally up to five.

“This year has been so much fun. We have so many new guys contributing, that every practice and game has tremendous energy,” said Chlastawa when asked about this year’s squad. “I love my team and the coaching staff. We are extremely excited for the four-game home stretch we have for the next couple of weeks. It’s always nice seeing and hearing family and friends in the stands.”

That young talent has proved to be key for Bates, with first-year Will Haskell ’21 quickly making his mark as a defensive force, racking up two ground balls and a game high three turnovers.

“The whole team has been putting in a lot of work this whole year, and it feels good when it shows in a game like today’s against Trinity,” says Haskell.

Although there is plenty of young talent on this year’s squad, there certainly isn’t a lack of talent or leadership from the upperclassmen. Senior captains Burke Smith ’18 and Jones  are consistent scorers, fierce leaders, and hold their team to a high standard on and off the field.

“The leaders on this team have emphasized from day one that this group works for each other and is a family,” says Peyton Weatherbie ’21. “From the start, every 6:00 a.m. conditioning class, every practice, every game we have played together and for each other. That is what drives us to succeed, and it shows in games like [Saturday’s].”

The men’s lacrosse team will take on Keene State at home on Tuesday, March 20.

A Bittersweet End to a Terrific Season for Men’s Hockey

It’s about that time of year again when winter sports start to come to a close, and men’s hockey is no exception. After a tough season, the Bobcats were hoping to get a win out of Friday night’s game versus Husson and they were not disappointed. Arguably one of the most exciting games of the year, every single member of the team gave it their all on the ice to walk away with a 3-2 win.

The final game of the season drew a large crowd, and the energy on the ice mirrored that of the filled stands. Their season finale was not the only reason for the impressive spectator showing. Friday night was special — it was senior night at Underhill. Out of the five leading goal scorers this season, four are seniors. The influence of the team’s six seniors — captains Nick Barker and Sam Levin and assistant captains Andrew Cahill, David Katzman, Ryan Chinn, and Max Watson — can not be underestimated. Both Chinn and Watson came off of injuries and made some instrumental defensive plays. Katzman, Levin and Cahill were inches away from goals in the game vs. Husson, and if it was not for the opposing team’s outstanding goalkeeping performance, all three players would have walked away with more points. Barker, to the crowds delight, extended his point streak with the first goal of the night, and just missed out on a hat trick with a goal in the third, sealing the deal for the ‘Cats.

However, the seniors’ influence spans much deeper than simply on the ice. From the battle against Wentworth Institute of Technology this year, to winning the NECHA open in 2016, to memories of the first moments with the team as first-years, all six men have grown together as friends and teammates.

It is no doubt that all six of them are strong leaders, and will be dearly missed next year by teammates and fans alike. Surely no one could know these players better than their coach, Michael O’Brien.

“I’m really proud of this hockey team, their effort and attitude was excellent all season,” says Coach O’Brien. “The senior class created a fantastic environment, and those guys will be greatly missed. There’s no doubt in my mind that next year’s team will pick up where this club left off, continue to improve, and keep moving the program in a positive direction.”

When I spoke to the six seniors, this was more than evident.

“With the perseverance and determination of this team’s leadership, captains, and players we have been able to rebuild this team into a legitimate hockey program that I am confident will encounter much success for many seasons to come. I cannot be more proud or honored to have played alongside my fellow senior teammates, as we stood together since day one and carried this team with us,” says Chinn. His fellow players could not agree more.

“Playing hockey at Bates College has been a true honor. I cannot thank my teammates and coaches enough for their support over the last four years. For us, hockey is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle,” says Barker. “While this program is not considered a varsity sport, we aim to practice, perform, and behave as though it is. Over the last four years, we have improved as a team and a program, leaving the door open for future success under Coach O’Brien. I would be seriously remiss to not thank the fans who pack the Underhill on the norm. Thank you for all the support. Finally, thank you to my folks who started me off on skates at a young age and encouraged me to pick up hockey. Without your support over the years, driving me to early practices and packing in the cold rinks on Saturday nights, I wouldn’t be here.”

Finally, no one summed it up better than senior captain Sam Levin. “The ice hockey team has been a cornerstone of my experience at Bates. One thing that I told the guys a lot this year is that, inevitably, someday we’ll look back on our memories here and want it all again — and when we do, it is important for that to be for the right reasons,” he says. “Friday’s win, a hard-fought team effort in front of the diehard Bobcat faithful, was a fitting way to cap off an incredibly rewarding season. The alumni game and reunion the following day were also nothing short of spectacular. We had guys out there ranging from recent graduates and former teammates of mine to members of the classes of 1965 and 1980, respectively.”

As noted by Levin when asked about the weekend, “I cannot possibly express enough gratitude; Bates Hockey is a family that it is truly an honor to be a part of.”

 

Despite Losses, Men’s Basketball Takes Pride in Leadership and Growth of Progam

Although this week’s matchups for the men’s basketball team did not go quite as planned, the team is by no means held down.

Friday’s highly anticipated game against Hamilton proved to be tough, with the Continentals creating a substantial lead by the end of the first. However, the Bobcats didn’t go down without a fight. Jeff Spellman ’20 ended the game with twelve points, coming second only to senior captain Justin Zukowski ’18, who scored the team high for the night of thirteen points. Additionally, first-years David Akinyemi ’21 and Raheem Spence ’21 got on the board, with Akinyemi scoring the first point of his college career, and Spence grabbing two rebounds. Unfortunately, that was not enough to sway the game, and the ’Cats fell 89-57 to Hamilton at the end of the night.

Hoping to snag a win, the Bobcats hosted the Amherst College Mammoths the next evening. The star of the game was undoubtedly Kody Greenhalgh ’20, who scored a team—and season—high of seventeen points. Greenhalgh, with help from consistent scorer Spellman and Nick Gilpin ‘20, held off Amherst until the very end of the game. But the Mammoths were up to the challenge—with help from their 6’ 10” center—scoring nearly fourteen straight points in the following five minutes, and eventually outscoring Bates 80-61.

When talking with the team, their two losses did not seem to be of highest concern. With the ’17-’18 season coming to a close, first-year Billy Larhart ’21 took a moment to appreciate the senior leadership on the team. Zukowski and Shawn Strickland ’18 have been forces to reckon with on and off the court.

“Strick is a natural point guard and has been a floor general for us all season long. He’s always poised with the ball in his hands, and he makes his teammates better. Always has an awesome attitude,” says Larhart. “And Zuke is an animal, simply put. He has a crazy high motor and a great shot. He gives maximum effort every time he’s in between the lines, practice or game. He’s on the floor for every loose ball and makes winning plays every time he’s on the court. That says a lot about him as a senior and a leader.”

When asked to reflect on the past week and their Bates basketball career, both Zukowski and Strickland were candid and cogent.

“Basketball has really shaped my entire experience at Bates. I’ve met some of my best friends, because of the basketball program, and it’s served as an outlet for me when the semesters have been tough, in terms of how much school work I may have at certain points throughout the year,” says Strickland. “Also, being with the program for four seasons now, I’ve been on just about every part of the spectrum in terms of our success. My most memorable moment came during my first season, as I was able to be a part of the first men’s basketball team to advance to the sweet sixteen of the national tournament in school history. It was an incredible feeling to be a part of something that will remain a bright spot in the history of the program for many years to come.”

Zukowski brought the truth about being a student-athlete. “I feel like a lot of people don’t understand how much time is put into being on the basketball team. It’s a long season, and it stretches through both semesters, which makes it hard to keep up with school work,” he says. “It really forces you to enjoy every second of the experience and the people around you. Our program has kept hold of those strong relationships with its alumni, which goes to show how much players have invested themselves in the program. I will never regret playing hoops at Bates, because I made so many great friends along the way who are looking out for me, while I’m doing the same for them. The culture we have built here is really something special.”

The men’s basketball team will have their final matchup of the season this Friday at 7:00 p.m. versus Trinity College.

Alpine Ski Teams Bring Home Impressive Results

This past week saw numerous personal and team bests for the men’s and women’s Alpine ski teams at the St. Michaels and Colby Carnivals respectively.

Senior captain Sierra Ryder ‘18 led the way, posting a personal best 13th place finish in Giant Slalom (GS) at the Colby Carnival at the beginning of this week.

“The Colby Carnival was interesting this year because the Slalom (SL) got canceled and pushed to today (Jan. 28) at Sugarbush after the St. Michaels Carnival. But both the GS and SL of the Colby Carnival were great. The women’s team did amazing in both GS and SL. At the St. Michael’s Carnival, at the SL we had three girls in the top 11 which is so good especially competing with so many division 1 schools (Dartmouth, UVM, UNH) that bring in some of the best skiers in the country but we are right there with them and it’s so great to see,” says Ryder. “There is a lot of young talent this year and it’s exciting to see what they are doing already. It’s definitely tough for the younger guys having to compete with skiers who are up to 25 years old but they all have great attitudes and I love seeing their positive energy on the hill.”

She couldn’t be more right, as first-year Hannah West ‘21 brought that exact young talent to the table with some amazing runs. With a combined time of 2:08:01 in GS and 1:39.23 in SL, West cinched ninth and eighth place respectively. West’s skills weren’t limited to the Colby Carnival. At this weekend’s St. Michaels carnival (Stowe, VT), Hannah placed 16th out of the 75 skiers in the GS race, and was the third fastest athlete from a Division III school. Her strength was not missed in Slalom either, where she placed 24th, leading the women’s alpine team to a fourth place finish. “Carnivals have the best student-athletes in the east, and every race is very competitive. The racers in the carnivals are all so determined, athletic, and all have a passion for ski racing,” says West. “Even with the tough competition, carnivals are very fun! Ski racing is a very individual sport, but when I came to college, I’ve learned that it’s more about the team doing well as a whole, and it’s so much fun when you come through the finish line to see your whole team there cheering for you.”

The team also placed sixth in the GS standings from the St. Michaels carnival.

Though there was definitely some female domination, members from the men’s alpine team weren’t lacking in good results by any means. The power was again seated in the first-years, as Calvin Wilson ‘21 made his mark in both the Colby and St. Michaels carnivals. Wilson placed 33rd out of 71 participants in GS (2:06.08) and 18th out of 74 participants in Slalom (1:29.12) in the Colby Carnival. He also had solid finishes at 34th in GS, and 40th in SL in Vermont for St. Michael’s. Sophomores Ryan Clermont ‘20 and Tagert Mueller ‘20 both played significant roles in the men’s results, with Mueller nipping at Wilson’s heels at both of the Carnivals, finishing 36th and 35th in GS at the two meets.

“I can say from experience that it can take a little bit to find your groove in the Carnivals and deal with the pressure of competing with top skiers in the USA, Canada and a few internationals. But overall I think everyone is trying their best and the results are showing, ” remarks Ryder. “The rest of the season I am hoping will be good, with ski racing anything can happen on any given day, there will be setbacks, there will be good results and bad results, but as long as we keep the positive vibes going I think we will see success down the road.”

The men’s and women’s teams head off to Stowe, VT again this weekend for the UVM (University of Vermont) Carnival.

 

Double Headers Yield Mixed Results for Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Teams

It was a packed weekend for both the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, with games scheduled Friday night, January 19 through to Sunday, January 21.

The men’s team took a tough loss on Friday night vs. University of New England (UNE), with the final score a disappointing 9-3. Senior Nick Barker ’18 showed why he continues to lead the team in points, scoring the first goal for the ’Cats with an assist from first-year Ben Stratton ’21. Although the Bobcats dominated the game throughout all three periods, they made some tough mistakes that cost them a significant amount of goals late in the game.

The second goal for Bates was scored by Bob Xu ’19 and assisted by Max Watson ’18. The final goal for the Bobcats was scored by Barker and assisted by returning junior Ned Moreland ’19, making that seven points in the last three games for the senior captain.

“It was a hard loss. The team gave their all but we couldn’t get the result we wanted. We are going to take this loss and turn it into a positive,” said Brooks Clement ’21 after Friday’s game.

Looking to do just that, the Bobcats returned to home ice on Saturday night vs. Central Maine Community College (CMCC). Unfortunately they walked away with another loss, the final score being 9-6 in favor of CMCC. “The difference in the game was the first five minutes of the second period,” said Barker. “We let in some soft goals on blown coverages and didn’t bounce back. We fought hard down the stretch but it wasn’t enough in the end. Moving forward, we need to be more disciplined.”

After a long hiatus from the ice, the Lady ’Cats returned to home ice on Saturday afternoon vs. Stonehill. Bates walked away from the game with a win, and 10 goals to boot. The girls dominated the game, and had a flurry of goals scored by Brigid Quinn ’18, Victoria McGee ’20, Mary Stanton ’21, Emma Schiller ’18, Alice Pingeon ’20, Anastasia Leff ’19, and Emma Goff ’18. There is an impressive range of talent on this year’s team, including particularly strong showings from the first-year class. Sarah MacCormick ‘21, Stanton, and Brianna Karboski ’21 all have been vital in setting up plays, and are all-around strong additions to the team on and off the ice.

Sunday’s game ended in a similar fashion, with Bates walking away with another win 5-2 against MIT. McGee scored twice, Leff scored once and the girls rounded it out to five with one goal each for Pingeon and Lauren Foster ’18.

“I think the theme of this week was persistence,” said Maddie Murphy ’20. “Saturday, when we played Stonehill, we were up 5-0 at the end of the first period, but they caught up to us 6-5 at the end of the second. We took time between the second and third period to rejuvenate in the locker room and then persisted all the way from the first whistle of the period to the last whistle ending the game. Although the score of Sundays game was never as close as Saturday, the other team was fighting just as hard as we were, but we persisted and came out with a win in the end.”

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