The Bates Student

The Voice of Bates College since 1873

Author: Sojung Kim

A Tough Loss for Women’s Lax Team Against Colby

What a game it was for the Bates women’s lacrosse team on April 25 against the No. 18 nationally ranked Colby. In their regular season finale, Colby took the win 8-7 during overtime. Colby’s victory enabled them to clinch a spot in the NESCAC playoffs. Colby’s win unfortunately ended the Bobcats’ chance to do the same.

“I thought the Colby game was our hardest-fought game of the season. We moved the ball fast on the attacking side with composure and our slides and communication on defense were great,” says Caroline Kerrigan ‘20.

Colby completely dominated the first half, with a 4-1 lead before intermission. Colby’s Sasha Fritts scored a pair of bounce shots within the first 62 seconds of the game. Continuing on that momentum, Colby’s Kendell Smith made it 3-0 in the first 5 minutes. Fortunately, our very own Bobcat Teal Otley ‘18 was able to get the first goal for Bates from an e position goal shot at an extreme angle on the left side. With 19:46 minutes left to go in the first half, the Mules were able to regain the three goal lead.

The Bobcats forcefully came back in charge by starting the second half with a pair of goals by Liv Sandford ‘20. At the 28:26 mark, Sanford was able to finish a beautiful pass down the left lane by Camille Belletete ‘18. Then again in the 26:13 mark, Sandford closed the gap to 4-3 when Katie Allard ‘19 found her open in front of Colby’s net. These goals showed the Bobcats’ great and unique team dynamic.

“The team dynamic this season was amazing. We are all very close on and off the field, and I definitely thought that was noticeable on the field this season. We all have so much fun playing with each other, and I think that contributed to how hard we worked this season,” says Kerrigan.

58 seconds after that goal, the Bobcats scored another to tie the game 4-4 with Otley batting in a nice inside feed from Sydney Howard ‘19. The Bobcats were soon able to take its only lead of the game at the 24:02 mark when Otley tallied her third score from a bang-bang play. Then with 18:56 left of the second half, the Mules came back to tie it 5-5 with the goal scored by Bridget Horwood.

Colby’s Fritz was able to put the Mules back into the lead when she scored from a tight angle off the right post. Of course, no surprise, the Bobcats came back again to tie the score with Summer Dias 21’s goal over the keeper’s shoulder. Colby aggressively responded with a go-ahead goal: first year Grace Langmuir drove from the left side to into the middle then turned and swung her stick behind her legs scoring a fantastic goal. With 42 seconds left on the clock, the Bobcats were able to score the tying goal, sending both teams to an exciting sudden-death overtime.

Belletete won the opening draw of overtime for Bates, but with 4:16 left, Colby’s Banks weaved in front of the Bates goal to end the game 8-7 for the win.

Although this is the end of the season for the Bates women’s lacrosse team, they will never forget this last game. The game showed the team’s heart and willpower. These qualities will help them improve for next season.

“There were ups and downs we fought through this season, the same as any other season. I think all of wish we could continue our season, but our grit and determination this season made us improve as individual players and as a team. We fought through every obstacle together, and that made us a better team overall,” says Kerrigan.

A Tough Week for Bates Women’s Softball Team

The Bates women’s softball team has had an unbelievable start to the season so far. With nine wins total, captain Victoria Fitzgerald ’18 comments about what she thinks has contributed to the team’s success.

“Our trust in each other, ourselves, and the process has been a main contributor to our success,” she says. “In Florida we had some games where we had to work really hard under high pressure situations to pull off wins, because we had a strong confidence and trust in each other, ourselves, and the process.”

Even with great success, there are times where a team will fall. This was unfortunately the case during Friday and Saturday’s games for the Bobcats. On Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, the team lost all three games to Trinity College.

On Friday, the Bobcats fell 9-1. Through three innings, the Bantams had an 8-0 lead. In the first inning, Trinity got things going when Erica Merullo started with a base hit before swiping second. The Bobcats threatened for a comeback in the second inning after a walk by Mary Collette ’21, single from Paige Ahlholm ’18, and bases loaded by Kirsten Pelletier ’20. Unfortunately, the Bobcats were left off the scoreboard for the time being.

The Bantams scored twice more from Thomas’s double to deep left center that scored Nicole Towner. Later, Thomas scored on a passed ball. In the third inning, Trinity took advantage of three errors made by the Bobcats, putting them in an 8-0 lead.

After a scoreless fourth inning, the Bobcats came back in the fifth when Andrea Russo ’19 led the inning off with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Collette. Pelletier kept the Bantams from scoring in the home half, but the Bantams came through the following inning.

On Saturday, the Bobcats played two games against Trinity. In the first game, the Bobcats fell 6-5. In the first inning, Bates took a 2-0 lead on a two-single run with two outs by Collette. Soon, the Bantams went ahead 4-2 with run-scoring singles by Treglia and Courtney Erickson. The Bobcats then took the 5-4 lead but Trinity was able to tie the score when Thomas blasted her first career bomb. Although it was a close game, the Bantams ended the game 6-5 when Bantam’s Race punched the game winning hit.

In the second game, the Bobcats fell 4-3. Bates led the game 3-0 after three innings. Trinity’s Race singled and scored an unearned run in the fourth inning. Then, Trinity’s Treglia gave Trinity its lead of the game with her second and third RBI of the afternoon, winning 4-3. Bates’ Caroline Bass ’21 was 5-for-7 with three runs scored and two steals, and both Julia Panepinto ’20 and Russo had three hits in the twinbill.

Having lost all three games this weekend, Fitzgerald mentions that it was a hard moment for the Bobcats. “I would say that some of the hardest moments came from the games we played this weekend,” she says. “However, there were some great learning moments from those games. Coach Barnes actually referred to those games as two ‘learners.’ The team saw how competitive the NESCAC is, and how important it is that we do not let up at all during our games.”

Fitzgerald then remarks that this was definitely a learning experience for the team. “We didn’t come out on Friday as strong as we could and got a bit of a wakeup call with that game. However, I was impressed with how we bounced back on Saturday by putting together two great games that just didn’t go our way,” she says. “On Saturday, the team was extremely resilient; we battled in both games. Both games were really heartbreakers that could have gone either way. In our next series, the team is ready to come out strong in the first game and to build on that with the next games.”

With one of the best team dynamics Fitzgerald has ever seen at her time at Bates, the support and culture within the team will not only help win their best game, but hopefully also clinch a spot in the NESCAC playoffs.

The Bobcats will be playing Tufts at Thomas, MA on April, 4. They are hoping to add another win to their overall score for the season.

Baseball Defeats UMass-Dartmouth 4-3

The Bates baseball team has not been off to a great start in their 2017-2018 season. With six losses and two wins so far, they are trying to get back onto the ball by winning their game against UMass-Darthmouth in Boston on Sunday, March 25.

Having lost the first handful of games of the season, Coach Jon mentioned that it was a definite wake up call.

We haven’t dealt with the hardest moment yet. It’ll come later in the season,” Coach Jon says. “I’d say our first few games were a wake-up call for us. We realized we needed to put the work in and prepare as a team. It’s come along well since then.”

With this shift in perspective from the team, they have been working hard during practices to win more games. Having a unique team dynamic has made that process a lot easier.

“The team dynamic is unique. We have such a diverse group…. different personalities, different cultures/backgrounds. We aren’t scared to have some fun either,” says Coach Jon.

One setback is definitely the weather. There have been constant snowfalls and cold winds, which have made their season very difficult. Due to the weather, they have been practicing in the gray cage, and both of their games against MIT have been either cancelled or postponed.

The season has been difficult dealing with weather, but it’s the same for everyone on the East Coast. We just need to play our schedule. We have a good team, and they’ve done a great job staying focused during practices. We are ready for the heart of the season coming up,” says Coach Jon.

However, the weather does not scare this team; not only do the Bobcats enjoy playing in the cold, but they also have signed up for training and competing in this crazy Maine weather.

When asked the question, “What is the mentality and attitude the team should have going into Sunday’s game?” Coach Jon responded with “Win one inning at a time. Execute.” That is exactly what the men’s baseball team did, as they won an exciting 4-3 victory against UMass-Dartmouth on Sunday.

In the seventh inning, UMass-Dartmouth’s Kenny Michael doubled down the left field line, and Nate Tellier scored. In the same inning, UMass-Dartmouth’s Mitch Baker stole second base, and Michael stole home. At this point, the score was 2-0 for UMass-Dartmouth. In the eighth inning, UMass-Dartmouth’s Josh O’Neil doubled down the left field line and Zach Courier scored.

During the ninth inning, the Bobcats made a major comeback and won the game 4-3. The first highlight involved Dan Trulli ’19 reaching on a fielder’s choice, Rob Matson ’21 advancing to second base, Jon Lindgren ’20 advancing to third base, and Connor DiVincenzo ’18 reaching home plate, making the score 3-1.

In the second play, Jack Arend ’20 was hit by pitch, Trulli advanced to second, Matson advanced to third, and Lindgren scored.

During the third play, Kyle Carter ’20 reached on a fielder’s choice, Arend got out at second, Trulli advanced to third, and Matson scored.

In the final play during the ninth inning, Pat Beaton ’20 singled to right field, Carter advanced to second, and Trulli scored. This secured the Bobcats’ victory, and they won the game 4-3.

The Bobcats will play UMass-Dartmouth again on March 27 at Endicott. With the same work ethic, attitude, and mindset they’ve had for the last three games, they are hoping to not only beat this team again, but add another win to their overall record for the season. And with this goal, the team is hoping to play in the NESCAC playoffs again, like they did last season.

Bates Women’s Tennis Takes on Case Western Reserve, Swarthmore, and Washington and Lee

The women’s team had an exciting weekend playing in the Blue-Grey Invitational with matches on Friday, March 16, Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18. On Friday, No. 17 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve won 7-2, stopping the Bobcat’s five-match win streak. On Saturday, the Bobcats played No. 40 nationally ranked Swarthmore, earning a 5-4 victory. Finally, on Sunday, they unfortunately fell 7-2 to No. 14 nationally ranked Washington and Lee. All matches were held at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

All the girls were excited about the Virginia matches. We had a long weekend, and everyone felt prepared, minus a couple of lingering injuries affecting some members in the starting lineup,” says Maisie Silverman ’18. “Our main goal throughout all our matches was to fight for each other and compete for each other, no matter what team we were playing.”

On Friday, Case Western Reserve swept through the doubles matches with no wins for the Bobcats. In the singles matches, Silverman and first-year Hannah Sweeney ’21 won their matches, earning Bates their only two points for the day. With the Bobcats not off to a good start to the weekend, Silverman knew that the team needed a little inspiration.

“Although we had positive energy during our Friday match, we wanted to improve the energy level and the idea of having “heart from the start” for our Saturday match against Swarthmore,” says Silverman. “Mostly, we wanted our mental game to be engaged from the start of doubles to the very last point in singles. After visualizing with the team and having a goal of how we wanted to be on the court, the doubles team all set out determined to compete from the start of the match—we swept doubles 3-0.”

On Saturday, Bates seized control by winning all three doubles matches. Partners Silverman and Bella Stone ’19 won 8-7 in the No. 1 position. Partners Sweeney and Lauren Hernandez ’20 defeated Swarthmore’s Shirline Wee and Julia Gokhberg 8-5. Finally, partners Suzanne Elfman ’20 and Haley Washington ’21 won 8-6 in the third position.

In the singles play, the Bobcats were able to get the two points they needed with Silverman defeating Wee 6-4 and 6-3 in the No. 1 position and Sweeney winning in the No. 2 position. However, Suzanne Elfman ’20 fell short to Swarthmore’s Scheibmeir 6-3, 2-6, and 6-1, and Hannah Londoner ’19 lost to Ashley Gao 6-1 and 7-5. Sweeney won both her doubles and singles match against Swarthmore.

I felt as though this weekend was a positive experience for the entire team. We fought hard throughout the three days of matches and played well collectively,” says Sweeney. “I think as a team, we successfully persevered through any adversity or obstacles we may have come across.”

On Sunday, Bates gave Washington and Lee a good fight. Bates’ top doubles team of  Silverman and Stone easily defeated Michelle Fleenor and Lauren Hassell 8-6, which raised their record for the season to 5-2. Unfortunately, Washington and Lee took the second and third doubles victories.

Bates held up for three of the six singles matches which included Sweeney’s win against Emily Kochard 6-4 and 7-5, Washington’s tight loss of 6-4, 6-4, and Hernandez’s fall in a tiebreaker with a final score of 6-2, 1-6, and 10-8.

For Sweeney, her win against Washington and Lee’s Emily Kochard marks her eighth straight win for singles match, which also raises her record to 9-1.

“We never gave up, even until the last point on the third day of matches. Going into our next matches, I think we are going to take what we learned this weekend and use it to become mentally stronger and tougher opponents,” says Sweeney. “We have a lot we did well this weekend, and we are going to take that confidence into our next match and use it to play to the best of our ability.”

Overall, the Bobcats had great competition during the weekend and will bring the same energy, attitude, team dynamic, and mental state for their next match against their rival, Tufts, on March 30.

“We played some really great competition and had some very close matches,” says Elfman. “It was a great weekend, and the ’Cats showed a lot of heart out there.”

Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Wesleyan

The women’s lacrosse team was narrowly defeated by No.18 nationally ranked Wesleyan University on Saturday, March 10. With 11 minutes left on the clock, the Cardinals pulled away from a 6-6 tie to defeat the Bobcats 9-7.

Before the game against Wesleyan, the team had a great start to the season with 3 wins and 1 loss. Therefore, they won’t let this loss ruin their momentum.

The important thing to do to keep our momentum going is to stay strong mentally,” says senior captain Allison Dewey ’18. “If we go into a game with the mental state that we are going to win and play our best, then we will do just that. As our assistant coach always says, lacrosse is 80% mental and 20% physical.”

Annie Duke ’18 led Bates with 3 goals and attacker Katie Allard ’19 led the Bobcats with three caused turnovers.

At the 26:01 mark, Wesleyan scored the first goal from a shot at the left wing by Caitlin Wood. Bates quickly tied the game as Avery MacMullen ’20 drew a foul allowing a rare open net free position attempt to score a goal at the 24:13 mark.

Goalie Eliza Statile ’19 intercepted a Wesleyan pass and set up a goal for Duke who took a great opportunity of a 1-on-1 dodge with a shot from the left wing to give Bates a 2-1 lead.

Soon after, Camille Belletete ’18 was able to find Duke in an open spot in the middle of Wesleyan’s defense line where Duke dodged a defender and shot to give Bates a 3-1 lead.

In the final 40 seconds of the first half, Wesleyan responded with two quick goals to tie the game 3-3 with goals scored by Cardinals Manning and Horst. At the start of the second half, Bates was able to retake the lead when Liv Sandford ’20 dribbled over the line to score a goal.

Wesleyan’s Gretsky finished a strong wrap around move to tie the game 4-4 and quickly Horst won a free position shot from a foul giving Wesleyan the 5-4 lead.

Bates was able to fight back to tie the game 6-6 with back-to-back goals by Duke and Teal Oatley ’20. This was possible with the tremendous teamwork shown by the team.

“Our team has become very close over the past few months since the start of the school year in September,” says Dewey. “In our eyes, this is the closest our team has ever felt. We consider each and every one of our teammates our closest friends and I think that is definitely a contributor to our success on the field.”

In the final 11 minutes of the game, the Cardinals dominated, controlled, and seized all of their opportunities giving them the lead 9-7 to win the game.

With another game coming up against Saint Joseph’s on March 13, the team is hoping to come out with a win to add another win to their record and continue their great momentum. To do this Dewey explains, “We will have to play the game we know how to play and continue to work as a unit. We are optimistic that we will come out strong if we do exactly this.”

 

Alpine Skier Griffin Mueller ’20 Receives NCAA Bid

Griffin Mueller is a sophomore at Bates College and is a part of the women’s alpine ski team. Coming off of an ACL injury her first year at Bates, she has had a fantastic premier season with the Bobcats. Mueller will carry on that momentum, as she will compete in the NCAAs at Steamboat Springs, Colorado on March 7 skiing Slalom and March 9 skiing Giant Slalom.

How has skiing impacted Griffin’s athletic and academic career at Bates? I chatted with Griffin Mueller to learn about her first season as a Bates alpine skier.

The Bates Student (BS): When did you start skiing?

Griffin Mueller (GM): I started skiing when I was two, and have been racing since I was about eight.

BS: Why did you decide to ski?

GM: I grew up skiing, but when I made the decision to commit to it wholeheartedly, around my sophomore year in high school, it was because I loved the sport and the challenges it led me to.

BS: Comparing yourself to your freshman year, how have you changed as an athlete and individual at Bates? How has Bates impacted your skiing so far? Coaching-wise, environment-wise, teammates etc.

GM: My freshman year, I was out due to an ACL replacement after sustaining a crash in a race over Christmas, so when I got back to campus after surgery, I was mostly able to observe the hustle from my teammates and their fight throughout the season. That winter of rehab and school taught me how to be patient with myself and with my body. Bates has had nothing but a positive impact on my skiing. We are lucky enough to have all the best resources and work to take advantage of these resources at every step along the way. This is how our team will only continue to improve.

My team has played the biggest role in the success I’ve seen this year. Whether it was last year, talking to our captain Michael Copper ’19 about injury, in the gym this fall with our first-years deliberating on new lifts, or on the hill watching Hannah West ’21 and Emma Finfer ’20 rip GS, my team has been there every day, pushing me to get better and allowing me to learn from their skiing.

My coaches Micaela and Jake are also a huge part of this; they are up on the hill all day, every day for us, and the work they put into this team only encourages us to push the limits of what we can do every day to get better.

BS: Reflect on your season this year. What were your challenges? What are your major highlights?

GM: My season so far this year has been amazing and has gone by way too fast. Coming back from injury was one of the biggest challenges, and the start of my season consisted of endless hours focusing on the technical aspects of my turns and taking care of my body off the hill.

Our weekend of the Saint Mike’s carnival was definitely a major highlight. We got to race back-to-back Slaloms that weekend, due to the cancellation at the Colby carnival the week before. I started bib 49 and skied into top 20 the first day, which I was so happy about, but also knew my skiing could be better. So the next day, I made the move from bib 21 into 7th place, and our girls put three into the top 15, putting us right behind Dartmouth and UVM. The Williams carnival is also high on the list of highlights. After coming down into third on my first slalom run, and then fighting to keep it together after a mistake second run, I was ecstatic to see the end result of the day.

BS: What are your expectations for NCAAs? And how are you feeling emotionally going into NCAAs?

GM: I have the same expectations for NCAAs that I have for every race. I hope to just focus on my skiing and improve upon it from my last race. Emotionally, I am all sorts of excited. When all the hard work pays off, it’s impossible to not just look around and smile.

BS: How do you balance skiing, academics, and other aspects?

GM: The balancing act of skiing and academics is a marathon throughout the season. Knowing myself and what I need to be successful is one of the largest pieces to it. I often wake up very early to do work, knowing that after three classes and an afternoon on the hill, I will not be able to give my work the attention it deserves. Skiing teaches one how to be efficient. There is so much to do every day that, for me, it comes down to making a plan and then trying to execute it.

The Women’s Squash Team Finishes Fifth at the NESCAC Tournament

The women’s squash team took fifth place at the NESCAC tournament this past weekend, capping off the competition with their 6-3 victory over No. 19 Tufts at Hamilton College. The Bobcats were seeded 6th entering the tournament and have placed fifth for the second time in the last three years.

“I expected the women to beat Middlebury in the quarterfinal but was proud of the way they regrouped to beat Wesleyan and Tufts, to ultimately finish fifth,” says Coach Patrick.

Captain Eliza Dunham ’20 defeated Tufts’ Sahana Karthik at the No. 4 position with ease at 3-0 (11-8, 11-7, 15-13). This win improved her personal score of the season to 12-1.

Luca Polgar ’20, who has played at the No. 1 position for two years in a row, picked up a win over Tufts’ Claire Davidson at 3-0 (11-8, 11-2, 11-7). This win also improves her personal score for this season to 12-5. Captain Vicky Arjoon ’19 had an exciting victory over the Jumbo’s Hannah Burns at a match of 3-1 (11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9). This win also improved her personal record of the season to 13-3.

Kristyna Alexova ’19 from Boskovice, Czech Republic boosted her personal record to 10-3 after her win against Tufts’ Catherine Shanahan 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-8).

Maeve O’Brien ’21 and Katie Manternach ’21 swept the courts at the No. 5 and 6 positions. They both have had a phenomenal season as first-year Bobcats. O’Brian improved her personal record to 13-4 with her 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-7) win over the Jumbos’ Lauren Banner. Manternach improved her record to 13-4 as well with her 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-5) win over Tufts’ Rachel Windreich.

Banner defeated Molly Brooks ’19 3-0 (11-4, 11-3, 11-3) at the No. 7 position. At the No. 8 position, Hannah Connor ’18 went to a five game match but unfortunately lost 10-12, 11-4, 11-0, 6-11, 11-7 over the Jumbo’s Sinclair Meggitt.

In a hard fought match, Katie Bull ’19 lost to Tuft’s Gabi Salomon 11-3, 11-5, 12-10 at the No. 9 position.

Through February 16-18, the Bobcats will be competing at the College Squash Association Team Nationals at Harvard University.

“Both teams have 3 more matches remaining at Nationals later this month and the women are still gaining momentum since the return of four starters from JSA so I think their best squash is yet to come. The men also have an incredible fighting spirit that will help them finish the season on a high note at Nationals,” says Coach Patrick.

Men’s Squash Team Faces Intensive Week of Matches

The men’s squash team had an exciting week with matches on January 24, 26, and 27. The Bobcats played No. 24 Colby, No. 27 Tufts, No. 18 Franklin and Marshall, and No. 13 Brown respectively.

Wednesday, January 24 proved to be a tough night and a tight game against Colby at the Bates College Squash Center as the Bobcats rallied from a 4-2 deficient to a thrilling 5-4 win. Senior captain Anirudh Nambiar ‘18 won his five-game match that ultimately determined the winning team. This win marks the 17th consecutive year Bates has defeated Colby. The streak has lasted since 2000.

“In past matches, I have lost to Colby even though the team has always won,” says Nambiar. “This time was slightly different as the team was dropping matches and we were actually heading towards a 5-4 defeat. However, this seemed to wake up the remaining players and we fought back to win a closely contested match. The team was slightly complacent as we headed towards the game but we showed great resilience when it mattered to get the result that we wanted.”

At the No. 4 position, Nambiar, from Pune, India, beat Alexander Kurtin 3-2 (9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7), and his win set up the deficient from 4-2 to 4-3. His win inspired the other Bobcats as Benni McComish ‘20 and Mahmoud Yousry ‘20 won their matches with ease, securing the 5-4 win against Colby.

On Friday, January 26, men’s squash dominated Tufts as they easily rolled over with a score of 8-1 at the Bates College Squash Center. Yousry and Graham Bonnell ‘20 both picked up 3-0 wins at the No.1 and No. 2 positions.

“It was a good match against a good team. We won 8-1 and I believe we earned that score as a team. Personally, my opponent was quite skilled and I enjoyed playing him. I was able to find my rhythm and add another win to the team,”says Yousry.

Both captains, McLeod Abbott ‘19 and Anirudh Nambiar, earned victories 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. The Bobcats continued to be in control as there were wins at the No.6-No.9 positions. This demonstrates the healthy dynamic of the team Yousry describes.

“I’m proud to be part of this team. We all care about each other and always supporting one another, whether it’s on or off the court,” says Yousry. “I believe it’s a healthy dynamic and we embrace each other and each other grow as a person first then as a squash player second.”

On their last and final day of matches, the men’s squash team hosted both Franklin and Marshall and Brown University. The Bobcats defeated Franklin and Marshall 7-2 Saturday morning but unfortunately fell to Brown to a count of 8-1 Saturday afternoon.

Playing at the No. 7 position, Garon Rothenberg ‘20 led the way for the Bobcats as he won both his matches. He defeated Franklin and Marshall’s Ricardo Machado 3-0 (12-10, 11-6, 11-9) and a hard fought match against Brown’s Thomas Walker 3-2 (9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 10-12, 11-4).

Nambiar played the most on that day as both of his matches went to five full games. He defeated Franklin and Marshall’s Boden Polikoff 3-2 (11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 13-15, 11-7) but fell short against Brown’s Nicholas Pitario 3-2 (2-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6).

In the game against Franklin and Marshall, Coley Cannon ‘19 and Benni McComish ‘20 picked up wins at the No. 6 and No. 8 positions. Although Abbott and Dylan Muldoon ‘21 lost their first games, they immediately bounced back to win their matches 3-1 at the No. 4 and No. 9 positions. Graham Bonnell ‘20 gained an impressive victory at the No.2 position with a score of 3-1 (11-6, 11-2, 11-13, 11-8).

The Bobcats lost to the Bears 8-1, and although it was a tough loss, the Bobcats fought back hard. They were able to force five of the matches to five full games and Rothenberg won the only match for the Bobcats at the No. 7 position. First-year Omar Attia ‘21 gave Brown’s Andrew Wei a tough battle in a 3-2 loss (11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9) at the No. 3 position. Cannon and McComish battled for five full games before falling 3-2 at the No. 6 and No. 8 positions.

The Bobcats are now preparing for the NESCAC championships which will be taking place on February 2, 3 and 4 at Hamilton College. They are hoping to gain the title of champions as Bates has finished second two years in a row, falling behind Trinity in both years.

 

Women’s Basketball Falls to Tufts

On Saturday, January 20, the women’s basketball team played at home against Tufts, a team that is ranked eighth in the country. The game started out tight but the Bobcats fell behind and unfortunately could not come back, losing 67-28 in the end.

The only scorers of the game for the Bobcats were Nina Davenport ’18, Taylor McVeigh ’21, and Julia Middlebrook ’21. During this game, Davenport, the leading NESCAC scorer at 18.3 points per game, scored 18 points for the Bobcats. First-year Taylor McVeigh scored 2 points and had six rebounds, which was the team high of the game. First-year Julia Middlebrook scored another 8 points for the Bobcats.

Last night’s game against Tufts was definitely a tough one to swallow because we came out with such fire and energy in the first quarter. Even though it’s not the outcome we wanted, we have to learn from our mistakes and focus on the next stretch of the season,” says Middlebrook.

In the first quarter, it was an exciting and tight match as both teams battled hard, ending the period 12-10. Davenport made 4 of the 7 shots in this opening quarter and 2 of 5 from three. With 5:57 remaining in the second quarter, a fantastic layup by McVeigh and a 3 pointer by Davenport made it 16-15 in Tufts’ favor. However, the Jumbos aggressively finished the first half with a 16-2 run.

In the second half, Tufts completely controlled the game. They outscored the Bobcats 17-6 in the third quarter and 18-5 in the fourth. After three periods, the Jumbos led the Bobcats with a score of 49-23. From Tufts, Jac Knapp and Melissa Baptista scored 6 points each in the third quarter and Cailin Harrington added another 5 points. Knapp added another 7 points in the fourth quarter in four minutes and six other Tuft players scored as well.

“I thought we were really able to compete with them in the first quarter, and then the game kind of got away from us after that. I thought Nina shot especially well, scoring most of our points,” says Caroline Bogue ’21.

This was unfortunately the game where Bates had their lowest point total in over a decade. Tufts outrebounded by a 57-27 margin and outscored 38-6 in the paint. This led to Bates having their season low 19.0 percent shooting from the floor for the game.

“Tufts is a really talented team and in order to compete with a team like that you have to have an extra level of focus. The window is very narrow to find an open shot against a tough defense so we could’ve done a better job recognizing when it was the best opportunity to score rather than waiting for a wide open shot. Next weekend is our last weekend at home, we are looking forward to playing with high intensity and leaving it all out on Alumni,” says Lyse Henshaw ‘18.

For the Jumbos, Jac Knapp led with 17 points. Melissa Baptista added another 13 point and Katie Martensen scored 10 points with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Erica DeCandido had the game high of 13 rebounds. Lauren Dillon contributed to the big win with six assists and two steals.

The Bobcats will be playing Wesleyan on Friday, January 26 in Alumni Gym where, with the adrenaline and emotions from this tough loss against Tufts, they are hoping to come back with a win.

 

First-year Tiffany Cervantes ’21 Speaks About the 2017-18 Squash Season

Many first-years have already finished their first collegiate athletic season at Bates College. For others, like Tiffany Cervantes ‘21, they have only just begun. Tiffany Cervantes is a member of the women’s squash team and like any other athlete, the transition from high school athletics to collegiate athletics was not easy.

“There was a huge difference between high school squash and college squash for me. One aspect was preseason and in-season training: it was intense, but the team pushes through together,” says Cervantes.

Compared to high school, the training for her has been much more difficult, and that has been something she has had to mentally and physically overcome. Each week, she dedicates herself to 1-2 hours of practice every day (except Mondays) to improve her game and perfect her skills. Additionally, collegiate sports offer a competitive environment that is significantly different to high school athletics. This takes some time to comfortably and emotionally adjust.

Cervantes started playing squash at the age of 13 years old, which she stated was quite late. Playing at the college level with other athletes intimidated and even frightened her, because some of her teammates have played for almost their entire lives. Fortunately, with the help of her teammates, she quickly felt at ease.

“They gave me a lot of good pointers and feedback during practices, and the captains, Vicky Arjoon ‘19 and Eliza Dunham ‘20, even offered to hit with me outside of practice,” says Cervantes.

Cervantes used the word “roller coaster” to describe her season so far. It is no surprise that there were many ups, but also plenty of obstacles. As an elite athlete, every game is important and Tiffany explains the devastation she felt when she lost her first college match.

“I felt devastated losing my first match. Unfortunately, it came down to my match being the deciding one, so the pressure was on, and I felt like I let the entire team down when I lost it,” says Cervantes.

What’s great about being a part of the athletic culture at Bates is having the support of your teammates and coaches. And by having that support, players like Tiffany grow and develop into not only better athletes but also stronger individuals.

“A highlight for me so far, which really shouldn’t be one, but it is now in hindsight, was when I lost my first match. Even though we face other schools as a team, when I’m in the court I’m on my own against my opponent. I was pushing my limit, played my best, and my coaches and teammates were there to give me a pat on the back in the end.”

On top of the immense demands and pressure of her sport, Cervantes also needs to balance her academic responsibilities. She explains her thoughts about what it means to be a student athlete at Bates, and similar to what other student athletes would say, it is definitely not a walk in the park.

“Being a student athlete at Bates is certainly a privilege to uphold but it’s also a bit of an obstacle,” she says. “You have to have your goals in mind and stay focused to succeed in both academics and your sport.”

Cervantes still has three more years of college squash to play, and she has big goals for her sophomore season.

“I want to continue working hard on the courts and do a lot better next season. I now know what to expect, and that’s definitely going to give me some leverage going into my sophomore season at Bates,” she concludes.

The women’s squash team played nationally ranked No. 24 Middlebury, No. 14 Williams, and George Washington January 13-14. It was unfortunately a tough weekend for the Bobcats, as they lost 5-4 to Middlebury, 8-1 to Williams, and 7-2 to George Washington. This Wednesday, January 17, the team will be playing Wesleyan in Connecticut, where they hope to come back with a win.

 

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