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Winter Athletes Brave Frigid Temperatures

While training over winter break can be arduous at the best of times for Bates athletes, this year was especially harsh due to the bitter cold and treacherous weather that persisted in the latter half of the break. With temperatures consistently dropping into the single digits, often in addition to frigid wind chill and periodic snow, many teams had to adjust their schedules and adapt to the weather in order to train.

Predictably, some teams were affected by the weather more than others. Sports which necessitate outdoor activity, such as alpine ski, nordic ski, and the runners of the track team, felt the effect of the cold while training the most. Yet, perhaps surprising to some, indoor sports like basketball, squash and swimming and diving also had their own problems during this time, from minor inconveniences to uncomfortable training conditions.

As the temperatures fell, many of Bates’ athletes piled on the layers to stay warm and protect against frostbite before heading outside for practice.

While members of the track and field team were not on campus during break, athletes were expected to train on their own. For the runners of the team, this often meant going outside. However, while some runners have the ability to run inside, skiers, with no other option, practiced outside each day, doing their best to stay warm.

“I think that as a team we are all used to fairly cold temperatures, but the -5 to -15 temperatures and the -30 wind chill we had to ski through was hard,” says women’s alpine ski captain Sierra Ryder ‘18. “To cope, many of us were wearing many more layers than normal… [and] a few of us put tape on our faces to prevent frostbite while skiing down as well.”

Captain Brielle Antonelli ‘18 also added that many of the skiers took short breaks in the lodge between runs to warm up, even using hair dryers to warm their frozen toes. At one point, the wind and cold were so bad that some of the ski lifts had to be closed.

Even the members of the men’s basketball team felt the effects of the cold while practicing inside Alumni Gymnasium.

“During break, and throughout my four years here at Bates, we’ve had some practices where the gym was freezing cold,” said men’s basketball captain Justin Zukowski ‘18. “It has been a challenge at times because in between drills or at times when we stop practicing, it can get extremely uncomfortable… This winter break being especially cold, there were a couple of walkthroughs we had on days before our game where some of the players were wearing long sleeve shirts and winter hats to keep warm.”

Additionally, the hazardous weather made travel difficult for many of Bates’ athletic teams. From shoveling out vans to delayed flights, the mix of cold temperatures and snow consistently proved challenging for winter athletes.

The nordic ski team had originally intended to spend the last week of break in Rangeley, Maine on a training trip, however the extreme temperatures forced them to amend their plans and shorten the trip to three days.

Similarly, the women’s squash team began practicing later than they had hoped due to the blizzard, which blanketed the northeast on January 4.

“Unfortunately, due to the storm and the fact that a reasonable portion of our team is internationally based, the blizzard delayed and cancelled flights, and pushed back a lot of our pre-planned schedule to practice early. Nevertheless, we all made it back and started our rigorous match preparation,” commented women’s squash captain Vicky Arjoon ‘18.

Not even the women of Bates’ swimming and diving team were unaffected.

As team captain Hope Logan humorously states, “After finals we escaped the cold and took flight to the lovely beaches of Deerfield Beach, Florida, as we do every year. After New Year’s, however, we were back on campus for about a week before classes started, training in the tundra of Maine with our hair freezing twice a day after practice… the run between Merrill and Davis to lift in the morning [is] always a fun one in January at 6 a.m..”

Despite it all, the blizzards, the frigid temperatures and leaky ceilings, Bates’ athletes made it through the extreme weather ready to compete in the New Year.

 

Women’s Basketball Overcomes Maine-Augusta; Davenport ’18 Scores 1000th Career Point

On December 2, the women’s basketball team won an exciting home game against the Moose from the University of Maine at Augusta (Maine-Augusta) 67-58. During this game, Nina Davenport ’18 became the 20th person in Bates women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points during her career at Bates.

“It was awesome to see Nina get her thousandth point at home,” says Lyse Henshaw ’18. “I know how hard she works, so it was nice to see her get some recognition for her outstanding career at Bates.”

Davenport is currently ranked 17th at Bates for the most career points scored with 1,022 points. However, with much of the 2017-18 season still in front of her, it is almost certain that she will continue to climb further up the ranks.

I think I’ve been able to have success in college due to my passion for the game,” Davenport says. “Through the ups and downs throughout my college career, I can lean on my love for the game. Basketball has taught me to be a very disciplined and hardworking person outside of the game which can translate after my athletic career is over.”

Also notable, Davenport broke Bates’ previous record of 31 field goal attempts, set by Shirley Averill in 1979, shooting 32 during the game against Maine-Augusta. Lexie Nason ’18 also posted a career-high 12 rebounds and five assists.

While Bates had a lower accuracy in field goals (30.5%), three point field goals (24.0%) and free throws (73.3%), in comparison to Maine Augusta’s 38.8%, 35.3%, and 82.4% respectively, they were able to outshoot the Moose and earn more points.

“I think a lot of our success yesterday stemmed from our hustle and energy,” says Davenport. “Even though our shots weren’t falling, we were able to get offensive rebounds and steals. I think Lyse Henshaw was able to bring a strong spark to our offense and defense that definitely led to the team’s success.”

Maine-Augusta took the lead early in the first quarter of the game and continued to hold it until seven minutes in, when Henshaw shot a field goal that put Bates in an early lead, 11-10. By the end of the quarter, Bates was ahead 17-13.

However, the second period was tough for the Bobcats. Maine-Augusta quickly caught up to Bates two minutes into the quarter and continued to play an aggressive game. The lead shifted seven times by the end of the second quarter with Maine-Augusta coming out ahead, 36-33.

A marked shift in the game took place during the third quarter. Bates caught up to Maine-Augusta 38-38 with 4:39 on the clock after a three point jump shot from Melanie Binkhorst ’20. Less than a minute later, Bates took the lead after a strong display of teamwork. The ball was passed along the three point line, making its way to the far left of the basket. There, Nason saw an opening across the court and passed the ball to Emily Freedland ’18. Moments later, Freedland sunk a well-shot three pointer, putting Bates in the lead.

Bates continued to hold their lead over Maine-Augusta for the rest of the game. The Bobcats earned more points in the fourth quarter (22) than in any other quarter, ending the game with a nine point lead.

Davenport scored the most points (25) for Bates, followed by Carly Christofi ’20 (12), Binkhorst (11), and Henshaw (10). Backing these players were Julia Middlebrook ’21 and Nason, recording six and five assists respectively.

“I think it was a good game to kick off our home stretch in Alumni after having five away games to start the season,” Henshaw said. “We had a lot of good moments in the game whether it was our defensive energy or fast break points.”

Bates has won two games thus far this season against the University of Southern Maine and Maine-Augusta, and has lost four, cumulating in a season overall record of 2-4 as of December 11.

“Our team’s main goal this season is to be competitive in every game that we play,” says Davenport. “Our team is really focused on doing the little things, like grabbing offensive rebounds, taking charges and being really gritty on defense.”

The women’s team will play against Bowdoin this Saturday, December 16 at home held in Alumni Gymnasium at 3 p.m. This game will mark their second NESCAC game of the season.

Men’s Cross Country Finishes Season Strong at Regionals

The men’s cross country team competed at the NCAA Regional Championships in Gorham, Maine on November 11 and came away with a solid fifth place finish. This is the strongest showing that Bates has had at the Regional Championships since 2013.

With temperatures barely reaching above freezing, this race was difficult both mentally and physically for runners used to the record high temperatures recorded this fall. Despite the poor conditions, some of the Bobcats ran exceptionally well, picking up where others fell short.

Leading the Bobcats in 30th place, Stephen Rowe ‘18 ran the eight kilometer course in a personal best time of 26:09.4. Senior captain Zach Magin ‘18 finished close behind him in 32nd with a time of 26:11.0. Both runners earned All-New England honors for their top-35 performance; this is the second year in a row that Magin has received this honor and Rowe’s first.

Following right on their heels, Henry Colt ‘19 came in 37th with a time of 26:14.2. Senior captain Ben Tonelli ‘18 and Matt Morris ‘18 rounded out Bates’s top five placing 52nd and 60th with times of 26:27.7 and 26:29.9 respectively. Ryan Betz ‘19 finished in 70th with a time of 26:41.4 and Justine Levine ‘20 came in 83rd with a time of 26:55.0.

“We had a few guys run a little off where they have been, but then a few others ran much better and had break out races,” head men’s cross country coach Al Fereshetian says. “So, overall the team did very well. Stephen Rowe ran an exceptional race, as did Henry Colt, while Zach Magin, Ben Tonelli and Matt Morris all had solid races.”

In total, Bates boasted a total spread of 20.5 seconds among its top five runners, once more emphasizing their strength as a team. Bates runners are proud to start together and finish together, carrying each other through the race.

“I think our most impressive accomplishment at the meet was that the spread between our 1st and fifth guys was only 20 seconds,” Rowe says. “We are a team that is built on depth and we worked exceptionally well with each other through the regional meet.”

MIT remained New England Regional Champions for the second year in a row, earning a total of 81 points. Amherst came in a close second with 91 points and Middlebury trailed both, receiving 124 points to place third.

While Bates beat Williams at the NESCAC Championships, Williams came out on top in this race placing fourth (137). Brandeis and Connecticut College both fell to fifth place Bates (211), finishing sixth (215) and seventh (218) respectively.

In total, 55 teams and 370 runners braved the frigid temperatures to compete at the Regional Championship meet.

“It was a very good performance by our team, our best finish at this meet since 2013,” Coach Fereshetian says. “The New England region is always one of the strongest and deepest in the nation. A fifth place here really puts you among the best.”

Magin echoes this statement: “Not all of our guys had their best day, but we had a number of guys who stepped up and ran really well when we needed it. I know that we are a better team than what we had yesterday, but we’ve had a great season; we finished the highest our team has finished in three years, which is something to be proud of.”

Although the Bobcats narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships by one place, they remain characteristically positive about their performance and teammates.

“I thought regionals was an amazing way for our team to cap off a phenomenal season,” Rowe says. “The course was challenging. [There were] many narrow sections and tight turns where it was easy to lose speed. Additionally, the cold temperature added another layer of difficulty to the meet. Yet despite this, we performed really well…Unfortunately, we didn’t qualify for nationals, but…the development we’ve experienced as a team throughout the season is simply extraordinary.”

Although Bates’ cross country season has come to a close, most of the men’s cross country team will continue training without rest in preparation for the upcoming indoor track season, beginning in early January.

Steve Rowe ‘18 strides to finish 30th at NCAA Regionals, earning him All-New England honors. JAY BURNS/BATES COLLEGE

Steve Rowe ‘18 strides to finish 30th at NCAA Regionals, earning him All-New England honors. JAY BURNS/BATES COLLEGE

Women’s Basketball Prepares to Play to Their Strengths in Upcoming Season

As the fall sports season draws to a close and many athletes hang up their gear, the women’s basketball team is just getting started. With nightly practices beginning November 1, the Bobcats have been sprinting, shooting and dribbling their way across the court in preparation for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Last year, the Bobcats posted an overall record of 8-16 and a conference record of 3-7, qualifying for the NESCAC playoffs. Here, the women’s team fought hard against the No. 1 nationally ranked, and eventual NCAA champion, Amherst, but ultimately lost 76-35.

This was the second year in a row that Bates made it to the NESCAC playoffs; the team has not made it past the NESCAC quarterfinals since 2010.

Though the team graduated three seniors last year, including second team All-NESCAC and All-State captain Allie Coppola ’17 and Captain Bernadette Connors ’17, six enthusiastic freshmen have joined their ranks.

“Allie was our center and Bernie was kind of our playmaker, so we’re definitely trying to fill those holes,” Ashley Kulesza ’18 comments.

Nina Davenport ’18, Emily Freedland ’18, Lyse Henshaw ’18, Kulesza and Lexie Nason ’18 will return as seniors this season to lead the underclassmen. Nason will hold an especially important role as captain of the women’s basketball team this season.

We are unique in that we have five seniors and six freshman [this year],” says Head Women’s Basketball Coach Alison Montgomery. “We are young in a way, but we have a great opportunity to be impacted by both our youth and upperclass leadership.”

As the leading point scorer for Bates during the past three season, Davenport will surely be a key player for Bates this year. With a total of 882 points to her name, she is just 118 points shy of reaching the 1,000 point mark. On average, she has scored 294 points each season at Bates; if she continues this trend, she will reach 1,000 points with room to spare, making her the 20th person in Bates women’s basketball history to reach this prestigious milestone.

Similarly, Carly Christofi ’20 and Henshaw will return as guards for Bates, working to defend the hoop from their opponents, control the ball and score whenever the opportunity presents itself.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season,” Coach Montgomery says. “We have a nice core group of leaders in our senior class and we hope to have our most consistent year since my time here by committing to and investing in our camaraderie.”

Kulesza echoed this remark, saying, “Our dynamic this year is completely different and I think everyone is super excited and eager to do well, prove themselves, but also work together, which I think is something that we haven’t had on our team before.”

“There’s way more of a camaraderie and I think that Coach should get a lot of credit for that. She’s really focusing on rebuilding our culture and program to be a successful team who celebrates each other in all aspects, on and off the court. I think that that’s really coming through this year in more ways than it has in the past,” Kulesza continues.

However, one potential shortcoming Kulesza noted is the team’s lack of height, which, she explained, is “definitely important.” However, she believes that this weakness can instead be made into a strength for the Bobcats.

“We’re definitely an undersized team this year in terms of height,” she says. “I’m the tallest and I’m six feet, which isn’t that large in the grand scheme of things. I think we’re going to be a quick team this year, really focusing on transitions, getting up and down the court faster than our opponents and being more gritty and [using an underdog mentality] to hustle and outcompete other teams … size is definitely important, but we can work around it by playing to our other strengths.”

The women’s basketball team will test their skill in the alumni game this weekend as they prepare for their first game against Castleton at Smith College in the Tyler Tip-off Classic on Saturday, November 18.

Senior members of the women’s basketball team share a laugh and are excited about the upcoming season. OLIVIA GILBERT/THE BATES STUDENT

Senior members of the women’s basketball team share a laugh and are excited about the upcoming season. OLIVIA GILBERT/THE BATES STUDENT

Senior members of the women’s basketball team huddle during practice. OLIVIA GILBERT/THE BATES STUDENT.

Senior members of the women’s basketball team huddle during practice.
OLIVIA GILBERT/THE BATES STUDENT.

Men’s Cross Country Places Third at NESCACs, Makes Bid for NCAA Championships

In the last three years, the members of the men’s cross country team have been seventh at the NESCAC Championship meet. This year, however, things were different. Bates hosted NESCACs and the team ran one of their best races of the season, placing third overall.

Saturday, October 28 was an unseasonably warm day at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine when the gun went off, which signaled the start of the race. One-hundred and fifty men surged forward, beginning the 8k course in a whirlwind of movement and excitement.

Zach Magin ‘18 led the way for Bates, placing sixth overall and completing the race in 25:32.5. Following him were Ben Tonelli ‘18 in 16th (25:51.4), Ryan Betz ‘19 in 18th (25:53.4), Henry Colt ‘19 in 34th (26:19.1) and Stephen Rowe ‘18 in 35th (26.19.5). Justin Levine ‘20 (26:23.5) and Matt Morris ‘18 (26:55.1) each came in 37th and 69th respectively, backing up the core five runners. Magin will also earn First Team All-NESCAC honors for placing within the top seven runners.

“We had some outstanding performances out there,” said Head Men’s Cross Country Coach Al Fereshetian. “Zach Magin is a leader who stepped up and gave us a great presence at the front of the race and the team really rallied behind him. All the guys really did a super job.”

Amherst won their first NESCAC title in the 34-year history of the meet with an overwhelming victory (35); Middlebury finished second (66). The difference between third, fourth and fifth place was much closer. Bates placed third (109), Connecticut College followed in fourth (115) and Williams finished in fifth (126). Although Conn. College had two runners place second and third, the Bobcats were able to overcome them with solid teamwork and effort throughout the race, running in packs and surging together at the end in order to cut down Bates’ point total.

“Watching that combination of Stephen Rowe, Henry Colt and [Justin Levine]…they probably made up a six point difference in our score right at the end of the meet in the last 100m. That’s been the trademark of our team all year, the depth,” Coach Fereshetian said.

Bates beat Connecticut College by six points; every point matters in a cross country race, and with this in mind, the men’s team did everything they had to do to finish third.

“Over the course of this season, we’ve had this great energy” Colt said. “We just have this positivity and belief in ourselves that really helped us out. Zach always said we need to believe in ourselves and I think we did that really well today.”

This is the best that Bates has placed since tying with Bowdoin for second in 2011. The NESCAC is one of the most competitive athletic conferences in the nation and Bates has only finished in the top three spots four times in the last twenty years.

To further build upon this victory, Bates has not had a win over Williams since placing 6th at the NCAA Championships in 2012, beating them by almost 100 points. Williams has won 16 out of the 34 NESCAC Championships meets held to date; this is the first time that Bates has defeated the cross country powerhouse at NESCACs in over two decades.

“It was a really great race,” Rowe said. “We came in being ranked fifth in this region and beat our ranking. Coming in third in the NESCAC is really huge for us. I think it says a lot about our team and how well our season is coming together that we did so well in such a phenomenal field.”

Following this meet, the men’s cross country team will compete at the NCAA Regional Championships in Gorham Maine on November 11.

“[Regionals] is a whole different race and a whole different day. But this certainly should be a confidence booster for us. Amherst and Middlebury were a good bit in front of us, but I still believe that we can run closer to them. That will be our objective, to narrow that gap,” said Coach Fereshetian.

At Regionals, the Bobcats will set out to prove that they deserve to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.

Zach Magin '18 kicks in to finish sixth overall at the NESCAC Championships. BREWESTER BURNS/BATES COLLEGE

Zach Magin ’18 kicks in to finish sixth overall at the NESCAC Championships. BREWESTER BURNS/BATES COLLEGE

Men’s Cross Country Places Second at Saratoga Springs Invitational

Last Saturday, Sept. 30, the men’s cross country team ran a strong race at the Saratoga Springs Invitational, hosted by Rensselaer Institute of Technology (RPI) in Saratoga Springs, New York. Bates placed second out of 16 teams, losing only to the No. 7 nationally ranked RPI, 54 to 37.
It was a cool, rainy, fall morning when the men’s cross country team stepped up to the line. After a short blow of the whistle, a quick shuffling and a long moment of silence, the gun went off and the Bobcats, along with over 200 other participants, took off in a burst of speed and began the 8k (4.97mi) race.
RPI runners Grant O’Connor (24:56)and Sean O’Connor (25:30) came in first and second respectively, giving RPI a solid foundation for their win.
Zach Magin ‘18 finished first for Bates, running the course in 25:40 and placing sixth overall. Following him were Ben Tonelli ‘18 in eighth (25:50), Ryan Betz ‘19 in 12th (25:58), Matthew Morris ‘18 in 13th (26:00), Justin Levine ‘20 in 14th (26:02) and Henry Colt ‘19 in 19th (26:11).
Each of the runners listed above placed in the top 20, earning themselves and the rest of the team fresh pies to share on the long ride back to Lewiston.
Overall, the top five runners for Bates finished close together, sporting a total spread of 22.5 seconds, in comparison to RPI’s 1:11.1, exemplifying Bates’ team spirit and strong use of pack running.
“Our plan was to pack it in the first two miles,” Magin said. “We each had our own separate groups to run with and I felt excited to be running with them. As the race went on, we started to separate, but I still felt like I was running with my teammates. There’s that connection that even if you’re not running with them at the moment, there’s a feeling that you’re running for something greater than yourself. It was great to [turn around and] see everyone come in so close [at the finish].”
“We knew coming in that [RPI] would have the advantage, since it’s their home course,” said the men’s head cross country coach Al Fereshetian. “We should have had more patience [in the beginning] and played off of them instead of them off of us, but I was pleased with the attitude and determination that the team showed at the meet.” He continued to note that 14 of the 18 men running at the invitational ran personal records.
“Normally there’s some intra-teamcompetition, which can be healthy in small amounts, but this group of guys is very supportive,” Magin said. “There’s a lot of energy in workouts and everyone wants each other to do well; there’s a lot of excitement for each other’s accomplishments.”
Throughout this season, the men’s team has been running strong, posting a win over Colby in their first race and a win over Tufts in their second. At the midpoint of the season, Bates is currently ranked fourth in the NESCAC and 21 nationally.
The Bobcats will be running some of the toughest workouts of the season in these next couple weeks as they prepare to compete against Bowdoin for the Maine state title. The race will be held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine on Oct. 14.

Women’s soccer comes out ahead of Wesleyan, ties with Williams

The Bobcats are off to an outstanding start this season after posting a 1-0 win over Wesleyan University and a 1-1 tie against No. 4 nationally ranked Williams College this past weekend.

As of now, their record stands at 4-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the NESCAC, ranking them at fourth within the conference. This is the best overall start that the women’s soccer team has seen in over a decade.

At Wesleyan on Saturday September 22nd, Bates came out on top in an aggressive match. Throughout the game, the Cardinals posted 32 shots overall in comparison to Bates’ 10. However, the quantity of shots has little meaning if none of them make their way into the goal.

The Cardinals fired the ball at the goal 17 times, and goalie Sarah McCarthy ‘18 refused to let even a single one slip through, setting a new personal record.

“Wesleyan was a tough game,” said McCarthy. “They were physical and played “kick and run,” so it took us a while to adjust and be able to play our game. Throughout the game I was just thinking that I wanted to keep us in the game and allow my teammates to have an opportunity to have a meaningful goal.”

In contrast, the Bobcats only shot three times on goal. It only took one of these to slip past Wesleyan’s goalie for Bates to secure the win.

With nine minutes left on the clock, Olivia Amdur ‘19 successfully executed a corner kick to Caroline Bogue ‘21, who was then able to score the game-winning goal.

Bates challenged Williams’ undefeated record on Sunday, coming out of it with Bates’ first point against Williams in a conference game since 2010. As of Sunday, Williams had won five NESCAC conference games.

In this game, Bates played hard during the first period. Amur scored the first goal of the game early in the first period. However, Williams was able to come back with a goal shortly after the start of the second period. Bates and Williams battled it out for the rest of the second period and the two overtime periods to no avail, ending the match in a tie.

“Saturday was great,” McCarthy said. “Williams is always a tough opponent. We had never scored on them in my career, so we made it our goal to score, and when we accomplished that, it was a great feeling. Every minute of the game was intense, both physically and mentally demanding. I’m extremely proud in the way my teammates maintained their composure and played as a unit.”

Similarly, head coach Kelsy Ross expressed her positivity for Bates’ strong performance this weekend.

“Coming home with points against Williams was important, as it will be a helpful, potential tiebreaker before playoffs,” said Ross. “It also shows you how competitive this conference really is.”

“Our success this past weekend was truly earned throughout our training last week,” she continued. “Our staff pushed the whole roster to ‘be better’ and they rose to the challenge. If we continue to train as hard as we have been, there are plenty of more successes to come this fall.”

The Bobcats are set to play against Thomas College on Wednesday evening in Waterville. This Saturday, Bates is hoping to further their conference record in a game against Trinity College, held at Russell Street Field.

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