Women’s Basketball

Last year’s women’s basketball team put together a solid season, finishing with a 9-15 overall record and a 4-6 showing in the NESCAC, just missing out on the conference tournament. Last year’s team featured just one senior, Chelsea Nason ‘16 who started on the wing for the Cats, so the team should not experience any significant growing pains in terms of chemistry or a lack

This year’s roster will be coming in as a young group with a lot of experience under their belt. They are returning 88% of their scoring output from last year, and are poised to eclipse the .500 mark for the first time since 2010-11. The team will look to Nina Davenport ‘18, as their go to player on the court. Davenport, who averaged fifteen and eight last season and received all-state honors, is expected to have a monster season. Keep on eye on rising seniors Bernadette Connors ‘17 and Allie Coppola ‘17, who both averaged nine a game last year, as two players who will move into the role of steady, reliable leaders and contributors on this team.

Look for the 2016-17 edition of Bates women’s basketball to defend Alumni gymnasium well, secure a few key road victories during their conference slate, and make a run in March.

Stock: Up

Men’s Basketball

Bates Men’s basketball had little reason to celebrate last season. They finished with a disappointing 10-14 record, and did not qualify for any postseason play. Looking ahead to this season, the outlook does not look much better.

Although this year’s team has only lost three seniors to graduation, they were all big contributors and will be sorely missed. Particularly guard Mike Boornazian ‘16, who is 9th all time in scoring in Bates history. This year’s team seemingly has no one who can fill his role as an elite wing scorer.

Indeed, Bates will rely heavily on senior twins Marcus and Malcolm Delpeche ‘17. The defensive minded men will have to step up their offensive game in order for the Bobcats to compete in the NESCAC. Guards Shawn Strickland ‘18, Justin Zukowski ‘18 and Jerome Darling ‘17 are other returners that will be forced to play big roles.

The main flaw with this year’s team is that they lack a go-to guy on offense. No one on the roster has proven that they can consistently score in key situations. Unless they can find that player, it’s going to be a rough season.

Last year’s poor showing was especially disappointing because the season prior to last, the team had the best year in Bates basketball history. In 2014-15, they won a record 21 games and made the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.

Some believe that men’s basketball will continue their winning ways this season, but if you take a closer look at the history of the team, 2014-15 was a clear outlier in terms of success. In fact, it is the only season that the Bobcats have finished over .500 since 2010.

Bates men’s basketball will continue the downward trajectory and finish with an 8-16 record.

Stock: Down

Women’s Squash

The women’s squash team was incredibly young last year, with a roster that included one senior and seven first years. The team is only losing last year’s captain, Lauren Williams ‘16, who competed at six in the team’s ladder last year. The crop of young talent has gained a year of experience, and will look to perform at an even higher level during the upcoming season.

This team is “young, focused and spirited and very confident” in the words of head coach Pat Cosquer ‘97, who is entering his 9th year as head of the Bates squash program. Cosquer listed returning young star Kristyna Alexova ‘19, who was 1st team all-conference and NESCAC rookie of the year last year, as a player to watch this year, along with with classmate Vicky Arjoon ‘19 and newcomer Luca Polgar ‘20. Polgar, along with fellow recruit Eliza Dunham ‘20 are expected to compete in the top five of the team’s ladder.

Cosquer has a proven track record during his tenure of preparing Bates’ squash teams to be perennial competitors. After finishing 5th in the NESCAC last year, with a 13-11 overall mark, look for this team to make some serious noise all season improving on last year’s marks in conference and out.

Stock: Up

Men’s Squash

Assessing how the Men’s squash team will fare this season is particularly hard. They did lose two time defending national champion, Ahmed Abdel Khalek ‘16, which will certainly lead to a decline in talent. But what this year’s team will lose in talent, they will gain in chemistry in the absence of Khalek.

The team returns a veteran group of players; Six out of the 14 players are seniors. Coach Cosquer said in an email that this is the deepest team he has ever coached at Bates. Especially look out for Ahmed Hatata ‘17. He is a three time All-American and has a 56-8 overall record.

Men’s squash will have a better season as a collective team, but they will not enjoy as much individual success.

Stock: Even

Alpine Skiing

Bates alpine skiing had a huge shakeup this off-season. Shockingly, coach Rogan Connell resigned after 15 years at Bates.

Replacing Connell will be Micaela Holland ‘11. Holland qualified for three NCAA National Collegiate Ski Championships in her time as a student-athlete at Bates. She spent the last three years as head alpine skiing coach at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.

The men’s team will be the youngest in the conference by far according to team leader Matt Glasgow ‘19. They are completely made up of sophomores and freshman, as they have no seniors or juniors. With a new coach, and extremely young team this will be a rebuilding year for the men’s alpine team.

The women’s team carries a lot of momentum from last season. They return many key players, including Kelsey Chenoweth ‘17. Chenoweth qualified for the NCAA Championships two seasons ago, and is poised to do again this year. Despite adjusting to a new coach, the women’s team will improve this season

Men’s team stock: Down Women’s team stock: Up

Nordic Skiing

The Nordic ski team has been arduously preparing for their upcoming season, and hopefully they will have a lot to show for it in the form of quality results at their races this year.

The men’s team will be anchored by a strong core of senior skiers in Wade Rosco ‘17, Nate Moreau ‘17 and Max Millslagle ‘17, who will push each other in their pursuit to qualify for nationals. Similarly on the women’s side, a strong core of upperclass skiers, including Laurel Fiddler ‘17, Halie Lange ‘17 and Sadie James ‘17.

James, who is the only returning skier from either the men’s or the women’s side to qualify for nationals last year, where competed in the 5K freestyle race and the classic 15K race in Colorado last year, and finished in 37th and 30th overall, respectively. She will be intent on returning to the national event, and improving on her times.

This team is as lovable as they are fast, but don’t expect any massive improvements from last season’s results.

Men’s team stock: Even Women’s team stock: Even