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Bobcats of the week of Oct. 24, 2005

Brent Morin '08
With a hand in all six of Bates' goals over the past week, Morin became the second Bates men's soccer player this season to be named NESCAC Player of the Week, along with senior Terence O'Connell.The sophomore forward from Hanover, N.H., scored Bates' first goal and assisted on the other in a 4-2 loss to Middlebury on Saturday. Three days prior to that game, Morin notched his first collegiate hat trick and added an assist as Bates handed Plymouth State only its second loss of the season.

His goal against Middlebury put him alone atop the NESCAC goals scored list, moving ahead of O'Connell (Greenwich, Conn.), with 10.

Wtih four assists in addition to his 11 goals, Morin leads the NESCAC in points per game (2.0) and goals per game (0.85), and is tied for eighth in assists per game (0.31). He shares the lead in game-winning goals (3) with O'Connell and five others, and owns the highest season total in school history since at least the mid-1990s. The school record is 17 goals, achieved by Bob Lanz in 1965.

Nini Spalding '08
Bates College sophomore Nini Spalding (San Francisco/University H.S.) has been a consistently reliable presence as the back line of defense for the Bobcats all season long, in her first season with the team. The past week's games underscored her value to the Bobcats (10-3, 5-3 NESCAC), currently ranked No. 13 nationally in Division III and No. 2 in New England.Spalding had 12 saves in Bates' 2-0 shutout against Middlebury on Saturday, and followed that up the following day at Endicott College with four saves in Bates' 2-1 win. That win ended Endicott's 12-game unbeaten streak, and was its first home loss since last November.

With one game left to go in the regular season, Spalding ranks fourth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in both goals-against average (0.95 per game) and save percentage (.851).