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Bobcats of the week of Oct. 31, 2005

Dan Johnson '06
Bates College senior Dan Johnson (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) finished fifth overall and earned All-NESCAC First Team honors, leading the Bates men's cross country team at the NESCAC Championships Saturday at Wesleyan University.With 194 points, the Bobcats finished ninth at the meet, ahead of Colby (218) and Hamilton (333), and were edged by Amherst (175).

Johnson finished the 8-kilometer course in 25:29.4, a second behind Tufts' Matt Lacey and 20 seconds behind top finisher Neal Holtschulte of Williams.

"It was another great race for Dan, and a great race all-around for us," said Bates head coach Al Fereshetian.

Johnson's performance improves nicely upon last year's conference championship, at which he earned second-team All-NESCAC honors in the competitive league.

It also continues Johnson's very strong cross country season. On Oct. 15, he placed first at the State of Maine Championships for the second straight year. The week before that, Johnson finished 11th at the New England Open men's cross country championships, the third best finish in Bates College history.

Meg Coffin '07
Bates College head women's soccer coach Jim Murphy understands the preoccupation with statistics when it comes to awarding athletic honors. But he can't help bemoaning the lack of due respect that gives defensive players like junior Meg Coffin (Westford, Mass.)."I know I'm biased, but I think Meg is the best player in the conference," says Murphy.

Indeed, Coffin has been the anchor of Bates' defense all season long, including during Bates' 1-0 victory over Williams in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday.

But the 6-1 Coffin -- who earned All-NESCAC honors in both soccer (as a first-teamer) and basketball (as a second-teamer) last year, was a first-team All-New England soccer player, and also plays on the lacrosse team -- has done more than her share of scoring, too.

Coffin has six goals and an assist to her name, including a goal in Bates' 2-2 tie against Colby on Saturday. Coffin is tied for eighth in the conference in goals, and is second on the Bobcats to junior forward Kim Alexander (Cumberland, Maine).

The Bobcats (11-3-1, 6-3-1 NESCAC) will play in the league semifinals this weekend at Tufts University, with a game against Bowdoin College on Saturday.