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Bobcats of the week of Nov 5, 2007

Anthony Begon '08
Somewhat lost in the disappointment of Bates' 31-7 loss to Bowdoin on Saturday was a respectable performance by the Bobcat defense, which held the Polar Bears to just 116 rushing yards on 44 carries (a 2.6-yard average) and only 111 net passing yards.The clear leader of the Bates defense was senior Anthony Begon(Peabody, Mass.), who recorded a team-high and career-high 13 tackles, including nine solo takedowns, from a position not usually associated with high numbers in that category.

Four and a half of Begon's tackles resulted in lost yardage for Bowdoin. Begon also collected one sack, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry. He leads Bates in tackles for a loss (10.0) and sacks (4.0), and ranks third in both categories in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Women's XC '08
Six out of seven members of the Bates women's cross country team who competed on Saturday at the ECAC Division III Championships notched personal best times for a 6-kilometer course, resulting in a sixth-place finish out of 31 scoring teams at the meet. Bates moved up five places from its 11th-place showing at the 2006 ECACs.Sophomore Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) covered Williams College's 6-kilometer course first for Bates, 25th overall out of more than 200 runners, in 24:04.8. Close behind her her first-years Alexandria Alberto (Concord, Mass.) and Elizabeth Rowley (Evanston, Ill.), in 26th and 31st overall in 24:05.9 and 24:14.6, respectively.

Finishing the top seven for the Bobcats were first-year Megan McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.) at 24:51.9, senior co-captain Caroline Ginsberg (Belfast, Maine) in 24:54.9, first-yearChloe Bourne (Litchfield, Conn.) in 25:09.5 and sophomore Alison Leonard (North Granby, Conn.) in 25:47.7.

Bates competes at the New England Division III Championships at Connecticut College this Saturday at 11 a.m.