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Bobcats of the week of Sept. 29, 2008

Lee Smith '12
Bates College first-year golfer Lee Smithbecame the first Bobcat golfer to earn NESCAC Golf Rookie of the Year honors, and he was named to the All-Conference First Team for his performance at last weekend's NESCAC Men's Golf Qualifier.Smith (Lexington, Mass.) finished tied for fifth at last weekend's NESCAC Golf Qualifier at the par 71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury, Vt. The rookie followed his first-day score of 73 with 77 for a two-day score of 150, putting him in a four-way tie for fifth place with Jeff Cutter of Bowdoin, Jack Killea of Williams and Trinity’s Jay Driscoll. Trinity's Reid Longley shot a 141 to lead the pack, capturing his second NESCAC Player of the Year award.

Smith is the third Bates golfer to receive NESCAC All-Conference honors in the past decade, after Dominic Lee '04 in 2003 andJake Cox '08 in 2005, but he is the first Bobcat to receive First Team honors.

Smith and the Bobcats are competing Oct. 1 at the Thomas College Terrier Classic at Boothbay Country Club. Bates will host the CBB Championship this Sunday at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, Maine.

Sema Kazarian '11
The Bates field hockey team was in need of scoring entering last week, averaging only 1.00 goals per game. The Bobcats responded forcefully in a 1-1 week, defeating New England College 5-1 before losing at No. 10 Tufts by a 4-2 score. Bates was the first team to score more than one goal on the powerful Jumbos.Sophomore forward Sema Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) led the scoring breakthrough with three goals on the week -- two against New England College and another against Bates. Kazarian now leads the Bobcats with four goals for eight points.

Bates takes on non-conference opponent Husson College on Wednesday at 5 p.m., before hosting Connecticut College Saturday at noon during Parents & Family Weekend.