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Bobcats of the week of March 29, 2010

Rich McNeil '10
Led by two-time All-American thrower Rich McNeil(Lawrence, Mass.), The Bates College men's track and field team made a more than respectable showing on Saturday competing against two high-quality Division I teams at the University of Maine in a tri-meet with the University of New Hampshire. Bates finished the meet with 106 points. New Hampshire scored 154 and Maine finished with 115 points.McNeil scored 26 points for Bates at the meet. He won the hammer throw at the meet and met provisional qualification standards for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the process, with a distance of 173-11. McNeil also placed second in the shot put (50-04.50) and in the discus throw (147-07). McNeil was honored for his efforts with the first NESCAC Field Performer of the Week honor of the season.

Bates travels this Saturday to the Jim Sheehan Memorial Track Meet at Fitchburg State.

Joan O'Neill '12
Sophomore attacker Joan O'Neill(Westwood, Mass.) entered last Wednesday's women's lacrosse game against the No. 12 nationally ranked Babson College Beavers with a career-high of three goals. Before halftime of the game, O'Neill had already set a new personal standard: she scored four unassisted goals within the first 25 minutes of the game, helping keep the No. 15 Bobcats in reach of the Beavers, who went into halftime with an 11-6 lead and went on to prevail 15-10.Three days later, O'Neill matched her previous feat with four more unassisted goals. She netted two scores within the first 12 minutes of the game, helping Bates get out to an early 5-1 lead.

Wesleyan kept the score close, however, and the Cardinals narrowed the gap to 12-10 with 7:13 left in the second half. O'Neill responded with back-to-back goals, her team-leading sixth and seventh of the season, to bump Bates' lead back to four at 14-10. The Bobcats held on for a crucial 14-13 NESCAC victory.