Bobcats of the week of Nov. 9, 2009

Brett McAllister '12
He isn't as large as most linebackers in the conference, but Bates sophomore Brett McAllisterhas been outstanding for the Bobcats ever since assuming a starting outside linebacker spot at the beginning of the season.The 5-10, 190-pound McAllister (Exeter, N.H.), younger brother of senior All-NESCAC safetyKyle McAllister, was third on the team in tackles in Saturday's 28-24 win over Bowdoin, the Bobcats' first over the Polar Bears since 2003. He also broke up a pass during the game.

But the biggest play of his college career came with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter, with the Bobcats preserving a four-point lead and the Polar Bears knocking on the door at the Bates 11-yard line. McAllister picked off a pass by R.J. Shea in the back of the end zone and the Bobcats were able to run out the rest of the clock for the win.

McAllister leads Bates in tackles with 66, 47 solo. He and the Bobcats finish their season this Saturday at Hamilton, attempting their sixth straight win over the Continentals.

Lindsay Cullen '13
First-year Lindsay Cullen(Newburyport, Mass.) led all runners from the Bates College women's cross country team on Saturday at the ECAC Division III Championships, hosted by Williams College.Cullen finished the 6-kilometer course in 25:04.1, good for 29th place out of 275 runners overall. Close behind was senior Ngoc Pham (Sharon, Mass.) in 32nd at 25:18.2.

"Lindsay did a great job. It was a gutty, competitive performance," said head coach Jay Hartshorn.

The Bates College women's cross country team took ninth place out of 39 teams Saturday at the ECAC Division III Cross Country Championships, hosted by Williams College at Mount Greylock High School. The Bobcats scored 238 points, close behind eighth-place Tufts (236) and seventh-place Colby (226).

Bates competes close to home next Saturday at the New England Division III Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Maine at Twinbrook Recreation Area in Cumberland.