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Bobcats of the week of Sept. 28, 2009

Sean Wirth '10
Playing against the defending NESCAC champions and the owners of a 10-game winning streak, the Bates football team needed its playmakers to step up in its season opener on Saturday against Trinity College.Senior tight end Sean Wirth (Barrington, R.I.) submitted one of the best performances in a game that showed several signs of promise for the Bobcats' season ahead. Wirth grabbed a career-high eight passes from quarterback Ryan Katon, gaining 62 yards, including a difficult catch on a 9-yard touchdown connection. Also the Bobcats' long snapper on special teams, Wirth even got down the field to make the tackle on a Trinity kick return. Wirth was named the team's offensive MVP for the game.

In 17 football games with the Bobcats, Wirth, also a major cog on the Bates men's basketball team, now has career totals of 50 receptions, 439 yards and six touchdowns.

Annie Burns '12
Bates sophomore goalkeeperAnnie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) was named ECAC Division III Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and NESCAC Women's Soccer Co-Player of the Week for her superlative efforts last week tending net for the Bobcats in a 1-1 week.
On Wednesday, Burns made 11 saves in a 1-0 shutout win at Wellesley College. Then on Saturday she amassed a career-high 17 saves in a 2-0 setback against Trinity College.Also the starting point guard for the Bates women's basketball team, Burns enters the week ranked first in the conference in saves per game at 11.60, nearly three more than any other goalie in the league. Her save percentage of .892 ranks seventh in the conference.