Bobcats of the week of Nov. 1, 2010

Devin Dilts '11
As deep as the Bates men's cross country team has been this season, and as good as some of the team's rookies are, it would be a shame if senior Devin Dilts'outstanding final cross country season went unnoticed.Dilts, in his second year as a captain of both the men's cross country and men's track and field teams, has fleshed out his cross country resume nicely over his Bates career. In the 2008 NESCAC Championships, when he was a sophomore transfer student and a newcomer to the Bates cross country team, Dilts placed 23rd. A year ago he placed 11th for his first NESCAC All-Conference honors, earning a place on the Second Team.

At Saturday's 2010 NESCAC Championships on a muddy and slippery course at Hamilton College, Dilts ran amongst the race leaders throughout and wound up in sixth place in a time of 26:31.4. Among seven of Dilts' teammates who impressively placed among the top 50 runners at the meet, freshman teammate Tully Hannan (West Hartford, Conn.) finished 10th, giving Bates two All-NESCAC performers in the same year for the first time since 2004. And Bates, rated No. 31 in this week's USTFCCCA Division III rankings, placed fifth as a team, the Bobcats' best performance since 2004, even though rookie standout Noah Graboys (Wilmette, Ill.) was held out of the race.

Annie Burns '12
Bates junior goalkeeperAnnie Burns(Topsfield, Mass.) made eight saves for the Bobcat women's soccer team in Sunday's NESCAC Championship quarterfinal match against top-seeded Tufts. It was Burns' third shutout of the season, but it wasn't enough to score the upset win and send Bates into this weekend's semifinals.After 110 minutes of play, Sunday's match at Tufts remained in a scoreless tie. If it weren't a postseason game, it would have ended there. But someone had to move on, necessitating a round of penalty kicks. Bates made three out of five, on shots by junior Alix Vandeventer(North Attleboro, Mass.), junior Amanda Sirianni (Holliston, Mass.) and the clincher by senior Meredith Poore (Duxbury, Mass.), Burns' fellow co-captain. Tufts hit on two of its five kicks, and two out of the Jumbos' three misses were stopped by Burns, who receives no official credit for saves in the penalty kick round.

Bates' ouster of Tufts puts the Bobcats (6-7-2) in the NESCAC semifinals for the fourth time in the tournament's 10-year history, and for the first time since 2006, the year after Bates claimed the NESCAC title. The Bobcats will take on No. 2 seed Amherst, the host institution for the remainder of the tournament, in Saturday's first semifinal, starting at 11 a.m.