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Bobcats of the week of Oct. 25, 2010

John Murphy '13
Bates sophomore John Murphy(Yarmouth, Maine) scored an unassisted goal in the 39th minute as the Bates men's soccer team scored a 1-0 upset victory at No. 5 nationally ranked Middlebury on Saturday.Murphy netted his third goal of the season, unassisted, at the 38:08 mark. After a restart, Murphy blasted a perfectly placed shot into the top of the net from 23 yards out.

The Panthers, who sit alone atop the NESCAC standings, had won four straight games and had allowed just three total goals in their previous 12 contests.

Bates' second conference win put the Bobcats into a three-way tie for seventh place in the NESCAC, with one game left to play -- against Colby at home on Friday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. -- before the eight-team NESCAC Championship begins on Sunday. Bates, Trinity and Connecticut College all have seven points and identical 2-5-1 conference records, and all three are 1-1-0 against the other two combined. Friday afternoon's games will help decide who gets left out of the tournament, as Conn plays at Wesleyan and Trinity plays at Amherst.

The result was strikingly reminiscent of the teams' matchup two years ago, on Oct. 18, 2008, when Bates defeated the then No. 3 nationally ranked Panthers 1-0, on a corner kick goal by Dae Ro Lee '11 (Yongin, South Korea) in a game also played at Middlebury, ending their 18-game unbeaten streak.

Friday's game against Colby can be seen vialive video webcast.

Women's Varsity Eight '11
All signs point to another very strong year for the Bates women's rowing team and its varsity eight, the back-to-back NCAA runners-up. On Sunday Bates claimed third place out of 31 boats in the Collegiate Eights at the Head of the Charles.The Bates women's eight trailed only Williams and Ithaca among 31 boats, negotiating the winding, 3-mile course in a time of 17:04.450, nearly seven seconds faster than the fourth-place entry from Wellesley. Bates finished 12th in the same division a year ago.

The varsity eight currently comprises senior coxswain Nora Collins (Kensington, Md.), sophomore Catherine Tuttle (Pittsford, N.Y.), junior Haley Sive (Glenville, N.Y.), seniorRebecca Waldo (Dracut, Mass.), junior Kelsey Dion (Truckee, Calif.), senior Emma White(Bainbridge Island, Wash.), senior Hannah Richardson (Concord, Mass.), sophomoreLauren Hadiaris (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and senior Ellen Patterson (St. Louis Park, Minn.).

"The Charles course is a distinct challenge for each of the coxswains, with multiple turns and bridges resulting in high pressure situations that are impossible to predict," said head coachPeter Steenstra. "Our coxswains did a great job at getting their crews down the course safely and effectively."