LEIWISTON, Maine -- The New England Small College Athletic Conference has shrewdly named John Murphy the NESCAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week, on the heels of the senior captain's brilliant performance in the Bobcats' 2-0 week. On Tuesday, Murphy additionally picked up ECAC Division III New England Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) factored into all seven of the Bobcats' goals last week, scoring five goals and adding two assists.
On Wednesday, Murphy flummoxed Southern Maine defenders with three goals and two assists in a 5-1 non-conference victory in Gorham, snapping a six-game winless streak for the Bobcats.
Equally impressive was Murphy's game at Middlebury, where Bates won its first NESCAC game since its last visit to Vermont back in October 2010. (Murphy scored the game-winner in that game, too, a 1-0 triumph over the then-No. 5 ranked Panthers.) Murphy broke a scoreless tie with a free kick at the 52:05 mark from the right side. The shot was a low curving blast that skipped once and found its way into the back of the net. Bates gained some breathing room not long after, with the second goal of the game from Murphy at the 73:34 mark. After taking a nice ball from senior Ethan Hirshberg (Concord, N.H.) on a counter-attack, Murphy broke in one-on-one and scored with a shot that just caught a piece of Panther keeper Zach Abdu-Glass.
Murphy now has 22 goals and 14 assists in his Bates career, which wraps up on Wednesday afternoon with the Bobcats' season finale against Colby.
Murphy is the team's first NESCAC Player of the Week since Greg Watts '12 earned the honor in September 2011, and the first non-goalkeeper since Patrick Jackson '10 on Oct. 27, 2008.