Bobcats of the week of March 10, 2008

Sylvan Ellefson '09
Bates College juniorSylvan Ellefsonplaced fourth in the Men's 10K Free Technique race last Wednesday at the NCAA Skiing Championships, hosted by Montana State University.Ellefson (Vail, Colo.) covered the Bohart Ranch course in 31:20.0, fourth best out of 38 competitors. He was one of only three Americans in the top 10 and the only one from a Division III school. He won his first All-America honors for his top-10 finish, after missing out on the honor by 0.3 seconds in the 10K Free a year ago. Two days later Ellefson placed 18th in the 20K Mass Start Classic Technique race at NCAAs, a marked improvement from his 27th-place finish in the event last year.

Ellefson is Bates' first Nordic All-American sinceJustin Easter in 2003, and his finish is the highest for the Bobcats since 2006 U.S. Olympian Justin Freeman placed third in the 10K Classic in 1997.

Three of his teammates on the Bates women's alpine ski team -- juniors Liz Thompson(Rangeley, Maine) and Emily Sampson(Plymouth, N.H.), and first-year Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.). -- also competed at NCAAs, combining with Ellefson to put Bates in 15th place as a team.

Caroline Thomas '09
Caroline Thomaswas perhaps the brightest spot amid a slew of other strong performances as the Bates women's lacrosse team opened the 2008 season over the weekend with a pair of close losses to nationally ranked Middlebury and Babson.Thomas (Barrington, R.I.), an IWLCA All-Region player in 2007, virtually took over in parts of both games, en route to scoring a total of eight goals with three assists. In the Middlebury game on Friday, Thomas scored four second-half goals to go with two assists as Bates closed in from a 10-4 deficit to within two goals on three separate occasions. Then on Sunday, Thomas had a hat trick before halftime against the visiting No. 12 Beavers, giving her seven goals over a span of two halves.