Bobcats of the week of May 2, 2011

Griff Tewksbury '14
The Bates baseball team romped through a 7-0 week last week, winning a pair of non-conference doubleheaders against UMaine-Farmington and Anna Maria College before sweeping Colby in a three-game NESCAC East Division series over the weekend. Among the team's standout performances on the week, senior Chris Burkehit .565 with nine RBIs, junior Mike Ciummeidrove in 12 runs, and senior Noah Lyndwon one game and saved another, holding opponents to a .100 batting average over his 9.0 innings of work.But home runs draw the most attention, and in that sense first-year infielder/outfielder Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) hogged the spotlight.

Tewksbury belted the first three round-trippers of his career in a huge week, while batting .440 (11-for-25) with four doubles, a triple, six RBIs, 10 runs scored and a lofty 1.040 slugging percentage. The rookie finished the week by going 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and a towering home run to right field in the Bobcats' nine-inning, 4-2 victory over the Mules at Leahey Field. He now leads the Bobcats in slugging percentage at .567, is second on the club in on-base percentage, at .430, and is tied for second in runs scored, with 23.

Joan O'Neill '12
Although she missed one game and went scoreless in another this season, Bates junior attackerJoan O'Neill(Westwood, Mass.) rewrote the Bates women's lacrosse record book in three places, including single-season marks for assists (26) and points (70) in a season.That's what happens when a player puts up numbers like O'Neill did this past week. The week began with Bates' 18-6 win on Tuesday at Endicott College, in which O'Neill had two goals and two assists just 31 minutes into the contest, before finishing with a third goal and two helpers.

In Friday's regular-season finale, an impressive 15-10 win for the No. 20 Bobcats over eighth-ranked Colby, O'Neill was simply unstoppable. By halftime she had one goal and a career-high five assists, before finishing with four goals and five assists, for a career-high nine points, the most by a Bobcat in a game in at least seven years.

Two days later, the Bobcats were at Colby for the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship. Colby got its revenge by winning the game, but not before O'Neill struck for four goals and one assist, to finish the week with 11 goals and eight assists.

With 44 goals and 26 assists this season, O'Neill established team records for points and assists in one season by breaking the former marks of 68 points (set by Stephanie Smith in 1987) and 25 assists (set by Carrie Smith in 2002). O'Neill has also tied former teammate Morgan Maciewicz for career assists, with 50.