Bates alum Jeff Critchlow '03 will be inducted this coming May into the Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) High School Sports Hall of Fame. Critchlow played both soccer and lacrosse at Bates, and is parlaying some lessons learned as a Bobcat into a successful career.
In 1999 as a high school senior, Critchlow was a pivotal member of the Concord-Carlisle soccer and lacrosse teams, leading the squads to a combined 39-5-4 record. Critchlow's talents allowed him to register 54 goals and 40 assists across the two sports in a stellar senior year.
On the soccer field, Critchlow was a Dual County League All-Star, and a Lowell Sun All-Star. For lacrosse, he was named Dual County League All-star, Lowell Sun All-Star and also achieved All-American Honors. Critchlow was the Concord-Carlisle Athlete of the Year for 1999.
Critchlow was recruited by numerous schools for both sports but made the decision to attend Bates.
"I chose Bates because I wanted a quality education, and somewhere I could thrive as a student-athlete. My high school coach Ray Pavlik was a Bates soccer alum, and he always had great things to say about the school."
Critchlow made an immediate impact at Bates and was a key player as the Bobcats posted a 9-5-1 record during his freshman year. One of Critchlow's favorite memories as a Bobcat came against Tufts, the team that the current roster will open 2013 NESCAC play against.
"Playing Tufts at their field and beating them 3-0 my senior year was a sweet victory, especially in front of their hostile crowd." Critchlow also has has fond memories of the relationships he formed at Bates. "You get to know people pretty well through those thick and thin times that sports bring, and I always took pride in playing my hardest, not just for myself, but for my teammates and coaches."
Critchlow has continued to exhibit strong work ethic after Bates, and has graduated from Western University of Health Sciences Veterinary School. "I think my well-rounded background, and the Bates name itself, helped me get into vet school."
Ever a proud Bates alum, Critchlow doesn't hesitate to recommend the college to future prospective students.
"Bates is a place where you will make strides on a personal level as well as with your education. It's a small school with a lot of heart, and a place to create memories that you'll take with you forever. Wherever I go since graduating, there is always recognition of the Bates name."
The Concord-Carlisle tradition continues at Bates on the current soccer roster. Sophomore midfielder Aaron Nickelsberg, who won the Massachusetts state title as a Concord-Carlisle senior, played in 14 games for the Bobcats last season.
"As an alumni of Concord-Carlisle and a current Bobcat, I am honored to continue the history established by players like Jeff," said Nickelsberg. "He has helped in creating an atmosphere of success and fully deserves his placement in the CC Hall of Fame."
"It's great to see Mr. Critchlow receiving this accolade," said Bates head men's soccer coach Stewart Flaherty. "He is an important part of the program history that we are so proud to represent," said Flaherty.