Bobcats of the week of Oct. 11, 2010

Men's Varsity Eight '11
In challenging conditions, with headwinds of 12-15 mph and higher gusts, the Bates College men's and women's rowing teams both put on impressive displays in their first competition of the fall season on Saturday at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta.The Bates men made a major statement in finishing second out of 20 boats in the men's eight races, with a time of 15:00.880, behind only Holy Cross (14:53.700). Boats outpaced by Bates included the University of Rhode Island (14:05.785), the University of Vermont (15:15.553) and Boston College, which rounded out the top five in 15:23.956.

The Bates men's varsity eight, pictured in the photo above (photo courtesy of Ruth Ann Nowak), are sophomore Jordy Winslow(Wilton, Conn.), sophomore Matt Johns(Seaford, N.Y.), sophomore Peter Haley (Cos Cob, Conn.), sophomore Andre Gobbo(Chesterfield, N.H.), senior coxswain Gabe Silverman (West Hartford, Conn.), seniorJason Weeks (Hyde Park, Mass.), junior Peter K. Miller (Philadelphia, Pa.), senior captainJoseph Nowak (Brunswick, Maine) and juniorPeter C. Miller (New York, N.Y.).

The Bates women, in their first competition since placing as the national runner-up for the second straight year at last spring's NCAA Championships, dominated the field in the women's eights, timing in at 17:04.866 for first place among 24 boats, ahead of runner-up Wellesley (17:14.593), as well as New Hampshire, WPI, Vermont, Mt. Holyoke and Holy Cross, among others.

"I'm very happy with the crews and how they handled the conditions," said head coach Peter Steenstra. "The coxswains gave their crews every available advantage over the 4,500-meter course, allowing the rowers to focus on racing the competition."

Alix Vandeventer '12
Bates junior forward Alix Vandeventer(North Attleboro, Mass.) scored two goals, both of them the official game-winner, in a 2-0 week for the Bates women's soccer team.Vandeventer volleyed inTina Tobin's (Lowell, Mass.) long cross for the game-winning goal with 7:47 left in regulation time as the Bobcats upset No. 9 nationally ranked Williams 2-1 on Saturday, their first win over the Ephs since 2006. The victory evened Bates' record to 4-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in NESCAC play, and also made the team a remarkable 1-0-1 against nationally ranked opponents (Bates tied Amherst 0-0 earlier this season). Vandeventer also scored Bates' first goal on another Tobin assist in a 3-0 win over Southern Maine on Tuesday. All three of Vandeventer's team-high three goals this season are game-winners.

Vandeventer was named the NESCAC Women's Soccer Co-Player of the Week on Monday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Bates' last NESCAC Player of the Week was now-junior goalkeeper Annie Burns(Topsfield, Mass.), who won the award on Sept. 29, 2009.

Bates women's soccer plays host to NESCAC rival Wesleyan on Saturday at 2 p.m. Weather permitting, the game can be followed via live video streaming at First Team Broadcasting's Bates website.