Bobcats of the week of Sept. 13, 2010

Mike Kelen '11
Amidst tight competition, the Bates men's golf team rose from seventh to sixth place out of nine teams on Sunday, the second day of the 2010 season-opening Bowdoin Invitational at Brunswick Golf Club.Senior captain Mike Kelen (Baltimore, Md.) paced the Bobcats in the tournament. The former all-state player followed up his 78 on Saturday with an 80 on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 10th place out of 56 players with Drew Murray of Williams. Junior Lee Smith (Lexington, Mass.) carded a 79 on Sunday to finish at 162 overall. First-year Garrett Johnson (Lexington, Mass.) shot an 82 to end up at 168, tied with sophomore teammate Jared Quenzel (West Hartford, Conn.) at 168.

After shooting an aggregate score of 330 during first-round play on Saturday, the Bobcats carded a team score of 326 on Sunday to move ahead of Tufts in the standings, and just one stroke behind the host Polar Bears. Williams and Husson tied atop the board at 319 apiece, followed by St. Anselm (623), Endicott (635), Bowdoin (655), Bates (656), Southern Maine (657), Tufts (666) and Brandeis (710).

The Bates men's golf team next plays at the Farmington Invitational on Thursday at Sunday River G.C., followed on Friday by the state championships at Boothbay G.C. The Bates women compete at the UMF Invitational on Sunday at Wilson Lake Country Club in Wilton.

Annie Burns '12
The Bates women's soccer team's defense didn't allow a score in its first two games of the season, allowing the Bobcats to get off to a strong 1-0-1 start on its NESCAC schedule.The Bates 'D' was led by Burns' eight saves in a 1-0 win over Connecticut College and a 0-0 tie with Amherst, which broke a five-game win streak by the Lord Jeffs against the Bobcats.

The weekend's games represented the seventh and eighth shutouts posted by Burns in her soccer career at Bates, encompassing 24 games in net.