Bates Bobcast Episode 138: Bobcats dominate NESCAC weekly awards

Four Bobcats earned awards from the NESCAC for their performances last week. And we talk to all of them on the latest Bates Bobcast! Plus, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the 1st annual faculty/student basketball game. All that and more...

Interviews this episode:

  • 1:14 -- Eliza Statile '19, Women's Lacrosse.
  • 3:22 -- Matt Chlastawa' 20, Men's Lacrosse (NESCAC Player of the Week).
  • 11:55 -- Kirsten Pelletier '20, Softball (NESCAC Pitcher of the Week/Female Bobcat of the Week).
  • 16:30 -- Antonio Jareno '22, Baseball (NESCAC Player of the Week/Male Bobcat of the Week).
  • 21:09 -- John Rex '21, Men's Track and Field (NESCAC Field Athlete of the Week).
  • 31:10 -- Alison Montgomery, Head Coach, Women's Basketball, Discussing the SAAC Faculty/Student basketball game!

Bobcast Transcript

Aaron: This is the Bates Bobcast. Our weekly podcast where we take a look at the week that was, in Bates athletics. My name is Aaron Morse and this week we are celebrating a sensational weekend for the lacrosse, softball and baseball programs. Four Bates student-athletes earned NESCAC honors last week and the Bates Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its first-annual faculty-student basketball game. All that and more, coming up, on the Bates Bobcast!

Aaron: The number 22 nationally ranked Bates women’s lacrosse team sports an overall record of 8-4 and a conference mark of 4-3 after the Bobcats defeated Connecticut College at Garcelon Field on Saturday by a score of 11-10. Bates got the bounce-back win after suffering a mid-week loss to Bowdoin. Senior captain goalkeeper Eliza Statile made 14 saves against the Camels, including one with less than 30 seconds remaining, which clinched the victory. After the game, she joined the Bobcast.

Eliza: So number nine had been playing well all game. I knew she was going to be one of the shooters, or number 21, so I just knew she was going low, and I forget the rest.

Aaron: When the shot actually ... you know it's going low so you just react?

Eliza: Yeah, I try to drop my body there and hold on to it. I have 10 seconds in the crease and there was only about 12 seconds left, so it was just hold on for dear life, make it to the end and win on Senior Day.

Aaron: There was a timeout call right before. What was the discussion over there?

Eliza: Brett and Lauren were super confident in us. We knew what they've been doing all game, just decided that we had to lock it down and stayed full faith, play our game and win it.

Aaron: Senior Day, extra special victory?

Eliza: Extra special, definitely.

Aaron: What was it like before the game?

Eliza: It was a lot of emotions. There was a ton of people here. It's great to see alumni in the stands, the signs, and it's sometimes challenging just to think about the game when everything's going on, but it's nice to have that extra support all around you literally on this field at Garcelon.

Aaron: What does it say about the team, you were able to bounce back after the tough loss to Bowdoin?

Eliza: Yeah, we've been really resilient and we had a couple of tough losses against Babson and Wesleyan early on in the year. It's nice to pull off a win when it's that close and we know we can play better. So, we're really resilient and we're excited going to these next couple of games after break when we're rested.

Aaron: And you got, what? 10 days before your next game, what do you think the focus is going to be?

Eliza: The focus is going to be on us figuring out the details and things that we need to work on to win some close games against some of the top teams in the NESCAC.

Aaron: I saw after the game, right after a big embrace with Jojo, your fellow captain, what was that moment like?

Eliza: That was really special, we're like, we pulled it off, we made it, now it's time to celebrate.

Aaron: The number 12 nationally ranked Bates men’s lacrosse team sports an overall record of 9-2 and a conference mark of 6-1, first in the NESCAC. The Bobcats defeated Bowdoin 14-12 in Brunswick Wednesday and followed that up with a 15-10 win at Connecticut College on Saturday. Junior captain Matt Chlastawa, the all-time assists leader in Bates men’s lacrosse history, scored four goals and dished out three assists against the Polar Bears. Then he tallied two goals and a season-high six assists against the Camels on Saturday. For his efforts, Chlastawa was named the NESCAC men’s lacrosse Player of the Week!

Aaron: Matt, Connecticut College, this is a team, that they play pretty slow, I know the pace can be challenging, so what was the game like there on Saturday?

Matt: Well, I mean, they came out defensively and they threw the zone at us. They have a couple of really good guys on offense that we tried to focus up on. So, offensively a lot of it was trying to get our offense early and transition and if so, if they get in on defense too, be patient and work the ball around and see what the zone that they're throwing at us gives us.

Aaron: The team, obviously, there's been some injuries, some guys are banged up a little bit, so you've probably being seen some new faces to work with on offense a little bit. What's that been like?

Matt: Yeah. Every single year, we have the injured reserve where a couple of guys are banged up. And this year is no different. Because we're so deep and we have so many guys on the team, we do have this next man up mentality where everybody who comes out to practice, everyone who comes out to play is typically ready to go. It takes a little bit of time for everyone to get used to the new lineup and stuff like that, but for the most part, we try not to lose a step whenever a new person is on the field.

Aaron: You're racking up the assists, how do you build chemistry with the other attackers in practice to develop plays where you're behind that net and you're distributing like that?

Matt: Well, a lot of it has to do confidence in me. I can't really be an active feeder if no one else is really cutting off ball and stuff like that, so we have this understanding, especially with me and Mullally and other attack men and other midfielders like me and Curtis, where if they get open and they're confident that I can actually hit 'em with a pass, and I just try my best to keep my head up, and if they get open to try to give them as good of a ball as I possibly can.

Aaron: Excellent, and then, obviously people know also you can score, obviously a lot. Teams, I'm sure game plan you differently depending on the week and so how do you approach that when you're in the game realizing what they're doing out there?

Matt: Well, a lot of it is audibles. So we do have a game plan, a set game plan on the scout and stuff like that and stuff that we prepare for. However, on the field, when it comes to recognizing the moment, recognizing what's going on, we like to play fast. So as a result, we try to push that transition, and a lot of that is kind of playing a chaotic type of lacrosse, but that's the way we like it and that's the way that we practice it. So when it comes to game day, it's nothing that we haven't really seen before.

Aaron: So we're talking on a Tuesday, so a week from today you're going to be at Tufts, they had their first loss the other day but obviously a great rivalry, you've played them in the last two years, what's this game like?

Matt: There's not much that's like it, honestly. When it comes to Bates-Tufts, it's a beautiful rivalry and you know it's going to be a heavy hitting game, it's going to be up and down. We're going to have our runs, they're going to have theirs, so all around, it's just going to be exciting. I mean, they have it out for us, we scrimmaged them earlier on in the fall so we got an opportunity to run at them a little bit before, but the vibe at Bellow Field in Boston, there's like a lot of Bates alumni that come out because they all live around there and stuff like that. So it's just exciting. I'm excited to get out there.

Aaron: Yeah, that game two years ago was very memorable, wasn't it?

Matt: Yeah, no definitely two years ago, it felt like a home game because of how many Bates alum came out and how many people made the trip down. So, going down to Massachusetts, my home state, it's just a great feeling to get out there and play our hardest.

Aaron: And you're one of the captains as a junior, the first-years, do they know what's waiting for them with Tufts? I mean, have you talked to them much about this rivalry and what it means?

Matt: Yeah. I mean, we talk about how like every game in the NESCAC should not be taken for granted. And they already know as freshmen the heavy hitters of the NESCAC being Tufts, Amherst, stuff like that.

Matt: So coming into this tough part of our schedule, I think they're more than prepared. I mean, obviously coming off the finals and stuff, and all that, that's a lot to deal with. But in terms of Tufts, I think they should be ready to go.

Aaron: You mentioned the tough part of the schedule, but also an opportunity, right? It's a chance to finish first.

Matt: Definitely. It's a chance to establish ourselves as one of the most prominent NESCAC teams this year. Obviously we're trying to ... and we've talked about it Curtis, Bull, and Rocco and I, about our desire to host NESCACs, because we did it two years ago and we fell short, but we know that there's nothing better than hosting a game on Garcelon for NESCAC playoffs.

Aaron: What's it like to be the all-time assist leader at Bates as a junior?

Matt: It's nice. You just informed me on this. This is news to me. However it's nice to know that when I am able to get my hands free and get my get a pass off to a teammate that they will finish the back end of it. And that just goes to a testament to my teammates as well as its to just the team offense as a whole.

Aaron: For sure. And then mentioning about the previous week, that also included Bowdoin, it seems like forever ago, right? But that's always a tough game on the road but you guys pull it out. What was that game like?

Matt: Yeah. The CBB, man. Let me tell ya. It's always a gritty game whenever we play Bowdoin. They beat us last year within like a second on our home field so we have that chip on our shoulders and then two years ago, we beat them in the last couple seconds, so playing close games with Bowdoin is something that we're used to. It's always a rivalry game to where no matter if we're having a good year, we're having an off year or they're having an off year or they're having a good year. No matter what, whenever we match up one-one-one you know it's going to be a grudge match. So we are fully prepared for that and we're just happy to come up on top.

Aaron: Yeah. The guy was on the attack, how happy were you to see that pass they tried at the very end just go over the guy's head and out of bounds? You're like, "Yes! There it is!"

Matt: Yeah. Yeah. Definitely. I mean, we were confident in our defense to get a stop, and you hate to say it, but definitely like wishing on the other end that they would just mess up, so having an error like that decide the game essentially was kind of reassuring, definitely to have the ball on the offensive end for that latter part of the game, just to feel more comfortable, just to be able to be like, "I'm just going to run and try not to get stripped," and just try to run the clock out.

Aaron: You touched on finals week, leading up to the Tufts game and they have a game though right before, I believe, against Amherst. So what's that dynamic like with Bates not having a game for a while whereas Tufts just coming off what I'm sure will be a very tough game with the Mammoths?

Matt: Well, we try to just focus on ourselves. Because we're going to have so much time to prepare and watch film on them and we're probably going to end up watching that Amherst game, it's good for them definitely because they get to compete against a high-level opponent. However for us, it's more about, especially when we get to the game itself, there's a lot of hype going on, it's tough, it's on their home field and all that. The quicker that we can focus on ourselves and what we have to do as a team and individually in order to compete at our highest level is where the focus needs to be at for us in order to win that game.

Aaron: All right, Matt Chlastawa, NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week. Thanks so much.

Matt: Yeah. Thanks for having me. 

Aaron: Chlastawa was one of four Bobcats who earned NESCAC honors for their performances last week. Junior Kirsten Pelletier was named the NESCAC Softball Pitcher of the Week after she earned the save against Saint Joseph’s with three shutout innings and pitched three complete games over the weekend against Colby, leading the Bobcats to a three-game sweep of the Mules. Pelletier was brilliant, allowing just one hit in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader and just two hits in game two. Pelletier sports a 1.80 ERA through 16 appearances this season, and she is our Female Bobcat of the Week!

Aaron: Kirsten, first of all, you pitched all three games against Colby and you got to save early in the week against St. Joseph's, so a busy week for you. How do you approach it? Did you know going in you're going to start all three games?

Kirsten: No I didn't. I knew I had the Friday game and I wasn't sure which game I would pitch on Saturday. But I think just going into it with always wanting the ball and knowing that my best stuff is going to beat anyone else's best stuff every single day when I step on the mat, and I think it's how I really prepare myself especially going into NESCAC games.

Aaron: So far you're doing pretty well against Colby, threw a no-hitter against them last year and a one-hitter and then a two-hitter on Saturday there in the doubleheader, what was clicking for you?

Kirsten: We threw a lot of fastballs and curve balls early in the game, and we really saved my other movement pitches and my change up for later in the game. And I think that was really effective to keep hitters off balance, and I really didn't show all my stuff. So I think that was really effective.

Aaron: So they couldn't make adjustments going through the second time and stuff.

Kirsten: Right. Right.

Aaron: And then for the team itself, obviously after a tough opening weekend series against Tufts, what was it like to get a sweep on the other side of the coin?

Kirsten: I was really excited. I think all the first-years, we have had like six first-years starting. I think it means a lot to them and to get NESCAC wins under our belt, let alone a NESCAC sweep under our belt, I think that does wonders for our team vibe and how we're going to approach the series we have remaining.

Aaron: Sure. And then speaking of the first-years, Janell, I saw she had her first career home run. How cool was that to see?

Kirsten: That was great. I was so happy for her. She deserves it. She's so awesome. She's such a great teammate, too.

Aaron: What are the first-years like? Obviously you mention there's a lot of them. What's the dynamic like getting them integrated into the team and everything?

Kirsten: It's been fun. I think a lot of new talent and a lot of new voices, it's been exciting to see them come out of their shell. I think in Florida, they were a little nervous, and as we've played more games, they've really come into who they are as players and as teammates and as people and it's been so great to just help them through that and to watch them do it. It's been so fun.

Aaron: As a pitcher it must be nice to see the offense come alive, especially there against St. Joseph's and then Colby on Friday also.

Kirsten: Yes. Absolutely love the run cushion.

Aaron: For sure. And then you've got a series, I believe, this weekend. It's not in your division, but you're battling a really good Williams team and that's going to be a nice test, isn't it?

Kirsten: Yes. Williams is a really good team. They have been good. So I think going into Williams it'll be a really good test to see if our offense will stay producing like we did this weekend and I think we'll rise to the challenge.

Aaron: And then as a pitcher, I know sometimes they've been DPing for you so you don't have to worry about hitting. Do you like that or do you want to get to the plate a little more?

Kirsten: Our offense is working right now, so whatever produces runs, that's what I'm for. I always give coach a little nudge. I want to hit too, but I definitely understand my role as a pitcher, and if things are working, things are working, and that's what I like to see and be a part of.

Aaron: Yeah. And this is finals week I believe, right? So what have you got on your docket?

Kirsten: Yeah, finals week. I actually don't have a busy week. I have a lot of group projects and one sit down exam, so nothing too bad which is nice when you're in season.

Aaron: And then you've played Tufts, you've played Colby and obviously you've got Bowdoin and then Trinity left, what you remember about those teams from last year and what are you most looking forward to as the season goes on here?

Kirsten: Coming off the Bowdoin series last year, I'm excited to play them again. We definitely had a tough series against them last year and I'm excited to go in and really assert Bates softball against Bowdoin. Bowdoin is going down this year.

Aaron: Excellent. That's a good way to wrap it up, I think. Kirsten Pelletier, NESCAC Pitcher of the Week and Female Bobcat of the Week. Thanks so much.

Kirsten: Thank you.

Aaron: First-year Antonio Jareno is the NESCAC Baseball Player of the Week. He was the offensive hero of Bates' 5-2 victory over Trinity on Saturday, hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning and doubling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Then he scored the winning run in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader as Bates took two of three from the Bantams. Starting one game at shortstop and four at second base, Jareno had multiple hits in all five games of a 3-2 week for Bates, batting .478 with three doubles, one home run, one stolen base, three runs scored, a slugging percentage of .739 and five RBIs. And Antonio Jareno is our Male Bobcat of the Week!

Aaron: First of all, Antonio, you're from Marietta, Georgia, how did you decide to come to Bates to study and to play baseball?

Antonio: Well, my summer baseball coach, knew coach Martin, and that's how I got in contact with Coach Martin at first, and he was able to see me at a showcase down in Florida and he was interested and so was I, good academic school, good baseball, so I came up here.

Aaron: Did you visit at all during high school or anything like that?

Antonio: I actually did not visit before I committed. I came up here in the spring, but I knew it was the right fit for me. I talked to Coach Martin over the phone and he was just an awesome guy. I knew I was going to love it here.

Aaron: What did you know about NESCAC baseball if anything, I guess?

Antonio: Absolutely. The academics. NESCAC is obviously known for high academics. And I knew that baseball would get me somewhere where academics would be a top priority.

Aaron: Before last week, you had had four bats for the whole year so we'd like to get that much playing time. And I mean how cool was it to see yourself you know produce like you did?

Antonio: Well, Coach Martin, he gives a lot of opportunities to the guys and I was just able to go out there. The game against Husson gave us a start since our middle infielders were sick, and I was able to prove myself with the opportunities he gave me.

Aaron: So the Husson game really set the tone for the week for you, at least?

Antonio: I believe so.

Aaron: Yeah. And then NESCAC opponents, what's that been like? Adjustments you made compared to what you were facing in high school?

Antonio: Well, you know, they can throw everything for a strike. Fastball, breaking ball. And I think that's the biggest change between this and high school baseball. You know, you just gotta jump on it quick, be able to make adjustments up at the plate, just be a good hitter.

Aaron: And then you also can pitch, right? What's the approach there in terms of being a two-way player for the Bobcats either this year or down the road?

Antonio: Oh, any way I can help the team win, I'm all for it.

Aaron: How do you balance that also in terms of your practice approach?

Antonio: Well, it's a lot of work, trying to balance both. It's a grind. But it always is.

Aaron: You got two home runs in your high school career and you hit one the other day. That come as a surprise to you or have you been working on your power?

Antonio: That was an absolute surprise. I didn't know it was going off the bat. I've never been the home run type. I've always been one drive gap to gap, and I just got lucky and got ahold of one and kept going.

Aaron: The doubleheader there, it was an extra inning game when White's fly ball goes in the air you're tagging up at third, what are you seeing there?

Antonio: I'm going to the plate no matter what. He hit it deep enough for me to score and I was just ready for the opportunity, getting on second base. Very first at bat and then Jack pushing me to third base.

Aaron: Well, you had a double steal.

Antonio: Double steal. The steal.

Aaron: What do you see on the double steal? I'm curious, because you guys got great jumps on that.

Antonio: We had a hit and run on, and the team was shifted for the bunt, and there was no one covering third. So I was able to get there before the shortstop did.

Aaron: And then have you ever scored a walk-off run before like that?

Antonio: Not like that one.

Aaron: Never? Yeah.

Antonio: Uh-huh. That was great.

Aaron: Wesleyan this weekend at home, obviously it doesn't count in the divisional race, but it's still important to see what guys can do, I'm sure, right?

Antonio: Absolutely. They're a good team and hopefully a team that we will face in the playoffs. You never know.

Aaron: Right. Right. Because you've got Bowdoin and Colby remaining in terms of divisional games. Have you talked much to the guys, have they spoke to you about the CBB rivalry between these three schools or is it totally new to you?

Antonio: Totally new. They're going to be good games. We just got to take advantage and put just our hearts out there and win the game.

Aaron: Sounds good. Antonio Jareno, he is the NESCAC Baseball Player of the Week, and he's our Male Bobcat of the week. Thanks so much.

Antonio: Thank you.

Aaron: The track and field teams began their outdoor season Saturday at the MIT Quad Meet, competing against the Engineers, RPI and Tufts. The Bates women won four events, with senior captain Ayden Eickhoff winning the 1,500-meter run, senior Katie Barker winning the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Amanda Kaufmann winning the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 14.83 seconds and senior captain Katie Hughes winning the shot put. On the men’s side, sophomore Elijah Coyne won the 400-meter hurdles and sophomore John Rex won the hammer throw. Rex also finished sixth in the shot put and he is the NESCAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week!

Aaron: John, last time we chatted was before NCAAs. You qualified as a sophomore, you were the only sophomore in the field there in the weight throw, what was that experience like for you going there for the first time?

John: It was a very exciting experience to go to NCAAs for the first time, definitely very hectic, there was a lot of a lot of teams there, a lot of people. It was nice to get experience in that type of environment for sure, and it was good to see that level of competition because I hadn't been in a field where everyone was either at my level or better than me for the entire regular season. So that was definitely a good experience to have. It didn't really go how I wanted it to, end the season on a PR, but regardless, it was a really good experience and I was very thankful to even have made it there.

John: And it's a certain experience where you go and you're really excited to go and then by the time you leave and you don't do what you wanted to accomplish there you're just even hungrier for more. So I'm definitely going to take that experience with me and let it light a fire under me as I go into outdoor season.

Aaron: What were your talks with Coach Fresh like maybe afterwards, reflecting on it and adjustments you might make when you go back next year, hopefully?

John: Being the only sophomore in the field, I don't think that there is a lot of expectation for me to place high in the meet. It was more of a trip to nationals for the experience. And I think the first time you get there, it's usually rare that you're going to have a better performance and you need to gain that experience to eventually be able to perform well at those types of meets and those types of environments. So I think in that regard, Fresh knew that going into the meet, and I knew that going into the meet although I still wanted to do really well for myself, which was why that wasn't my happiest moment in track and field.

John: But like I said, again, I'm going to take that energy and I'm going to channel into outdoors and will come back hungrier than ever.

Aaron: For sure. So speaking of outdoors, past weekend pretty strong showing for you in the hammer throw. Now, the hammer throw and the weight throw, very similar obviously. What are some differences between the two?

John: Indoor nationals, I saw a lot of really strong guys in my field. And anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy lifting as well. I consider myself pretty strong, but when you get to nationals and you're in that field of weight throwers, everyone's just as strong or stronger, and a difference between the weight throw and the hammer throw as coach always says, the hammer is really revealing because there could be good weight throwers who don't have great footwork because it's less important in the weight throw because the radius of the ball is shorter, it's also heavier, so there's less time for acceleration and it's less of a patience thing, more just speed and push and acceleration, and a lot of times a lot of big, strong athletes who are usually heavier are better at the weight than they are the hammer, because it's such a heavy ball, they have that center of gravity, and the ball doesn't throw them around as much as it would a smaller, faster guy.

John: So for the smaller, faster guys throwing the weight, you have to be a little more technical to your approach to throwing it, which is why we see in hammer season, a lot of the faster, leaner guys be in the top 20 as opposed to some of the guys who got All-American in the weight don't even throw the hammer over 50 meters.

John: It's an event that was created by Americans, the weight throw to mimic the hammer throw but for indoors, but there are some fundamental differences in the events that cater to different types of athletes.

Aaron: Which do you prefer?

John: I'm definitely more of a hammer thrower, although I'd say I'm sort of a hybrid because I do have strength and I only look to improve upon my strength. So I think next year, the weight will be even better than I was this year. That just comes with getting stronger and more explosive, being able to counter that 35 pound weight is definitely huge and you definitely need a lot of strength to do that.

John: I think my freshman year I didn't see a lot of success until hammer season and that was my first taste of success, was throwing the hammer freshman year and I think that the weight thrower is a really good job of like prepping me for that because I throw with the same exact number of turns that I do for the weight throw as I do for the hammer throw. And I think I am more of a speed, surgical kind of thrower, just like grip and rip more, just like technique and speed and explosiveness. So I think in that regard, hammer is comparatively better than weight throw. But, I'd say indoors, the weight throw is still my strength and outdoors the hammer throw is my strength.

Aaron: Gotcha. And, well, speaking of that, I mean there's two other events in outdoors. Shot put, nothing much changes, only the conditions, I suppose, right?

John: Right, right. Yeah, definitely. We haven't had a ton of practice dedicated to shot put. So I think that'll just come with more meets and more experience under my belt and my first time really throwing a shot outside. So it was a little bit different. But I think in a meet, you just can't let those things affect you. And I think sometimes they do, the external factors, but when it comes down to you are just throwing the same ball that you've been throwing since the fall.

Aaron: Yeah. Well, speaking of practices, you've three different kinds of events, discus is the other one. So when you practice during the week, what's your approach to that and how to balance those three?

John: I think that primarily I'm a hammer thrower. And I think that lately I've been being a little too ... I mean, I know the technique behind the discus and the shot put, but I think lately I've just been thinking about that too much and I think something that's important in throwing is to not think. I think those who think less are usually better off when they enter the circle, because then you shouldn't be thinking about anything when you're in that moment.

John: And there's this there's this quote that ... I can't remember who says it, but it says like, if you don't think too good, then don't think at all. And I think that really applies to the throwers because if you're thinking in a meet about things that you could do wrong, all the things that you could potentially do to mess up your throw, then you're not going to throw well. You just have to believe that you can throw far and believe that you have prepared yourself for this moment, this is what you've been doing for years now. And you do these sorts of things every single day of practice, and it shouldn't change it to meet. The only thing that changes the intensity level.

John: And I think overall on the shot and discus, I should just use my athleticism to get some marks out there because ultimately at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how the throw looks. It's just about how far it goes.

Aaron: Right. And you mentioned off the air, even though you were NESCAC Field Performer of the Week, you're not really satisfied with this past meet. That's probably a good thing. Right? A lot of room for improvement?

John: Yeah. I've had some practice PRs that were awhile farther in the hammer throw than this past weekend, but again, the first meet jitters can alter that performance. And I think the shot and disc, I can definitely see a lot of improvement there. I wasn't very thrilled with my performance in the shot and disc at all. The hammer I thought was, it was a good start, but I know that there's a lot more there in the shot and disc and I think that just based off of the work I've put in I could be throwing a lot further and I think I will.

Aaron: Last question for you, this weekend at University of New Hampshire, right? What can you tell us about this meet coming up?

John: Definitely a lot more competition in the shot and disc. They have some really good throwers, they have one really good shot put thrower, they have a decent hammer thrower, throws around the same weight I'm throwing but I'm looking to improve my mark a lot more, so hopefully I'll surpass him and win the meet. And it'd be nice to throw some shot put as well and get a nice personal best in there and discus I think I can only go up from where I was in the first meet.

Aaron: All right, John Rex NESCAC Field Performer of the Week. Thanks so much.

John: Thank you so much.

Aaron: On Monday, the Bates Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its first annual faculty-student basketball game. Bates College president Clayton Spencer participated and it was a nice turnout at Alumni Gym for the inaugural event. Afterward, we caught up with Bates women’s basketball head coach Alison Montgomery, who helped organize, and officiate, the game.

Aaron: First annual faculty-student basketball game here at Alumni Gym, Alison Montgomery with us. Tell us how this whole developed.

Alison: Our Student Athletic Advisory Committee, the SAAC group has been working on this sort of initiative in general to just continue to strengthen relationships with faculty, and this initiative, specifically, Mike Rocque from our sociology department, who is our faculty liaison for the football team and is also recently our NCAA rep for all of athletics, who's just really kind of invested in the mission, brought this idea to us actually and said, "I think we can do this. I think it can get some faculty behind it and we're hoping that we can do some similar sort of events around softball to really just get faculty and students together on the playing fields."

Aaron: You were one of the officials. How'd that go?

Alison: Always interesting to be on the other side. I mean officiating is tough. But yeah, really fun, obviously. I think there was one maybe two fouls called in that game, so very loosely officiated. But yeah, it was really fun to just help facilitate the flow of it.

Aaron: Well we saw Dean Reese hit a three there, right?

Alison: A deep three. A contested deep three with lots of confidence in rhythm. Yeah, there was a lot of faculty members and staff members showing off their athletic ability, which was great.

Aaron: You know a moment stand out to you sort of?

Alison: Certainly I would say Dean Reese's three. Another thing, it was funny as the game started, the students were really hesitant to actually score and attempt to score, but then it was cool to see as the game went on, that they were all equal partners and trying to win. So that was cool.

Aaron: And then hopes for the future and how that might grow, I guess?

Alison: Yeah. I mean, I think our vision, and I know the way these sort of events run often is student versus faculty, which we think that could be really fun as well. I think we didn't really know what we'd get for a turnout and we didn't really know ability level and that sort of thing, so we just wanted to make it a really fun event that way. So now that we have a sense and hopefully it was really fun for everybody and they'll want to come back in the future, but we would like to at some point do students versus faculty.

Aaron: White Team wins 62-52 over the Garnet team, Alison Montgomery, thanks so much.

Alison: Thanks, Aaron. 

Aaron: The men’s tennis team defeated Colby 8-1 on Thursday to improve to 2-0 in conference action so far this season. The Bobcats’ schedule really heats up next week, when Bates takes on three NESCAC opponents in the span of four days. And while the women’s tennis team fell to Tufts on Saturday at Merrill Gym, the Bobcats will get a chance to improve their conference mark of 1-1 next week with three matches in four days as well.

Aaron: The rowing teams continue to test themselves against elite competition. The number one nationally ranked women’s rowing team challenged the BU Lightweights and the Radcliffe Lightweights over the weekend. While BU outraced the Bobcats, Bates won two of three races against Radcliffe the very next day. On the men’s side, Bates took on Marist, WPI, Hamilton and Connecticut College, with the Bobcats outracing their NESCAC foes each time, while trailing Marist.

Aaron: Finals week means fewer sporting events on the docket, but tune in next week when we recap some interesting cross-over NESCAC games for the baseball and softball teams. The baseball team hosts Wesleyan in a Saturday doubleheader that gets underway at noon and the softball team visits Williams for a Sunday doubleheader. Track and field and rowing are both in action this weekend as well and the women’s tennis team visits Wheaton College on Sunday. We’ll recap it all, next time, on the Bates Bobcast!