Weekend Preview: Tennis, men's lacrosse teams at home on Saturday

Alex Piacquad '10 and the women's tennis team put their undefeated record on the line against visiting Brandeis on Saturday.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Most of Bates College's spring athletic teams are in action this weekend, with men's and women's tennis as well as men's lacrosse competing at home on Saturday.

The Bates men's tennis team, off to a 3-1 start, plays host to a strong nonconference opponent in Brandeis on Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by the Bates women's tennis team, owners of a 5-0 record, hosting the Brandeis women at 3 p.m. (match times were moved up one hour on Friday due to the expected nice weather). Bates is ranked No. 21 in Northeast Region of Division III, while the Judges are ranked No. 9 in the Northeast and No. 29 nationally. The men's matchup pits the Judges, ranked No. 14 in the Northeast, against the Bobcats, ranked No. 7 in the Northeast and No. 30 nationally.

On Saturday at 1 p.m. men's lacrosse hosts Williams in the Bobcats' second conference game of the season. Bates is ranked No. 10 in New England by the NEILA, while Williams (1-0) is at No. 8. If you can't make it to Campus Avenue Field for the game, you can catch it live online via Audio Webcast and via Live Stats.

Bates women's lacrosse looks to keep the momentum going after Saturday's 11-9 upset win at Middlebury, which vaulted the Bobcats into a tie for the No. 17 national ranking (with Washington & Lee) in this week's IWLCA Division III poll. The Bobcats (1-0) play at No. 12-ranked Williams (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) Saturday at 12 noon.

Bates softball got the 2010 season started on Thursday at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla., defeating Indiana Tech and falling to Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The Bobcats resume their trip with Friday's games against Keene State and UMass-Boston, followed by a pair of games Saturday against Eastern Connecticut State and Middlebury.

Bates baseball is also in southerly climes this weekend. The Bobcats (4-1) won 12-3 at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, and they play a doubleheader at Division II Washington Adventist University on Friday in Takoma Park, Md. On Sunday the Bobcats will play a doubleheader at the University of Mary Washington, starting at 1 p.m. Those games can be followed via Live Stats.