Women's soccer bids farewell to accomplished Class of 2016

Pictured (from top left to right): Maggie Coco, Caitrin Griffin, Leah Humes, Karen Lockhart, and Julia Rice.

LEWISTON, Maine -- The five members of the 2016 women's soccer graduating class began their careers at Bates focused on the process, each year raising the bar a little higher than the year before. In their final season wearing the garnet, the the five women led the Bobcats to their highest winning percentage and best record in league play since 2005, as well as a trip back to the NESCAC tournament for the first time in five years.

On the occasion of their graduation from Bates, said head coach Kelsy Ross, "their efforts over the course of four years grew in intensity and have left their teammates in a more competitive space than when they arrived."

Maggie Coco: The center midfielder, known for her expertise in free kicks, corners, and soccer intelligence, saw action in 48 out of 54 games played for the Bobcats over her four-year career. Coco's quiet but witty personality helped keep the team on point during training sessions and also provided guidance to new teammates in the center of the pitch. Coco was the team community engagement leader in 2013-2014, which saw the Bobcats volunteering at the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Tree Street Youth Center. The Avon, Conn., native plans to return home after graduation and enter the working world of marketing and finance with hopes of relocating to Boston or New York City.

Caitrin Griffin: Hailing from Geneva, Illinois, the tenacious defender will leave the program having shown a deep commitment to the team with drive, passion, and focus. Her confidence in the weight room helped provide great leadership among teammates with the lifting program. Never one to shy away from a tackle or physical play, Griffin started every game of her rookie campaign and totaled 41 starts out of 46 games played during her career. Griffin was also named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Leah Humes: The Beaconsfield, Quebec native and 2015 co-captain will leave the program having accumulated 25 points (10 goals, 6 assists) despite missing her first-year campaign due to injury. In her senior season, Humes led the team in points, with her most notable performance against Connecticut College, when she scored back-to-back goals in the last four minutes of play in Bates' comeback win over the Camels. Humes garnered a handful of awards over the years: 2015 team MVP, NESCAC All-Academic Team honors in 2013, 2014, and 2015, Bates Senior Scholar Award, and the 2016 Myhrman/Swett Award from the sociology department, for completing "theses deemed most outstanding by the faculty members of the department of sociology." Humes plans to stay in New England and enter the field of marketing or business development.

Karen Lockhart: The English major and 2015 NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship honoree made the most of her time on the field her senior year by bringing a calm, strong presence as an attacking player. Lockhart tallied three goals on the year, two of which were game-winners against Middlebury and Colby. A dual-sport student-athlete at Bates, Lockhart also had a banner year on the softball field and was named Second Team All-NESCAC after setting Bates records with 94 total bases and 49 hits on the season. Lockhart plans on teaching high school English and pursuing a coaching career in softball and/or soccer at the youth or collegiate level.

Julia Rice: The Providence, R.I., product leaves the program having given two years of captainship and four years of grit, intensity, and passion. Although Rice missed her senior campaign due to injury, her presence as a leader was instrumental in the Bobcats' positive team chemistry and focus throughout the year. She will work as a clinical research coordinator at the Thoracic Outpatient Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Rice also expects to enter PA school and medical school in the future.

In anticipation of the upcoming fall season, Ross said, "we are forever grateful for the Class of 2016's dedication to Bates, and look forward to raising the bar even further."