Jackson wins NESCAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week honors
|Jackson leads the hot Bobcats in scoring with 8 goals and 2 assists for 18 points.|
HADLEY, Mass. — Bates College sophomore midfielder Patrick Jackson has been named the NESCAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week today by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Jackson (Durham, N.H.) figured in all three goals during Bates’ crucial 3-2 conference victory over Wesleyan on Saturday, which kept the Bobcats’ hopes alive for a berth in the NESCAC Championship. He led off the scoring with a goal assisted by first-year goalie Greg Watts and sophomore midfielder Dustin DiGregorio in the 35th minute, and made it 2-0 when he headed in a corner kick by junior forward Jonathan Lobozzo. Jackson returned Lobozzo’s favor in the second half, as Bates added an insurance goal when Lobozzo headed in a ball inside the right corner, assisted on a crossing pass by Jackson.
In his first year as a starter at midfield, Jackson leads the team in scoring with 8 goals and 2 assists. Jackson’s performance Saturday lifted him into the top 10 in the conference in points per game (1.08; 10th) and goals per game (0.50; tied for 6th). He is Bates’ first NESCAC Player of the Week since Robert Wesley-Munro ’08 won the award Oct. 30, 2006.
Bates (8-5, 3-5 NESCAC) has won three straight against MIT, Middlebury and Wesleyan, and looks to make it four in a row in Friday’s regular-season finale, when the Bobcats host Colby at 3 p.m. In an ultracompetitive year for the conference, Bates likely needs a win against the Mules (7-5-1, 3-4-1) to make the expanded eight-team field of the NESCAC Championship.