Twelve Bates teams competing this weekend
The spring season is suddenly under way, while the winter season reaches its climax, making for a very busy weekend for Bates athletic teams.
Bates’ No. 12 nationally ranked men’s squash team begins pursuit of a second straight Hoehn Cup (B Division) Trophy, which goes to the top team in the 9-16 bracket at the College Squash Association Team Nationals, taking place Friday through Saturday at Princeton University. Bates starts the tournament against No. 13 Navy on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
The Bates basketball teams begin play in the NESCAC Championships on Saturday. The women’s basketball team (16-8, 5-4 NESCAC), seeded fourth in the eight-team tournament, hosts fifth-seed Trinity (16-7, 4-5) on Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets ($3 for adults, $1 for students; one free ticket per Bates ID shown) will be available for advance purchase on Friday afternoon at Alumni Gym. Read the game preview at http://www.bates.edu/x199918.
The Bates men’s basketball team (13-11, 4-5) is seeded No. 6 in the NESCAC Championship and travels to No. 3 seed Williams (16-8, 6-3) for the tournament quarterfinals, also with a tipoff of Saturday at 3 p.m. Follow this link to watch the game live via webcast.
It’s a huge weekend for the Bates men’s and women’s track and field teams, as they compete in the New England Division III Indoor Championships this Friday and Saturday. The women’s meet takes place at Bowdoin College, while the men will compete at MIT.
It’s also a crucial weekend for the Bates women’s swimming and diving team, which has its NESCAC Championships this Friday through Sunday at Bowdoin. Read the NESCAC preview story of the meet here. The men will have their conference championship next weekend at Wesleyan.
With the NCAA Skiing Championships at Bates just three weeks away, the Bates alpine and Nordic ski teams have their penultimate Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association carnival this weekend at Middlebury, with the alpine team competing at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and the Nordic team racing at Rikert Touring Center this Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, the spring season has started for Bates women’s and men’s tennis, women’s lacrosse and baseball. Women’s tennis defeated Hillsborough Community College 5-4 in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. Men’s tennis plays Thursday at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., while the women’s lacrosse team opens at Sewanee in Tennessee on Thursday. The Bates baseball team opens this weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a game against Alma on Friday, followed by games against Richard Stockton and Alma on Saturday.