Bobcats of the week of Sept. 26, 2011
|Cam Evans ’12
You don’t see too many football players make the transition from cornerback to linebacker, but Bates senior Cam Evans (Norwell, Mass.) appears to be uniquely suited to it.The 6-foot, 205-pound Evans has been a mainstay in Bates’ defensive secondary, playing mostly cornerback as well as safety in all 24 games leading up to his senior season. He entered his senior season with seven career interceptions and 101 tackles to his credit.
But Evans’ size, versatility and smarts led Bates head coach Mark Harriman to install him this season as an outside linebacker in Bates’ 3-5-3 defense, and after one game the move looks like a good one. Not only did Evans make 10 tackles, five of them solo, but he also had two deft interceptions in Saturday’s 20-7 loss to Amherst, sneaking from out of the Amherst quarterback’s view to snatch both of them with a high degree of difficulty. With big contributions all around — for two, safetyAndrew Kukesh had 13 tackles and forced a fumble, and inside linebacker Kevin Helmmade 12 tackles — Bates was able to limit Amherst’s normally high-powered offense to a somewhat pedestrian day. The Lord Jeffs’ only offensive touchdown of the game came after they took the ball over on Bates’ 35-yard line.
|Alicia Fannon ’13
Led by junior Alicia Fannon, the Bates women’s cross country team finished fourth among all college teams, and second among Division III squads, on Saturday at the Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park. This, despite resting some key contributors in juniorLindsay Cullen and senior Jenny Monsulick.Bates scored 155 points to place fifth overall out of all 23 competing teams, and fourth out of 20 college teams. Division I Boston University took first place with 47 points, followed by the Greater Boston Track Club (50), Division II Stonehill (72) and Division III Tufts (101).
Out of 251 total competitors, Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) placed 13th overall, recording her personal best time at Franklin Park’s 5K course at 19:15. Fannon was fourth among all collegiate runners, and first in Division III. First-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) finished 39th overall for Bates at 20:11, followed by first-year Elena Jay (West Hartford, Conn.) in 41st at 20:15.
The Bobcats will next compete on Oct. 8 amongst a strong field at the Hoffman Invitational, at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Race time is 11 a.m.