Top 10 Bates athletics moments from the fall season

The fall sports season featured thrilling games, inspiring stories and much more. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

As the final home game of 2019 has been played, we take some time to look back at the top 10 moments from the fall season. 

It was a fall of triumphs on and off the field, acts of service to the community and proud moments on the national stage, the rise of programs and victories over historic foes. Relive them in chronological order.


1. August: Captain Courageous

From left to right, seniors Jon Lindgren, Zach Doyon and Matt Golden walk with honorary captain Brayden Austin for the coin toss before the Bates football team's home opener against Middlebury. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

In the month of August, the Bates football team names 6-year-old Brayden Austin of Sabattus an honorary captain for the 2019 season.

"The biggest thing that stands out to me about having Brayden around the team is his positivity," says Angus Lamond '21, an offensive lineman from Portsmouth, N.H. "He's had to deal with adversity his whole life, yet when he's around the team he's always so happy. It reminds us all to stay positive throughout adversity."

At 20-months old, Austin suffered a midgut volvulus, in which the small intestine wraps tightly around the large intestine, cutting off blood circulation. Austin was hospitalized for months.. Now four years later, although there have been setbacks and certain treatment regimens continue, he's running around Garcelon Field as a Bates football team captain.


2. September 6-17: Waking up the echoes

The Bates volleyball team has increased its win total in each of head coach Melissa DeRan's first five seasons. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

The volleyball team begins the 2019 season with four 3-0 wins in the Husson Invitational on opening weekend. The Bobcats go on to win eight straight matches only dropping two sets along the way. It's the first time Bates volleyball is 8-0 to start the year since 1990. 

Bates' most wins in a decade (16-10) brings back memories of the great Bobcat volleyball tradition, first established by the late, great head coach Marsha Graef.


3. October 5: Bringing the cup back to Lewiston!

The men's soccer team celebrates with the Hedley Reynolds Cup after a 1-0 win over Middlebury on Oct. 5, 2019. (Samuel Mironko '21 for Bates College)

The men's soccer team brings the Hedley Reynolds Cup back to Lewiston when they serve No. 15 Middlebury its first loss of the year on Russell Street Field. The Bobcats win 1-0 on a header by first-year Bobby Dall in the 37th minute. Thomas Hedley Reynolds served as the President of Bates from 1967-1989. Prior to arriving in Lewiston, he was a member of the Middlebury faculty for 18 years, where he was an early coach of the men's soccer team. He continued his strong support of the game at Bates.


4. October 8: The rise of Bates field hockey

The Bates field hockey team won its most NESCAC games in a single season, ever. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

In October, the field hockey team achieves its highest ranking in program history in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Poll coming in at No. 13 in the nation. The Bobcats entered the national poll at No. 15 on September 17, and moved up to No. 13 three weeks later. Previously, the field hockey team was ranked in 2017, spending multiple weeks at No. 20 in the country. 


5. October: Supporting great causes

The Bates men's rowing team supports "Real Men Wear Pink" in the fight against breast cancer. (Courtey of Aidan Temperino '21)

In October, the Bates men's rowing and field hockey teams raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The men's rowing team led by head coach Peter Steenstra joins forces with the Real Men Wear Pink Initiative put on by the American Cancer Society and raises more than $4,000. The NESCAC designates a weekend every fall where teams support Breast Cancer Awareness, this year the field hockey team wears pink warm ups and accessories in their game against Wesleyan and raises money for the Bennett Breast Cancer Center in Lewiston.

Throughout the fall semester, Bates athletics teams participate in 22 different community engagement activities including volunteering at the Trinity Jubilee Soup Kitchen, collecting food for the Good Shepard Food Bank, hosting Special Olympics clinics, and spending time with youth at Lewiston Middle School just to name a few.


6. October 20: Making history on the Charles River

The three-time defending NCAA champion Bates women's rowing team won the Collegiate Eights race at the Head of the Charles, again. (Haley Eovine for Bates College)

On Sunday, October 20, the three-time defending NCAA champion Bobcat women's rowing team becomes the first program to take first place at the Head of the Charles in the Collegiate Eights race three consecutive years. It's the fourth time in program history Bates has won the Collegiate Eights race, tying the Bobcat women with Williams College for the most wins since the race was first established in 2002.


7. October 21: Women's Golf captures the NEIGA Championship

Led by new head coach Henry Fall, the women's golf team had a breakthrough season. (Courtesy of Henry Fall)

The women's golf team concludes its fall season in style, edging Husson University by two strokes to win the fourth annual Women's New England Intercollegiate Golf Championship. Earlier in the season, first-year Chloe Baylor qualified for the NESCAC Women's Spring Golf Championship and men's senior captain Julien Lewin qualified for the men's championship.


8. November 2 & November 9: Football's terrific finish

The Bates football team celebrates its 30-5 win over Bowdoin. (Brewster Burns for Bates College)

In its first ever night home game and the 122nd meeting with rival Bowdoin, the Bobcats trounce the Polar Bears 30-5 on Garcelon Field. In the very next game at Hamilton, Bates records its biggest comeback victory since 1969, rallying from 21 points down to defeat the Continentals 26-21 and conclude the 2019 season. It's the Bobcats' biggest comeback win since a 26-21 victory over Trinity in 1969. At the end of the season, senior running back Matt Golden becomes the first Bates football player to be named to the CoSIDA Division III Academic All-District Team. 


9. November 23: Women's Cross Country's record-setting performance at NCAAs

First-year Jill Richardson led the Bobcats to a 14th place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. (d3photography.com)

For the second straight year and the third time ever, the Bates women's and men's cross country teams both receive at-large invitations to the NCAA Championships. It's the women's sixth team invitation, and the men's ninth team bid to nationals in program history. The women's team records their best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships, placing 14th in Louisville, Ky. The program's previous highest NCAA finish was in 15th place in 1997. The men finish in 32nd place.


10. November 26: Thriving on and off the field

The women's soccer team was one of many fall sports that saw success in the classroom. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Thirty-six student-athletes from Bates' fall athletic teams receive 2019 Fall All-Academic honors as announced by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution. Nine Bobcat seniors - women's soccer's Adena Bernot, field hockey's Alexa Jurgeleit, women's soccer's MacKenzie Kelly, women's cross country's Olivia LaMarche, men's soccer's Owen Lindenfeldar, men's cross country's Jack McLarnon, football's Jack O'Brien, volleyball's Julia Panepinto and men's soccer's Jared Reeber - earned NESCAC All-Academic accolades for the third consecutive fall season.