Revisiting Bates’ Comeback Against Hamilton

Bates College quarterback Brendan Costa was a player to watch on this date one year ago against Hamilton College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brewster Burns for Bates College)

By Matt Noonan

It was exactly one year ago when Brendan Costa and the Bates College football team overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Hamilton College, 26-21.

Costa highlighted his team’s second-straight victory of the 2019 season by tossing a career and season-best four touchdowns, including three in the second half with two scores landing in the hands of Sean Bryant.

Bryant concluded the contest by posting season-bests in receptions (five), receiving yards (93), and touchdowns (three).

Hamilton commenced the game by jumping out to a 21-0 lead, thanks to a pair of Kenny Gray touchdown passes to Sam Robinson and Christian Donahoe, along with a 17-yard rushing score by Joe Park before Bates began mounting its comeback by capping the first half with a 15-yard strike from Brendan Costa to Sean Bryant.

Bates’ comeback would continue on its initial possession of the second half when Bryant hauled in a 15-yard strike from Costa before the Bobcats completed the comeback by scoring twice during the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Costa pulled the visitors within two points (21-19) with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Parker Smith with 2:31 remaining before locating Sean Bryant for a 25-yard score with 1:08 remaining to push the Bobcats ahead by five points (26-21).

Gray and the Continentals attempted respond on their final drive of the contest, but the Hamilton quarterback’s last three passes were incomplete.

The win over the Continentals was the Bobcats’ first since 2014. It was also the program’s biggest comeback in 50 years when Bates rallied to beat Trinity College by the same score in 1969.

In addition to throwing both a career and season-best four touchdowns against Hamilton, Costa established a new program record for total offense in a season with 1,739 yards. The Westport, Massachusetts native recorded 1,402 passing yards last season, along with 337 rushing yards. The new record erased the previous mark of 1,688 yards by Trevor Smith in 2011.

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 9th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Tufts University secured the top spot this week by winning its sixth-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) contest last Saturday over Wesleyan University.

As of now, the Jumbos appear to be the front-runner in the conference, but they will face some challenges down the stretch, including Amherst College and Middlebury College.

The Panthers, who occupied the top spot in our weekly poll for the past few weeks, fell to the second position due to a recent setback to Colby College. The Mules returned to our poll after not appearing in the Top 10 one week ago.

Trinity College and Wesleyan rounded out the top five positions, while the Mules checked-in sixth overall with a 6-4 overall ledger. Similar to Tufts, the Blue and White (Colby) will face some challenging tests down the stretch, including an important match-up against Trinity in two weeks.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 9th, 2018

1. Tufts University 10-1, 6-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Middlebury College 9-2, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Amherst College 9-1, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Trinity College 9-2, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
5. Wesleyan University 7-4, 3-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Colby College 6-4, 2-4 NESCAC Last Week: NR
7. Bowdoin College 8-3, 3-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
8. Springfield College 7-5, 2-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Hamilton College 4-6, 2-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
10. Bates College 7-5, 2-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (6-5, 3-0 NEWMAC), Endicott College (8-3, 4-0 CCC), Roger Williams (8-3, 3-1 CCC) and Williams College (4-6, 1-5 NESCAC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 2nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Middlebury College secured the top spot for the second-straight week – since falling to TCNJ (10-6), the Panthers have rebounded with back-to-back wins, including a hard-fought win this past weekend over Amherst College, which moved up one spot to the third position.

Tufts University continues to be a team to watch – they remained in the second position for the second consecutive week after closing out the month of March with some big wins over Connecticut College and Endicott College. The Jumbos host Williams College on Wednesday – the Ephs became the newest member of our weekly poll, checking-in ninth overall.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 2nd, 2018

1. Middlebury College 8-1, 5-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University 7-1, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 7-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
4. Wesleyan University 7-2, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
5. Trinity College 6-3, 2-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
6. Bowdoin College 6-3, 2-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Springfield College 5-5, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Hamilton College 4-5, 2-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10
9. Williams College 4-4, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: NR
10. Bates College 6-4, 1-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Babson College (5-4, 2-0 NEWMAC), Bates College (6-4, 1-4 NESCAC), Endicott College (6-3, 2-0 CCC) and Roger Williams (7-2, 2-0 CCC)

 

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, March 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which finds Middlebury College at the top followed by Tufts University and Trinity College. The Panthers, who were slotted in the second position last week, moved up one spot, along with the Jumbos, while the Bantams dropped two spots.

Amherst CollegeWesleyan University and Bowdoin College remained in the same portions from a week ago, while Colby College and Springfield College each moved up a spot to the seventh and eighth positions, respectively. The Camels enter a new week riding a three-game winning streak, which will be tested Tuesday, March 27th against Union College and Saturday, March 31st against Wesleyan.

Bates College and Hamilton College secured the final two positions on this week’s poll, while Williams College became the newest member to earn ON THE RISE mention.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, March 26th, 2018

1. Middlebury College 6-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Tufts University 5-1, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Trinity College  4-2, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
4. Amherst College 7-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
5. Wesleyan University 6-1, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Bowdoin College 6-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6 
7. Colby College 4-3, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
8. Springfield College 5-3, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
9. Bates College 5-3, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10
10. Hamilton College 2-5, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7

ON THE RISE: Babson College (4-4, 1-0 NEWMAC), Endicott College (5-2, 1-0 CCC), Roger Williams (5-2, 1-0 CCC) and Williams College (3-4, 1-3 NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Final Top 10 (March 20th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017-18 New England D3 Basketball season concluded last weekend with Springfield College competing in the semifinals – a.k.a. the “Final Four.”

The Pride enjoyed an exciting run to Salem, Virginia, scoring a quartet of wins, including a third-round victory over Hamilton College, which earned the third position in our final poll.

MIT checked-in second overall – the Engineers also enjoyed an exciting postseason run as well, but saw their bid for a spot in the semifinals come-up short against Ramapo College in the Sectional Finals.

Middlebury College and Williams College rounded out the top five spots, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Men’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Springfield College

22-9, 12-2 NEWMAC

2. MIT

25-6, 10-4 NEWMAC

3. Hamilton College

24-5, 7-3 NESCAC

4. Middlebury College

21-7, 7-3 NESCAC

5. Williams College

23-6, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Eastern Connecticut St. 

26-4, 13-1 LEC

7. Wesleyan University

22-7, 7-3 NESCAC

8. Nichols College

25-4, 16-2 CCC

9. Salem State 

22-4, 12-0 MASCAC

10. Amherst College

17-9, 7-3 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Johnson & Wales (19-10, 13-3 GNAC) and Southern Vermont (22-6, 12-2 NECC)