Men's Skiing Finishes First At UMass/Smith Carnival; Women Tie for Second
Jan. 18, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Rush Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) posted wins in the giant slalom and in the slalom and freshman Eliza Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) won the giant slalom as the University of Massachusetts men's and women's ski teams opened their seasons at the UMass/Smith Carnival last Friday and Saturday. The men won the overall team title for the two-day event, while the women finished in a second-place tie.
In men's action, Hawkins won the giant slalom with his time of 1:35.03 and took the slalom title clocking 1:00.83.
Juniors Pat Bachant (Hubbardston, Mass.) and Marc Epstein (Carlisle, Mass.) also placed in the top 10 finishing ninth and tenth, respectively on the giant slalom course. Bachant finished with a time of 1:39.08, while Epstein recorded a time of 1:39.09.
Bachant also finished 11th on the slalom course with his mark of 1:03.78, while senior Pat Hofer (New Canaan, Conn.) finished 13th in 1:04.10 to lead UMass.
In women's action, Hawkins won her first collegiate event with her time of 1:38.29 on the giant slalom. She also finished second on the slalom course with her time of 1:07.25 - just 0.35 seconds behind Plymouth State's Melissa Caflisch.
Juniors Caitlin Doughty (Quincy, Mass.) and Erica Mains (Hudson, Mass.) finished in the top-three for UMass on the giant slalom course. Doughty finished 14th in 1:45.87, while Mains finished 27th in 1:49.93.
On the slalom course, Doughty finished 15th in 1:11.55, while junior Lisbet Rauh (Princeton, Mass.) took a 19th-place finish in 1:11.90 to highlight the Minutewomen's top-three performances.
Both the men's and women's teams will return to action this Saturday and Sunday as they compete in the Plymouth State Carnival.
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