Bachant Top Skier for UMass at EISA Championships
Feb. 24, 2006
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Senior Pat Bachant (Hubbardston, Mass.) led the way for the Minutemen by jumping from 63rd place to 25th in his second and final run in the EISA Championships Slalom on Friday, February 24 at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Junior Rush Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) and sophomore Jason Small (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) also competed, but costly mistakes in their second runs dropped them out of the top thirty.
Bachant's run was especially impressive considering he had to ski later in the day. By the time he was finally able to go, the course had been torn up by the previous skiers.
Hawkins was in 15th place, within a second of the lead after the first run, but his second run did not go nearly as well, which dropped him much lower in the standings.
Jason Small was in 27th place after the first run, but like Hawkins, he had a poor second run that knocked him out of the top thirty.
UMass Coach Justin Rouleau thought that both skiers simlpy tried too hard on their final runs.
"Both of them went for a home run when all they needed was a base hit," said Rouleau.
Bachant, Hawkins, and Small were invited to compete in the EISA Championships based on their performance in ECSC competition this past season.
On Saturday, Bachant, Hawkins, and Small will join the rest of the top UMass skiers in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire for the ECSC Championships. Senior Pat Hofer and freshman Alex Zahoruiko (North Andover, Mass.) will be the other two skiers for the men's team, and sophomore Eliza Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.), senior Lisbet Rauh (Princeton, Mass.), senior Shaleighne Collins (North Reading, Mass.), senior Erica Mains (Hudson, Mass.), and freshman Amanda Lea (Fairfield, CT) will ski for the women's team.
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