Senior Captain Bishop Goes All Out in Final Season

As
the final whistle of the game blows, a wave of disappointment sets in. After a
succession of losses and a frustrating season, it is easy to look back on the
last four years with a sense of defeat. However, Jake Bishop CM ’15 will look back
positively on his career with the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s soccer team
(9-7-1, 8-7-1 SCIAC).

From
his parents tying his shoes for him as a kid until his last game as a senior in
college, Bishop has a long history with the sport of soccer.

“I grew up playing soccer
since I could basically walk,” Bishop said. “It was the first sport I found that I really
loved and cried about when I lost. I was crazy for it.” 

Since then, his love for the game has held strong. 

“Commitment-wise,
Jake is a special player in that he is committed to soccer almost above all
things,” interim head coach
Sam Ullman CM ’12 said.

When
applying to colleges, Bishop chose to play soccer at a Division III school over
lacrosse at a larger, public university. While his devotion to the team has not
faltered throughout his four years here, the journey has not always been smooth. 

“I came in really
excited, had an awesome freshman year, and it was pretty much perfect. And then
I tore my MCL and blew out my knee right before the SCIAC playoffs,” Bishop said. “So that was kind of
a sad way to start off my career, but it made me happy that I chose DIII soccer
and came to Claremont.”

After
doing rehab in his dorm room and recovering from his injury, Bishop again faced
problems during both his junior and senior years. During those years he faced many rolled
ankles, a broken big toe and another broken knee. Returning for senior year
healthy and strong brought along high expectations for the
season.

“With the team that
we had, awesome senior class, awesome sophomore class, and a couple of really
talented kids coming in as freshmen, I wanted to win league—I’d never won league
before, so I wanted to win league and win the SCIAC tournament and make it to
the sweet 16,” Bishop said.

Unfortunately,
the team did not have the success throughout the season that they had hoped
for. The loss of head coach Dan Calichman led Bishop to take on a more extensive leadership role as a senior player and a captain.

“With the loss of
Dan, one of my focuses was to try to keep everybody on the same page,” Bishop said. “To try to
convince everybody and let them know we’re gonna be fine, and we all need to buy into something, to each other; we all need to be
committed to achieving certain things and holding each other to a certain
standard.” 

Bishop
entered the season as a captain, prepared to support the team and its coach. 

“He has taken on a
big challenge this year,” Ullman said. “He made an effort to shoulder some of the
responsibilities that I had coming in as an interim coach, and he did a great
job in that respect.”

On the field, Bishop “doesn’t hold back,” Ullman said. “He is the kind of guy that if he played long enough he would literally kill himself because he’s going so hard.”

Co-captain and four-year teammate Jaison Kimura CM ’15 also spoke to Bishop’s drive on the field.

“He is one of the
best players that I’ve
ever played with,” Kimura said. “He is totally unpredictable on the field, he does things that
you really don’t
think he can do, or things that anyone else would even try to do, and you have
no idea where he is going on the field.”

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