The Colgate Scene
January 1999
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by Bob Cornell
Colgate was in good hands with Corey Hill, who established new records for catches, yardage and TDs.

Judy Culhane '00, with the kind of kill that made her an all Patriot League selection, helped the Red Raiders to a third place regular season finish and a run through the playoffs that reached the finals against Bucknell. Outside hitter Tara Lyons '99 was a second team Patriot League selection.

Andrea Licari '00, Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, used a few tricks to accumulate 24 points this season. Colgate won the league for the eighth time in nine years and made its second straight appearance in the NCAAs. S.U. Won 4-1.

The football team has been eligible for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs six times in its history, and four times has qualified for selection. This fall's at-large selection came as a bit of a surprise. The Red Raiders had an 8-3 record and were second in the Patriot League but were included in the playoffs -- against the top-ranked Georgia Southern Eagles -- an indication of the respect for Colgate foootball.

     Colgate came out tough against the four-time national champ Eagles for a 21-21 tie at halftime, but Georgia Southern ripped off three third quarter touchdowns en route to a 49-28 win.

     "I was very happy for our team and glad that the committee recognized the strength of our schedule," head coach Dick Biddle said of the selection. "Our only losses this year were to Navy, which is a I-A program, and to Connecticut and Lehigh, both of whom made the playoffs. Our players worked hard all year and they deserved the bid."

     The eight wins this season were the most since 1983, and only 11 previous teams in the school's 108-year gridiron history have won eight or more games in a season.

     Senior wide receiver Corey Hill was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. He finished his career with a school-record 212 receptions for 3,434 yards and 34 TDs.

     Hill was joined on the first team all-league squad by junior quarterback Ryan Vena, senior guard Luke George, junior tackle Paul Clasby and defensive tackle Neal Gomez.

     Second team selections were junior center Kevin Bolis, junior tackle Steve Estes and senior tight end Ernie Quackenbush.

Four members of the field hockey team earned all-Patriot League honors this fall. First team selections were senior forward Jocelyn D'Angelo and senior midfielder Kara Wojdyla, while second team honors went to senior goalie Hilary Meyer and senior back Molly Russo.

     Meyer and D'Angelo were selected to participate in the 1998 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I North/South Senior All-Star Game.

     D'Angelo was Colgate's leading scorer this season, with 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points, while Meyer posted a 2.19 goals against average and .834 save percentage. D'Angelo and Wojdyla were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mideast Region All-America second team.

     Three Red Raiders also earned spots on the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. Meyer and junior forward Mary Wieners earned the honor for the second straight year, while D'Angelo was named for the first time.

     Colgate finished the 1998 campaign with an 8-9 record and a semifinal berth in the Patriot League Tournament.

In men's soccer, freshman goalie Chad Calderone was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, while senior forward Rob Damico, senior midfielder Scott Jackson and junior back Josh DiMarzo earned first team all-Patriot League honors.

Junior forward Andrea Licari was named the Offensive Player of the Year in women's soccer, while she was joined on the first team all-Patriot League team by first-year forward Angela Puliafico and sophomore goalie Kelly Tyrrell. Senior back Heidi Schmitz and first-year midfielder Mandy Palladino were second team selections.

Sophomore Eli Zackheim was the top finisher at the ECAC Men's Open Golf Championships at the par-72 Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course. In the 36-hole event, Zackheim shot a two-under par 142 to pace the field. As a team, the Red Raiders finished fourth, with 601 strokes.

     A sophomore from Portland, Oregon, Zackheim leads Colgate with a 75.7 stroke average. He was named to the all-Patriot League men's golf team for his fourth place finish at the Patriot League Championship.

The Colgate women's cross country team ran past the field in the University Division at the ECAC Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. The Red Raiders nipped St. John's University by two points to take the overall crown, finishing first out of 17 competing teams.

     Seven Colgate runners placed in the Top 50, lead by junior Molly DeMark, who finished fourth overall with a 18:28 for 5,000 meters. Carrie Schlauch finished in 11th place, Ashley Critchlow crossed in 17th, Sheila Bennett placed 30th, Jennifer McCarthy was 33rd, Shari Levi finished in 37th and Meline MacCurdy finished in 44th.

     Earlier, DeMark finished third in the 1998 Patriot League Women's Cross Country Championship at Bucknell University to lead the Red Raiders to a third place finish in the team standings. It was Colgate's best overall finish since the 1995 campaign.

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