The Colgate Scene
January 2000
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by Bob Cornell

Red Raider teams won three Patriot League championships during the fall. Women's soccer, perennial winners, were crowned on Van Doren Field....

The many roles of Laura Rohrbacher
Whatever the uniform, volleyball, basketball, or many more, Laura Rohrbacher always plays a vital role

The Skating 'Gate
Charlotte Hennigar '00 the hockey player sometimes hears herself the Swinging 'Gate singing a taped version of the National Anthem before games

Congratulations to three fall teams for winning Patriot League championships and making NCAA post-season tournaments.

     The football team, which tied the school record for wins in a season with 10, made its third-straight appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs; women's soccer advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third straight time, too; and volleyball qualified for a second time. Football lost to Illinois State while soccer fell to Dartmouth and volleyball was beaten by Pacific University.

Colgate senior quarterback Ryan Vena was named the Patriot League's Player of the Year, the first three-time winner of this prestigious award. Vena is the league's all-time leader in total offense, with 9,435 yards, and is the only Patriot quarterback to accumulate 7,000 yards passing (7,427) and 2,000 yards rushing (2,008) in a career.

     Vena was joined on the All-Patriot League first team by tailback Randall Joseph, offensive tackle Paul Clasby, offensive center Kevin Bolis, offensive tackle Steve Estes, defensive tackle Alex Houston, strong safety Tom McCarroll and cornerback Brandon Tinson.

     On the second unit were punter Erich Kutschke, outside linebacker Ahmad Russell, inside linebacker John Costantino and free safety Ameer Riley.

     Colgate head football coach Dick Biddle was named one of 16 finalists for the 1999 Eddie Robinson Award, which is presented to the most outstanding coach in Division I-AA college football.

...Volleyball had a remarkable season capped by a gritty drive for the title....

Judy Culhane was selected Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year in volleyball and was named the Most Valuable Player at the 1999 tournament.

     Junior Laura Rohrbacher was also named first team all-league, and head coach Dorinda von Tersch was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year.

Four women's soccer players were named to the All-Patriot League first team, three were named to the second team and senior goalkeeper Kelly Tyrrell was named the league's top defensive player.

     Andrea Licari, Mandy Palladino, Sena Maziarz and Tyrrell earned spots on the first team. Angela Puliafico, Sarah Mirza and Meghan Merriman were named to the second team.

     Tyrrell, a three-time all-league player, posted a 1.55 goals against average, .852 save percentage and had a 10-7-2 record this season. In league action, she allowed less than one goal per game (0.99 GAA), averaged 10.3 saves per game and posted a .912 save percentage.

     Licari, the 1998 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, was named the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player.

In men's soccer, seniors Josh DiMarzo and Matt Rovelli were named to the All-Patriot League second team. The Red Raiders finished 6-7-4 after making the Patriot League Tournament for an unprecedented ninth straight appearance.

...Football was presented the Dunlap Trophy after beating Holy Cross and made its third-straight postseason appearance.

Three field hockey players were named All-Patriot League for their contributions and success.

     Senior co-captains Lindsay Sones and Allison McGrath were selected to the first team, while Red Raider defender Jennifer Engdahl made the second team.

     Sones was named second team on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Mideast Regional All-America team. She finished the season second in scoring, with six goals and six assists for 18 points.

     Colgate finished the season 6-11 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League.

The men's and women's cross-country teams competed in the Patriot League Championship and both finished in fourth place.

     Senior captains Dennis Bauer and Molly DeMark earned All-Patriot League honors after finishing among the top ten runners. Bauer ran a personal best time of 25:45 in the men's 8K race and finished third out of 60 runners. DeMark finished in seventh place out of 66 runners in the women's 5K, with a time of 18:46.

Commissioner Phil Buttafuoco announced that the ECAC has reached an agreement with the New England Sports Network (NESN) to televise an ECAC Division I men's ice hockey game-of-the-week package beginning January 21.

     As part of the agreement, ECAC ice hockey will be seen live on television throughout New England and surrounding areas on local cable systems, while others around the country will see ECAC ice hockey via satellite television (Direct TV and Primestar). The package will include a total of 11 games, concluding with the ECAC championship March 17-18 from Lake Placid, New York. All 11 games will be seen live on New England Sports Network.

     The package will include the Dartmouth at Colgate game on January 22 from Starr Rink.

If you haven't already done so, check out the Colgate athletic website: The website provides daily information on the Red Raider program including schedules, roster, statistics and game information.

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