The Colgate Scene
January 2001
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by Bob Cornell

Lisa Breiner, one of three seniors on the volleyball team, makes a dig.

Eli Zackheim '01 paced the golf team with medalist honors in two invitationals and four second-place finishes, including the ECAC Men's Open.

Kate Barrett '04 was voted Rookie of the Year in the Patriot League. Colgate took regular-season honors, then fell to Holy Cross in the tournament championship game, 1-0. The Raiders have won nine of the last 11 titles.

Women's ice hockey has had plenty to celebrate this season. The club is off to a 6-3 start and is 3-1 in the league (at the break for final exams). Colgate lost a hard-fought 3-2 game to Middlebury, perennial Division III powerhouse.


The amazing man in the middle
Call Alex Houston a rowdy football player and he will thank you, genuinely complimented. It is, though, only part of the measure of the man.

Seventeen Red Raiders were named to all-Patriot League teams this fall, by a vote of the league coaches.

     Highlighting the selections were senior Sena Maziarz, who was named Offensive Player of the Year in women's soccer, and first-year Kate Barrett, who was named Rookie of the Year. These two outstanding players helped the Red Raiders win the Patriot League regular-season title.

     Brendan Skonieczki '01 was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's soccer. Skonieczki led his team in scoring, with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points, tying the school record for assists in a season. He finished his collegiate career as Colgate's all-time leader in assists with 17. The first team all-Patriot League selection carries a 3.84 grade point average in chemistry and is the second Colgate soccer player to win the honor in 10 years.

     Other athletes named all-league were football's offensive guard Ken Kubec '02 and defensive back Brandon Tinson '01. Making the second team were linebacker John Costan-tino '01, defensive lineman Duevorn Harris '01, tight end Barry HoAire '01 and linebacker Ahmad Russell '01.

     Jennifer McCarthy '02 was named to the women's cross country team and Kristine Thomas '02 made the field hockey team. Heading up the women's soccer honorees were Maziarz and Barrett, along with Sarah Mirza '01. Angela Puliafico '02 was named to the second team. Volleyball was represented by Laura Rohrbacher '01 and Amanda Routman '03. In addition to Skonieczki, soccer players Michael Henes '03 and Marc Hubbard '03 were named to the second team.

Colgate punter Brendon Biddle '03 has been named to the 2000 Verizon Academic All-District I University Division football team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

     To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore starter or significant reserve on his team with a 3.20 cumulative grade point average.

     Biddle handled all of Colgate's punting duties this fall, averaging 37.7 yards per punt -- fourth-best in the Patriot League. He has punted 55 times, with nine touchbacks and ten kicks inside the 20. He had a career-long 63-yarder against St. Mary's.

     Biddle carries a 3.52 grade point average and majors in economics.

The football team posted its fifth-straight winning season, finishing 7-4. The Class of 2001 has played a role in 32 victories during the last four seasons, the second-best four-year run in Colgate gridiron history.

     Granted, the Red Raiders were disappointed that another Patriot League title and NCAA Division I-AA playoff escaped their grasp, but considering many key injuries sustained throughout the campaign, the team performed well.

The women's soccer team posted an 11-9 overall record and went 4-2 in the Patriot League en route to capturing its seventh Patriot League regular-season title, but lost in the Patriot League postseason finals to Holy Cross, 1-0.

     This marked the first time since 1993 that the Red Raiders haven't won the postseason crown. Colgate has won the Patriot League championship title in nine of the league's 11 seasons.

The volleyball team, picked to win the Patriot League in the preseason coaches' poll, lost to Bucknell in the championship game. Although they fell short of expectations, the Red Raiders finished the season with an 11-20 mark after a tough non-conference schedule, and went 8-4 in league play.

     The team will lose three seniors this year -- co-captain Laura Rohr-bacher, Lisa Breiner and Christine Fyda.

     Rohrbacher broke the Colgate career record for solo blocks, with 146.

The men's and women's cross country teams finished up their seasons at the IC4A and ECAC Championships, respectively. The men's team finished second of 21 teams in the University-Division race, with first-years Louis DiNuzzo and Xavier de Boissezon and seniors Tim McCusker and J.R. Board earning all-East honors. The Colgate women placed 12th of 24 teams, with junior Jennifer McCarthy taking all-East honors.

The Colgate athletic website at provides daily information on the Red Raider programs including schedules, roster, statistics and game information.

     Also, remember the Red Raider Sportsline: 315-228-7900.

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