The Colgate Scene
January 2002


The men's cross-country team captured the IC4A title, with Princeton, in the five-mile race through Van Cortlandt Park. Big moves by the Raider runners at the three-mile mark made the difference against the likes of Army, UNH, UMass and 20 other teams. [Enlarge]
After visiting campus Etienne Morin was sold on Colgate. It wasn't necessarily an easy transition, however.

The fall season concluded with several athletes in the spotlight. Eight members of the football squad, after leading the Raiders to a 7-3 record and second place in the standings, were named to the Patriot League All-League team.

Selected for the first team were senior offensive guard Ken Kubec (Parma Heights, OH), sophomore tight end John Frieser (Endwell, NY), junior tailback Nate Thomas (Dor-chester, MA), senior linebacker Ron Hampton (Miami, FL) and junior free safety Ameer Riley (Norwood, MA). On the second unit were sophomore defensive tackle Mike Latek (Rochester, NY), junior offensive tackle Matt Shepard (Natick, MA) and junior cornerback Max Wynn (Atlanta, GA).

Two players were honored for their academic achievement. Junior punter Brendon Biddle (Hamilton, NY) and Frieser were named to the Verizon Academic All-District I University Division team. It was the second-straight selection for Biddle, who is an economics major with a 3.42 grade point average. Frieser maintains a 3.54 GPA in educational studies.

The football team has posted six straight winning seasons under coach Dick Biddle and has recorded five straight seven-plus win seasons for the first time in school history.

Hockey players from the '60s, who helped bring the game inside when Starr Rink was built, were honored during Silver Puck Weekend in November. Terry MacLaughlin '68 (kneeling, far left), was honored for his steadfast commitment to Raider hockey with the coveted Silver Puck Award. [Enlarge]

Senior Jennifer McCarthy (Rutland, MA), after placing tenth at the Patriot League Cross Country Championship, and sophomore Xavier deBoissezon (Geneva, Switzerland), who placed ninth in the men's championship, were both named all-league. McCarthy also earned all-East honors after placing 16th at the ECAC Championships.

In field hockey, senior Kristine Thomas (Johnstown, NY) received second team honors, while senior Mandy Palladino (Clinton, NY) and senior Meghan Merriman (Marietta, NY) were picked first team in women's soccer.

Rounding out the all-league selections were junior Amanda Routman (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), second team in volleyball, and junior Marc Hubbard (Durham, NH), second team in men's soccer.

Inductees into the Hall of Honor included Vail Taylor '53 (baseball), Beckie Francis '87 (basketball), Betsy Dinger '86 (field hockey and lacrosse), Ray Appenheimer '94 (cross-country and track) and Henry White '79 (football). [Enlarge]

Two highlights from the fall season were the men's cross country team win in the University Division race at the prestigious IC4A Championship in New York City, and the men's varsity 8 crew team winning the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta.

Cross country was led by sophomore Louis DiNuzzo (Loudonville, NY) who placed third overall, while deBoissezon came in six seconds later to finish fourth. Di Nuzzo, deBoissezon and sophomore Travis Brooks (Oak Park, IL), who placed tenth, earned all-East recognition.

Congratulations to sophomore Jessica Fede (North Providence, RI) for her flight #6 singles title at the Patriot League women's tennis flighted championship. In the men's competition, the Raiders came away with one singles title and a pair of doubles championships. First-year Reed Hagmann (Short Hills, NJ) took home the flight #2 singles title. Senior Evan Paushter (Easton, CT) and sophomore Eric Saccullo (Manhasset, NY) won the flight #1 doubles championship and junior Andrew Davis (Brattleboro, VT) and sophomore Jon Bedard (Attleboro, MA) captured the flight #2 doubles title.

Sophomore Caitlin Hornyak (Middletown, CT) was selected to represent the Raiders on the ECAC All-Star women's hockey team that competed against the USA Hockey Women's National Team in its "Visa Skate to Salt Lake" tour. The ECAC team took on the national team at Cornell's Lynah Rink on Oct. 28.

Former Colgate hockey player Steve Poapst '91 was inducted into the Century Tire/Portland Pirates (Maine) Hall of Fame. After winning the annual balloting of fans with more than 35 percent of the votes cast, he became the fifth inductee in the history of the hall.

"Steve Poapst made significant contributions to the Portland Pirates during the seven seasons he was here," said Brian Petrovek, Pirates' President/CEO. "He exemplified Pirates' hockey both on the ice and in the community. We think the fans have chosen a very worthy inductee."

Poapst played his first Pirates' game in 1993 against the Adiron-dack Red Wings and in seven seasons played 454 games for the Pirates.

He is currently skating with the Chicago Black Hawks in the National Hockey League.

The basketball season is underway with the men's squad picked to finish third in the Patriot League race behind defending champion Holy Cross and Navy. The Raiders had one first-place vote. In the women's poll, Colgate was forecasted to place seventh.

Colgate hosted the Patriot League cross-country championships. The men's race was run in cold but clear conditions. A storm blew up the valley during the women's warm ups (and pre-race huddle) then cleared for the run over the challenging Harry Lang '44 course.

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar: Adonal Foyle '98 will become the fourth player in school history to have his basketball number retired during a halftime ceremony on Feb. 9 when the Raiders host Holy Cross. The two-time Patriot League Player of the Year led Colgate to its only two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

The men's basketball team is slated to appear twice on the Patriot League TV Game of the Week package. The Raiders are scheduled for the Feb. 20 game at Army (7:30 p.m.) and Feb. 24 against Lafayette (4 p.m.). Check the athletics website for a listing of stations carrying the contests.

Finally, congratulations to Head Athletic Trainer Marty Erb and former Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Fred Dunlap. Both were honored on Nov. 29 at the All-American Football Foundation's Banquet of Champions at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton.

Erb, who has served Colgate for 29 years, was given the Outstanding Athletic Trainer Award, while Dunlap received the Johnny Vaught Lifetime Achievement Award for Head Coaches for his years with Lehigh and Colgate. Also honored was former Colgate assistant athletic director and head wrestling coach Curt Blake. Blake, now athletic director at Rider College, was selected for the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Athletic Director Award.

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

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

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