The Colgate Scene
January 2003

Sports


Karl Clauss '90, director of major gifts, and President Rebecca Chopp share a laugh with former NHL great Ray Bourque before the annual Silver Puck banquet at the Colgate Inn in November. A member of the Boston Bruins for most of his NHL career, Bourque won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. Clauss was captain of the 1989-90 Colgate squad who were ECAC champions and NCAA runner-up. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Raider gridders share Patriot League crown

What a season the football team turned in! After dropping its first two games, the Raiders roared back to win nine of its last 10 games to become only the fifth team in school history to win nine or more games in a season. En route, Colgate captured its third Patriot League championship in the last seven seasons under coach Dick Biddle.

"This is the most fun I've ever had coaching," said Biddle, who is the third-winningest coach in school history. "And it's the best season of my career. These kids just worked so hard, and that's what it's all about."

The final record of 9-3 overall and 6-1 in Patriot League play was especially gratifying considering the many obstacles the Raiders had to overcome, mainly in the injury department. By season's end, the team had lost its starting tailback, quarterback, inside linebacker, free safety and several other key players.

Eleven Colgate players were named to the all-Patriot League team for their effort during the 2002 season, highlighted by the selection of inside linebacker Tem Lukabu '04 as the co-Defensive Player of the Year. He is the first Colgate player to be honored since Greg Manusky captured the honor in 1987.

Above: The newly crowned Patriot League co-champions (with Fordham University) celebrate with trophy in hand, after a dramatic, last-second defensive stand to preserve a 25-20 victory over Holy Cross in November.

Right: Raider cornerback Max Wynn '03 congratulates T.J. Smith '03 (left) after Smith's interception clinched the win over Holy Cross.

Joining Lukabu on the all-league first team were offensive linemen Matt Shepard '03 and Mike Murphy '03, tight end John Frieser '04 and cornerback Max Wynn '03. Second team selections were wide receiver Luke Graham '05, fullback Justin Polk '03, placekicker Lane Schwarzberg '05, defensive linemen Josh Sabo '04 and Mike Latek '04, and defensive back Maurice Robertson '03.

Congratulations also go out to Frieser, who was named to the Verizon Academic All-District I Football Team for the second consecutive season. A sociology and anthropology major with a 3.63 grade point average, Frieser has started 22 straight games for the Raiders, hauling down 39 passes for 607 yards and five touchdowns.



Amy Rawson '03 (center) and Rachel Yurcheshen '06 attempt to block a shot by Long Island University's Adela Igniska during action on Cotterell Court in October. LIU won the match 3-0.
Strong season for women's soccer

Another highlight of the fall season was the performance of the women's soccer team, which advanced to the title game of the Patriot League Tournament for the 10th time in the 12-year history of the league. Unfortunately, the Raiders came up just short, with American University coming from behind for a 2-1 win.

It was a great late season run by the Raiders that got them to the title game, including a 2-1 victory over top-seeded Army in the first game of the tournament on the Cadets' home field.

Three Colgate players were named to the all-Patriot League women's soccer team. Kate Barrett '04 made the first team for the second time in her career, while Kelly Kuss '06 and Lauren Kaufman '03 earned second team honors.

The performance of the football team and women's soccer helped Colgate place second in the Presidents' Cup Race after the completion of the fall season. The Raiders led the men's rankings, with 15 points, and were seventh in the women's standings, with 13 points. American University was the runaway leader overall, with 40 points.

Colgate's Becky Irvine '06 heads up the ice despite being hooked by RPI's Kari Rabatin during the Raiders' 5-1 victory in November. Harvard goalie Dov Grument-Morris leaps over the sliding Scooter Smith '03 during the third period of the Crimson's 7-1 defeat of the Raiders.
Misc. sports news

Colgate's youthful field hockey team showed a great improvement this season, bouncing back with a 6-11 record. The highlight of the Raiders' season was a 1-0 victory over Syracuse University. First-year midfielder Dana Shaner was honored as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. She was the first Raider in 10 years to receive the honor since Katie Russo '95 and Jennifer Sparacio '96 won the award back-to-back in 1991 and 1992, respectively.

In addition, forward Ashley Schneider '05 and goalkeeper Sara Corcoran '03 were named second team all-league.

Other fall athletes who earned all-Patriot League honors were men's soccer players Marc Hubbard '03 and Jon Cook '05, who were both second team picks; Louis DiNuzzo '04 (first team) and Xavier de Boissezon '04 (second team) in men's cross country; and Lia Cross '06 (second team) in women's cross country.

Erb honored by NYSATA

Colgate Director of Sports Medicine Marty Erb was named the recipient of the Thomas J. Sheehan Sr. Award, presented by the New York State Athletic Trainers Association to the athletic trainer whose character, commitment and achievements in the athletic training profession clearly exemplify the traits of Thomas J. Sheehan, Sr. He will receive the award at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association meeting in January in Boston.

Hoops on TV

The Colgate men's basketball team will appear on DIRECTV as part of the Patriot League Game of the Week package on February 7 against Lafayette College. Tip-off is at 9 p.m.

The men's rowing team heads back to shore during an early November snow squall on Lake Moraine.
Staying connected:

Check out the Colgate athletics website: http://www.goColgateRaiders.com. The website provides daily information on the Raider program including schedules, rosters, statistics and game information. You can also call the Raider Sportsline at 315-228-7900.

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