The Colgate Scene
January 2004


Tailback Jamaal Branch '05 scampers upfield during the second quarter of the Raiders' loss to Delaware in the Division I-AA championship game. Branch, who rushed for a I-AA record 2,326 yards in 2003, is the second Colgate player to receive the Walter Payton Award, which honors the best offensive player in Division I-AA. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Cornell honored by AAFF

Bob Cornell, director of athletic communications at Colgate for 28 years, received the Scoop Hudgins Outstanding Sports Information Director Award from the All-American Football Foundation in December.

Cornell has garnered several awards for his service to Colgate and the field of sports information. He was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors Association Hall of Fame in 2001 and the SUNY-Cobleskill Athletic Hall of Fame in September.

During his career, Cornell has served as a press liaison for numerous NCAA and ECAC championships and regional events, including as media coordinator of the NCAA Division I Golf Championships in 1977. He served on the press liaison staff for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. In addition, he was on the press liaison staff at four Olympic Festivals (1981, 1982, 1983, and 1987).

Cornell has also served on the site selection, post-graduate scholarship, and ethics committees of the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is a past president of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association, and the 1992 recipient of the Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award, presented annually to the sports information director who has contributed the most to the work of the bureau during the year and throughout his or her career.

A season for the ages


The most successful season in the 113-year history of Colgate football ended with a 40-0 defeat to the University of Delaware in the NCAA Division I-AA championship game on December 19. The loss in Chattanooga, Tenn., snapped the Raiders' 21-game winning streak and provided the only blemish on a season that saw the team win more games than any Colgate team ever had before. Before this season, the Raiders (15-1) had never advanced beyond the second round of the 16-team tournament, and no Patriot League team had ever advanced to the championship game.

The Raiders started their post-season run with home victories over the University of Massachusetts (19-7) and Western Illinois University (28-27) in blizzard-like conditions at Andy Kerr Stadium. Any suspicions that the Raiders were only a cold-weather team were dispelled in the national semifinals on December 13 with a 36-24 victory over Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale.

The 2003 football squad is only the second team in the history of Colgate athletics to advance to the finals of a NCAA tournament. The 1990 men's hockey team reached the championship before losing to Wisconsin. (A wrap-up of the Division I-AA playoffs will appear in the March Scene.)

Tailback Jamaal Branch '05, who set a I-AA record with 2,326 yards rushing this season, won the 2003 Walter Payton Award, which honors the best offensive player in Division I-AA. (The first Payton Award was given to Kenny Gamble '88 in 1987.) Branch was also named to the Associated Press Division I-AA All-America team, along with offensive guard Marc Sclafani '04. Linebacker Tem Lukabu '04 and defensive tackle Josh Sabo '04 were named to the AP third team.

Head football coach Dick Biddle garnered Patriot League Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career after leading the Raiders to an undefeated (12-0) regular season record for the first time since 1932.

Lukabu received his second-straight Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Award after leading the Raider defense with more than 100 tackles.

Twelve Colgate players were named to the all-league team, with six Raiders on the first team and six on the second unit.

Tight end John Frieser '04 was one of 15 players named to receive the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's prestigious National Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship Award.

Frieser is also the first Colgate player in 14 years to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American first team. Tight end Jeremy Garvey '91 received the same honor in 1989. (An article on Frieser appears in People on the go.)

Men's soccer garners league honors

The men's soccer team placed three members on the 2003 all-Patriot League squad. Forward Jon Cook '05 was named to the first team despite playing in just nine games. Midfielders Jon Gelman '04 and Reed Grimes '05 earned second team honors.

The Raiders finished the season strong, with a 3-3-1 record in their final seven matches. They finished the season 4-9-5 overall and 2-3-2 in the Patriot League.

Barrett honored by Patriot League

After a regular season that saw the Raiders go 11-7-1 and finish third in the Patriot League with a 5-1-1 record, women's soccer dropped a disappointing 3-2 match to Navy in the first round of the Patriot League tournament.

Midfielder Kate Barrett '04 capped the season by being named Patriot League women's soccer Offensive Player of the Year. Barrett, who was Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2000, led the league in scoring with 17 goals and 43 points (a Colgate record), and tallied six game-winning goals. She is the fourth player to win the award for Colgate.

Barrett was joined on the first team by defender Carolyn Warhaftig '06 and midfielder Kellen Kroll '07. The Raiders also had two second-team members, forward Kelly Kuss '06 and defender Kyle Koch '05.

Volleyball ends season with upset wins

The volleyball team went out on a strong note in the 2003 campaign with two consecutive Patriot League upset victories over Navy and Bucknell. The Raiders finished 8-21 overall and 5-9 in the Patriot League.

Co-captain Natalie Rawson '05 finished the season ranked 25th in the nation with 4.49 digs per game, while Alana Elsner '07 showed promise, earning two Patriot League Rookie of the Week Awards. Laurel Oliver '05 was the team's leading hitter, with 2.86 kills per game.

Two named to all-Patriot League field hockey team

Two Raider field hockey players garnered all-Patriot League honors for the 2003 campaign. Kath Shelley '05, who tallied nine goals and three assists, earned first team laurels, and Sarah McCarthy '06 was named to the second team. The Raiders finished the 2003 season with a 6-10 overall record and a 2-4 mark in league play.

Staying connected

Check out the Colgate athletics website: 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.

Mike Zimmerman is an assistant in the athletic communications department.
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