The Colgate Scene
January 2005

Sports

Jamaal Branch '05 crashes up field for a gain during Colgate's 41-7 rout over Holy Cross at home during Family Weekend. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]




After defeating Lehigh 2-0, members of the women's soccer team celebrate as they hoist the Patriot League Championship trophy.

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Stellar season for women's soccer

Highlighting the fall sports scene was the performance of the women's soccer team. Under the direction of head coach Kathy Brawn, the Raiders became the first team in Colgate women's sports history to win a game or match in the first round of an NCAA Tournament.

After winning its eighth regular-season Patriot League title and ninth league tournament championship, the Raiders advanced to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. In the first round, the Raiders were matched up against PAC-10 champion Arizona. On a cold, snowy evening at UConn's Morrone Stadium, Colgate surprised the #13-ranked Wildcats with a 1-0 victory behind sophomore Megan Bergman's first-half goal. The following day, Colgate's dream season came to a conclusion with a 4-0 loss against Connecticut in the second round. The Raiders finished with an overall mark of 13-7-2.

The women's soccer team won two major Patriot League awards, and five players were named to the all-league team. First-year student Franny Iacuzzi was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, while sophomore Kellen Kroll was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year. Iacuzzi led the Patriot League in scoring with 15 goals and five assists for 35 points. She had six game-winning goals. Kroll anchored a Colgate defense that recorded nine shutouts including victories over eighth-ranked Princeton and Arizona. Junior Carolyn Warhaftig joined Iacuzzi and Kroll on the first team all-league team, while junior Kelly Kuss and sophomore Jackie Burch were named to the second team.

Five footballers earn all-Patriot League honors

For the eighth straight year, the football team finished its season with seven or more wins. The Raiders were 7-4 this season. The 23 members of the senior class concluded their collegiate careers with an overall mark of 38-11, including two Patriot League championships and a trip to the NCAA Division I-AA title game in 2003. Five members of this year's squad earned all-Patriot League honors in voting by the league's seven head coaches.

Senior wide receiver Luke Graham, junior wide receiver Dewayne Long, and senior tailback Jamaal Branch earned first team honors, while junior linebacker Jared Nepa and sophomore safety Geoff Bean were named second team. Graham was Colgate's leading receiver this season, with 70 catches for 933 yards and six touchdowns. He finished his career as the school's all-time leading receiver with 221 catches for 3,381 yards and 21 touchdowns. Long finished behind Graham in the receiving statistics, with 55 receptions for 737 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. Branch was the leading rusher in the Patriot League for the second straight season, averaging 108.2 yards per game. He finished his career as the school's second all-time leading rusher, with 4,108 yards and 48 touchdowns. Nepa was Colgate's leading tackler, with 87 including three quarterback sacks, 10 tackles for losses, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one fumble caused, while Bean was second in tackles with 80. Bean led the Raiders in interceptions with six, the most by a Colgate player since the 1987 season.

League tournament first for field hockey since '98

For the first time since the 1998 season, the field hockey team qualified for the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders were seeded second in the tournament. They defeated Holy Cross 4-2 in the semifinals before losing to American University in the championship game, 3-0.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jacque DeMarco was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, while senior midfielder Kath Shelley was named co-Defensive Player of the Year. After leading the Raiders to their most victories (12) since the 1997 season, head coach Cathy Foto was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year.

Shelley, DeMarco, and senior Ashley Schneider were first team all-Patriot League, while senior Courtney Collins and junior Dana Shaner received second team honors. In addition, Shelley was named first all-Mideast Region, while Schneider and DeMarco were selected to the second team.

Men's soccer stacks most wins since 1994

The men's soccer team enjoyed its winningest season since 1994, wrapping up an 11-6-1 record. Seniors Jon Cook and Reed Grimes were named first team all-league, while senior Peter Bourquin and junior Sean O'Sullivan were second team.

Rawson named Defensive Player of the Year

Volleyball's Natalie Rawson was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, after leading the league in digs, and breaking her own school record for digs in a season with 445. Rawson, a senior, also earned second team all-league honors.

Solid cross country season

Sophomore Mike Hanlon had a solid cross country season. He was first team all-league after placing fifth in the Patriot League championship. Hanlon also placed 19th in the NCAA Regional Qualifying Race and fourth at the IC4A Championship.

Finally, junior Lia Cross was second team all-league in women's cross country after placing 14th in the championship race.

Blain earns PGA honor

Marian Blain, the head golf professional at Colgate's Seven Oaks Golf Course, was named the 2004 Central New York PGA Women's Player of the Year. Blain, who has been at Seven Oaks since 1983, was recognized for her work on her golf game in addition to her performance at Seven Oaks. She won the CNY PGA Professional of the Year in 1992 and also received Colgate's Maroon Council Citation (appreciation award) that same year. Blain was honored at the second annual CNY PGA Special Awards dinner at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in December.

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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