by Robert D. Cornell
Colgate basketball player Adonal Foyle has been named the 1996 Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the third time in the last four years that a Colgate athlete has won this honor. The two-time all-league performer was selected from among the group of Scholar- Athlete winners chosen over the course of the 1995-96 athletic season for each of the league's 22 sports.
During the 1995-96 season, the 6'10" center led the Patriot League in scoring (20.2 ppg), rebounding (12.6), blocked shots (5.7) and field goal percentage (.517) and was a unanimous choice for Player of the Year honors. He finished second in the nation in blocked shots, third in rebounding, and 48th in scoring and led the Red Raiders to their second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament. Foyle was recognized nationally as an honorable mention Associated Press and United Press International All-America.
While Foyle has enjoyed tremendous success in basketball, it has not come at the expense of his academic career. A history and sociology major at Colgate, Foyle carries a 3.52 G.P.A. He was the only sophomore selected to one of the national GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America squads, earning second team honors. Foyle was also Colgate's recipient of the Robbins/ECAC Scholar-Athlete Award and was a winner of a Colgate Dana Scholarship and George Cobb Fellowship.
Colgate's five major men's basketball award winners were announced by head coach Jack Bruen at the annual team banquet. Heading the list was Foyle, named winner of the "Bob Duffy -- Tucker Neale" Award, given to the most outstanding player on the team.
The "Coach A" Most Improved Player Award, which recognizes the player whose work ethic has raised his game to the next level, was presented to sophomore guard Seth Schaeffer. Schaeffer, who moved into the starting lineup after six games, was a second team all-Patriot League selection. He was second on the team in scoring (13.1 ppg) and ninth in the Patriot League, and tied for the league lead in 3-point field goal percentage (.404). His 84 3-pointers was a team-high and second best in the Patriot League.
Senior guard Jimmy Maloney received the "Hasan Brown" Award, given to the player who typifies the spirit of Colgate men's basketball. The Colgate co-captain was the starting point-guard the last two seasons, helping lead the Red Raiders to two straight NCAA appearances. This season, he led the Patriot League in free throw percentage (.837), was second in assists (4.5) and tied for sixth in steals (1.4).
The "Mike Roberts" Free Throw Award, given to the best free throw shooter on the team, went to the player it was named after -- senior Mike Roberts. Roberts set Patriot League and Colgate records for consecutive free throws made (with 39 straight) during the 1995-96 season. For his career, he made 153 of 176 free throws, for a shooting percentage of .869 from the charity stripe.
Senior guard Derek Hyra was presented with the first annual "Jack Mitchell" Award, given to the senior player who combines the best of the athletic and academic worlds. Hyra, who carries
a 3.08 G.P.A. in psychology, played in 29 games for the Red Raiders with two starting assignments. He set personal season bests for points (105), rebounds (36) and 3-pointers (17).
The Colgate men's lacrosse team won its second straight Eastern College Athletic Conference Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Championship with a 10-8 win over Boston College. The Red Raiders finished their first season under head coach Dan Whelan with a 9-5 record. Senior defenseman Alex McFerran was named most valuable player in the tournament and Jason Fivek, Joby Fowler and Seth Basham led Colgate with two goals and one assist apiece against BC.
Mike Chemotti, Darrin Scott and Patrick Diamond will be joining the Colgate basketball team in the fall, according to Bruen.
"We're excited about this group of athletes," said Bruen. "They will be called upon to play an important role early in the season."
Chemotti, a 6' 3", 205-pound shooting guard, played four years for the West Genesee Wildcats of Syracuse, N.Y. During his senior year, the honorable mention All-USA Today selection averaged 17.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He also was credited with 117 assists, 69 steals and 27 blocks. Chemotti was also selected first team all-OHSL, all-Onondaga County, and third team all-New York State Class "A". During his career at West Genesee, the Wildcats had a record of 77-16.
Scott is a 6' 1", 180-pound point guard from Freehold High School in New Jersey. He helped carry the Colonials to the B North Crown (17-5) while averaging 20.1 points. As a floor leader, Scott averaged 9.8 assists per game and was the team's second leading 3-point shooter. A three-year starter, he earned first team all-league, all-area and all-Freehold District honors. He was also named second team all-county, third team all-state and honorable mention All-America.
Diamond, a 6' 6", 230-pound power forward from Monsignor Farrell High School on Staten Island, was a two-year starter for the Lions. In his senior year, Diamond averaged 17.0 points per game, 11.0 rebounds and blocked 55 shots. He earned all-Daily News honors, along with all-league and all-Staten Island Catholic High School recognition.
Seniors Andrea Basztura and Ryan Botjer were selected as Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Basztura was a first team All-Patriot League selection at second base and led her softball team with a .351 batting average. A three-time all-league pick during her career, Basztura graduated a s the school's all-time leader with 29 doubles and ranks third with 62 career RBI's. An English major with a 3.48 G.P.A., Basztura was selected as a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American following the season.
Botjer, an International Relations major from Feldmeilen, Switzerland who boasts a 3.20 GPA, was Colgate's No. 1 singles tennis player and teamed with Tom Rusling to form the Red Raiders' No. 1 doubles tandem. A two-time All-Patriot League selection who compiled a 22-20 record in singles competition during the 1995-96 year, Botjer finished his career with a 56-42 singles record.
Seniors Jill St. Clair and Alethea Bailey were chosen to play in the annual North/South Division I/II Women's Lacrosse All-Star Game. Thirty-seven players and four alternates were chosen from 51 candidates by a committee of Division I head coaches. This latest honor caps off a fantastic senior campaign for defender Jill St. Clair. The 1996 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, St. Clair anchored the Red Raiders and recorded 42 ground balls to rank third on the team.
Bailey, who served as one of the squad's tri-captains, led Colgate to its fourth-straight winning season, as the Red Raiders ended with a 7-6 record. Bailey was Colgate's second leading scorer in 1996 with 21 points (13 goals, eight assists).
Colgate has announced the appointment of four new staff members in the athletic department: Bridget Bokovitz to the position of assistant athletic trainer; Molly Kuhlman, men's and women's assistant swim coach; Rene Vidal, men's and women's assistant tennis coach; and Katie Russo '95, assistant field hockey coach.