The Colgate Scene
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|by Bob Cornell|
The women's softball team took the Patriot League championship to Seattle for NCAA tournament action. Despite losing two, the Red Raiders were competitive.
En route to going further than any team in Colgate softball history, the Red
Raiders won their first-ever
Patriot League Championship and participated in the NCAA Regionals in
Colgate finished the 1999 Patriot League regular season in a four-way tie for first place with a 12-8 mark. The Red Raiders then won the Patriot League Tournament with a 9-2 win over Holy Cross in the title game, gaining an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The Red Raiders were seeded sixth and faced the University of Washington, the host school and top seed, in the first round at Husky Softball Stadium. Colgate lost the opener 8-0 against the Huskies and were eliminated the following day by Hawaii, 7-2.
Six Colgate players were named to the all-Patriot League softball team. First team selections were pitcher Tara McGoff '99 and second baseman Katherine Williamson '01, while second team honors went to third baseman Amanda Paolucci '02, shortstop Kerry Purvis '00, catcher Lindsey Cohan '02 and outfielder Lisa Belcher '00. Colgate finished its season 23-25, posting back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in the school's history.
The Patriot League championship women's lacrosse team dominated the individual year-end awards. Attack wing Kate Manzella '00 was named Offensive Player of the Year, Hilary Meyer '99 was tabbed as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, and Cathy Foto was honored as the Coach of the Year.
Attack Torrey Fazen '99, junior defender Mary Waligunda and sophomore defender Meg McLaughlin joined Manzella and Meyer on the first team, while sophomore Anne Currier was named to the second team. Additionally, Manzella and Meyer were named to the North Regional All-America first team and Waligunda was tabbed for the second team.
Goalie Meyer added another citation to her distinguished career. The two-sport star was named to the GTE Academic All-District I Women's Spring At-Large Team for the University Division. The GTE Academic District I Women's Spring At-Large Team is selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible, a student-
athlete must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better. Regional winners advance to the national ballot. Meyer is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in women's lacrosse and earned all-Patriot League first-team honors for four consecutive seasons. Meyer is also a three-time all-Patriot League goalie in field hockey and twice earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in that sport.
Women's lacrosse won its first Patriot League championship in dramatic fashion and then celebrated with the trophies.
Kathy Brawn, the head women's soccer coach at Colgate, was selected as the 1999
recipient of the Howard Hartman Coach of the Year Award.|
Brawn is the fifth two-time winner of this award, which honors an intercollegiate coach who has demonstrated the ability to motivate, to instill discipline, to help build character and perseverance, to display resourcefulness, and to be adept at teaching the fundamentals of their sport. She previously won the award in 1994.
Brawn, who has been in charge of the women's soccer program for eight seasons, guided her team to a 13-7 record and its second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament last fall. The Red Raiders also captured their fifth straight Patriot League title under Brawn and were seventh overall.
The program's all-time winningest coach has led the Red Raiders to an overall mark of 109-41-11 which ranks 11th, with a .711 winning percentage, among the country's active Division I coaches.
Marc Pearson, a four-year letterwinner with the Red Raider men's tennis program, has been named assistant tennis coach. Pearson will assist head coach Bob Dallis with the men's and women's programs.
A supporter of the Colgate tennis program has donated tickets to the U.S. Open women's final on Saturday, Sept. 11 (a.k.a. "Super Saturday," since the men's semis are also played on this day), and the men's final (and women's doubles final) on Sunday, Sept. 12. There are two tickets available for each final, which will be sold via silent auction to benefit the Colgate tennis program. These are prime, stadium seats just above the tier of corporate box seats. Bids will be taken up until August 1. To make a bid, call Coach Dallis at 315-228-7584. Leave your bid on Bob's voicemail and please indicate whether you are bidding for the men's or women's final. E-mail bids will also be accepted at: email@example.com. Thanks in advance for your support!
Tennis players Samantha Kohn '99 and Brooke Couch '01 were named to the 1999 all-Patriot League team in a vote of the league's coaches. Kohn was honored on the singles team and coupled with Couch on the all-league doubles team. Kohn, the 1998 Patriot League singles champion, was honored for the third time. She completed her senior campaign with a 20-13 mark. Kohn won nine of her final ten matches, including all three Patriot League contests at first-singles, before dropping her last collegiate match 6-3, 6-1 to Kim Luff of Lehigh at the Patriot League Championships.
Couch and Kohn breezed through the Patriot League doubles competition, winning all four matches in league play, dropping Holy Cross 8-4, Bucknell 8-6, Lehigh 8-6, and Lafayette 8-5. Couch completed her sophomore season with an 8-13 singles mark.
Ben Wandtke '99 has been awarded one of six NCAA postgraduate scholarships in men's Division I basketball. To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade point average of 3.000 (4.000 scale) or its equivalent and must have behaved, both on and off the court, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. Wandtke, who graduated cum laude, carried a 3.39 grade point average in biology and will attend medical school this fall.
Katrina Silva, head lacrosse coach at Roanoke College and former Colgate
assistant, has been named women's lacrosse coach at Colgate. Silva replaces
Foto, who has stepped down from the lacrosse post to concentrate on her duties
as head field hockey coach.
Silva compiled a 37-12 mark in three seasons as the Roanoke College head coach, including a 14-3 mark this season. In 1999, she guided the Maroons to their second Old Dominion Conference crown in three seasons with an 11-8 win over Randolph-Macon on April 25.
No stranger to Colgate, Silva served as Foto's assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach from August 1994 to May 1995. Following her first stint in Hamilton, Silva was named assistant women's lacrosse coach at Virginia Tech.
Seven track and field athletes earned all-Patriot League status with top two finishes at the annual Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championship held at Army.
Five women were tabbed for all-league status: Seniors Carrie Schlauch and Ashley Critchlow finished second in the 3,000 and 10,000, respectively, while Heidi Hayes '01, Meli MacCurdy '01, Jen McCarthy '02, and Schlauch combined for a second place finish in the 4x800m relay. The quartet established a new school record, running a 9:11.86.
On the men's team, the only medalists were sophomore Ed Thompson and freshman Phinel Petit-Frere, honored for their performance in the high jump. Thompson cleared 2.06 meters to win the high jump competition, topping Petit-Frere, who cleared 1.96 for second place.
Junior distance runner A.J. Migonis picked up a point for the Red Raider men with a sixth place finish in the men's 10,000 meter run. Migonis finished in 32:05.
Women's hockey forward Heather Murphy '02 was named to the American Women's Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-America second team. Murphy is the first Colgate women's hockey player to earn All-America status.
Murphy, the ECAC Women's Division III Rookie-of-the-Year, scored 24 goals and and tallied 43 points. She was the only Red Raider named to an all league team. A two-sport athlete, Murphy also tallied seven points on one goal and five assists for the women's soccer team, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the fall.
Colgate (16-5-2, 11-5-2 ECAC) finished second in the ECAC West in its second season as a varsity program.
Colgate finished fourth overall in the Presidents' Cup Trophy race which goes annually to the institution that accumulates the highest point total over the course of the academic-athlete year. The Red Raiders finished second in the women's competition, one-half point behind Bucknell, and fifth in the men's standings.
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