The Colgate Scene
July 2000
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by Bob Cornell

Senior running back Randall Joseph was chosen as the Patriot League 2000 Preseason Player of the Year.
The football team has been chosen as preseason favorites to win the 2000 Patriot League championship, in a vote of league sports information directors. The Red Raiders received four first-place votes and 33 of a possible 36 total points in the poll. Colgate shared the 1999 championship with Lehigh University. The title was the Red Raiders' second in three years.

     Lehigh finished second in the poll, with two first-place votes and 28 total points, to edge Bucknell, which placed third, with 26 points. Towson received the remaining first-place vote and finished fourth, with 25 points. Holy Cross was fifth (15 points), followed by Lafayette (13 points) and Fordham (seven points).

     Senior running back Randall Joseph was chosen as the 2000 Preseason Player of the Year. Joseph led the Patriot League and was fourth in the nation last season, with 160.67 rushing yards per game. That total also placed Joseph 17th nationally in all-purpose yards. The 5-foot-8 tailback ran for 15 touchdowns.

Five members of the softball team, including the Red Raiders' entire starting infield, were named to the all-Patriot League team. Selected to the first team were senior shortstop Kerry Purvis, sophomore third baseman Amanda Paolucci, second baseman Amanda Brickell '03 and first baseman Melissa Rawson '03. Joining them on the all-league team was senior outfielder Stephanie Scott, who was a second team selection. The same five were selected to the Mid-Atlantic all-region team. Purvis, Paolucci and Brickell were first team selections, while Scott and Rawson made the second team. In addition, Purvis and Paolucci were chosen as ECAC all-stars.

     The softball team also excelled in the classroom. Purvis was named first team GTE Academic All-America and Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball, while Purvis and Scott were selected to the GTE District I all-academic team. Purvis, who graduated magna cum laude with a 3.50 grade point average in math and economics, was Colgate's leading hitter, with a .397 batting average, good for second in the Patriot League.

     Scott carried a 3.57 GPA in economics and broke the school's career record for runs scored, with 92, and season mark for hits, with 59.

The Patriot League Council of Presidents has voted unanimously to formally accept American University as the league's eighth full member, joining Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy. The Eagles are expected to begin a full league schedule in 18 sports during the 2001-2002 academic year.

Colgate finished third in the 1999-2000 Patriot League Presidents' Cup standings. The Red Raiders accumulated 88.5 points. They shared the football championship and won titles in women's soccer and volleyball. In the men's championship, Colgate was third, while finishing second in the women's division.

     Bucknell captured its third straight (and seventh in 10 years) Patriot League Presidents' Cup trophy. The Bison compiled 100 points by finishing in the top three or higher in 12 of the league's 22 sports. Army, Colgate, Lehigh, Navy, Lafayette and Holy Cross followed the Bison in the standings.

The women's lacrosse team held together, making their games at Tyler's Field memorable. [Zoom]

Colgate's spring sports all-Patriot League selections are: men's lacrosse -- Parker Gibson (first team), Dan Grady (second team), Nate Morse (second team); women's lacrosse -- Kate Manzella (Offensive Player of the Year, first team), Heather Smith (first team), Mary Waligunda (first team), Jane Murray (first team), Liz Brown (second team), Anne Currier (second team), Meghan McLaughlin (second team); men's outdoor track -- Ed Thompson (high jump champion), Phinel Petit-Frere, Roberto Brenes, Barry Jones, Eric Hiller, Tyrone Russell, Matt Coseo, Shawn Lingley; golf -- Eli Zackheim (Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Golf), Jesse Smith.

Joe Leo '01 blasts out of a bunker at Seven Oaks.
The Colgate athletics website at provides daily information on the Red Raider programs, including schedules, roster, statistics and game information.

Jackie Upton has been named assistant athletic trainer, with primary responsibility with the men's basketball program. She will also supervise the field hockey and softball teams. Upton was a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh and a student assistant at the University of North Carolina.

Former football player Bob Abeltin '77 died of an apparent heart attack in June. He had been serving as Col-gate's football color commentator for the past two seasons on WKXZ radio, Voice of Red Raider Sports.

"Bob was truly a special person," said Mark Murphy, athletic director and former teammate. "He had a heart of gold and was one of the brightest people I've ever met. He was so loyal to Colgate. The football games will not be the same without him. He will be sorely missed by everyone associated with Colgate athletics."

Colgate is in second place in the Patriot League's Presidents' Cup race after the winter season. The Red Raiders trail leader Bucknell by two points, 59-57.

It's still rolling
Back in the fall of 1943 Charles Koblinski '46 kicked himself into Red Raider lore with an 80-yard punt.

     Teammate George N. Mayer '45, who was the quarterback that chilly October night, insists it was more like a hundred-yard punt. He sets the stage.

     The Colgate junior varsity was playing Syracuse on a windless night in Binghamton. Freshman sports had been suspended during the war years and the team was made up of players from the V-12 program and non-military students. Fred Swan was the coach.

     Colgate had stalled at the Syracuse 40 and Koblinski dropped back ten yards to punt on fourth down. At the sound of the kick, Mayer, along with Joe Dilts '46, Jim Smyth '46, Ed Stacco '46, Bob Kerrigan '45, Ralph Matherly '45, Larry Larson '46 and the rest of the team took off down the field.

     By the time Mayer arrived at the goal line the ball was landing ten yards ahead of him in the back of the end zone. The pigskin bounced and rolled at least another 20 yards to a fence and was lost in the night. "It's still rolling," said Dilts.

     Koblinski continued punting for Colgate, with coach Swan and, later, Andy Kerr, imploring him to boot the ball out of bounds rather than to sail his punts out of the end zone. Koblinski eventually signed with the Dodgers, but his baseball career produced no moments as deeply implanted in the minds of his teammates as the 80-yard punt.

     "I've told this story many times over the years," said Mayer, "and there is no doubt in my mind to this day that it was easily a hundred-yard punt. I was present at the U. S. hockey team's victory over the Russians in the 1980 Olympics and Charlie's kick is in this class. Is Ripley still around?"

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