The Colgate Scene
|by Bob Cornell|
Kenny Gamble '88
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced that former Colgate star running back Kenny Gamble '88 will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, during ceremonies at the Hall, August 9-10, in South Bend, Indiana.
"On behalf of the board of directors, members of our four divisional honors courts, and our more than 10,000 members nationwide, we celebrate the careers and accomplishments of these exceptional players and coaches for receiving college football's ultimate honor," stated NFF Chairman Jon F. Hanson '60.
Joining Gamble are five other players as Divisional Hall of Fame inductees and three coaches. Divisional members include players and coaches from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA.
When Kenny Gamble completed his storied four-year career at Colgate, his name had become synonymous with the school, Patriot League, ECAC and NCAA record books. Few in the history of collegiate football ran the ball with such intensity and passion.
A two-time, first-team All-American, Gamble won the Walter Payton Trophy in 1987 as the top Division I-AA player in the country, finishing first and second respectively in all-purpose yards (2,097) and rushing yards (1,411). As a junior, his 1,816 rushing yards led the nation, while his 21 rushing touchdowns and 2,425 all-purpose yards set NCAA Division I-AA records.
Gamble is a two-time all-league pick, three-time all-ECAC choice and was named the ECAC Division I-AA Player of the Year in 1987. A two-time recipient of the Andy Kerr Trophy, presented to Colgate's Most Valuable Player, he led the team in rushing all four years of his career.
At the conclusion of his career, Gamble held or shared 13 NCAA Division I-AA records and 29 school records. His career 7,623 all-purpose yards set the all-time record for all divisions of collegiate football. Following graduation in 1987, he played professional football with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.
Athletics director Mark Murphy announced the major athletic awards for the 2001-02 season. Cross country and track performer Christopher Sweetland received the Jack Mitchell Award given to the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average. Sweetland earned four varsity letters in cross country, three in indoor track and one in outdoor track.
He was recently named to the Verizon/CoSIDA all-Academic District I second team for his performance on the field of competition and in the classroom.
Senior Kelly Roos of the women's hockey team was presented with the Tom Wilson Memorial Leadership Award, given to the senior student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding leadership both on his or her team and in the community, while senior Angela Puliafico of the women's soccer team received the Gottesman Award for excellence in the sciences and athletics.
Other awards won were ECAC Merit Medal winners Amanda Paolucci (softball), Alex Woodcock (crew) and Jeremy Ballard (basketball) for academic excellence in the classroom and athletic performance. Paolucci was also named second team on the Verizon/CoSIDA District I all-Academic team.
Women's basketball coach Beth Spycher was the recipient of Colgate's Howard Hartman Award. The award was established in 1987 to honor the Colgate coach who best represents the leadership, spirit, discipline and determination that Hartman exemplified. Spycher was earlier named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in women's basketball.
First-year Dorothy Donaldson walked away with top honors in softball this spring. The hard-hitting outfielder was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, first team all-league and second team all-Mid Atlantic.
Donaldson led the Raiders in hitting with a .366 average, runs scored (31), hits (52), walks (16) and slugging percentage (.683). She was second in home runs (12), RBI (33) and doubles (9). Her 97 total bases were the most ever by a Colgate first-year and the third-highest total by a Colgate player in 24 seasons.
Donaldson was joined on the Patriot League first team by sophomore pitcher Elena Isaac, junior first baseman Melissa Rawson, junior second baseman Amanda Brickell and freshman designated player Caitlin Thistle. Senior third baseman Amanda Paolucci and first-year shortstop Natalie Rawson were second team selections.
Isaac became the first pitcher in school history to win 20 games in a season and was named the team MVP. She finished with a 20-9 record, with a 1.94 earned run average while leading the league in victories.
Isaac posted 24 complete games with a school-record seven shutouts including her first collegiate no-hitter over Holy Cross. In 184.1 innings, Isaac struck out 98 and walked 24. Her 98 strikeouts was the fourth-highest season total in school history.
Other team awards were given to Donaldson and shortstop Natalie Rawson, who shared the Rookie of the Year honor.
Junior first baseman Melissa Rawson was named the best offensive and defensive player for the Raiders, while first-year designated player/first baseman Caitlin Thistle received the most improved player award.
The Raider Award was given to Paolucci, while the Coaches Award was presented to sophomore catcher Stacy Mui.
The men's lacrosse team wrapped up a successful season under first-year head coach Jim Nagle. The Raiders were 7-7 overall, including a one-goal setback against Cornell, which advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
Senior midfielder Joe Parker and senior defensive player Greg Walby were selected first team all-Patriot League, while Walby received the team's Alumni Award, given to the individual who best demonstrates the attitude, commitment, work ethic, sacrifice and respect that exemplify what it means to be a member of the lacrosse program.
Walby participated in the North-South Exceptional Senior All-Star Game on June 8 at Johns Hopkins University.
A youthful women's lacrosse team finished the season on a strong note, defeating champion Lafayette College in the season finale to advance to the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders placed three players on the all-league team and first-year attack player Rebecca Sandler became the fourth Colgate player to win Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors. Sandler was named to the first team, along with midfielder Jane Manning, while Lauren Moll earned second team recognition.
Two athletes from the women's outdoor track and field team earned all-Patriot League winners based upon their performance at the Patriot League Championships. Yaruby Brenes in the 100-meter dash and Maura McCusker in the 800-meter run both finished second in their respective events.
McCusker was named the team's outstanding performer of the year, while Jenny McCarthy earned most improved honors and Beth Shepardson was named the outstanding first-year performer. For the third consecutive year, Brenes was the winner of the Walter and Dorothy Fullam Award for significant team contribution, while the Don Dunn Award for dedication and persistence was given to Kate Wood.
Tyrone Russell earned all-Patriot League honors in men's outdoor track and field after placing second in the 200- and 400-meter races. Ian Hill was named the most improved performer for the Raiders, while the outstanding first-year performer was Robert VanDine. The Don Dunn Award went to Kyle Barrett, while Roger Busch Thrower Award was given to Duevorn Harris.
Walter Auguscinski, Eric Hiller and Russell shared the Fullam Award.
Jesse Smith '03 earned all-league honors with a fourth-place finish at the Patriot League Tournament.
The golf team placed fourth in the Patriot League Tournament, with Jesse Smith earning all-league honors with his fourth-place finish. He also was named the team's MVP, while Ben Selberg earned most improved honors and Dan Cappucci took the Interest, Attitude & Dedication Award.
Head men's and women's tennis coach Bob Dallis has announced his resignation to become the head women's tennis coach at Dartmouth College. Dallis guided the men's team to an 11-8 record, while the women's team finished 11-9.
On the men's team, Reed Hagmann earned all-Patriot League honors in singles and doubles play, while Eric Saccullo was all-league in doubles. Hagmann was the team's outstanding player, while Evan Ambrose earned most improved player recognition.
In women's tennis, Marissa Alikpala was all-league in singles, while Jessica Fede was the team's MVP and Ali Grabler the most improved player.
Hagmann and Alikpala were each selected as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in their respective sports.
In women's crew, Kathryn McCarthy and Karen Rupp shared the Manley and Emily VanLoen Parks Award for service to the team, while Lauren Fitzgerald was the most improved rower. On the men's side, Bill Chiodetti was given the Parks Award, while Warren Holland, Tom Wines and Hunter Southworth shared most improved honors.
aggressive play, in honor of Sarah Parks '02, who received the honor four consecutive years. The award will now called the Sparks Award. The name is a play on Parks' e-mail address at Colgate.
During the 2001-02 season, Parks played in all 31 games, starting 14. She led the Raiders in steals, with 67, and was second in assists, tallying 81. She averaged 7.7 points per games and grabbed 126 rebounds. Her nine steals in a game against Mt. St. Mary's was the seventh-highest total in an NCAA Division I women's game last season.
Parks finished her career with 1,063 points, the 11th-highest total in Colgate women's basketball history. She also ranks fourth in career steals and is fifth in career assists.
Lauren Esposito '01, a former member of the Raider women's lacrosse and soccer teams, won her first JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challengereg., a 3.5 mile race in New York City's Central Park, earning the women's title in 20:23. Esposito, an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, bested 2001 champion Stephanie Hodge of the United Nations by 67 seconds.
Finally, Jenna Panatier has been named the Raiders' volleyball coach. She comes to Colgate from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., where she has served as head volleyball coach since 1998. In four years at Occidental, Panatier doubled the membership of the team, transformed a 2-20 record into a 16-9 record, and successfully recruited an All-American and four all-conference players.
In addition, Panatier served as a volleyball coach for Thunder Volleyball Club in Reseda, Calif, as well as the head coach of the men's club volleyball team at Occidental. She is a 1998 graduate of St. John's University (N.Y.), where she was a four-year member of the volleyball team and served as captain from 1996-98.
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STAYING CONNECTED: Check out the Colgate athletic website: http://www.colgateraiders.com. The website provides daily information on the Raider program, including schedules, roster, statistics and game information. Also remember the Raider Sportsline: 315-228-7900.
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