The Colgate Scene
|by Bob Cornell|
Mark Murphy '77, director of the Division of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics since 1992, has left Colgate to become athletic director at Northwestern University.
Murphy leaves for post at Northwestern University
Athletic Director Mark Murphy '77 has left Colgate to become director of athletics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Il., a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Murphy returned to his alma mater as director of athletics in January 1992. He joined the college administration after a distinguished playing career as a free safety with the Washington Redskins, three years as assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association and five years as an attorney in Washington, D.C., first in private practice and then with the Justice Department.
"I am appreciative that Colgate gave me the opportunity to lead the athletic program," Murphy said. "I've enjoyed my eleven years here, and I am proud of all that the coaches, the athletes and I have been able to accomplish during my tenure. I've also enjoyed working with President Rebecca Chopp this past year, and feel confident she will do great things for the college. Colgate will always have special meaning for me, but Northwestern presents a unique career opportunity at this point in my life."
Chopp praised Murphy for his service to the college.
"In eleven years as director of athletics Mark worked with four Colgate presidents," she said. "In my inaugural year I have had the benefit of learning from Mark's great wisdom about Colgate athletics and about the landscape of competitive intercollegiate athletics at the Division I level for a college such as ours. Mark's hand is evident not only in our intercollegiate program, where Colgate competes successfully in the Patriot League and the ECAC while maintaining one of the highest athlete graduation rates in Division I, but also in our club sports, intra- murals and recreational athletics. It is emblematic of his administration that, even as Colgate varsity teams compete for league titles and berths in national championships, USA Today ranks our intramural program among the top five in the nation, and the college's outdoor education program is nationally recognized.
"Mark is a revered and respected member of the Colgate administration, on campus and off, and he is a wonderful representative and ambassador of the college. We know that won't change, even as he takes on his new responsibilities at one of the nation's great research universities, with teams competing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics today. He leaves with the best wishes of all of us in the Colgate community. We will continue to follow the progress of his bright star."
Record-setting season for Raider softball
Highlighting the spring sports scene for the Colgate Raiders was the performance of the softball team. Coach Vickie Sax's club earned its second NCAA tournament appearance in the last five seasons en route to setting a school-record 31 wins.
The Raiders finished second in the regular-season Patriot League standings, before winning three straight in the league's postseason tournament for the title. They defeated Holy Cross 3-1, regular-season leader Lehigh 5-0 and Army 2-0 in the final game.
In the NCAA Region 2 Tournament at Fresno, Calif., Colgate dropped an 8-0 decision to eventual NCAA champion UCLA in the opening round. The Raiders came back strong in their second game against Long Beach State, losing a heartbreaking 1-0 decision in eight innings.
"I am extremely proud of our performance," said Sax, who was named Patriot League Coach of the Year. "We were one of two schools [in the 64-team NCAA Tournament] without athletic scholarships. I think that sends a real message: it's a credit to our kids and their character that they want to play at the Division I level, get a top-notch education and still be competitive on the field. That's a huge feather in our cap."
Shortstop Melissa Rawson '03 was named the Patriot League Player of the Year, topping off her outstanding career. Rawson led the Raiders and Patriot League with a .456 batting average. She is Colgate's all-time leader in runs scored, hits, runs batted in, doubles, home runs, total bases and slugging percentage.
Rawson was joined on the all-Patriot League first team by her sister, Natalie Rawson '05, at first base, outfielder Dorothy Donaldson '05, pitcher Elena Isaac '04 and utility player Rachel Smith '04. In addition, the Rawson sisters and Donaldson were named to the all-Mid Atlantic Region team.
Pitcher Kate Howard '06, who broke the school first-year mark for wins (14), shutouts (5), strikeouts (80) and complete games (13), was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
The press box at Andy Kerr stadium was dismantled in April. It is being replaced with a new press box that will have better facilities for the home and visiting coaching staffs, and improved accommodations for the media. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Raider laxmen post winning record
The men's lacrosse team came within a couple of goals from participating in the NCAA tournament. The Raiders, who posted their best season ever in Patriot League play, needed to defeat Bucknell for a trip to the NCAAs. Unfortunately, the Bison nipped Colgate 10-9 to end the dream.
Head coach Jim Nagle was selected as Patriot League Coach of the Year. Nagle, in his second season with the Raiders, guided Colgate to its first-ever four-win conference season, and an 8-7 overall mark.
Goalie Andrew Jarolimek '06 was named co-Rookie of the Year. Jarolimek ranked second in the league and 13th in the nation with a .603 save percentage and second in the league and 10th in the nation with a 7.49 goals against average.
Midfielder Nick Gerken '03 and defenseman Andrew Houston '04 garnered first team all-league honors, while attackman Jason Vasas '05 joined Jarolimek on the second team.
Women's lacrosse shares Patriot League title
Attacker Katie McVeigh '06 led the women's lacrosse team to a share of the Patriot League regular-season title. McVeigh was also named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, leading the league with 48 goals and three assists for 51 points.
The Raiders placed six players on the Patriot League first and second teams. Caitlin Houck '03 and Shawn Mattson '03, Becky Ortolano '04 and Kim Corcoran '05 were named to the first team, while Kelly Winning '06 joined McVeigh on the second team.
Raider tennis honors
The men's and women's tennis teams placed four players on the all-Patriot League team. On the men's side, Reed Hagmann '05 was first team, while Eric Saccullo '04 made second team. Marissa Alikpala '05 was first team on the women's team, and Lauren Erikson '03 made second team.
Strong showings mark track season
The men's team featured several standout performances during the spring. Louis Di Nuzzo '04 qualified for the NCAA Regional with a time of 9:09.84 in the steeplechase. Tyrone Russell '03 was named the Male Track Athlete of the Meet at the Patriot League championships held at Bucknell University in May. Russell helped the men's team to finish fourth by winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes and competing on the Colgate 4x400 relay team that placed first.
Joining Russell on the 4x400 relay team were Eric Hiller '03, and T.J. Smith '03 and Rob VanDine '05.
Other first-place finishers for Colgate were Waldemar Auguscinski '04 in the shot put and Xavier de Boissezon '04 in the 10,000-meter run. De Boissezon continued on to place third in the 10,000-meter run at the IC4A Championships held at Princeton University.
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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