The Colgate Scene
July 2004


Women's lacrosse head coach Katrina Silva gets the Gatorade shower after the Raiders defeated American University in the Patriot League tournament. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Women's lacrosse earns first NCAA bid

The women's lacrosse team showed perseverance and determination in its ride to the top of the Patriot League. The Raiders finished their Patriot League regular season schedule with a 6-0 mark before defeating American University 11-10 in double overtime to capture their first-ever tournament title. With the victory, Colgate claimed an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament, also the team's first-ever invitation. The Raiders lost to Princeton, 18-6, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Captain Becky Ortolano '04 was named the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring two goals in the overtime win over American. Goalie Sue Bielamowicz '06 was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and received second-team IWLCA All-North Region honors.

Head coach Katrina Silva was named Patriot League Coach of the Year, while Katie McVeigh '06, Kelly Winning '06, Heidi Ross '06, and Bielamowicz were named first-team all-league. Ortolano, Tara Casey '07, and Kate Metevia '07 were named second team.

Men's lacrosse notches winning mark

The Raiders finished with three league victories in the last four games to earn a berth in the Patriot League men's lacrosse tournament. Coach Jim Nagle's squad suffered

a 15-5 loss to the eventual NCAA runner-up Navy in the opening round. The team finished with an overall record of 8-7.

Midfielder Ramsey Brame '04 was named second team all-Patriot League. He was second in scoring for the Raiders with 20 goals and three assists. The highlight of the season was a 12-11 victory over nationally ranked Army. Andrew Houston '04 was picked for the North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Softball posts record number of wins

The softball team posted a school-record 34 wins this spring, before placing third in the Patriot League tournament. Outfielder Dorothy Donaldson '04 was named Patriot League Player of the Year, and pitcher Elena Isaac '04 garnered Pitcher of the Year honors.

Donaldson, Isaac, Natalie Rawson '05, Nichole Rawson '06, Rachel Smith '04, and Erin Hanna '06 were named first team all-Patriot League, while Donaldson and Natalie Rawson were also named first-team all-Mid Atlantic, and Isaac was named second-team.

Hanna was selected to the CoSIDA All-Academic District I team for her performance in the classroom and on the field.

Men's tennis ties for first

The men's tennis squad finished with a 12-8 overall record and 5-1 in the Patriot League, finishing the regular season in a three-way tie for first place. Colgate dropped a 5-2 decision to Army in the first round of the Patriot League tournament to close out the season.

Eric Saccullo '04 was named first team all-league for the fourth consecutive season, while Reed Hagmann '05 was selected for the third straight time.

Highest-ever Patriot League finish

The women's swimming and diving team had its highest finish ever in the Patriot League championships under first-year head coach Steve Jungbluth. The Raiders placed second behind Bucknell with an overall record of 10-5.

Chrissy Zalka '05, Meghan Binder '04, and Alice Garnett '06 earned first-team all-Patriot League honors for their excellent performances at the championships. Garnett was named all-league in each of her four seasons, while Binder and Zalka were all-league choices last season as well.

Divers Emily McAuliff '06 and Jen Busby '05 were second-team all-Patriot League selections. Busby finished second on the three-meter board, while McAuliff scored 31 points in her diving events.

For the first time since the 1982 season, the men's swimming and diving team posted nine victories in a season. They were 9-5 overall and placed sixth at the Patriot League Championships.

Diver Lane Ellis '05 earned second-team all-league honors for his scoring in the diving competition.

Alikpala named to PL first team

The women's tennis team finished their season with a 9-11 overall record and finished fourth in the Patriot League with a 2-3 mark. Marissa Alikpala '05 was named first team all-league.

Cusick earns all-league honors

Colgate finished seventh out of eight teams in the Patriot League golf championship tournament held at Seven Oaks Golf Course. The Raiders shot a three-round total of 980 over 72 holes amidst windy and rainy conditions during the final two rounds. Sean Cusick '04 earned all-league honors after finishing tied for seventh place in the tournament.

O'Hagan qualifies for NCAA regionals

High jumper Shannon O'Hagan '06 became the first female Colgate track athlete to qualify for the NCAA regional championships, after capturing first place at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships with a jump of 1.65 meters (5.41 feet). Danielle Whicher '07 took first in the 10,000 meters with a Colgate-and Patriot League-record time of 36:34.39, while Nicole Christoforo '07 captured second place in the 800-meter race.

O'Hagan, Whicher, and Christoforo were named to the all-league squad.

Lisa Germain '06 broke the school record in the long jump with a distance of 5.79 meters (19 feet).

Special awards

Guard Emily Damuth '04 of the women's basketball team, and center Dave Thomas '05 of the men's hockey team, were awarded the ECAC Merit Medal. The ECAC Merit Medal is given to one male and one female student-athlete who combine excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.

Damuth also received the Gottesman Award for excellence in the sciences and athletics. She graduated with a 3.80 grade point average in molecular biology, and will attend medical school at the University of Michigan in the fall.

The Tom Wilson Memorial Leadership Award was presented to senior tight end John Frieser '04. The award is given to the senior student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding leadership both on his or her team and in the Colgate community.

Courtney Hostetler '04, a member of the women's soccer team, was the winner of the prestigious 1819 Award (see page 10) given to the senior whose character, scholarship, sportsmanship, and service to others best exemplify the spirit that is Colgate. She also earned the Jack Mitchell Award given annually to the graduating student-athlete with the highest grade point average.

Head football coach Dick Biddle and women's basketball coach Beth Combs, who recently resigned to become head coach at Northwestern University, shared the Howard Hartman Award, given to the Colgate Coach of the Year.

Coaching changes

Patrick Fisher, an assistant coach at Western Michigan University, has been named head coach of Colgate's men's and women's tennis programs. He replaces Ned Wheeler, who plans to attend graduate school this fall.

Fisher is a 2001 graduate of Ferris State University, where he competed all four years in the NCAA Division II National Team Tournament and was ranked in the top 25 nationally by the NCAA in 1998 and 1999.

Before joining Western Michigan, Fisher was a tennis professional at the Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago, where he taught all levels of adults and juniors, and gave private lessons. He also coached adult USTA teams.

This past season at Western Michigan, the Broncos were ranked in the top 75 in the nation and qualified for the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Colgate has also announced the appointment of Greg Kruczynski as head women's crew coach. He comes to Colgate from the University of Massachusetts, where he served as the assistant coach for the women's team for the last five years. Kruzynski, a 1990 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, served as head coach of women's crew at Williams College for one year prior to joining the Massachusetts staff. During that year, the Williams varsity 8 placed first at the Stone-hurst Capital Invitational Regatta, won a silver medal at the New England Rowing Championships, and a bronze medal at the Champion International Collegiate Regatta.

Staying connected

Check out the Colgate athletics website: 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.

Top of page
Table of contents
<< Previous: Around the college Next: Sports photos >>