The Colgate Scene
July 2005


A Colgate player moves the ball upfield during Colgate's 12-6 loss to the University of North Carolina during a nighttime game in April. [Enlarge] [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]


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Football season tickets now available online

For the first time ever, Colgate football season tickets are available via the Internet at

The 2005 Raiders will kick off their home season on Sept. 3 against Central Connecticut State College at Andy Kerr Stadium. Colgate will also host Massachusetts (Sept. 10), Cornell (Homecoming, Oct. 1), Fordham (Hall of Honor Weekend, Oct. 15), Lehigh (Family Weekend, Oct. 29), and Bucknell (Nov. 12).

Season tickets start at $72, but several ticket plans offer savings. Before Aug. 20, members of the community can purchase a season ticket for $42. Alumni can purchase a season ticket for $40, faculty and staff for $35, and children under 12 for $20.

Your season ticket will give you a reserved seat, and includes a t-shirt, 10 flex tickets per order for home men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, and women's ice hockey games, one football media guide per order, a game program at each home football game, free parking, and a preseason team BBQ.

Season tickets can also be purchased by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 315-228-7600.

Men's and women's soccer season pass

Colgate sports fans can also purchase a season pass for the men's and women's soccer games. The cost for 17 home contests is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

Men's soccer coach Doherty steps down after 20 years

Veteran men's soccer coach Mike Doherty has stepped down after 20 seasons to explore other career opportunities while relocating his family to New Hampshire.

This past fall, Doherty completed his 20th season as the Raiders' mentor with an overall record of 160-160-14. His coaching credentials include the most victories in the history of the program, two Patriot League Championships, one NCAA Tournament appearance, and two Colgate Howard Hartman Awards, given to the coach of the year.

Four years after inheriting a 4-11-1 program at the age of 25, Doherty engineered the institution's first-ever 10-win season. Colgate's 10-8 mark in 1988 earned him his first of two Howard Hartman Awards.

In 1992, Doherty led the Raiders into the national spotlight, capturing the Patriot League Championship. He was named the Lanzera National Coaches Committee Coach of the Year, New York Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and Patriot League Coach of the Year.

His second Patriot League title came in 1997, when he led his squad to a 10-7-4 mark, and to an NCAA play-in contest against Bowling Green. In 15 seasons of Patriot League competition, his squads compiled a 52-34-12 record.

Longtime athletics administrator and coach Braden Houston, a member of the Colgate athletics family for 36 years, retired June 30.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Houston began his career at Colgate in 1969 as assistant men's ice hockey coach and freshman soccer coach. He served as head coach of the Raider hockey program from 1972 to 1975.

Houston went on to serve as athletics business manager, assistant athletics director, associate athletics director, acting director of athletics, and senior associate athletics director. He also oversaw and was program chairman of Colgate's Hall of Honor for 26 years, served as NCAA compliance officer, and initiated and directed Colgate's summer hockey camp, summer golf camp, and the Colgate Alumni Golf Tournament.

For 28 years, Houston was the head golf coach, earning Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2005. His 1977 and 1978 teams established a record of 29 consecutive wins -- a feat unsurpassed by any Colgate team. His overall dual record was 209-38-1.

He was head coach of the women's ice hockey team for four years, guiding the Raiders through their transition from club to varsity status from 1995 to 1999.

A University of New Hampshire graduate, Houston amassed a number of hockey records and captained the Wildcats in his senior year. He still holds the record there for most goals scored by a defenseman and was inducted into the UNH Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.

Brawn receives Hartman award

Kathy Brawn, head coach of women's soccer, has been named the winner of Colgate's Howard Hartman Coach of the Year Award for the third time in her tenure. She is the second coach to win the honor three or more times.

The award was established in memory of Howard N. Hartman, who was head basketball coach at Colgate from 1949 to 1962 and also served as an assistant with the football, baseball, and lacrosse programs. The honor is awarded annually to the Colgate coach who best represents the leadership, spirit, discipline, and determination that Hartman exemplified.

Brawn guided her club to its eighth Patriot League regular-season title, ninth Patriot League Tournament Championship, and fourth NCAA Tournament appearances this past fall. The Raiders finished 13-7-2 and with their upset win over Pac-10 champion Arizona became only the second Patriot League women's program to win a game in NCAA Tournament history.

Brawn, who completed her 14th season with the Raiders, previously won the Howard Hartman Award in 1993 and 1999. During her tenure, she has posted a 167-89-21 record for a .640 winning percentage -- one of the best in women's soccer.

PL title for women's lacrosse

For the second-straight year, the women's lacrosse team captured the Patriot League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Raiders were 13-7 with a perfect 6-0 mark in league play.

Head coach Katrina Silva was named Patriot League Coach of the Year, while Katie McVeigh '06 was Offensive Player of the Year and Heidi Ross '06 was Defensive Player of the Year. McVeigh, Ross, and Kelly Winning '06 were first team all-league; Megan Janson '07, Tara Casey '07, Lauren Price '05, and Sue Bielamowicz '06 were second team. McVeigh also was named to the IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-North region second team.

Softball honors

Six members of the softball team were chosen to the all-Patriot League team.

Outfielder Dorothy Donaldson '05 and pitcher Kate Howard '06 were first team selections, while third baseman Nichole Rawson '06, shortstop Natalie Rawson '05, pitcher Kelsey Nordstrom '07, and designated player Erin O'Keefe '08 received second team honors. In addition, Donaldson was selected second team on the all-Mid Atlantic team, while junior outfielder Erin Hanna '06 was chosen for the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District I team.

Other spring highlights

Also highlighting the spring sports scene was the selection of Reed Hagmann '05 as the Patriot League Player of the Year. Hagmann finished his career as the Raiders' all-time singles leader with 89 wins. He was fifth in the East regional rankings of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Alex Seaton '08 was second team all-league in women's tennis; Mike Hanlon '07, the 10,000-meter champion at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships, earned first team all-league; and Maureen Lynch '06 was selected for first team all-Mid Atlantic Region by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

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.

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