The Colgate Scene
July 2007

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Will Planer '09 (#25) takes a hit during Colgate's 13-9 victory over Bucknell. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]

Six new members will be inducted into Colgate's Athletics Hall of Honor on September 28.

Accomplished tennis player Anne Arries '78 played number one singles all four years. She finished her career with an amazing 39-4 record. In her first two seasons, she was undefeated (19-0) without losing a set. As an unseeded first-year, she made it to the finals of the New York State Intercollegiate Tournament. Appearing in the NYS Tournament, Arries won the singles title in 1976, was runner-up in 1974, and took third place in 1975 and 1977. Overall, she led her team to three NYS Championships, including an undefeated 12-0 season in 1975.

John Da Grosa '26, who will be inducted posthumously, lettered three times in football between 1923 and 1925. A standout center, Da Grosa was said to be one of the finest linemen in the East. He was named second team on the Cutler's All-America Football Elevens, second team all-East, and honorable mention All-America by Charles E. Parker. Da Grosa was the primary blocker for All-American Ed Tryon '26 on Colgate's unbeaten 1925 team (7-0-2), with wins over Michigan State, Syracuse, and Brown. He later became a respected line coach at Georgetown and Temple.

For 34 years, Marty Erb has served the athletic department's sports medicine program. Currently the coordinator for sports medicine services, he is being honored for his exemplary dedication and devotion to the welfare of Colgate's student-athletes. The former president of the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association, Erb serves as chair of the NYSATA Hall of Fame Committee and as a member of the NYS Committee on Athletic Trainers, a subcommittee of the State Board of Medicine. Erb is a past recipient of the Maroon Citation, given to him by the Colgate Alumni Corporation. In 2001, he was named Outstanding Athletic Trainer by the All-American Football Foundation, and in 2003 he was presented with the NYS Athletic Trainers' Association's highest honor, the Thomas J. Sheehan Sr. Award.

One of the most decorated softball players in school history, Melissa Mack '98 was a standout catcher between 1995 and 1998. In her rookie season, she became Colgate's first-ever Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American while leading the team in runs batted in and finishing second in batting average (.339), hits, doubles, and total bases. As a junior, Mack was named first team all-Patriot League while pacing the league in hits (56) and runs batted in (31). She also ranked ninth in the nation in triples, with five. As a senior, Mack was named Patriot League Player of the Year and first team all-league. She batted .324, with a team-high 23 runs batted in while scoring 26 runs and cracking eight doubles, two triples, and two home runs. Mack finished her career as the leader in at bats (493), hits (159), runs batted in (76), and home runs (6). She also ranked in the top 10 in runs scored, batting average (.322), doubles, and triples.

Bob Relph '78 was the starting quarterback for two of the more highly successful seasons in school history. Under the tutelage of then-head coach Fred Dunlap '50, he guided the Raiders to a combined record of 18-3 for 1976 and 1977. As a senior, Relph led the team to its first 10-win season, a national ranking in the Associated Press Division I poll, and the top offensive team in Division I, averaging 486.1 yards per game. The Raiders were voted the ECAC Division I Team of the Year, and Relph was named honorable mention all-East by the Associated Press. He set nine personal records and was voted co-recipient of the Andy Kerr Trophy, given to the team's offensive MVP. He completed 54 percent of his passes for 3,688 career yards and 31 touchdowns.

A varsity letterwinner on four Colgate soccer teams between 1972 and 1975, Barry Small '76 concluded a brilliant career with a second team All-American selection in his senior year. At the time of his graduation, he was third in career points (48), fourth in goals (22), third for points in a season (26), and sixth for goals in a season (10). Captain of the 1975 squad, he was a two-time All-New York Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He continues to be a loyal supporter of the men's soccer program and currently serves on the university's Board of Trustees. In 2006, he was instrumental in the establishment of the John Beyer Endowed Chair in Soccer.

The 2007 class brings the total Athletics Hall of Honor membership to 178 inductees.

Patriot League Tournament MVP Kelsey Nordstrom '07 threw a two-hit shutout to lead Colgate to a 1-0 win over regular-season champion Lehigh, giving the Raiders the 2007 tournament championship.

This spring, the softball team became the first team to appear in an NCAA Tournament since the 2005 football squad. The Raiders qualified by winning the Patriot League Tournament with back-to-back shutouts over the regular-season champion, Lehigh. Tournament MVP Kelsey Nordstrom, a senior, pitched both shutouts winning 2-0 and 1-0. She allowed only three hits in 14 innings against the Mountain Hawks. Junior LaPorscha Albert and sophomores Meg Mylan, Kortney Hannah, and Tiana Tyeskey were named to the all-tournament team.

In the NCAA Amherst Regional, the Raiders dropped a 5-2 decision to Oklahoma after leading 2-0 in the first inning on sophomore Ashley Rowe's two-run homer. The Sooners were the top-ranked team in the country.

Head coach Vickie Sax was named the Co-Coach of the Year in the Patriot League. She picked up her 250th career win this season.

Pam Bass has been named the women's basketball head coach. She comes to Colgate after serving as head coach for one season at Longwood University. Prior to her stint at Longwood, Bass served as an assistant coach at Brown. She also spent time as an assistant coach at Yale, University of Hartford, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Providence.

A 1991 graduate of Brown University, she earned her MEd in sports administration from the University of Texas in 1993, where she served as a graduate assistant.

Sophomore Samantha Hunt has been invited to the Canadian National Under-22 Strength and Conditioning/Skating Camp. She was second team all-ECACHL this past season for the women's ice hockey team. Former women's basketball player Megan Ballard '06 was named United States Team Handball Player of the Year.

Three Colgate football teams will hold reunions on October 6 when the Raiders host Bucknell at Andy Kerr Stadium. The 1977, 1982, and 1997 teams will return to the valley for the weekend. Contact Debbie Rhyde in the football office for reservations: 315-228-7603.

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