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by Robert D. Cornell

Colgate athletic director Mark Murphy announced the establishment of a community-based Jack Bruen Memorial Fund. The fund will provide for Jack's eight-year old son Danny's college education, and organizers hope the fund will also grow to a size that will provide for Coach Bruen's charitable interests such as Coaches Against Cancer and the Special Olympics.

Donations may be sent to the Jack Bruen Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 65, Hamilton, N.Y. 13346.

The Patriot League named 66 Colgate student-athletes to its 1997-98 Fall Sports Academic Honor Roll. The primary purpose of the Academic Honor Roll is to recognize those student-athletes who are earning a varsity letter in an intercollegiate sport while excelling in their classwork.

To be selected to the honor roll, a student-athlete must meet two criteria: 1)Earn a varsity letter in his/her sport; and 2) Maintain a 3.20 or higher grade point average during the academic semester that coincides with his/her sport.

Amy Wachenheim '01 continues to build upon her stellar first-year tennis accomplishments. The Patriot League Player of the Year was ranked 44th out of the top 110 collegiate singles players in the country by the ITA. Wachenheim is the first Colgate tennis player, male or female, to earn a national ranking.
Amy Wachenheim '01 is the first Colgate tennis player to be ranked nationally.  The Patriot League Player of the Year is 44th in the ITA poll.

Strength and conditioning coach Dave Lang has been chosen by Patriot League colleagues as the conference's 1998 NSCA Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. Lang, who is in his second season at Colgate, is now eligible for the NSCA National Professional of the Year award to be presented on June 26.

Senior Becky Evans and junior Samantha Kohn were named Patriot League Scholar-Athletes for the 1997 fall season. Evans was named for her contributions to field hockey, while Kohn, a member of the Patriot League championship team, was picked for women's tennis.

Junior Megan Gibbons was named Patriot League and ECAC player of the week after scoring 38 points against Drexel, 28 at Lafayette and 32 against Bucknell.  She leads the REd Raiders in scoring and rebounding and is the top five in both categories league-wide.
Colgate offensive tackle Tim Girard was named to the 1997 Division I-AA Coaches' All-America team by the American Football Coaches Association. Earlier he was named to the second team Associated Press Division I-AA All-America team.

Sophomore Judy Culhane was named to the first team all-Patriot League volleyball team. She was Colgate's leading attacker throughout the season, and finished ninth in the league in attack percentage, fourth in blocks and sixth in kills.

Having captured team championships in four of the nine fall sports, Colgate holds an eight-and-one-half-point lead over four-time cup champion Bucknell in the 1997-98 Presidents' Cup race.

Two of the spring sports polls have been released for Patriot League teams. In the preseason forecasts, Colgate was picked to finish tied for second in men's lacrosse and second in softball. The men's lacrosse team opened its season on March 7 when the Red Raiders hosted SUNY at Stony Brook at Tyler's Field, while the softball season begins on March 14-21 at the Rebel Games in Ocoee, Florida.

Dru Burgess has exploded during his senior year.  As of mid-February the winger leads the Red Raiders and ECAC with 20 goals - not bad considering in his first three seasons he had only 16 goals combined.  Burgess has two tricks, eight power play goals and five game-winning goals.
Goaltender Dan Brenzavich '98 broke Dave Gagnon's school record for career wins by a goaltender (51) when the Red Raiders defeated Merrimack in January. Brenzavich has played the most games between the pipes in the school's history. Senior center ice man Tim Loftsgard became only the 35th player in school history to score 100 career points when he tallied against UMass-Lowell.
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