The Colgate Scene
March 2000
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by Bob Cornell
Goalie Kelly Tyrrell '00, along with volleyball player Judy Culhane '00, was named a Patriot League Scholar-Athlete.

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Colgate holds a five-point lead over Bucknell in the 1999-2000 Patriot League's Presidents' Cup race. The Red Raiders, who have led the Presidents' Cup race after the fall in seven of the league's ten seasons, tallied 35 points on the strength of Patriot League titles in women's soccer and volleyball and a tie with Lehigh for the football title. Colgate leads Lehigh in the men's race by a half-point and is three points ahead of Bucknell for the women's crown. Bucknell, the defending and six-time cup winner, earned 30 points with titles in both men's and women's cross country and a second-place finish in field hockey.

     Lehigh sits in third place, with 26 points, by virtue of the shared football championship and three top-four finishes in men's and women's cross country and volleyball. Holy Cross and Lafayette are tied in fourth place, with 21 points. The Presidents' Cup is awarded annually to the institution that accumulates the highest point total over the course of the academic-athletic year. Points are awarded based upon tournament finishes by each institution, or, if there is no postseason tournament in a particular sport, then points are awarded based upon the final regular season standings.

Seniors Kelly Tyrrell and Judy Culhane were named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete recipients for the 1999 fall athletic season.

     Tyrrell was selected as the women's soccer Patriot League Scholar-Athlete, while Culhane took the honor in volleyball.

     Tyrrell, who was the Patriot League Defensive Player-of-the-Year, carries a 3.42 grade point average in political science. The goaltender led the Red Raiders to four straight Patriot League championships and three straight NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. Tyrrell finished her senior year with five shutouts, a 1.61 goals against average, and an .846 saves percentage.

     Culhane, a middle hitter, was the Patriot League Offensive Player-of-the-Year in volleyball. She carries a 3.25 grade point average in political science. During her career she led the Red Raiders to two Patriot League titles and two NCAA Tournament berths. While serving as co-captain this season, she played in 132 games, averaged 3.39 kills per game, tallied a .278 hitting percentage, averaged 2.32 digs per game and recorded an average of .94 blocks per game.

All-America Paul Clasby '00 anchored a great offensive line and has been widely recognized with postseason honors.

Senior offensive tackle Paul Clasby was named to three Division I-AA All-America football teams. He was first team on the 1999 Burger King Coaches' All-America Team as selected by the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press All-America squad and The Sports Network All-America team.

     Clasby, a four-year letter winner, was a huge factor in two Patriot League championships and three straight appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. During his career, he led the way for four 1,000-yard rushers and started 42 games.

     The three-time all-Patriot League performer helped Colgate to a top 10 finish in rushing and scoring in each of the last three seasons. This past season, the Red Raiders averaged 227.5 rushing yards per game (ninth best in the nation) and 37.9 points per game (seventh best in the nation).

     Colgate was 31-16 overall during Clasby's career.

Seniors Ryan Vena and Tom McCarroll walked away with the top honors at the football banquet.

     Vena received the Andy Kerr Trophy, awarded to the most valuable offensive player, while McCarroll earned the Hal W. Lahar Trophy as the most valuable defensive player.

     Vena, the first three-time winner of the Kerr Trophy, finished his collegiate career as Colgate's and the Patriot League's all-time leader in total offense, with 9,435 yards. McCarroll, a three-year letter winner, was Colgate's leading tackler for the past two seasons and earned first team all-Patriot League honors at strong safety while making 105 tackles including three interceptions, one fumble recovery and three quarterback sacks this past season.

     Other top honors at the banquet were given to senior punter/place kicker Erich Kutschke, who was given the Mark Rakowski Special Teams Award and senior offensive guard Brenton Kelly, who received the Tom Dodge Unsung Hero Award.

Five members of the championship football squad have been named to the 1999 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I-AA Football All-Star Team.

     Junior running back Randall Joseph and Clasby were first-team selections, while second-team honors went to senior center Kevin Bolis, McCarroll and junior defensive end Ahmad Russell.

Denise De Bacco '94 returned to Cotterell Court with Columbia's women's basketball. The Lions' top assistant coach, DeBacco was a four-year letter winner and captain of the squad her senior year. Colgate beat Columbia 71-62.

Jamie Joss has been named assistant director of athletic communications. Joss replaces Mike Donlin '98, who has moved on to Le Moyne College as director of athletic communications.

     A 1991 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Joss comes to Colgate after serving as the sports information director at NCAA Division I High Point University.

     Prior to his work at High Point, Joss was the sports information and marketing director at Lake Superior State University during the 1998-99 academic year. He was responsible for LSSU's NCAA Division I hockey program publicity and 11 NCAA Division II athletic programs.

     Before going to LSSU, he was the assistant athletic director for sports information and facilities at St. Andrews College from 1996-1998 under former Patriot League commissioner Carl Ullrich.

Check out the athletic website (, which provides daily information on the Red Raider programs, including schedules, rosters, statistics and game information.

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