The Colgate Scene
March 2002


The Colgate football team held its annual banquet on Jan. 26 at the Hall of Presidents. Noel Rubinton '43 was presented with the Jack Mitchell Maroon Council Loyalty Award.

Special recognition went to three members of the squad, who were named to the 2001 Football Gazette NCAA I-AA All-America team. Senior offensive guard Ken Kubec was named to the second team, and senior wide receiver Joe Parker and senior safety Ameer Riley earned honorable mentions.

These three players were instrumental in Colgate's 7-3 record and second-place finish in the Patriot League.

Kubec, selected twice for the all-Patriot League first team, earned four varsity letters with the Raiders while starting 30 straight games. He helped Colgate average 403.4 yards of total offense per game.

Parker finished his career as the school's fourth all-time leading receiver, with 129 catches for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns. In his senior season, he grabbed 56 receptions for 808 yards and seven touchdowns.

Riley was a first team all-Patriot League selection. He tied for the league lead in interceptions, with four, and was Colgate's fourth leading tackler, with 47, including one fumble recovery, four passes broken up and one quarterback sack.

Other award winners were Viral Keshwala '02 and Brian Schaffer '02, who shared the Tom Dodge Unsung Hero Award; Brendon Biddle '03, recipient of the Mark Rakowski Special Teams Award; Parker, who received the Andy Kerr Offensive MVP Award; and Eric Tee '02, the winner of the Hal Lahar Defensive MVP Trophy.

Hey! Alumni in the Orlando, Fla. area: the softball team will be competing in the Rebel games from March 15 to March 24. If you are in the area, come watch one of the contests (check the schedule on our website: The Raiders will appreciate your support.

Three former Colgate football players, Corey Hill '99, Ryan Vena '00 and Jason Mattes '01, are on the roster of the Albany ConQuest of the arenafootball2 league.

The ECAC Hockey Championships are scheduled for March 14-16 in Lake Placid. Tickets are available by contacting the Olympic Center Box Office at 518-523-3330.

Andrew Baxter and Jason Caulder have been appointed assistant lacrosse coaches with the men's program by head coach Jim Nagle.

"We're really excited about the addition of Andrew and Jason to the program," Coach Nagle said. "These young guys are very enthusiastic about getting into coaching lacrosse. They bring a great deal of energy to the program."

Baxter comes to Colgate after finishing his degree in physical education at Springfield College, where he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team.

Baxter has been a counselor at three lacrosse camps: Player's Choice, Peak Performance and Blue Chip 225. He has also coached soccer with the Town of Brighton Youth Soccer League.

Caulder comes to Colgate from Roanoke College, where he was the men's head assistant lacrosse coach and defensive coordinator. Caulder was also in charge of recruiting, academic counseling, budgetary management, team scouting, strength and conditioning as well as the daily office operations. Prior to his work at Roanoke, Caulder was an associate head coach for the Footscray Lacrosse Club in Melbourne, Australia in 1998. There he was the offensive and defensive coordinator for a team that placed in the Victorian State Championship.

Caulder played for Limestone College from 1994-98 while earning his bachelor of science degree in business and marketing. During his time at Limestone, Caulder was a team captain, named to the All Deep South Conference Team, a Limestone College Scholar Athlete and a 1998 Division II Lacrosse All American.

Senior women's soccer player Angela Puliafico earned Verizon Academic District I First Team honors. She is one of 10 players selected to the first team.

Puliafico, who held a 3.38 GPA as a neuroscience major, was a senior captain of the 2001 Raider women's soccer team. She finished her senior season with 22 goals, 21 assists and a total of 65 points. Puliafico started in a total of 76 games for Colgate. She started every game that the Raiders played from 1998-2001.

Puliafico is also involved in several other activities at Colgate. She has been a member of Phi Eta Sigma for four years and was treasurer and secretary in 2001, a member and co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a Konosioni member and secretary and a member of the School Spirit Committee.

Head swimming coach Bill Roberts has named Adam Kennedy an assistant swimming coach.

"Adam was a great swimmer in his day at Davidson College," Roberts said. "His experience as a collegiate athlete and swimmer will be a great addition to the Colgate swimming and diving staff."

Kennedy comes to Colgate after recently finishing his four-year swimming career at Davidson, where he was a four-year letter winner for the Division I program that won the team conference championship in 1998.

STAYING CONNECTED: Check out the Colgate athletic website: It provides daily information on the Raider program, including schedules, rosters, statistics and game information. Also remember the Raider Sportsline: 315-228-7900.

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