The Colgate Scene
March 2003

Sports


Colgate's Devon Warwick '06 drives against Syracuse AAU's Shelby Thayer during the women's basketball team's 82-73 exhibition victory in late December. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Honors continue for 2002 Raider gridders

Postseason honors continue for the Colgate football program. Sophomore wide receiver Luke Graham, along with junior defensive tackle Josh Sabo and senior offensive tackle Matt Shepard, have been named to the 2002 Football Gazette Division I-AA All-America Team. Graham earned third team honors on offense, while Sabo and Shepard were honorable mention selections.

Graham was Colgate's leading receiver, with 65 catches for 1,182 yards and seven touchdowns. Named the team's most valuable offensive player, he became only the fourth receiver in school history to grab more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season -- joining Corey Hill, George Delaney and Tom Stenglein. Graham earned second team all-Patriot League honors this fall, while finishing 13th in the country in Division I-AA in receiving yards per game with an average of 98.5 yards per game.

Sabo made 60 tackles for the Raiders this season, including a team and league-high 18 for losses. He also tied for the team leadership in quarterback sacks, with eight. He was instrumental in the Raiders finishing among the Top 10 teams in the country against the rush by holding the opposition to 99.2 yards per game. He was second team all-Patriot League and first team all-ECAC.

Shepard was a key performer on Colgate's offensive line, which help-ed the Raiders to finish first in rushing offense (177.5 yards per game) and total offense (392.5 yards per game) in the Patriot League. He was a first team all-Patriot League selection and honorable mention all-ECAC.

Captain Scooter Smith '03 and other members of the men's hockey team rejoice after sophomore Adam Mitchell's game-winning goal in the Raiders' 2-1 overtime victory over Cornell in late January at Starr Rink. Cornell exacted a measure of revenge a few days later by defeating the Raiders 3-1.


David Hardy '03, right, attempts to work through the defense of Syracuse University's Matt Gorman during an early season game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The Raiders lost to the Orangemen 98-68.
Football announces major team awards

More than 400 guests attended the annual football awards dinner at the Hall of Presidents in January. Head coach Dick Biddle announced the major award winners from the 2002 season to highlight the evening's activities.

The Andy Kerr Trophy, awarded annually to the most valuable offensive player, was given to Graham, while The Hal W. Lahar Trophy, awarded annually to the most valuable defensive player, was presented to junior linebacker Tem Lukabu.

Lukabu was Colgate's leading tackler this season, with 112 including 51 solo efforts. He was instrumental in the Raiders being the toughest defensive unit in the league against the rush. Lukabu also led the team in interceptions with three, had seven tackles for losses, one quarterback sack and three pass deflections.

The Tom Dodge Unsung Hero Award went to senior defensive back T.J. Smith. Smith saw action in all 12 games last season, including a pair of starting assignments. He finished with 41 tackles, including 20 solo efforts. He also had one tackle for a loss, two interceptions, seven pass deflections, one fumble recovery and one fumble forced. Smith's last-second interception in the season finale against Holy Cross helped the Raiders clinch a share of the Patriot League championship.

The Mark Rakowski Special Teams Award was shared by senior punter Brendon Biddle and sophomore placekicker Lane Schwarzberg.

Biddle, who was Colgate's starting punter for three seasons, punted 61 times for an average of 36.2 yards per game. He had 20 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, and on numerous occasions was directly responsible for Colgate's ability to pull out a victory.

Schwarzberg, who earned second team all-Patriot League honors, broke the school record for field goals in a season with 13, and became the first placekicker to lead Colgate in scoring since the 1990 season. He finished with a school record for points in a season by a kicker, with 73, averaging 6.08 points per game. He made 13 of 17 field goals and 34 of 36 extra points.

Frieser honored again

For the second straight year, Colgate tight end John Frieser was chosen as one of seven regional college scholar-athletes by the central New York chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Frieser, a junior, is a two-time first team all-Patriot League performer. This past season, he was Colgate's fourth leading receiver. He caught 19 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, while blocking on an offensive line that established Colgate as the top rushing team in the Patriot League.

In the classroom, Frieser posted a 4.0 grade point average this past semester, while studying sociology and anthropology. His overall grade point average is an outstanding 3.70.



Mercyhurst's Danielle Lansing up-ends Colgate's Amanda Barre '05 at the blue line during the second period of the Raiders' 3-1 loss to Mercyhurst.
Bowen's number retired

In January, Colgate retired the uniform number of Suzanne Bowen '91, the all-time leading scorer in Colgate women's basketball history.

"We were very pleased to honor Suzanne by retiring her number," said Colgate women's basketball head coach Beth Spycher Combs. "She is the only women's player in Colgate history to reach the 2,000 point mark and she had a great career here in Hamilton."

Bowen, a four-year letter winner, finished her career holding 19 school records, including ranking first as Colgate's all-time scorer, with 2,016 points and second in rebounding, with 947 rebounds.

Bowen, who served as captain in her junior and senior seasons, also placed in the Top 10 for scoring average, rebounding average, assists, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals and blocked shots. She is one of only two women in Colgate history to score 500 points in a season, which she accomplished three times. During her senior year she was first team all-Patriot League and second team all-Eastern College Athletic Conference. She finished 24th in the nation in scoring, with 22.0 points per game.

Alice Garnett '04, center, launches off the starting line during backstroke competition against Bucknell at Lineberry Natatorium. Lane Ellis '05, the Patriot League Diver of the Year, dives during competition against Bucknell at Lineberry Natatorium in mid-January.
Molina stars for Mexican national team

Colgate's Jenny Molina '03 continues her outstanding play in goal for the Mexico national soccer team. At the recent Australia Cup, Molina and her Mexican teammates nearly pulled off an upset, but a Swedish goal in injury time salvaged a 1-1 tie.

Molina was named the top goalkeeper at last year's Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean region.



Caroline Von Muench, 7, right, gets a little help from her father, Ferdinand Von Muench, in taking off her ice skates after a sunny but frigid outing on the outdoor ice rink on Whitnall Field during a January cold spell. Ferdinand Von Muench is a former lecturer in university studies.
Women's soccer honored for academic performance

The women's soccer team has been honored as one of the nation's best in the classroom as well as on the playing field, having received the NSCAA Team Academic Award.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America honored clubs that achieved a 3.0 grade point average or higher as a team during the 2001-02 academic year. The Raiders accumulated a 3.12 grade point average.

New pentathlon record set

Sophomore Nolana Quince recently scored a school record 3,160 points in the pentathlon at the Cornell 5-Way Meet.

Quince posted times of 9.2 seconds in the 60-meter high hurdles and 2:42 in the 800-meter run. In the shot put, she threw a distance of 31 feet, 10 inches. She cleared a height of five feet, one inch in the high jump and posted a distance of 17 feet even in the long jump.

Potenza named to coaching post

Interim head strength and conditioning coach Bryan Glover announced the appointment of Michael Potenza to the position of assistant strength and conditioning coach. Potenza, who was a graduate assistant coach at Boston University for the past two years, replaces Glover, who earlier was named the interim head strength and conditioning coach at Colgate when T.J. Ragan left for a position at Oregon State University.

Staying connected:

Check out the Colgate athletics website: http://www.goColgateRaiders.com. 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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