The Colgate Scene
March 2005

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Swimmers launch into the water at the start of a race against Hamilton College. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]

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During the Christmas holiday and semester break, several student-athletes and coaches were honored for their performance during the fall season.

A buzz about soccer

Head women's soccer coach Kathy Brawn was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz magazine. Brawn led the Raiders to a 13-7-2 record, a Patriot League title, and their first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament, over nationally ranked Arizona. The Raiders were ranked 31st in the final NSCAA poll out of 306 Division I women's soccer programs.

One of the key players behind the women's soccer success this fall was first-year forward Franny Iacuzzi. She was named second team on the freshman All-America team by Soccer Buzz. Earlier, Iacuzzi and sophomore Kellen Kroll were selected to the all-region team. Iacuzzi finished the season with 15 goals and five assists for 35 points, including six game-winning goals, while Kroll anchored the defensive unit that allowed 1.11 goals per game. At the annual team banquet, junior Carolyn Warhaftig took home most valuable player honors, while senior Ali Bernardini shared the Raider Award with Warhaftig. Goaltender Luisa Miller, a junior, was named most improved player; Meredith Rovelli, a senior, earned the Spence Colwell Team Spirit Award; and the entire team received the Coaches' Award.

Seniors Reed Grimes and Jon Cook were voted to the NSCAA all-New York Region soccer team. Grimes earned first team honors, while Cook was selected third team. Grimes finished the season with 14 points on four goals and six assists, while Cook led the Raiders in scoring for the fourth-straight season, with seven goals and three assists for 17 points.

Gridiron honors

In football news, senior tailback Jamaal Branch was tapped for several postseason honors. He was named second team All-America by The Sports Network and Associated Press, and first team all-Eastern College Athletic Conference for the second-straight season. Branch was the Patriot League's leading rusher for the second year in a row, averaging 108.2 yards per game. He carried 295 times for 1,192 yards and 16 touchdowns. He finished his collegiate career as Colgate's second all-time leading rusher, with 4,108 yards and 48 touchdowns.

At the annual awards dinner, head coach Dick Biddle announced the offensive and defensive MVPs for the 2004 season. The Andy Kerr Trophy, awarded annually to the most valuable offensive player, was given to senior wide receiver Luke Graham for the second time in his career. He previously won the award during the 2002 season.

The Hal W. Lahar Trophy, awarded annually to the most valuable defensive player, was presented to junior linebacker Jared Nepa, who was the Raiders' leading tackler.

Finally, the Maroon Council "Jack Mitchell" Loyalty Award was presented to Gordon Watson '62. He has served as president of the Maroon Council since the mid-1980s and has been a member for 29 years. He has given generously of his time for the betterment of the program.

Hagmann ranks in tennis

Senior Reed Hagmann finished the fall tennis season ranked fifth in the Northeast Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. He posted a 10-3 record playing in the top singles spot, and a 10-2 mark against Northeast Region opponents. It is the highest ranking in Colgate history.

Field hockey season awards

Field hockey coach Cathy Foto announced the team's end-of-the-season awards.

Senior Ashley Schneider was named outstanding offensive player, while senior Kath Shelley received outstanding midfielder honors and sophomore goalkeeper Jacque DeMarco was named outstanding defensive player.

Junior Jenn Weisholz was named the most improved player, and the team spirit award went to classmate Carolyn Daly. Foto also announced her captains for next season: DeMarco and junior Dana Shaner.

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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