by Bob Cornell
Seniors Jed Rubin and Andrea Basztura are the first recipients of the Jack Mitchell Memorial Award for senior student-athletes with the highest grade point average. Rubin, a member of Colgate's Patriot League basketball champions, has a 3.48 grade point average in philosophy and religion, while Basztura, who played field hockey and softball, has a 3.48 in English.
Adonal Foyle received several prestigious post-season awards after leading the Red Raiders to their second straight Patriot League championship. The 6-10 sophomore center, who led the league in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, was named Patriot League Player of the Year, first team all-league, honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press and United Press International, first team NABC all-District 2, and first team all-ECAC. Foyle was also honored for his work in the classroom with his selection to the second team GTE/CoSIDA University Division Academic All-America squad. He was the only sophomore among the top 15 selections.
Basketball coach Jack Bruen was selected by his peers as the Patriot League Coach of the Year. Having won the same honor following the 1992 season, Bruen is the first coach in the league's six-year history to be twice recognized as Coach of the Year. Also receiving recognition was sophomore guard Seth Schaeffer who was named to the all-Patriot League second team. Schaeffer led the conference in three-point shooting and ranked second on the team and ninth in the league, in scoring with 13.1 points per game.
Kara Crismale '97, who helped lead the women's basketball team to the finals of the Patriot League tournament, received second team all-league honors. She was the Colgate team's second leading scorer with 10.6 points per game.
Men's and women's tennis coach Scott Thielke is the 1996 winner of the Howard Hartman Coach of the Year Award, given annually to the university's top coach. Thielke, in his third season at Colgate, guided the women's tennis team to its first-ever Patriot League crown with a 7-1 overall mark and a 4-0 record in the league. As a result, he was named the conference's Coach of the Year.
Seniors Matt Cashen and Jessica Tuthill were named winners of the ECAC Merit Medal. The award is given to one male and one female athlete who show leadership and academic and athletic excellence. Cashen, a four-year letter winner in cross country and track, placed 10th at the IC4A cross country championship, earned all-East accolades and placed second at the Patriot League indoor championships in the 1000 meters. A physics major, he has a 3.35 grade point average. Tuthill became Colgate's first-ever women's soccer All-America in 1994 and repeated the feat this season. A two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and three-time all-Northeast selection, she owns a 3.16 grade point average in biology.
Mike Colvig '96 became Colgate's first-ever Patriot League individual swimming champion by winning the 200-IM, 400-IM and 400 breaststroke at the league's championship meet. As a result, Colvig was named co-Male Swimmer of the Meet. Steve Heron '99 captured both the one and three-meter men's diving titles and was voted Male Diver of the Meet. Jen Norton '98, who won the women's three-meter dive and finished third on the one-meter board, was named Female Diver of the Meet. Head diving coach Matt Leone was named Patriot League Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth time.
Betsy Cunningham '97 was named the top female performer of the Patriot League Indoor Track Championships. She won the 1,000-meter race in 2:59.71 and was second in the mile with a time of 5:06.40. She also ran on the first-place distance medley relay team.
Senior hockey defenseman Brad Dexter was named second team All-America by the AHCA. The all-ECAC first team selection led all Colgate defensemen with 10 goals and 32 points, and was second in the league in scoring among defensemen.
Above left: Scott Thielke, running drills with the women's team, is the winner of the 1996 Howard Hartman Coach of the Year Award . . . right: Betsy Cunningham was the top female performer during the Patriot League indoor championships.
Below left: Senior lacrosse midfielder Peter Strid was Patriot League Player of the Week scoring five goals and four assists in wins over Holy Cross and Siena . . . right: Brad Dexter '96 was named second team all-America and first team all-ECAC.