The Colgate Scene
May 1999
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by Bob Cornell
With a late-season burst and a playoff sweep of Yale, the men's hockey team qualified for a trip to Lake Placid. Princeton stopped the Red Raiders there, but Colgate still had plenty to celebrate this year.
The 2nd Annual Jack Bruen Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for June 21 at Colgate's Seven Oaks Golf Course. Syracuse University Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim will once again serve as chairman of the event, which is played in an 18-hole scramble format with a celebrity member assigned to each foursome. Features include a buffet lunch, cocktails and appetizers at the awards presentation, door prizes, a raffle and hole-in-one contest. Proceeds benefit the Bruen family and will establish a fund to build outdoor basketball courts at sites around the country. Anyone interested in becoming a contestant or sponsor is invited to call Michelle Parsons at 315-228-7570.

Student-athletes Alex Houston '00 and Megan Gibbons '99 will participate in the third annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference at Disney's Wide World of Sports and Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, early in June.

     A total of 300 student-athletes, nominated from NCAA member institutions that participate in the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, have been invited to attend the conference.

     Houston, a member of the football team, was selected from approximately 850 nominations. He is a philosophy major and sings with the Colgate Thirteen and Sojourners gospel choir. He also serves as a peer mediator and is an active member of AASA (African American Student Alliance) and University Church.

     Gibbons, the Patriot League's representative to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, finished her basketball career with 1,291 points and 947 rebounds. She ranks seventh on Colgate's all-time scoring list and tied for second in rebounding. She has been a Manzi Fellow, working with disadvantaged children in Boston.

     Gibbons was named the winner of the 1999 Coaches Award for her commitment to excellence on the women's basketball team. She also won the award as a sophomore. Gibbons was named to the 1999 first team all-Patriot League team for the third straight season.

     Also honored by the Patriot League was first-year forward Sarah Parks, from Wilmington, DE, who was named to the all-rookie team.

     Team awards, announced at the annual team banquet, were the Most Improved Player Award to first-year guard Allison Brettschneider; Rehder - 6th Player Award to sophomore forward Laura Rohrbacher; Team Spirit Award to first-year forward Blair Butler and Hustle Award to Parks.

     Also announced was the selection of junior center/forward Leanne Nassar and junior center Hollie Young as co-captains for the 1999-00 season.

Mike Fontenot, Mike Cucchiara and Eric Zizza have been named tri-captains of the 1999-00 Colgate men's swimming and diving team, while Vicki Armellino, Leigh Anne Bennett and Lauren DeVito were elected tri-captains of the women's squad.

     Armellino was named the winner of the Donna Carter Award, which recognizes athletic and academic achievement in the women's swimming program. DeVito captured the Ironwoman Award and Bennett received the Bob Kane Award.

     Mary Colvig received the Maroon and White Award in women's swimming.

     On the men's side, Fontenot won the Ironman Award, Mark Salisbury took the Maroon and White Award and Ted Bohlman captured the Julie King Award.

     At the ECAC Swimming & Diving Championships junior co-captain Armellino finished sixth in the 100-back with a time of 1:00.39, and placed 10th in the 200-back (2:10.49) and 15th in the 200-IM (2:13.35).

     Also competing for the Red Raiders were Jeff Cowan (200-IM, 400-IM and 200-back); Fontenot (100-fly, 200-fly); Zizza (one and three-meter dives); Mikki Chevalier (500-free, 100-fly and 200-fly); and Devito (500-free, 400-IM and 200-back).

The men's squash club won the Barnaby Trophy as the most improved team in the country. The presentation was made at the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association banquet at Harvard. According to senior captain and coach Rob Drury, Colgate had a turn-around season in which the players on the club team took the sport more seriously and made great progress against mostly varsity competition. Colgate beat Columbia in the national tournament, then narrowly lost to Tufts and Haverford. The showing impressed the awards committee, which cited the club for its efforts. Drury began the revival by making practices mandatory. "The guys got really excited and wanted to step things up. The prospects for next season are better than they have been in years."

Senior point guard Mike Tilley was named the 1999 winner of the Bob Duffy-Tucker Neale Award, given to the most valuable player on the Colgate men's basketball team.

     Also honored at the team banquet were senior forward Ben Wandtke with the Jack Mitchell Award, given to the senior player who combines the best of the athletic and academic worlds; senior guard Chester Felts, who for the second straight year was given the Hasan Brown Award for the player who most typifies the spirit of Colgate basketball; and junior center Pat Diamond, who received the Coaches Award for the best defensive player.

     Diamond was also named co-captain of the 1999-00 squad along with sophomore forward/center Robert Akers.

     First-year forward Pat Campolieta has been named the 1999 Patriot League Rookie-of-the-Year in men's basketball in a vote of the league coaches. Campolieta, from Syracuse, NY, also earned second team all-Patriot League honors, while classmate Jordan Harris joins him on the all-rookie team.

     Campolieta becomes only the second freshman in the league's history to be named to either the first or second all-Patriot League team (Adonal Foyle '98 was the first) and is the first freshman in Colgate basketball history to lead the Red Raiders in scoring and rebounding. He averaged 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

     Harris, a 6-foot- 5 forward from Peoria, AZ., started 21 games for the Red Raiders. He averaged 7.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while leading the team in field goal percentage (.545) and blocked shots with 17.

Senior Sam Kohn, a two-time Patriot League champ, had a 20-12 record during spring play. Kohn first won the league championship as a sophomore, then reclaimed the title in the fall.
In a vote of the league's coaches, Colgate women's hockey first-year forward Heather Murphy was named the 1999 ECAC/Louisville Women's Division III Rookie-of-the-Year. She was also tabbed Second Team All-League.

     With 24 goals and 43 points, Murphy led all first-year players in the 16-team Eastern College Athletic Conference. She was twice named ECAC/Louisville Rookie of the Week, led Colgate in scoring, and set the Colgate single season scoring mark. She was the only Red Raider named to an all league team.

     Men's hockey center Andy McDonald was named an ECAC second team all-star. The Strathroy, Ontario junior led Colgate in scoring with 46 points on 20 goals and 26 assists. He was twice named ECAC Player of the Week and ranked among the league leaders in goals, assists, points, and power play points.

Dave Gagnon '91, the goalie who led Colgate to the NCAA finals against Wisconsin in 1990, was the subject of a touching human interest story in the Roanoke (VA) Times. Gagnon, who plays for the Roanoke Express in the East Coast Hockey League, befriended three-year-old Timmy Chernault, who has brain cancer. Gagnon, who has three girls and a boy of his own, visited the youngster regularly during the season and even gave Timmy his Most Valuable Player trophy. Amie Chernault, the boy's mother, told the paper, "Seeing Dave Gagnon just brightens Timmy's day. He really has touched Timmy's life."

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