The Colgate Scene
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|by Bob Cornell|
Senior middie Trevor O' Reilly hit the pipe with this last-minute shot against Butler, but by mid-April he had 17 goals and four assists for 21 points. The Red Raiders overcame some tough non-conference outings to claim a share of first place in the Patriot League. The highlight was the first win over Army in 19 tries.
While this year's season ended in the first round of the East Regional in Albany, it was no less exciting. Colgate finished 24-9-2 and ranked ninth in the nation after finishing second in the ECAC standings.
Senior Andy McDonald, who signed a professional contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks of the National Hockey League, was named the ECAC Player of the Year. Head coach Don Vaughan was selected as the ECAC Coach of the Year.
McDonald, the fifth Colgate skater to be named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the best collegiate player in the nation, was joined on the first team all-ECAC squad by junior defenseman Cory Murphy. Seniors Darryl Campbell and Shep Harder earned honorable mention all-ECAC honors.
Finally, senior Jeff Potter, junior Kevin Johns and sophomore Ben Bryce were named to the ECAC all-Academic team for their performance in the classroom.
For a Patriot League-record eighth-straight season, the Colgate men's basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the league tournament. The Red Raiders, who finished with an overall record of 13-16, were seeded fourth in this year's event.
Colgate had two players named to the all-Patriot League team -- sophomores Pat Campolieta and Jordan Harris. Campolieta, who last year was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and second team all-league, earned first team selection this season after leading the Red Raiders in scoring, with 14.3 points per game.
Harris earned second team honors after placing on the all-rookie team last season. He was Colgate's second leading scorer, with 13.9 points per game, and leading rebounder, with 7.0 caroms per game.
The women's basketball team wrap-ped up one of its best seasons in a decade. The Red Raiders finished 13-16 overall and earned the third seed in the league tournament.
Junior Frances Boone, who led Colgate in scoring, was named to the all-Patriot League second team. She averaged 12.9 points per game and broke the school record for steals, with 94.
Also honored was first-year Colleen McCaffrey, who was named to the all-rookie team.
Women's ice hockey forward Heather Murphy '02 and head coach Ted Wisner were among top honorees at the ECAC Division III women's ice hockey awards banquet.
Murphy was named to the Division III all-ECAC first team after scoring a league-leading 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points.
Wisner, in his first year as head coach, was named the ECAC Division III Coach of the Year, after leading the Red Raiders to a 21-4 record and second place finish in the league standings. Colgate lost to Middlebury in the ECAC Championship game.
The 30-year reign as head coach of the swimming and diving team came to a close as Bob Benson stepped into retirement, but not before guiding several Red Raiders to school records at the Patriot League and ECAC championships.
First-year Elizabeth Gaffuri set varsity records in the 50 (24.37), 100 (52.61) and 200-free (1:53.65) before joining with senior Vicki Armellino, first-year Meredith Erickson and sophomore Mary Salom to set the 200-free relay mark (1:38.69).
On the men's side, junior Chip Mosher, freshman James Hadley, sophomore Marshall Wigham and senior Mike Fontenot broke the school record in the 200-free relay (1:25.09).
Fontenot, swimming in the final race of his collegiate career, broke the school record in the 200-fly (1:53.75) at the ECAC championships.
William Roberts, an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy, has been named head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs.
Roberts, 31, becomes the seventh men's coach and fourth women's coach in the school's history, bringing an extensive background in swimming to the Red Raider program. For the past three years he has been with the Navy Midshipmen, where he was involved with all aspects of the program.
Prior to his Navy stint, Roberts spent a year at Villanova University, where he was an assistant coach for the Wildcats' men's program. He has been head coach of swimming and diving at Wells College (1992-94) and a graduate assistant at East Carolina University (1994-96). The new coach, a native of Aurora, N.Y., received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield College in 1992, and his masters degree in athletic administration from East Carolina in 1996.
In track and field, head coach Laura Nardelli was named the men's indoor Coach of the Year. She produced two Patriot League champions in Dennis Bauer and Phinel Petit-Frere. Bauer won the 3000-meter race and Petit-Frere captured the high jump.
Barry Jones, Ed Thompson and Shawn Lingley joined them on the all-league team.
On the women's side, Maura McCusker was all-league in the 800 and joined Jennifer McCarthy, Anne Palcic and Caitlin Donahoe on the all-league DMR squad.
James Cregg, a graduate assistant at Colorado State University for the past three seasons, has been named foot-ball's defensive line coach. Cregg, 26, replaces Ed Argast '78, who was named head coach at Canisius College.
Colgate is in second place in the Patriot League's Presidents' Cup race after the winter season. The Red Raiders trail leader Bucknell by two points, 59-57.
Check out the athletic website (http://athletics.colgate.edu), which provides daily information on the Red Raider programs, including schedules, rosters, statistics and game information.
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