The Colgate Scene
May 2001
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by Bob Cornell

Lineberry Natatorium was the site of the Patriot League swimming and diving championships. Lehigh won the women's title, while Army was first among the men. Both Colgate teams finished fifth. First-year Alice Garnett broke the pool, league and championship records in the 400 individual medley to highlight the Raiders' efforts.

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Steve Poapst '91 celebrated his most successful campaign in a ten-year professional hockey career.

Several athletes have earned prestigious honors. Senior Brendan Skonieczki was named to the Verizon/CoSIDA District I At-Large All-Academic team for his effort in the classroom and soccer field. He has a 3.85 grade point average in chemistry and was first team all-Patriot League and second team all-New York Region.

     Skonieczki also was the recipient of Colgate's Gottesman Award, given for excellence in the sciences and athletics.

     Seniors Laura Rohrbacher and Keith Brooks were named the 2001 ECAC Merit Medal winners from Colgate. Rohrbacher lettered in volleyball and basketball, while Brooks won his letters in football.

     Brooks also received Colgate's Tom Wilson '68 Memorial Leadership Award, given to the senior student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding leadership both on his or her team and in the Colgate community.

     Finally, the Jack Mitchell Award, given annually to the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average, was presented to Gosia Wawrzak, a member of the women's crew team.

First-year Mark Linebaugh was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Footballer Keith Brooks '01 was awarded the ECAC Merit Medal.

The winter sports season produced several outstanding individual performances that were recognized by the Patriot League coaches. In men's basketball, junior forward Pat Campolieta was selected first team all-league for the second straight season, while freshman Mark Linebaugh was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Linebaugh was joined on the all-rookie team by forward Howard Blue.

     Campolieta was Colgate's leading scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game, while Linebaugh was the top-scoring rookie in the league, with 9.9 points per game. Linebaugh is the third Colgate player to earn Rookie of the Year honors in the 10-year history of the league, joining Adonal Foyle '98 (1995) and Campolieta (1999).

     Sophomore hoop forward Colleen McCaffrey was named second team all-Patriot League for the second-straight season. She led the team in scoring, with 15.1 points per game, and rebounding, with 7.9 caroms per outing.

High-flying senior Phinel Petit-Frere was named the outstanding field athlete at the Patriot League Championships. He successfully defended his high jump title, won the long jump with a Colgate and meet record and was fourth in the 200-meter dash.

Sophomore Colleen McCaffrey was all-league for a second time.

The indoor track and field season provided some solid performances. Senior Phinel Petit-Frere was named the outstanding field athlete at the 2001 Patriot League Championships. He won the high jump for the second-straight year, and took first place in the long jump (24' 4-1/4"), with a meet- and school-record distance. He also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash.

     Tyrone Russell earned all-league honors by placing second in the 400-meter dash, while on the women's side Maura McCusker captured all-league recognition by winning the 1,000-meter race.

Senior Liz Brown is an offensive force for the women's lacrosse team. Despite a rough spring, the Raiders have had their moments, including this hit by long stick Josh Kleyman '01 against a wayward Cadet.

In women's swimming, Alice Garnett, Elizabeth Gaffuri and Emily Pearson earned all-league honors. Garnett won the 400-IM and 200-backstroke, while Gaffuri and Pearson were among the top point-scorers.

Sean Nolan and Cory Murphy were named second team all-ECAC in men's ice hockey and Rob Brown was picked for the all-rookie team, while Heather Murphy was first team AWHCA Division III All-America for the second-straight season and first team all-ECAC.

Two more Patriot League All-Decade teams were released recently, with Tara McGoff and Andrea Basztura named to the softball team and Rick Gregson selected for the golf team.

Ken Kubec and Ron Hampton have been named co-captains of the 2001 football team. The Raiders open their season on August 30 at Villanova University.

Defending champion Bucknell holds a slim 1.5-point lead over Lehigh in the Patriot League Presidents' Cup standings after the winter sports season. The Raiders, who were second in the fall, slipped to fifth overall.

Eric Ronning '97 is leaving to become assistant soccer coach at Northwestern University. Eric, on staff here for four years, had joined his coach Mike Doherty after captaining the 1996 team.

The Colgate athletic website at provides daily information on the Red Raider programs including schedules, roster, statistics and game information.

     Also, remember the Red Raider Sportsline: 315-228-7900.

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