The Colgate Scene
by Bob Cornell
Ian Hill '04, a member of the men's 4x800 relay team, readies himself for competition during the Patriot League Indoor Track Championships held at Colgate in February. The 4X800 team took fourth place at the meet.
Men's hockey reaches ECAC quarterfinals
The 2002-03 winter sports season concluded with the elimination of the men's hockey team in the quarterfinal round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference playoffs. What a great run by coach Don Vaughan's young squad, which was seeded eighth in the tournament!The Raiders opened the playoffs with an exciting best-of-three series against St. Lawrence University. Colgate lost the first game 2-1, putting its back to the wall, but rallied for a 3-2 overtime win and a 5-2 decision in the deciding third game before an enthusiastic Starr Rink crowd.
In the quarterfinal round, the Raiders jumped out to a 1-0 lead over Dartmouth in the best-of-three series after winning the longest game in school history. The winning goal came one minute, five seconds into the fourth overtime period. Unfortunately for the Raiders, Dartmouth took the next two games to advance to the semifinals.
Team captain Scooter Smith '03 was named to the second team all-ECAC squad after leading the squad in scoring, with 24 goals and 17 assists for 41 points. He was the leading goal-scorer in the ECAC.
Four Colgate players were nam-ed to the ECAC All-Academic hockey team. They were Steve Silversides '03, Justin Spencer '05, Dave Thomas '05 and Dmitry Yashin '05.
Best league record since '95-'96
The men's basketball team finished in a tie for second place in the Patriot League, with a 9-5 mark (14-14 overall). The nine victories in conference play were the most by the Raiders since the 1995-96 season, when they captured the Patriot League title.
After winning the last five games of the regular season, Colgate ran into a hot Lafayette team in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament, losing 89-76.
Mark Linebaugh '04 was named to the second team all-Patriot League team, while teammate Alvin Reed '06 was selected to the all-rookie team. Linebaugh was Colgate's leading scorer this season, with 13.1 points per game. He became the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points, moving past the coveted mark with a 22-point effort against Lafayette in the Patriot League Tournament. He will enter his senior season with 1,019 points.
Injuries mar season for women's basketball team
The women's basketball team faced a difficult season with two key injuries, to starting point guard Victoria Briscoe '04 and leading scorer Allison Lipinski '05. Despite the setback, the Raiders played hard the entire season.
Colgate (9-17 overall, 4-10 Patriot League) finished the regular season in seventh place in the Patriot League standings. The Raiders had two players selected for post-season all-Patriot League honors.
Emily Braseth '05 was named second team all-league, while Megan Ballard '06 was selected to the all-rookie team. Braseth averaged 14.6 points per game, while Ballard averaged 5.5 points per outing and was third in assists, with 48.
Toby Mandel '03, center, gets a hug from Kristy MacDonald '05 after the women's hockey team's final game of the season. Mandel played in 96 games during her Raider career, which places her third on the all-time list at Colgate and second for defensemen.
Women's hockey reaps academic honors in
The Colgate women's ice hockey team wrapped up its second season of Division I competition with a 12-21-1 mark and seventh place in the ECAC-North standings. The Raiders were eliminated in the ECAC-North playoffs by Dartmouth College in the best-of-three series.
Cheryl Setchell '05 was the leading scorer for the Raiders, with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points, while Allison Paiano '06 led the squad in goals scored, with 11. Goalie Rebecca Lahar '05 had a 3.90 goals against average while making a school record 1,083 saves.
Eight players were named to the ECAC-North all-Academic team. They were Toby Mandel '03, Nicole Lehrhoff '03, Katie Breen '04, Caitlin Hornyak '04, Abbie Webb '04, Maura Kehoe '05, Cheryl Setchell '05 and Kristy MacDonald '05.
Russell honored for second-straight year
For the second-straight year, Tyrone Russell '03 was named the outstanding male track performer of the Patriot League indoor meet after leading Colgate to a sixth-place finish.
Russell captured the 200-meter dash with a track record time of 21.91 and the 400-meter dash in 49.12. Both times qualified him for the IC4A Championships. He also helped Colgate finish second in the 4x400 relay. Russell would place fourth at the IC4A Meet.
Other first place finishers for the Raiders include Waldemar Auguscinski '04 in the shot put and Louis DiNuzzo '04 in the 5,000-meter run.
Joining Russell, Auguscinski and Di Nuzzo on the all-Patriot League team were Eric Hiller '03, T.J. Smith '03 and Rob VanDine '05, who competed on the 4x400 relay team.
Quince sets new pentathlon scoring record
The women's track and field team also finished sixth at the Patriot League championships. Highlighting the team's effort was Nolana Quince '05, who placed second in the pentathlon with a Colgate record 3,171 points.
Sarah Hildebrand '06 surprised the field with an impressive win in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:24.68 -- qualifying her for the ECAC Championships.
Both Quince and Hildebrand were named to the all-Patriot League team.
21 records broken at Patriot League championships
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished a successful performance at the Patriot League Championships held at Buck-nell University's Kinney Natatorium, breaking 21 records combined and earning three first-place finishes.
On the men's side, James Hadley '03 took top honors in the 100-yard butterfly with a pool record time of 50.47, while Rich Derrick '05 won the 1,600-yard freestyle with a pool record time of 16:02.96. Alice Garnett '04 garnered the only victory for the women in the 400-yard individual medley, with a pool record time of 4:27.74.
Joining Hadley and Derrick on the all-league squad was Matt Vuturo '03, who finished seventh in individual points at the meet. Garnett took all-league honors for the third-straight year, and was joined by Meghan Binder '05 and Chrissy Zaika '06 on the all-league team. Binder finished third in individual points and Zaika was seventh.
Cornell honored by alma mater
Director of Athletic Communications Robert Cornell has been named to the SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Hall-of-Fame. Cornell is a member of Cobleskill's tenth Hall-of-Fame class.
"The two years I spent at Cobleskill have always been very special to me," said Cornell. "This is a wonderful honor and I am deeply humbled by it."
A 1965 graduate of Cobleskill, Cornell was named the SUNY Cobleskill Athlete-of-the-Year as a senior, earning NJCAA All-Regional honors on the baseball diamond as a hard hitting first/third baseman. On the soccer field he anchored the Fighting Tiger defense from the goalkeeper position.
Cornell is currently in his 27th year as director of athletic communications. He is responsible for all publicity and public relations matters concerning the Raider athletic department and its 25 intercollegiate sports.
"Bob Cornell's peers recognize him as one of the true veteran professionals in the field of athletic communications," said James Leach, vice president for communications and public relations. "A trusted source for the media, valued representative of coaches and athletes, limitless font of information for Colgate fans, mentor for staff and colleagues, Bob is widely known for his fairness, accuracy, work ethic, nose for a story and positive spirit. He's the best."
Prior to coming to Colgate in 1976, Cornell held positions as assistant sports information director at Princeton University and sports information director at the University of New Haven. In 2001, Cornell was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors Association Hall of Fame.
"The induction is a wonderful tribute for Bob. He's the consummate professional who is highly regarded in the field," said Mark Murphy, director of the Division of Athletics. "He has a tremendous work ethic and has been a great help to me over the years. I really value his opinion, and am really pleased that he has received this well deserved honor."
During his career, Cornell has served as a press liaison for numerous NCAA and ECAC championships and regional events, including media coordinator of the NCAA Division I Golf Championships in 1977.
He served on the press liaison staff for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. In addition, he was on the press liaison staff at four Olympic Festivals (1981-83, and 1987).
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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