The Colgate Scene
|By Bob Cornell|
Raiders boast four league coaches of the year
Interim men's hockey coach Stan Moore was named ECAC Coach of the Year for his leadership in guiding the squad to its first ECAC regular season title since 1990. It was the second time Moore has earned the honor, having won in 1997 while head coach at Union College.
Two first-time winners were women's swimming coach Steve Jungbluth, who led his squad to a second-place finish in the Patriot League Championships, and women's ice hockey coach Scott Wiley, who has transformed his team into an up-and-coming program in the ECAC.
Top graduation rate in NCAA tournament
Although the first NCAA tournament bid in the history of Colgate women's basketball ended with a first-round loss to the University of Tennessee, the Raiders posted the highest graduation rate of all teams competing in the 2004 NCAA women's basketball tournament.
According to the 2003 NCAA Graduation Rates Report, 100 percent of Colgate's first-year basketball players between the 1993-94 and 1996-97 seasons graduated within six years. Stanford came in second with a graduation rate of 93 percent.
Finishing the season with a 21-10 mark, two players were recognized for their performance this season. Emily Braseth '05 was named first-team all-Patriot League, while her teammate, Malissa Burke '04, was selected second-team all-league.
Braseth was the Raiders' leading scorer, averaging 18.0 points per game, while Burke tallied 13.9 points per outing.
Hockey wins ECAC regular season title
For the first time since 1990 and for only the second time in school history, the men's ice hockey team captured the ECAC regular season championship with an overall mark of 22-12-5 and 14-6-2 league record.
Jon Smyth '06 was named first-team all-ECAC and the best defensive forward, while defenseman Rob Brown '04 earned second-team all-league honors. Smyth led Colgate in scoring with 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points, while Brown tallied three goals and 16 assists.
First-year defender Mike Cam-paner was named to the all-ECAC rookie team. He had four goals and 12 assists to finish sixth among all-ECAC defensemen in scoring.
Men's basketball reaches Patriot League semifinals
The Raiders finished sixth during the regular season in the Patriot League and advanced to the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament. They were 15-14 overall for their third straight non-losing season.
Mark Linebaugh '04 was named second team all-Patriot League for the second straight season, while first-year forward Kendall Chones earned all-Rookie honors for his performance. Linebaugh finished his career as Colgate's ninth all-time leading scorer with 1,389 points. Chones averaged 7.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds in his rookie season.
Forward Howard Blue '04, who missed the majority of the Patriot League season with a knee injury, was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team. Blue, who was Colgate's leading scorer during the regular season with 13.7 points per game, led the Raiders to semifinal round of the tournament.
Blue played in 103 games for the Raiders during his four-year career. He finished with 1,201 points (16th best all-time) and 612 rebounds (12th best all-time).
Highest-ever Patriot League finish
The women's swimming and diving team had its highest finish ever in the Patriot League championships under first-year head coach Steve Jungbluth. The Raiders placed second behind Bucknell with an overall record of 10-5.
Chrissy Zalka '05, Meghan Binder '04, and Alice Garnett '06 earned first-team all-Patriot League honors for their excellent performances at the championships. Garnett was named all-league in each of her four seasons, while Binder and Zalka were all-league choices last season as well.
Divers Emily McAuliff '06 and Jen Busby '05 were second-team all-Patriot League selections. Busby finished second on the three-meter board, while McAuliff scored 31 points in her diving events.
For the first time since the 1982 season, the men's swimming and diving team posted nine victories in a season. They were 9-5 overall and placed sixth at the Patriot League Championships.
Diver Lane Ellis '05 earned second-team all-league honors for his scoring in the diving competition.
French top scorer for women's hockey
The Raiders finished their third season in Division I with a 16-17-3 mark and a trip to the ECAC quarterfinals. In the playoffs, Colgate upset nationally ranked St. Lawrence 1-0 in the second game of the best-of-three series, before falling in game three to the Saints, who finished third in the NCAA women's hockey tournament.
Defender Tara French '07 earned all-ECAC rookie honors as the team's leading first-year scorer with 13 points on one goal and 12 assists. She was near the top of league in rookie scoring among defensive players.
Auguscinski named all league
Waldemar Auguscinski '04 of the men's track and field squad earned first team honors for the second straight season after winning his second-straight indoor shot put title with a toss of 15.70 meters.
Whicher sets new first-year record
First-year phenom Danielle Whicher won first team all-Patriot League accolades after taking first place and setting a new first-year record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:27.03 at the Patriot League indoor track championship. She also finished second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:06.03.
Following the PL Championships, Whicher broke both the school and first-year records in the 3,000 meters at the ECAC Track & Field Championships with a time of 9:53.60.
Shannon O'Hagan '06 earned second team all-league honors for the first time after finishing second in the high jump with a leap of 1.60 meters.
Rugby club tours Ireland
The Colgate rugby club toured Ireland for nine days in March for a taste of the competition and the culture associated with the sport the Irish say is "played in heaven."
The rugby club competed against some of the premier teams in Ireland, including the University of Limerick and Dublin City University squads. The team defeated a squad from Limerick but lost to Dublin City and the Galway Corinthians RFC.
Head coach Timothy Burdick planted the idea of the trip into the fertile minds of his players two years ago, when he began coaching at Colgate. The team took the idea and ran with it, forming a five-member organizing committee. Seven seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, and nine first-years made the trip.
Each player had to come up with $1,500 for the trip. The players launched a fundraising campaign, which included reaching out to the Colgate development office for assistance in contacting alumni who played rugby. One alumnus from California sent a $1,000 check. "Phone-athons" were organized and players worked with downtown merchants on promotions and soliciting advertisements for a special program to raise money.
(A journal of the rugby club's Irish tour may be found on Colgate's website.)
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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