The Colgate Scene
|By Bob Cornell|
Teammates congratulate Jon Smyth '06 for his second goal of the evening in the NCAA Midwest Regional matchup against Colorado College in Grand Rapids, Mich. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]
With 4:32 left in the third period, Colorado's Brett Sterling rejoices after scoring on Colgate netminder Steve Silverthorn '05 what would prove to be the game-winning goal. The final score: Colorado 6, Colgate 5.
Banner season for men's hockey
For the fourth time in its storied history, the men's ice hockey team participated in the NCAA Tournament. The Raiders finished the regular season in third place in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey League, before placing third in the league's postseason playoffs.
With an overall record of 25-11-3, Colgate received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament and the fourth seed in the Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich. In the opening round, the Raiders faced top-seeded Colorado College. Colgate battled back from a 5-3 deficit in the third period to tie the game, only to see the Tigers score with 4:32 left to win.
Colgate's 25 wins made the second-highest total in school history, surpassed only by the 1989-90 team that reached the NCAA title game with 31 wins.
Goalie Steve Silverthorn, a senior who tied a record for career victories with 55, was named honorable mention all-league, and first-year Tyler Burton, who was the team's leading goal-scorer with 19, was named to the all-rookie team.
In addition, seven players were named to the ECACHL All-Academic team. Senior defenseman Eamon Del Giacco, senior center Darryl McKinnon, junior left wing Jon Smyth, senior defenseman Justin Spencer, junior left wing Zac Tataryn, senior center Dave Thomas, and senior left wing Dmitry Yashin all earned recognition for their academic achievements.
French posts women's ice hockey honors
Sophomore defender Tara French was named honorable mention on the ECACHL women's all-league hockey team, the Raiders' first all-league member since becoming a Division I program. In 2003-2004 French was named to the all-rookie squad.
NCAA academic success rate
Colgate scored high in the NCAA's new system for measuring academic success for student-athletes and teams in its 326 Division I schools.
Known as the Academic Progress Rate (APR), the measurement is based on the academic eligibility, retention, and graduation of student-athletes. The APR is calculated by awarding two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's points total is then divided by the total points possible to come up with a number. A perfect score is 1,000. Colgate's score of 984 was higher than the average for the eight Patriot League schools (978.63) and more than 30 points above the nation's average (948). Among the top five schools, 27 of Yale's 29 sports teams scored a perfect 1,000; Loyola (MD) had 12 of 15 (with a perfect score); Colgate, 21 of 24; William & Mary, 14 of 19; and Holy Cross, 19 of 26.
In student-athlete graduation rates, the Patriot League was at the top among Division I conferences for the sixth year in a row: Colgate, whose rate is among the best in the NCAA, tied Bucknell, Richmond, and Holy Cross for sixth place out of 316 reporting institutions, with 88 percent. Other schools in the top 10 include Duke (94 percent), Xavier (93 percent), Georgetown (92 percent), Davidson College (91 percent), Notre Dame (89 percent), College of William & Mary (87 percent), Marquette (87 percent), and Stanford (87 percent).
This year's APR is based only on data collected from the 2003-2004 academic year, but it is the first real-time indicator of academic success.
Golf pro named head coach
Marian Blain, who has served as head professional at Colgate's Seven Oaks Golf Course since 1983, has been named head coach of the Raiders' golf program beginning with the 2005-2006 season. Blain will replace Brad Houston, who is retiring this spring after 27 years as head coach.
"We are excited that someone with Marian's ability and expertise will be coaching the Colgate golf program," said athletics director Dave Roach. "It is a plus for Colgate golf to have one of CNY's most respected golf professionals overseeing our program. I look forward to working with Marian in the years ahead."
Blain returned to Hamilton, her hometown, in 1979, and served as an assistant at Seven Oaks for three years before taking over the head pro position. She was the first woman golf pro in central New York. She played collegiate golf at Miami Dade Junior College and the University of South Florida, where she graduated in 1977. Following graduation, she played mini-tours in Florida and Ohio, and played in four LPGA events as an amateur.
In 2004, Blain was named the CNY PGA Women's Player of the Year. She won the CNY PGA Professional of the Year in 1992 and received Colgate's Maroon Citation that same year.
Bolis named to gridiron staff
Kevin Bolis '00 has been named assistant football coach on the Raiders staff, replacing Jon Genson, who took a position at Virginia Military Institute. Bolis comes to Colgate from Bryant College, and has also coached at Iowa State and Canisius.
During his undergraduate days, he was a key performer in two Patriot League championships and three straight appearances in the NCAA Division I playoffs. In his senior year, he was named honorable mention All-America, first team all-Patriot League, and second team all-ECAC.
Junior guard Megan Ballard was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and senior forward Emily Braseth was selected to the all-Patriot League first team for the second consecutive season after leading the Raiders to the title game of the Patriot League Tournament. Earlier in the season, Braseth and senior Allison Lipinski became the 16th and 17th members, respectively, of Colgate's 1,000-point club. Braseth finished her career with 1,382 career points, while Lipinski scored 1,111 points.
On the men's squad, senior Andrew Zidar and junior Alvin Reed were named second team all-Patriot League by a vote of the league coaches, while first-year student Kyle Roemer was named to the all-rookie team. Zidar was Colgate's second-leading scorer, averaging 12.5 points per game, and leading rebounder with 6.6 caroms per outing (third-best total in the league). Reed led the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game (sixth place in the league), while Roemer was the top scoring first-year player in the league, with 10.0 points per game. He led the league in 3-point field goal percentage and established a school record for 3-point field goals made by a first-year, with 51.
Several swimmers and divers earned all-league honors. On the men's side, junior Marc Falkner and senior Lane Ellis were second team selections, while senior Jen Busby, junior Emily McAuliff, and first-years Colby Seamans and Kaci Reams were second team picks on the women's team.
Sophomore Hannah Failing was a second team all-league honoree in women's indoor track after placing second in the mile.
Fifty Colgate student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade point average in the fall semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the seven league-sponsored championship sports.
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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