The Colgate Scene
|By Bob Cornell|
Highlighting the winter season was the unprecedented run by the women's hockey team. The Raiders advanced to the semifinal round of the ECACHL playoffs for the first time in school history. En route they upset Princeton 2-0 in the best of three quarterfinal series, before losing to eventual champion Dartmouth in the semifinals.
Three players were named to the all-ECACHL team: senior Tara French earned the conference's first Student-Athlete of the Year award, as well as a place on the third team; sophomore Sam Hunt captured second team honors after leading Colgate in scoring; and first-year Katie Stewart was named to the all-rookie team.
In men's hockey, Colgate placed three players on the all-ECACHL team. Juniors Tyler Burton, Jesse Winchester, and Mark Dekanich were named to the second team.
Colgate finished the season with a 15-21-4 record. St. Lawrence eliminated the Raiders from the ECACHL playoffs in the quarterfinal round, after sweeping Rensselaer in the first round.
Senior guard Jon Simon was named second team all-Patriot League in men's basketball. Simon concluded his collegiate career 18th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,172 points. He also ranked third in career 3-point field goals made (185) and 3-point field goal percentage (.394).
Women's head women's basketball coach Kristin Hughes resigned her duties after three seasons at the helm of the Raiders. Colgate finished 6-25 this season, and surprised top-seeded Bucknell in the opening round of the Patriot League Tournament. It was the first time in league history that the eighth-seeded team defeated the top seed.
First-year TaHara Williams was named to the all-rookie team. She averaged 7.9 points per game, and registered five straight double-digit games to close out the regular season.
Swimming and diving
Seven members of the Colgate women's swimming and diving team earned all-Patriot League honors after finishing third at the league championships.
Sophomores Ashley Bottger, Lisa Marchi, and Beverly Walker and first-year Kate Murphy were first team selections, while first-years Karen Baker and Caitlin Curran, and sophomore Emily Murphy joined the second team.
Senior captains Greg Dunleavy and Dave Hill were both named to the second team in men's swimming. The Raiders finished fifth in the league championship.
Track and field
Sophomore Rita Santibanez captured her first career Patriot League title in the shot put. She earned gold medal honors and first team all-league recognition with a toss of 14.12 meters.
Kelly Tyrrell '00, assistant women's soccer coach, resigned to become head coach at Dickinson College after six seasons on the Raider bench.
During Tyrrell's six years as an assistant coach, the Raiders posted an overall record of 62-42-9 and had a 26-12-4 Patriot League mark. They earned five berths to the Patriot League Tournament, and reached the championship game three times, winning it in 2004. Colgate went on to upset No. 13 Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the first NCAA win by a Colgate women's team and first win in Patriot League women's soccer history.
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