by Robert D. Cornell
An old rivalry was renewed in a steady October rain when Colgate returned to Cornell's Schoellkopf Field to take on the Big Red. Colgate spotted Cornell a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter but then scored on four of its next five possessions to win the game 31-21.
Colgate hadn't played at Cornell since 1993, but the two teams will meet each fall from now on. It's a good thing too -- Colgate has won nine of the last 10 games at Schoellkopf.
Speaking of rivalries, Colgate and Syracuse have been busy this fall. The Maroon and Orange played to a scoreless tie in men's soccer, but the women won their contest 4-0. In field hockey, Colgate beat Syracuse 3-2. And volleyball has a chance to avenge its 3-0 loss to the Orange when they meet again. And, of course, expectations are high for the Red Raiders December 22 trip to the Dome for the annual basketball showdown.
Jill Allen '98 took a break from warmups before a Family Weekend volleyball match to pose courtside with her father Jeff '72. Allen and her teammates are again a Patriot League force.
Field hockey coach Cathy Foto notched her 50th win when the Red Raiders beat Cornell 2-1 in overtime. Colgate, as of mid-October, had nine wins and was closing in on the record of 11 victories posted by the 1988 squad. Colgate was also in the thick of a Patriot League race with Lafayette. The two were scheduled to play late in the month to determine who would host the tournament.
Sophomore Hillary Meyer is ranked 1st in the Patriot League and 8th nationally among field hockey goalkeepers. Meyer and the Red Raiders put together a 9-3 record through mid-October, with three of those wins coming on shutouts.
Jersey number 17, worn by two-time all-America Jessica Tuthill '96, was retired at the women's Homecoming soccer game with Army. Tuthill played on three Patriot League championship teams and two ECAC winners. She is one of only two players to be named all-league four times and was chosen the league's defensive player of the year twice.
Colgate head men's lacrosse coach Dan Whelan announced the hiring of two assistant coaches, George Harris and Paul Boncaro.
Harris has been head men's lacrosse coach at Skidmore College the past four seasons. Boncaro was an assistant at R.I.T., his alma mater, last season. He also coached there during the 1994-95 season. During the 1995-96 season, Boncaro served as assistant coach at Oswego State University.
The men's basketball team is scheduled to make three appearances on television this winter. The Empire Sports Network will carry the Indiana (Dec. 27), Lehigh (Jan. 25) and St. Bonaventure (Feb. 17) games live, while the Indiana game will also be part of the Big 10 package on Creative Sports.
The Empire Sports Network will also carry the Colgate hockey game at Union College on Feb. 22.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the top all-academic teams for the 1995-96 year, and Colgate placed seventh out of 10 institutions. It marks the third consecutive year that Colgate has ranked in the top 10. The Red Raiders boasted a 3.173 cumulative grade point average for the academic year.
Arthur McKinnon, head coach of track & field, has announced that Allen Bashian has been named assistant coach. Bashian, who will concentrate on the throwing and jumping events, spent the last two years at Virginia Commonwealth. He also has coaching experience at Harvard, Idaho, Kent State and Nasson College.