by Robert D. Cornell
Womens tennis won an unprecedented third consecutive Patriot League championship with a 6-3 win over Army. It was the first conference title under new coach Rene Vidal.
Following a 5-0 blanking of host Bucknell in the semifinals, top seeded Colgate swept all three doubles matches and the singles players won three of six matches with Army.
Freshman Amy Wachenheim won the number one singles match and teamed with Sam Kohn 99, last years tourney MVP, for an 8-1 doubles win. Kohn won her singles match 6-1, 6-3. Lisa Ongseng 01 won her singles match and, with captain Leslie Frank, had a doubles win, too. Alison Brown 98 and Cyan Brakhage 01 won the third doubles match 8-4.
Assisting Vidal, who took over the program this summer, is Beth Todd, former boys coach at Cincinnati Day School.
Colgate mens and womens crew will begin competing as varsity teams in 20002001, announced President Neil Grabois in September. Additional university support for crew will be phased in over the next three years until the teams are officially elevated to varsity status in 2000.
As a varsity sport, mens and womens crew will be overseen by a head coach and three assistants. Fred Cressman, at Colgate since 1995, will continue as head coach under the new arrangement.
Jason Ballum 97, captain of the 199697 mens crew, was named to the U.S. Rowing Associations Academic All-America second team.
Ballum rowed for three years in the mens varsity 8 and served as president of the Rowing Club in 1995. After graduating as a double major in psychology and education and earning the Charles Thurber Award as the education depart-ments top concentrator, Ballum stayed on campus to work in the admission office.
Former assistant womens rowing coach Michelle Borkhuis and partner Linda Muri won the silver medal in the womens lightweight pair at the World Championships held in France in September. The Australian took first place by 30 feet. Borkhuis helped lead the Colgate novice crew to a silver medal at the Champion International Collegiate Regatta last May.
Mens soccer coach Mike Doherty picked up the 100th win of his coaching career when the Red Raiders defeated Navy 2-1 on Sept. 13. Colgate made it a sweep of the Patriot League service academies with a 3-0 win over Army during Homecoming Weekend. Doherty, who is in his 13th season as head coach, is a two-time winner of the Howard Hartman Award, which is presented to Colgates coach of the year, and was named Patriot League Coach of the Year in 1992 when his team won the league championship and broke into the national rankings.
Former Colgate football and lacrosse player Bill Smith 90 has been appointed Associate Executive Director for Compliance and Championships of the Patriot League. He had been working for two years as the Director of Compliance and Student-Athlete Advisor at Wagner College on Staten Island.
Vickie Sax, assistant softball coach and head field hockey coach at Mansfield University, has been named head softball coach at Colgate. A 1985 graduate of the University of Iowa, Sax was an extremely successful head coach at Vestal (NY) High School, where she was New York State Softball Coach of the Year in 1995.
The Red Raiders opened the hockey season at Michigan, beating the fifth-ranked Wolverines 2-1. It was the first home loss for Michigan in 36 games. Colgate lost the second game 6-4 but the season was off to a high flying start.
The teams Jan. 17 game at Cornell will be televised by Empire Sports Network as part of the ECAC Ice Hockey Game of the Week. The game will be carried live at 7 p.m. The Red Raiders were picked to finish sixth in the ECAC race, while Cornell was picked third.
Congratulations to senior golfer Jon Ryan, who was named to the all-Patriot League team after leading the Red Raiders to a fourth-place finish in the league championship. Ryan was tied for sixth in the individual standings. Also, kudos to senior golfer Steve DuBarry, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3, 212-yard 11th hole at the ECAC Upstate New York qualifier at the Saratoga Spa State Park course, helping the Red Raiders to second place and qualifying for the ECAC finals.
Looking ahead to the winter season, here are some special dates to mark on your calendar. The mens basketball team will be playing in the Seton Hall Tournament Dec. 2223 in the Continental Arena at the Meadowlands Sports Complex; the hockey team will meet Cornell on Jan. 10 at the Nassau Coliseum and play against York University in the Buffalo Showcase at the Marine Midland Arena on Nov. 30.
The womens basketball team will be in Miami Dec. 31Jan. 1 for the Florida International Tournament.