The Colgate Scene
November 1998
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by Bob Cornell
Jesse Boyd '00 took a punt 52 yards before lateralling to Brandon Tinson '00, who covered 38 yards for a touchdown against Harvard. Colgate is off to a flying start.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association approved the expansion of the postseason bracket for several sports earlier this fall. The move will allow the Patriot League to receive automatic berths into championship competition in six sports.

     Under the NCAA's new championship format, Patriot League champions in baseball, softball, women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and volleyball will automatically advance to the NCAA championship tournaments within their respective sports. Including the three automatic spots the conference already had in football and men's and women's basketball, Patriot champions in nine of the league's 22 sports are now guaranteed the opportunity to compete in national postseason action. In addition, the league has NCAA play-in opportunities in men's soccer and field hockey.

     "NCAA championships are the pinnacle of any student-athlete's career. The change in the championship structure by the NCAA will make it possible for more of our outstanding student-athletes to gain an opportunity to compete at the highest level," said Patriot League Executive Director Connie Hurlbut. "Knowing that automatic bids await the league victor in nine of our sports will only serve to strengthen the competition within the league and should assist our coaches on a national recruiting basis."

Colgate women's lacrosse goalkeeper Hilary Meyer '99 was named to the United States Women's Lacrosse Association developmental squad. The developmental squad is designed to support the growth of the United States program and individuals who have shown promise in their lacrosse ability.

     Meyer is one of three goalkeepers named to the team. Of the 29 athletes chosen for the USWLA team, Meyer was the only selection from the Patriot League. A native of Wayland, MA, Meyer, the 1998 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, adds yet another accolade to a distinguished lacrosse career.

Women's hockey coach Braden Houston has announced the hiring of Catherine Hanson as assistant women's hockey coach. The Marquette, MI native comes to Colgate from Providence College, where she played four years of hockey for the Friars. She led all freshmen in scoring her rookie season as Providence captured the ECAC Championship. She was invited to the Olympic National Training Camp during the 1994-95 season. As a junior, Hanson was named an ECAC honorable mention pick, was team co-captain and played in the USA Hockey Olympic Festival. Hanson continued to improve when as a senior she served as team co-captain, was selected as an ECAC second team all-star and competed on the ECAC team that played against the United States Olympic Team.

     Hanson will assist Houston in all aspects of the hockey program -- from recruiting, to planning team workouts, to arranging team travel.

The NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification recently notified Colgate that based upon information submitted by the institution's athletics self-study and the evaluation by a peer-review team that visited the campus last February 22-25, the committee determined that Colgate should be certified.

     This certification means that Colgate is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the association's Division I membership and that any problems identified during the course of the self-study and the peer-review team's evaluation were considered to be not serious enough to affect the institution's certification status.

The Colgate men's hockey team was tabbed for sixth place in the 1998 ECAC Division I preseason coaches' poll. Last season, the Red Raiders finished in a tie for fifth with Harvard.

     For the fourth time since 1986, Clarkson, coached by Mark Morris '81, has earned top billing in the coaches poll. Princeton, last season's ECAC Tournament champion, and Harvard, the team that knocked Colgate out of the ECAC Tournament, grabbed two first-place votes apiece.

     Colgate opened the 1998-99 season on October 23 at Northeastern. The ECAC regular season gets underway on November 13 at Brown.

The 1998-99 Patriot League men's basketball polls have been released and the Red Raiders are picked to finish sixth in the coaches poll and tied for fifth in the sports information directors poll.

     Colgate opens its regular season on November 17 at Syracuse University. Prior to the opener, the Red Raiders have two home exhibition games scheduled on Nov. 2 against the DC Explorers and Nov. 11 against Baerums Verk from Norway.

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