The Colgate Scene
November 1999
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by Bob Cornell

Johanna Harvey '01 serves up the ball on penalty corners for the field hockey team. The Red Raiders stood at 3-8 (1-2 in the Patriot League) as of mid-October.
Bob Benson, head coach of men's and women's swimming, has announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 1999-2000 season.

     Benson, 59, is entering his 31st season as head coach of the men's program and 21st as the leader of the women's team. In that time he has amassed 180 wins on the men's side and 106 with the women, both the most ever by a Colgate coach.

     "Colgate has been a great experience," said Benson. "I have had an extremely happy and rewarding coaching career and greatly appreciate the friendships that I have made. I will miss the student contact. However, after 35 years, four at Union College and 31 at Colgate, it is time to say good-bye."

     Benson took over the program during the 1969-70 season after serving as head coach at Union College. After an initial building period of three years, Benson turned the Red Raider men's program around and had 13 straight winning seasons. During the 1973-74 and 1974-75 campaigns, Colgate established back-to-back 11-win seasons equaling the highest single season win totals in the school's history.

     Prior to joining the Patriot League in 1991, Colgate, guided by Benson, put 11 teams in the Upper New York State Swimming and Diving Association championships during the '70s and '80s.

     Benson took over the women's program in 1979-80 and posted a nine-win season, the fourth-highest total in the school's history. In 20 seasons, the women's program has posted 12 winning seasons.

     Benson led the women to the New York State Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) crowns in 1981, 1982 and 1985 and was instrumental in the program being elevated to Division I status 11 seasons ago.

     During the 1994-95 season his women's teams placed a school-best third at the Patriot League Championships and Benson was named the Patriot League women's co-Coach of the Year.

     A 1963 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Benson won the New England Region championships in the 220- and 440-yard freestyle events as the Huskies' captain. He competed in the NCAA Championships and participated in the 1960 Olympic Trials. He holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Women's rugby and their brand of "elegant violence" brightened fall afternoons.
If you haven't already done so, check out the Colgate athletic website: The website provides daily information on the Red Raider program, including schedules, rosters, statistics and game information.

Congratulations to Colgate golfer Eli Zackheim '01, who won his second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference championship. The junior from Portland, OR fired a first-round 69 at Seven Oaks Golf Course followed by a 75 on the second day, for a two-stroke victory over Skidmore's Joey Pohle.

     In the team competition, Skidmore took first place, with a two-day total of 614, nipping the Red Raiders by one stroke. Sixteen teams qualified for the championship.

Janet Little, senior associate director of athletics, has been elected as ECAC vice president for 1999-00. Little is also the school's senior woman athletics administrator. She serves as a member of the ECAC Executive Council and Division I Field Hockey Committee.

Ray Appenheimer '94, former Colgate All-America in cross country and track, is one of the latest recipients of a Road Runners Club of America Roads Scholarship, a grant to offset training and living expenses. Appenheimer has personal bests of 13:40 for 5000 meters and 29:08 for 10,000. He was seventh in the 12-K race at the 1999 USATF Cross Country Championships and 89th at the World Championships in Belfast. Appenheimer was ninth in both the 5000 and 10,000 at Sept-ember's World University Games in Spain. While at Colgate, Appen-heimer was the IC4A 5000-meter champion in 1994. He is an elementary school physical education teacher in Burlingame, CA.

Goaltender Shep Harder and defenseman Cory Murphy have been named to the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Media Division I men's ice hockey preseason all-league team. The poll tabbed Colgate to finish fourth in the league race.

     Harder, the backup to Colgate's career-win leader Dan Brenzavich for the majority of his first two seasons, put together a breakout season in 1998-99. He ranked among the nation's top goaltenders with a 15-7-1 record, .923 save percentage, and 2.28 goals against average. His goals against average shattered the Colgate single-season mark.

     Murphy, an offensive-minded defenseman, finished in a tie for third on the team in point scoring last season. He ranked among the nation's top blueliners in assists, with 23, and scored three goals.

Former Colgate field hockey captain Molly Russo '99 has been hired as the Eastern College Athletic Conference's championship coordinator. Russo will be responsible for the management of specific championship events and will assist with the administration of the entire championships program. In addition, she will assist in the day-to-day operations of the Division I Women's Ice Hockey and Division III Women's Ice Hockey Leagues.

The Colgate women's ice hockey team has scheduled a game with the Russian National Team at Lake Placid on January 3.

     "It's going to be a great opportunity for the women to get their feet wet in international competition," first-year head coach Ted Wisner said. "The game also comes at a time when we are starting our league schedule and should be a great opportunity to get the players ready for the battles of the ECAC."

Former hockey standout Andrew Dickson '93 has been named an assistant men's ice hockey coach. Dickson, 29, replaces Ron Fogarty, '95 who took a similar position at Clarkson.

     "Andrew brings a great understanding of what it takes to succeed at this university and in this league," head coach Don Vaughan said. "His experience in professional hockey in North America and in Europe offers us the chance to broaden our recruiting efforts."

     Dickson captained the 1992-93 Red Raider team and topped the team scoring chart. A member of the 1989-90 NCAA runner-up, he has been playing professional hockey since 1993.

     The Pakenham, Ontario native ranks 25th on the Colgate all-time scoring chart.

     Following graduation, Dickson played in several professional hockey leagues around the globe. He played a season in the Colonial Hockey League and one in the East Coast Hockey League before joining Landesliga in the German League, and led the team in scoring. Last year, Dickson played in the English Premier League for the Division I Blackburn Hawks, where he led the English Cup in goals and points.

     Dickson will handle the forwards and play a major role in the recruiting effort.

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