The Colgate Scene
November 2002

Sports

Sean O'Sullivan '06 moves the ball down-field against Bucknell University's Brian King during the second night of the Raider Classic. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Numbers retired

On Sept. 27, the Colgate women's soccer program retired the second number in the college's 21-year history of the sport. Former standout Jen Hughes had her #2 retired before the Navy game, joining Jessica Tuthill '96, whose #17 was retired.

Hughes, who was a four-year starter for the Raiders between 1993 and 1996, closed out her career as the Raiders' all-time leading scorer, with 40 goals and 26 assists for 106 points. Hughes helped Colgate capture three Patriot League championship titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and ECAC championships in 1993, 1995 and 1996.

Arguably one of the best center midfielders to play at Colgate, she became the first Raider to earn Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honors in her senior year. In her final season, Hughes was named NCAA Division I Soccer Buzz All-America, NSCAA Regional All-America, first team all-Patriot League, ECAC Tournament MVP, Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Patriot League Tournament MVP, Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Colgate MVP and received the Raider Award.

Hughes returned to Colgate for two seasons as assistant coach in 2000 and 2001.

The Colgate women's basketball program will retire its third number on January 31, when the Raiders play host to Bucknell University. Suzanne Bowen '91, a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Honor, will have her #32 lifted to the rafters at Cotterell Court.

Bowen was a four-year letter winner in basketball from 1988 to 1991. She finished her career as Colgate's all-time scorer, with 2,016 points, and second in rebounding, with 947. Bowen, who served as captain in her junior and senior seasons, also placed in the Top 10 for scoring average, rebounding average, assists, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals and blocked shots. She still holds the school scoring record and is the only woman to score more than 2,000 career points. As a senior she was first team all-Patriot League and second team all-Eastern College Athletic Conference. She finished 24th in the nation in scoring with 22.0 points per game. As a junior she was first team all-North Atlantic Conference and a member of the NAC all-tournament team.

Travis Rains '05, Reed Grimes '05, Brian McDermott '04 and Jon Cook '05 (behind McDermott) celebrate after Grimes headed in the eventual game-winning goal during second half action vs. Maine in the Raider Classic. Mariah Contreras '03, left, Sarah McCarthy '06, center, and Lyndsay Dinatali '06 rejoice after McCarthy scored her first collegiate goal during a 3-0 victory over Lehigh on September 21. McCarthy was named Patriot League Rookie of the week.

Columbia University's Brianne Pardini, left, and Colgate's Carolyn Warhaftig '06 battle for control during a match-up on Van Doren Field. Columbia won 3-0.
Murphy honored

Colgate Athletics Director Mark Murphy was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The hall pays tribute to outstanding individuals who participated in a sport in the Greater Buffalo area or to a native who excelled in a sport outside of Western New York.

Murphy was an all-state player in football and all-league in basketball and baseball at Clarence High School. Following his scholastic career, he starred as a defensive back in the Colgate secondary for four seasons, before embarking upon a nine-year career with the Washington Redskins (1977-85).

New assistant coach

Meghan Maguire, a 2002 graduate of St. Lawrence University, has been named an assistant coach with the women's ice hockey program. She was a four-year letter winner and two-time captain for the Saints team that reached the Division I NCAA Championship in 2001.

Maguire was also a four-year ECAC All-Academic selection; second team all-ECAC All-Star and an ECAC North All-Star in 2001. She also received St. Lawrence's Most Valuable Player Award during the 1999-2000 season.

Joins an elite group

Colgate's senior quarterback Tom McCune threw for 271 yards in the Raiders' 13-10 overtime victory against Bucknell on Oct. 5 to become only the sixth passer in school history to reach 4,000 yards in career passing yardage. Barring injury, McCune will finish fourth all-time in passing yardage for the Raiders.

New ECAC hockey playoff format

There will be a new road to the ECAC men's ice hockey title this season. ECAC Commissioner Phil Buttafuoco announced that the ECAC Division I Men's Hockey Tournament would be moved from Lake Placid to the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. this season.

The ECAC also changed its playoff format this year so that all 12 teams qualify for the postseason. The final four teams will advance to compete at the Pepsi Arena on March 21 and 22. The new playoff format will have the No. 5-through-8-seeded teams hosting the No. 9-through-12-seeded teams in the best-of-three first round, with the top four teams getting a bye. The bye teams will then host the winners in another best-of-three round, with the four winners advancing to Albany.

Fullback Justin Polk '03 plunges over a Columbia University defender en route to a 38-6 Homecoming victory. Polk gained 67 yards on that day. Linebacker Tem Lukabu '04 reacts after nearly intercepting a Columbia pass. Colgate won 38-6. Lukabu had one interception during the game.

Rich Derrick '05 pulls hard in the first phase of the annual biathlon that serves as the culmination of the swim team's preseason training. The swimmers compete against each other in a 2-mile swim, 4-mile run, 1-mile swim event.
Patriot League on TV

The Patriot League's sixth year of producing men and women's basketball games for television will receive a facelift this season. All league-produced games will appear on DIRECTV to a national TV audience of more than 10.7 million households, free of charge.

The 11-game schedule will feature six consecutive Friday night national telecasts, all four Patriot League Tournament semifinal games (two men's and two women's) and the women's championship game.

The Colgate men's basketball team will appear on Feb. 7, when they travel to the Allan P. Kirby Center at Lafayette College. Game time is 9 p.m.

ESPN will broadcast the Patriot League men's championship game on Friday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. from the highest remaining seeded team's home court.

Speaking of television coverage, there are tentative plans for the Empire Sports Network to televise live the Colgate men's hockey game on Dec. 5 against Niagara University from Starr Rink. ESN is also looking at one of the home-and-home series games against Cornell.

Staying connected:

Check out the Colgate athletics website: http://www.goColgateRaiders.com. The website provides daily information on the Raider program including schedules, rosters, statistics and game information. You can also call the Raider Sportsline at 315-228-7900.

Top of page
Table of contents
<< Previous: Around the college Next: Reviews >>