The Colgate Scene
September 2000
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by Bob Cornell

The third floor of Huntington Gymnasium has been transformed into a first-rate weight room. Funded through the Colgate Athletic Council, the spacious room expands the Little Fitness Center and will allow athletes to train on state-of-the-art equipment. [Zoom]

Defining the spirit
When there is a lull in the action, Karen Hammerle '01 springs into action.

Colgate enshrined six former athletes in its Athletic Hall of Honor in September, on the eve of the football game against Fordham University.

     The inductees are Suzanne Bowen '91, basketball; Thomas A. Burgess '86, football; Curtis L. Norris '50, basketball; Kelly A. Robinson '82, football; Kevin R. Rusch '85, swimming; and James R. Wallace '84, hockey.

     "We are pleased to welcome these individuals into our Hall of Honor," said Athletics Director Mark Murphy '77. "Given the rigors of competing both athletically and academically at Colgate, this is a tremendous honor for these people. They have all amply fulfilled the criteria required for election. The induction is a special time for Colgate athletics and the Hamilton community."

     Bowen was a four-year letter winner in basketball from 1988-91. She finished her career as Colgate's all-time scorer, with 2,016 points, and was 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 have scored more than 2,000 career points. As a senior she was first team all-Patriot League and second team all-Eastern College Athletic Conference when 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.

     Burgess was a two-year letter winner in football. As a senior on the 1985 squad, he was named honorable mention Associated Press All-America after setting 14 school records in passing and total offense and he finished ninth in the nation in total offense with 266.1 yards per game. Burgess also received the Andy Kerr Trophy, given annually to the squad's most valuable offensive player. He threw for a school-record 2,565 yards in 1985 and gained a school-record 2,927 yards of total offense. The former Red Raider co-captain also established marks for most touchdowns responsible for in a season, with 29, and most points responsible for, with 182. In his final Red Raider appearance, he passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns against Boston University -- the fourth-best single-game effort in school history. Burgess had an outstanding professional career in the Canadian Football League, where he won two Grey Cup titles -- 1989 with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and 1990 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was the most valuable offensive player in the 1990 title game.

The field hockey team held preseason workouts on Tyler's Field in preparation for Patriot League competition.
     Norris made his collegiate mark in basketball, earning three varsity letters from 1948 to 1950. In his senior year, he finished tenth nationally in free throw percentage (.810) and 24th in points per game, with 16.5. During his final season Norris broke the single-game scoring mark, with 42 points against Alfred University. He made 14 of 24 shots from the floor and 14 of 16 free throws. Colliers and Sports Magazine named Norris honorable mention All-America in his senior year. He also lettered in track during his sophomore and junior seasons.

     Robinson was a three-year letter winner with the Red Raider football team (1979 to 1981) and played defensive end. In his senior year he was first team all-Eastern College Athletic Conference and honorable mention Associated Press all-East (Division I). Robinson was named the winner of the Hal W. Lahar Trophy, given annually to the most valuable defensive player. He led the team with eight quarterback sacks to bring his career total to 28.5 -- the most ever by a Colgate player since that statistic started to be compiled. As a junior he was first team all-ECAC and as a junior and sophomore he was honorable mention Associated Press all-East.

     Rusch had an outstanding swimming career with the Red Raiders from 1982-85 and is considered to be one of the most talented male swimmers to ever compete at Colgate. A four-year letter winner, Rusch was presented the Douglas McDeritt Award for outstanding ability at the Upper New York State Swimming Championships. One-time holder of 13 Colgate freshman, varsity and pool records, Rusch held five varsity records during his collegiate career in the 50-yard freestyle, 100- and 200-yard backstroke and 100- and 200-yard butterfly. As a sophomore he was named to the all-Eastern College Athletic Conference in the 100-meter butterfly and had an unprecedented 75-5 dual meet record.

     Wallace was a standout hockey player for the Red Raiders from 1981-84. He finished his collegiate career ranked fourth all-time in points scored, with 189, and goals scored, with 78. He was a two-time winner of the Steve Riggs Memorial Trophy, given for gentlemanly play and high caliber of ability. Wallace took only 18 minor penalties in 127 games. In his senior year, he was named most valuable player at the Syracuse Invitational Tournament and selected for the East-West All-Star Game. Wallace helped the Red Raiders post a four-year record of 75-46-7, including three trips to the Eastern College Athletic Conference playoffs, the first two 20-win seasons in school history and the first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Colgate's team finished fifth in the Chase Corporate Challenge in Syracuse. One hundred twenty five teams competed with more than 7,000 runners covering the 3.5-mile course. The team of Colgate employees included, from left, Andy Lamb, Craig Crouch, Ron Blackmore, Ted Wisner and Steve Chouinard. [Zoom]
Jim Parker was named assistant swimming coach for the Red Raiders. For the past three seasons, he was head coach at Wells College. Prior to that he was head men's and women's swimming and diving coach at SUNY-Morrisville.

James Wilroy has been named assistant volleyball coach. He comes from American University, where he was a volunteer assistant while working on his masters degree. He is a 1996 graduate of Kansas State University.

The Colgate athletic website at provides daily information on the Red Raider programs including schedules, roster, statistics and game information.

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