The Colgate Scene
|by Bob Cornell|
Women's soccer went through a grueling preseason in preparation for their bid to recapture the Patriot League championship.
Colgate has the fourth-highest graduation rate for student-athletes in Division I according to a survey released by the NCAA. The Raiders graduation rate is 89 percent.
The NCAA survey includes athletes who were first-years in the 1994-95 school year. They had six years to earn their diplomas.
"This is a tremendous achievement for our student-athletes," says Athletics Director Mark Murphy '77. "Colgate is deeply proud of this accomplishment." Lehigh, like Colgate a member of the Patriot League, led all Division I schools with a 94 percent graduation rate, followed by Northwestern at 90 percent and Duke at 90 percent. Behind Colgate were Davidson and Valparasio at 88 percent and Georgetown at 87 percent. Stanford and Bucknell were at 86 percent.
Colgate will enshrine five former athletes in its Athletic Hall of Honor November 2 on the eve of the football game against Lehigh.
The new inductees are Ray Appenheimer '94, cross country, track & field; Betsy Dinger '86, field hockey, lacrosse; Beckie Francis '87, basketball; Vail Taylor '53, baseball, and Henry White '79, football.
"We are pleased to welcome these five individuals into our Hall of Honor," said Murphy while making the announcement. "Given the challenge of competing both athletically and academically at Colgate, this is a great honor for these people. They have all easily fulfilled the criteria required for induction. We look forward to seeing them on campus in the fall. The induction is a special time for Colgate athletics and the Hamilton community."
Appenheimer earned All-America status five times (twice in cross-country, twice in indoor track and once in outdoor track) during his collegiate career with the Raiders. He was the first Colgate athlete to win All-America status in cross-country, earning the honor in 1992 and 1993. He was two-time Patriot League cross-country champion and placed third in the 1993 IC4A championship.
Appenheimer earned All-America status in indoor track after placing second in the 3,000-meter run in the 1993 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and competing in the 1994 national meet in the 5,000-meter race. He was named Outstanding Male Performer at the 1993 and 1994 Patriot League Indoor Championships.
In outdoor track, Appenheimer won his All-America status in the 5,000-meter race by placing second at the 1993 NCAA meet. He became the first Colgate athlete in 21 years to win at the Penn Relays and posted a school-record time of 29:13.2 to capture the 10,000-meter race. Later in the spring he went on to win the 5,000-meter race at the IC4As, smashing the track record in the process.
He was the 1993 and 1994 Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and in 1994 was named first team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America.
Dinger was a standout defensive player in field hockey and lacrosse, earning eight varsity letters. She served as captain of both teams in her junior and senior seasons. In field hockey, Dinger was named first team All-Mideast Regional All-America in 1984 by the College Field Hockey Coaches Association.
In lacrosse she earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association in 1986 and named first team on the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association All-State team. As a senior Dinger led Colgate on defense with 92 groundballs and tallied five goals and one assist. The two-time IWLCA/Northeast Regional All-America was named team's Outstanding Defensive Player in 1986. Dinger won the ECAC Merit Medal Award for 1984-85.
Francis was a four-year letter winner with the women's basketball team and served as captain for three seasons.
She finished her career with 1,229 points -- fourth all-time at Colgate. In her senior season, Francis led the Middle Eastern College Association in assists and ranked third in steals. She averaged 11.2 points per game and 5.2 rebounds.
Francis ranks among the all-time Colgate leaders in points, assists (403), steals (224) and field goal percentage (.412).
Taylor won three varsity letters in baseball between 1951-53. The former outfielder was named second team All-America in 1953, after earning third team All-America honors in 1952. He held the Colgate records for career batting average (.404) and slugging percentage (.570) and in 1952 hit a school record .478.
Taylor, who served as captain in 1953, was first team all-East in 1953 and second team in 1952.
White was a standout running back for the Raiders. He earned four varsity letters while leading Colgate to an 18-3 record during his final two collegiate seasons. In his senior year, he became only the second player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,032. He also broke the school record for all-purpose yardage in a season, with 1,877 yards -- ranking second in the nation -- and averaged a school-record 10.60 yards per play.
White finished his collegiate career with 1,976 rushing yards that ranked him fifth on the all-time chart. He was selected to play in the Blue-Gray Senior All-Star game and shared Colgate's Andy Kerr Trophy as most valuable offensive player. In his junior season, White ranked ninth nationally in kickoff returns, with 25.8 yards per return.
Raider football players, two hockey standouts and the most athletic director of athletics in the country took on Syracuse University gridders in a charity softball game. Sponsored by Leigh Baldwin '83, the game benefitted the Make A Wish Foundation. Colgate won 9-7. [Enlarge]
Several Raiders made All-Patriot League spring teams. In women's lacrosse: first team, Liz Brown and Heather Smith; second team, Jane Manning and Meghan McLaughlin. Men's tennis: Eric Saccullo. Softball: first team, Melissa Rawson and Amanda Brickell; second team, Emily Wright. Golf: Eli Zackheim, Josh Polsinelli and Dan Cappucci. Men's lacrosse: second team, Parker Gibson. Women's tennis: Lauren Erikson, Jenny Buntman, Lorraine Coulter. Men's outdoor track: Phinel Petit-Frere, Tim McCusker and Tyrone Russell. Women's outdoor track: Yaruby Brenes, Caitlin Donahoe, Andria Graham, Jennifer McCarthy, Maura McCusker, Sarah Scholl and Leeann Teager.
Other Patriot League honors were given to Petit-Frere as the co-top field performer at the outdoor championships and Braden Houston, who was named Patriot League golf Coach-of-the-Year.
Record breakers -- sophomore Maura McCusker set a school record in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:07.73 at the James Madison Invitational. McCusker, who is the Patriot League 800 champion, is ranked seventh on the East Coast. Junior third base Amanda Paolucci became Colgate's all-time leader in RBI, doubles, home runs and total bases. Sophomore first base Melissa Rawson broke the Colgate and Patriot League records for home runs in a season, with nine. She broke the school's season mark for hits and total bases.
Beth Spycher, who served as an assistant basketball coach in the Raider women's basketball program for the past three seasons, has been named head coach of the Colgate women's basketball program.
Spycher, 31, replaces Ron Rohn, who has stepped down after six seasons as the Raiders head coach. Rohn has been named head women's coach at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.
Spycher came to Colgate from Eastern Illinois University, where she served as an assistant coach for three seasons. Prior to her stint at Eastern Illinois, Spycher coached junior varsity basketball at St.-Joseph-Odgen High School in Illinois and headed the varsity volleyball program at Champaign (Ill.) Centennial High School.
A 1991 graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in psychology, Spycher played Big Ten basketball for the Fighting Illini. She earned her masters in physical education from Eastern Illinois in 1997.
Joining Spycher's staff as assistant coaches are Hollie Young '00 and Shelly Respecki. Young is a former Raider forward, while Respecki, a 1992 graduate of Clarion University, comes to Colgate after serving as an assistant women's basketball coach at Division I Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for two seasons.
Jim Nagle, head men's lacrosse coach at the State University of New York College at Oneonta, has been named head coach at Colgate.
Nagle replaces Dan Whelan, who resigned after guiding the Raiders for six seasons. Nagle was head coach of the Red Dragons for seven seasons, guiding Oneonta to an overall record of 65-39. In three of the last four seasons, he has been selected as the conference Coach of the Year.
In 1998 and 1999 Nagle was the Empire League Coach of the Year, and this past season he earned SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors while posting a 9-5 record. Nagle is a 1992 graduate of Loyola College, where he helped his alma mater earn four straight appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament, including a berth in the 1990 title game. He played his scholastic lacrosse at Ward Melville, where he was part of a 24-0 squad that won the New York State championship in 1988.
Nagle has named Jim Morrissey as his assistant. Morrissey comes to Colgate after serving as the assistant men's lacrosse coach at his alma mater, Syracuse University. He spent two years coaching the Orangemen after spending a year as the assistant to the men's lacrosse coach at Cornell.
Morrissey played for the Orangemen from 1993-96 and was a member of the 1993 and 1995 national championship teams. In the 1995 championship season, Morrissey finished third on the team in scoring, with 56 points. In his final season with Syracuse, he was second on the team in scoring, with 63 points, and earned his second honorable mention All-America selection.
Read McNamara '69 (plaid jacket) offers pointers for Scott Christensen '70 (left), Jim Sowers '73 and others after shooting a hole-in-one during the Alumni Golf Tournament. McNamara reports it was an expensive ace.
Lynn Hall has taken over the Colgate volleyball program. She was named head coach on June 1, 2001 replacing Dorinda Von Tersch who left Colgate to take the same post at the University of Chicago. Hall comes to Colgate after serving in her first collegiate head coaching role at UC Santa Cruz, where she guided the Banana Slugs to a 9-18 mark, last season.
Hall's collegiate coaching experience also includes a stint as an assistant with the Arizona State University women's volleyball program in 1998-99. In addition, the Tucson, AZ, native brings more than ten years of club level coaching experience and has helped develop many Division I-III-level players.
Heather Ward, graduate assistant athletic trainer at Syracuse University, has been named assistant athletic trainer.
Ward will be primarily responsible for coverage of the women's ice hockey and men's lacrosse teams, while also supervising the coverage of novice men's crew.
Ward is a 1998 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where she earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in athletic training.
The university has announced that WHTK (1280 AM) in Rochester will carry four Raider football games this fall. This is the second-straight season that WHTK has aired Raider games. Colgate's flagship station WKXZ in Norwich will provide the feed for the broadcasts.
WHTK will carry the Villanova (Aug. 30), Cornell (Sept. 29), Lafayette (Oct. 27) and Holy Cross (Nov. 10) games.
Senior offensive guard Ken Kubec has been named to the 2001 preseason All-America Football Team by The Sports Network. He was a second team selection.
Kubec, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, was a first team all-Patriot League selection last fall, while leading the Raiders to their fifth-straight winning season. The co-captain has earned three varsity letters and started 20 straight games.
Last season, Kubec received honorable mention All-America selection by the Football Gazette.
Senior women's crew team member Gosia Wawrzak was named to the Verizon Second Team Academic All-America University Division Women's Spring At-Large Team. Wawrzak adds this honor to a long list of accolades in 2001. Senior soccer all-star Brendan Skonieczki was selected Patriot League Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league's sports information directors. He is the third Raider to win the Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in the 11-year history of the Patriot League. Previous Colgate winners were runner Ray Appenheimer (co-winner in 1993 and winner in 1994) and basketball standout Adonal Foyle (1996). Junior third base Amanda Paolucci was named the 2001 Patriot League Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Paolucci is an art and art history major with a 3.50 cumulative grade point average. She is the second-straight Raider, and fourth player in the last ten years, to win the Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Kerry Purvis won the honor in 2000, following in the footsteps of former standouts Sharon Feeney (1992) and Andrea Basztura (1996). The Raiders are the only team to have had players win the Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award four times.
Jesse Smith '03 qualified for the U. S. Amateur Golf Championship held in August at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA. Smith was one of 312 golfers competing in stroke play for 64 spots in the match play finals.
"I'm very excited that Jesse will be representing Colgate at the U.S. Amateur," says Raider coach Brad Houston. "Jesse worked really hard during the spring season and qualifying for this tournament is a credit to that."
Smith had a sizzling summer, too. He was third in the Seacoast Amateur in New Hampshire and shot a course-record 64 at Rochester (NH) Country Club.
The Board of Trustees, acting on a recommendation by the on-campus Committee on Athletics, passed a resolution in July that athletic teams will now be known simply as the Raiders, modifying the nickname coined by sportswriter Dexter Teed in 1932. The New York State Education Department, which is encouraging high schools to change nicknames and mascots on a targeted list (including Red Raiders) that signal a racial stereotype, prompted the action.
The Colgate athletic website at http://athletics.colgate.edu provides daily information on the Raider programs including schedules, roster, statistics and game information.
Also, remember the Raider Sportsline: 315-228-7900.
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