The Colgate Scene
|by Bob Cornell|
The soccer team works through warm-ups in preparation for the upcoming season. The opening game against Virginia Military Institute was the first meeting ever between the two schools in men's soccer. [Photos by Timothy D. Sofranko]
On the eve of the football game against Lafayette College on November 1, Colgate will enshrine six former athletes into the Hall of Honor.
The Hall of Honor's Class of 2002 includes William "Bill" Edwards '52, golf; Autumn McKenzie '97, volleyball; the late Steve Riggs '65, hockey; MacDonell Roehm, Jr. '61, soccer; Jennifer Smith '95, basketball; and Jessica Tuthill '96, soccer.
"We are pleased to welcome these six individuals into our Hall of Honor," said Athletics Director Mark Murphy. "Given the challenge of competing both athletically and academically at a school like 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."
Edwards was a standout intercollegiate golfer for the Raiders from 1950 to 1952. He consistently shot in the low 70s, earning three varsity letters while playing No. 2 as a sophomore and No. 1 as a junior and senior. During his collegiate career he lost only two matches on the last hole.
Edwards complemented his Colgate career as a distinguished amateur while qualifying five times for the U.S. Amateur. He reached the finals of the New York State Amateur and the Long Island Amateur following his junior season. He held four course records in the New York area, including a 64 at Shinnecock.
McKenzie is the most decorated volleyball player in school history. In her senior season, she was named first team AVCA District 1 Division I, the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Year, first team all-Patriot League and Tournament MVP while leading the Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She finished her career as Colgate's career kill leader (1,461), solo block leader (144) and block assist leader (371).
As a junior, McKenzie was selected first team all-Patriot League and voted Colgate's Offensive MVP. She led the team with 477 kills (4.41 per game), was second in kill attempts with 1,039, third in service aces with 26, third in digs with a total of 234 and paced the Raiders' blocking efforts with 132 total blocks (41 solo blocks, 91 block assists).
In her sophomore campaign, McKenzie was voted first team all-Patriot League while leading the team in hitting percentage at .335 and finishing second in kills with 321. She was tabbed as the Patriot League's Rookie of the Year in 1993.
Riggs lettered for three years in hockey from 1963 to 1965 and served as captain of the 1964-65 squad. During the 1963 and 1964 seasons, he led Colgate to its first two appearances ever in the ECAC playoffs.
Riggs, who was killed shortly after graduation while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, finished his career as one of the all-time leading scorers in Colgate history, with 51 goals and 72 assists for 123 points, which was a school record at the time. He will be inducted posthumously.
Roehm displayed outstanding ability on the soccer field, earning three varsity letters between 1958 and 1960. In his senior year, he was named honorable mention All-America at fullback and first team all-New York State while guiding the Raiders to their only undefeated season (9-0).
In his junior season, Roehm was honorable mention all-New York State, helping Colgate gain its first appearance ever in the NCAA Tournament.
Smith was a four-year starter at guard for the women's basketball team between 1992 and 1995 and served as captain in her junior and senior seasons. She was named first team all-Patriot League in her senior season and held the league's scoring record with 1,537 points.
Smith finished her career as Colgate's fourth all-time leader in points scored, fourth in assists (341), third in free throw percentage (.721), first in free throws made (512), first in free throws attempted (710), third in career field goal percentage (.439), fourth in scoring average (14.2), fifth in rebounding (616) and sixth in steals (201).
In her junior season, Smith was named second team all-Patriot League.
Equally talented off the court, she was twice named a finalist in 1995, for a Rhodes scholarship and first team GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-America. In addition, Smith was selected as the Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and recipient of Colgate's 1819 Award, and was named the NCAA New York State Woman of the Year.
Tuthill became Colgate's first-ever women's soccer All-American as a junior and repeated the feat in her senior season while earning second team honors. A four-year letterwin-ner from 1992 to 1995, she was named all-Patriot League four times and was twice named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. She was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 1992.
Tuthill guided the Raiders to three Patriot League titles and two ECAC crowns, including an overall mark of 55-21-7. Her other honors were MVP of the 1995 ECAC Tournament, three-time Colgate MVP and selection to the Umbro Select College All-Star Game.
The Colgate athletics department has announced a new URL for its website. You can now access the website through http://www.goColgateRaiders.com
Carrie Aitken has been named assistant women's lacrosse coach. She is a 2000 graduate of the University of Richmond, where she was a standout for the Spiders' lacrosse team.
Aitken concluded her collegiate career as the most prolific scorer in Richmond women's lacrosse history, leading the team in scoring in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She holds the school's all-time record for goals in a season and goals in a career.
In addition to her accomplishments on the field, Aitken was named to the Dean's List twice as a sports science major. She interned at the Chippenham Sports Medicine Clinic, where she served as an assistant to a physical therapist and athletic trainer.
Scott Wiley was elevated to head women's ice hockey coach, replacing Ted Wisner, who served as head coach for three seasons. Wiley served as an assistant coach under Wisner for three seasons.
Wiley graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1993 with a B.S. in sport and leisure studies. He served as team captain of the men's soccer team and was named team MVP as well as first team Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association and a regional Academic All-America in 1993.
The men's cross country and track and field programs have a new assistant coach, Brett Schneider. He comes to the Raiders from the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked on a masters degree in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise physiology, sports science and nutrition. Prior to his graduation in May of 2002, he assisted coach Dan Pfaff and gained experience working with sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers at both the collegiate and post-collegiate levels.
He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Vermont, where he set three school records and won the conference championship in the 400-meter hurdles for the Catamounts. He then worked for one year at his alma mater as the assistant coach for sprints and hurdles.
Colgate head field hockey coach Cathy Foto announced that Lacey Pustizzi will join the staff as an assistant coach for the 2002 season. Pustizzi is a 2002 graduate of Hartwick College, where she was a two-year captain and four-year letterwinner, leading the Hawks to a 60-24 record, two NCAA tournament appearances and a New York State Collegiate Athletic Association championship during her career.
Pustizzi also played softball and lacrosse at Hartwick while pursuing her degree in English.
Former Colgate football player Corey Hill '99 recently broke the professional football record for catches in a season while playing for the Albany Conquest in the arenafootball2 league.
Hill achieved the distinction by catching 18 passes for 183 yards and five touchdowns in the season finale. He finished the season with 161 catches, one more than the previous record of 160, set by Derrell Mitchell of the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts in 1998.
STAYING CONNECTED: Check out the Colgate athletics website: http://www.goColgateRaiders.com. The website provides daily information on the Raider program including schedules, roster, statistics and game information. You can also call the Raider Sportsline at 315-228-7900.
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