The Colgate Scene
September 2003


Sixteen-year-old Renee Marko of Latrobe, Pa. takes to the water in Lineberry Natatorium during the Colgate/Nike Swim Camp in July. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Hall of Honor to gain five new members

Five former athletes will be enshrined in the Colgate Athletic Hall of Honor in ceremonies on November 7. This year's class brings the Hall of Honor's total membership to 161.

The new inductees are Betsy Cunningham '97, cross country/track; William Fisher '79, cross country/track; Cynthia Healey Rooney '86, lacrosse; Greg Sobo '94, diving; and Gerard Waslen '86, ice hockey.

Cunningham was a four-year cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field athlete for the Raiders, serving as team captain in all three sports as a junior and senior. She won the 1995 Patriot League Cross Country Championship and in 1996 earned all-East accolades for her 11th-place finish at the ECAC Cross Country Championship. Cunningham was all-Patriot League and was named Colgate's Outstanding Cross Country Performer from 1994 to 1996. She was also named to the Patriot League All-Decade Team in cross country (1990-99).

In indoor track, Cunningham was the Patriot League's Female Athlete of the Meet at the 1996 Indoor Track & Field Championships. She won three indoor championships (1,000 meters, distance medley relay, mile) overall in 1996 and 1997. She held school records in the triple jump, 1000 meters and mile and was a member of the record-setting 4x400, 4x800 and distance medley relay teams. Cunningham was all-Patriot League Indoor Track in 1994-95 (500 meters), 1995-96 (mile, 1,000 meters, distance medley relay) and 1996-97 (mile).

In outdoor track, Cunningham holds the Colgate outdoor record in the 400 intermediate hurdles and won the 1997 outdoor Patriot League title in the 400-meter immediate hurdles and was all-Patriot League in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (1994 and 1997) and 1,500 meters (1996).

Fisher won four varsity letters in cross country and indoor track and three in outdoor track. Upon graduation, he held six Colgate school records -- cross country course (26:11), the indoor two-mile race (9:02.4), the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:18.4), three-mile race (14:07), six-mile race (29:36) and marathon (2:30.16).

Fisher placed ninth in the 1976 IC4A Cross Country Championship and was runner-up in the New York State Track and Field Association Cross Country Championship in 1976 and 1977. He served as co-captain in his sophomore and senior seasons and captain as a junior.

During his track career, Fisher won 56 individual varsity races and was a member of three winning relay teams. He qualified three times for the prestigious IC4A Championships, competing twice indoors in the two-mile and once outdoors in the 10,000-meter final. In 1978 he finished seventh in the IC4A two-mile race. He won the NYSCT&FA three-mile indoor title in 1978 and the two-mile in 1979.

In outdoor track, Fisher competed in the 10,000 meter race at the IC4A Championship and was state runner-up in the mile in 1978.

Overall, Fisher was a 13-time individual medalist (first through fifth place) at the NYSCT&FA Championships. After graduation, he competed in professional road racing and finished 19th overall in the 1982 Boston Marathon as well as qualifying for the 1983 National Track & Field Championships in the 10,000 meters.

Rooney was a four-year standout in lacrosse for the Raiders. She was the team's leading scorer all four seasons en route to finishing her career as Colgate's all-time leading scorer with 124 goals and 57 assists for 181 points.

In her junior season, Rooney was named to the Brine Regional All-America team while leading the Raiders to the New York State AIAW title. The team co-captain tallied 61 points during the season.

As a senior, Rooney was named for a second time to the Brine Regional All-America team after scoring 52 points. She was named first team all-New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association and was chosen to play in the North-South All-Star Game. Serving again as co-captain, Rooney led Colgate to a second-place finish in the NYSAIAW tournament.

Sobo was a four-year letter winner for the men's diving team. He was named four times to the all-Patriot League team while capturing seven diving titles. He won the one-meter title four times and took the three-meter championship three times.

He was undefeated on the one and three-meter boards in his sophomore season and was named the Patriot League Male Diver of the Meet. He also won the ECAC one- and three-meter dives with a record performance on both boards, qualifying for the NCAA Regional meet. The next season, he won the Patriot League one- and three-meter dives and the ECAC one-meter championship. He was named Male Diver of the Meet at both championship events, and again, qualified for the NCAA Regional. He finished second on the three-meter at the NCAA regionals and fifth on the one-meter to become only the second Colgate diver to qualify for the NCAA finals. He was also named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving.

In his final season, Sobo again was named the Patriot League and ECAC Male Diver of the Meet, winning on the one- and three-meter boards at both championship meets. He also participated in the U.S. Senior National Diving Meet.

Waslen finished his collegiate hockey career as Colgate's second all-time leading scorer with 201 points on 100 goals and 101 assists. In his senior season, the four-year letter winner was named second team all-ECAC and Colgate's best offensive player for the third straight year.

In his first season, Waslen broke the Colgate season record for most goals by a first-year player, with 24. He earned the Coaches Award as the team's most improved player, leading the way with a team-high 10 power-play goals and three hat tricks.

As a sophomore, he set three single-season scoring records for assists by a right wing (33), goals by a sophomore (28), points by a sophomore (61) and game-winning goals (seven). As a junior, Waslen led the Raiders in goals (20), game-winning goals (seven) and scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime of the Syracuse Invitational championship game win over Lake Superior State.

In his last season with the Raiders, Waslen broke three single-season records, including points by a senior (64), assists by a right wing (36) and points by a right wing (64). His 100 career goals were second all-time and his 101 career assists ranked fourth all-time. After graduation, Waslen signed a free agent contract with the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs.

Once around and in

Colgate took fifth place in the 2002-2003 Patriot League President's Cup standings. In the men's division, the Raiders finished fifth, while the women also placed fifth in their division. Colgate won two titles this year, sharing a championship in football and winning the softball title outright. The Raiders added top four finishes in women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis. Sixty-four Colgate student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for winter and spring sports. To qualify, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade point average and be awarded a varsity letter.

The 2003 women's soccer recruiting class was ranked 11th best in the Northeast Region by Soccer Buzz magazine. Forty Division I teams are in the Northeast Region. The Raiders opened their 2003 season with a two-game road trip to Utah, facing the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. This was just the third trip west of the Mississippi River in the history of the program.

Three Colgate football players were named to The Sports Network preseason All-America team. Junior wide receiver Luke Graham, senior defensive tackle Josh Sabo and senior linebacker Tem Lukabu received honorable mention honors. Graham was also selected first team preseason All-America by Street & Smith's annual college football magazine.

Coaching changes

Former Colgate gridder Chris Young '97 has joined the Raider staff as wide receiver coach. He returns to Colgate from Canisius College, where he served as wide receiver coach for one season. During his collegiate career, Young was first team all-Patriot League at tight end in his senior season, and earned three varsity letters.

Colgate assistant men's and women's tennis coach Ned Wheeler has been named interim head coach for the 2003-2004 season. Wheeler replaces Marty Perry, who took the head coaching position at the University of Chicago.


The football ticket order form in the July Scene contained two errors. The home game on October 25 versus Bucknell starts at 1 p.m., not 12:30 p.m. Fordham, not Georgetown, is the Raiders'opponent for the home game on November 15. We apologize for any inconvenience. — Ed.

Raider tennis honors

The men's and women's tennis teams placed four players on the all-Patriot League team. On the men's side, Reed Hagmann '05 was first team, while Eric Saccullo '04 made second team. Marissa Alikpala '05 was first team on the women's team, and Lauren Erikson '03 made second team.

Staying connected

Check out the Colgate athletics website: 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.

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