The Colgate Scene
September 2006

Raider notebook

Daktronics, a South Dakota firm, installed new scoreboards at Andy Kerr Stadium (above) and Van Doren Field over the summer. The scoreboard in Andy Kerr Stadium features a 12' x 21' video screen and the entire football scoreboard is 64' wide and 43'4" tall. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
First Academic All-America swimmer

Levi Benson '06 was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America men's at-large third team, becoming the first swimmer in Colgate history to earn the honor. Last season, Benson swam the second leg of the varsity record-setting 400-free relay at the Patriot League Championships. He graduated magna cum laude with honors in molecular biology. Benson is Colgate's first Academic All-America since John Frieser '04 made the 2003 Academic All-America football team.

Dekanich drafted by Predators

In the fifth round of the National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Nashville Predators selected Colgate junior goaltender Mark Dekanich '08. The Predators took Dekanich with their third pick, and the draft's 146th overall selection. Dekanich won the Ken Dryden Award as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey League's Goaltender of the Year after he backstopped Colgate to a share of the league's regular-season title last season.

Just eight selections before Dekanich, the Dallas Stars drafted incoming first-year student David McIntyre with the 138th overall pick. Both Dekanich and McIntyre will continue with their Colgate careers before pursuing these opportunities.

Honing hockey skills

Three incoming women's hockey players, Jill Cater-Cyker, Marissa Dombovy, and Evan Minnick, were invited to attend the USA Hockey Girls' Select 17/18 Player Development Camp in Lake Placid.

Biddle's first team reunion

The 1996 football team will hold a reunion on Saturday, Oct. 7, when the Raiders entertain Princeton at Andy Kerr Stadium. The squad was the first under head coach Dick Biddle, and recorded the first of a school-record 10 straight winning seasons. There will be a pre-game tailgate at Andy Kerr Stadium, and following the game, a post-game reception at the Colgate Inn.

Players planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Debbie Rhyde (315-228-7603) or by Sept. 29.

Teams slated for major contests

Several Colgate teams are slated for major events around the country during the 2006-2007 season.

The men's ice hockey team will kick off its season on Oct. 6 at the Ice Breaker Tournament in Oxford, Ohio. The Raiders will face Vermont in the opening round, and either Denver or Miami of Ohio on Oct. 7. Later in the season, they will participate in the Capital District Classic at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y., Oct. 28-29, and the Rensselaer/Bank of America Tournament in Troy, N.Y. on Nov. 24-25.

The men's basketball team will be making two trips out West. On Dec. 19, the Raiders will be at Arizona State before playing at UC-Riverside on Dec. 21. One week later, the hoopsters return to California to participate in the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Dec. 28-29. Other teams in the tournament are Santa Clara, George Washington, and Air Force. On Feb. 17, 2007, they will participate in the ESPN Bracket Buster against an opponent to be named.

Meanwhile, the women's basketball team competes in the Iowa State Tournament, Dec. 28-30, where they will play Iowa State, Loyola Marymount, and Utah State.

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.

Correction: Lacrosse player Matt Lalli '08 was misidentified as Denis Cronin '08 in the July Scene (print edition only).

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