The Colgate Scene
|By Bob Cornell|
Two primary athletic fields received major upgrades this summer. After a decade of wear and tear, the existing AstroTurf on Tyler's Field, home of lacrosse and field hockey, was replaced with a new playing surface called AstroTurf 12.
FieldTurf, which looks like grass and is easy to maintain, was installed at Andy Kerr Stadium, home of Colgate football. Harsh winters had forced the team to compete on a field that at times was nearly unplayable — to the point that their ability to host late-season games was threatened.
"These enhancements will give all our programs tremendous flexibility for practices and competition," said athletics director David Roach. "We are grateful to all of our supporters who have helped get this initiative completed."
The athletic communications office was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America for publication writing and design. Michele Kelley '02, assistant director, earned four awards. Her 2006 field hockey poster placed third in the nation out of 92 entries received in Division A. She swept the top three awards for posters in the district; her field hockey earned best, her football, second, and her volleyball, third. Communications Assistant Kristy McNeil's 2006-2007 women's ice hockey media guide took top honors in the single-sport guide contest and as the best women's hockey guide in the nation.
The men's crew had a fine performance at the Henley Royal Regatta. The eight boat advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Cup before elimination, losing by a quarter-length to Cornell. Colgate shocked its opponents and the crowd with a win over reigning Temple Cup champion Oxford Brookes in the first round before beating Trinity (Dublin, Ireland) to reach the semifinals. On the eight boat were Peter Engebretson '08, Andrew Hatzenbuhler '08, Bryan Pape '08, Mark Robson '10, Doug Herling '08, Tom Leonard '07, Kurt Miller '09, Austin Sigety '08, and coxswain Brenna O'Rourke '07.
Colgate also placed two four with cox boats. Competing in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup, the "B" crew lost its first race, and the "A" boat captured its opening race. Antonio Perez '09, Oliver Jensen '09, Matt Green '07, Peter Leahey '09, and coxswain Chris Monterosso '09 competed in the "B" boat, while the "A" boat consisted of Matt Rogowski '09, Parker Paulin '09, Willie Fox '09, Isaac Goodling '08, and cox Mary Dekar '08.
Kinsey Carlson '07 became the first Colgate woman rower to earn the Patriot League Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and was named a national scholar-athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.
Defensemen Colin Hulme '07 and Brandon Corp '09 were selected honorable mention on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American team. Hulme, the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, was selected by the San Francisco Dragons in the second round of the 2007 Major League Lacrosse Draft.
Hulme and Corp, who was the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, helped the Raiders to post the biggest improvement in the nation in the Division I power rankings; Colgate climbed from 35th in 2006 to 12th this season.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics selected athletics director David Roach to serve as third vice president for 2007-2008. Vicky Chun '91 was promoted to associate director of athletics. Head golf coach Marian Blain stepped down to concentrate solely on her duties as head professional at Seven Oaks Golf Course, a position she has held since 1982. In the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., Mike Hanlon '07 finished 12th in his heat and 25th overall in the competition.
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