Colgate Athletics’ Roundup

Drew Fischer, Assistant Sports Editor

Women’s Basketball:

With three games left in the regular season, the Colgate Women’s Basketball team currently occupies the sixth position in the Patriot League. On Saturday, Feb. 18th, the Raiders captured a critical victory against the second-place Holy Cross Crusaders in Worcester, MA. During the 60-56 win, junior forward Tiasia McMillan supplied 15 points and was awarded the Most Valuable Player award in Holy Cross’ Winter Homecoming game. This season, the Raiders have greatly improved in conference play after a 2022 season that saw the squad finish 4-14 in the Patriot League. Be sure to get out and support the Raiders on Senior Day at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 25th against the Naval Academy on Cotterell Court.

Men’s Basketball:

After clinching the Patriot League regular season title with a dominant 76-56 performance over Bucknell University on Feb. 11th, the Colgate Men’s Basketball team will look to continue building momentum for the postseason. On their home court, the Raiders are 11-2 this season and will look to win their third-straight Patriot League Tournament title on Cotterell Court. As for the rest of the regular season, Coach Langel’s unit will head to Lafayette College and the Naval Academy before setting their sights on defending home court in the Patriot League Tournament. With a balanced attack of three-point shooting, unselfish passing, tremendous hustle and tenacity on the defensive end, the Raiders will surely be a force to be reckoned with this postseason.

Women’s Hockey:

With a final regular season record of 28-4-2, the Colgate Women’s Hockey team enters the ECAC Tournament as the second-overall seed and the third-ranked team in the country. After a highly successful 22-game conference slate, the Raiders only trailed Yale University for first place in the ECAC, a team they beat 5-3 on two occasions this season (Dec. 3rd and Feb. 10th). This weekend, the Raiders will host the Princeton Tigers in a Best-of-Three Quarterfinal matchup at the Class of 1965 Arena. Currently, senior forward Danielle Serdachny leads the country in total points as she tallied an astounding 21 goals and 40 assists on the year, but the Raiders will rely on a balanced team effort to secure a back-to-back ECAC Tournament title. 

Men’s Hockey:

Following a weekend sweep of St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University at the Class of 1965 Arena, the Colgate Men’s Hockey team sits alone in fourth place in the ECAC standings. During these matchups, the Raiders secured two decisive and gritty overtime victories. On Friday, Feb. 17th, Ross Mitton netted yet another game-winner off of a pass from junior defenseman Nick Anderson. The next night, Ryan McGuire sealed a shootout victory and capped off a terrific Senior Night performance by the Raiders. In the ECAC Tournament, the top four teams in the conference receive a bye from first-round matchups so this weekend’s affairs at Yale University and Brown University will be critical to securing a period of well-earned rest and recovery. 


Ten games into the season, the Colgate Softball team currently sits at a record of 4-6 after a recent weekend outing in Myrtle Beach at the Battle of the Beach. During a challenging stretch of non-conference opponents, the Raiders secured impressive victories against the University of Minnesota by a score of 4-3, a 13-2 run-rule victory over Butler University and a recent 4-2 triumph over Drexel University on Feb 19th. On the year, the Raiders are led by junior infielder Kara Fusco, who has totaled eight hits and six runs batted in (RBIs), and Bailey Misken, who leads the team in innings pitched (24), complete games (3) and victories (2). The Raiders will return to the diamond on Feb. 25th at the Battle of the Bay in Hampton, VA against the University of Buffalo.

Women’s Lacrosse:

On Thursday, Feb. 16th, the Colgate Women’s Lacrosse team showed signs of promise in an 11-7 loss to Siena College at Andy Kerr Stadium. After jumping out to a 6-3 lead at halftime, Siena rallied to post six unanswered goals in the third quarter and held on late to secure a victory. During this tight affair, the Raiders were led by Kyra Lucey, Sarah Marcovici and Caroline Panzirer who each tallied two goals. Prior to the season, the Raiders were projected to finish in fifth place in the Patriot League and senior midfielder Cara O’Reilly landed on the Preseason All-Patriot League roster. After securing seven draw controls in the season’s first game, O’Reilly only needs three more to cement her name atop the Colgate history books. If this record isn’t broken at Cornell on Feb. 21st, it will surely be done at home against Niagara on Feb. 26th.

Men’s Lacrosse:

The Colgate Men’s Lacrosse team opened the 2023 season on Feb. 18th against The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In a back-and-forth affair between two teams with high aspirations, a late Raider rally was not enough to overcome the Falcons’ early lead as Colgate fell by a score of 11-10. Led by sophomore attacker Rory Connor, who supplied two goals and two assists in the season opener, and senior face-off specialist Thomas Colucci, who scored one goal and added eleven face-off victories, the Raiders will look to rebound at home on Feb. 25th against Hobart. After a canceled matchup with Hobart in 2022, be on the lookout for the Raiders to come out firing on Crown Field to build momentum for the Patriot League season.