Rowing alumni medaled at world championships
Two former Raiders — Lauren Schmetterling ’10 and Bryan Pape ’08 — won medals at the World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea, in August.

Bryan Pape ’08 (second from left) rowed with the U.S. men’s lightweight eight crew. (Photo by Erik Dresser)

    Schmetterling received a gold medal as part of the U.S. women’s eight crew that had previously set a world record in July at the World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland. There, crossing in a time of 5 minutes and 54.16 seconds, the American squad broke the previous mark by one-hundredth of a second. It was the first international competition with Team U.S.A. for Schmetterling, who was a team captain at Colgate.
    Meanwhile, Pape helped the U.S. men’s lightweight eight crew score the bronze in South Korea, finishing behind Italy and Australia. The Simsbury, Conn., native not only lettered four years for the Raiders, but also served as an assistant coach at Colgate during 2009 and 2010.

Senior plays for Canada at World University Games
Basketball player Murphy Burnatowski ’14 returned to campus this fall after experiencing something most college athletes don’t get to do: competing in the World University Games in Russia.
    The Waterloo, Ontario, native went through rigorous tests, tryouts, and practices to secure a spot on the Canadian Developmental Men’s National Team. His hard work paid off when he made the cut as one of 12 players representing Canada at the 27th annual event.
    Burnatowski and his teammates started the tournament on fire with six-straight wins, including a 94-85 win over the United States. The undefeated run came to an end against the host squad, Russia, but Burnatowski competed for the bronze medal against Serbia. With many professional players, the Serbians were a tough opponent, yet the game was tight until the final minutes when Serbia pulled away for the win.
    “Although we didn’t come away with a medal, we were very proud of what we accomplished this summer,” Burnatowski said in his blog. “Having a record of 15-2 is nothing to be ashamed of. We truly believe that if we were able to make a few more plays in those two losses, we could have been at the top of the podium. Playing for your country really brings a group of people together.”
    Burnatowski has returned to Colgate for his senior campaign after leading with 17.4 points per game, compiling 557 points throughout the course of his first year with the Raiders (he transferred to Colgate his junior year). He posted 28 double-figure games, in 12 of which he scored 20 or more points, with three of them being double-doubles. The All-Patriot League Second Team selection also recorded a career-high 35 points against Army last January.

Colgate’s foray into the world of FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) football got off to a flying start in Colorado Springs, Colo., against Air Force. The Raiders scored early, but then not often enough, and dropped a 38-13 decision to Air Force of the Mountain West Conference before 32,095 people in the season opener for both teams. (Photo by Bob Cornell)

Alumni hockey headlines
Andy McDonald ’00, who played more than 680 National Hockey League games for the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues, has decided to retire, citing ongoing post-concussion concerns. During his NHL career, which began with the Ducks in 2000–2001, McDonald suffered at least five concussions.
    “The last few years, too much of the focus became worrying about the next hit,” McDonald said in an interview with True Hockey. “I’m fortunate to get out now. I know I could play two or three more years, and I love the game of hockey, but healthwise I know I shouldn’t be playing.”
    McDonald, who played four seasons for Colgate, was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2000, with 58 points on 25 goals and 33 assists.
    After graduating from Colgate, the Strathroy, Ontario, native was signed as a free agent and spent more than six seasons with the Ducks, starting with 16 games in 2000–2001. He went on to record 282 points for the Ducks, including a career-high 85 in 2005–2006. He had 78 points on 27 goals and 51 assists during the regular season in 2006–2007, and made a name for himself during Anaheim’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2007. McDonald had 10 goals and four assists for 14 points during that postseason. According to many, McDonald had a huge impact on Anaheim’s championship season.
    In other news, Steve Spott ’90 made a big splash over the July Fourth weekend, landing the new head-coaching job for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, the affiliate of the Maple Leafs. Spott joined them after 12 years with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, where he spent time as both the general manager and head coach. Over the winter, he was also at the helm of Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
    Lastly, Jesse Winchester ’08 is back in the NHL after spending last year overseas in Finland. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers. Winchester, who has appeared in 233 NHL games, has 52 points, all with the Ottawa Senators. Also, Thomas Larkin ’13 signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Joey Mormina ’05 is back in central New York playing for the Syracuse Crunch.

Canales coaches top French swimmer at Worlds
This past summer, Fernando J. Canales, the Mark S. Randall Head Coach of swimming, was the personal coach of three-time Olympic medalist Yannick Agnel of France during the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Olympic medalist Yannick Agnel and his coach, Fernando Canales, Colgate’s Mark S. Randall Head Coach of swimming

    Agnel burst onto the scene worldwide last year during the London Olympics, winning two gold medals, including the 200-meter freestyle, in which he broke the French record with a time of 1:43.14.
    The Frenchman decided he needed a new training environment in order to get ready for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, so he joined Team USA Head Coach Bob Bowman at the world-famous North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Bowman and Canales go back to their days together at the University of Michigan; Canales worked with Bowman, who was the head coach from 2004 to 2008 and is best known for coaching record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps. Bowman entrusted Canales to coach Agnel during the World Championships.
    Canales helped Agnel win the gold in both the 200-meter freestyle (which made him the first Frenchman to ever win that event at both the Olympics and at the Worlds) and in
a come-from-behind victory in the 4 x 100 meter relay.

The General debuts
A special documentary that premiered at the Hamilton International Film Festival in August celebrated a hometown coach and team that experienced an unforgettable season. The General, about Coach Terry Slater and the 1990 Colgate hockey season, was produced by his sons, Grant ’91 and Todd, and screened at the Hamilton Movie Theater.     

Coach Terry Slater, circa 1990 (photo by John Hubbard)
    The brothers, who founded the festival five years ago, got the idea for the film from a previous festival participant. Kenny MacBain had made a documentary about the Hamilton boys’ soccer team in 2010, and became a partner on the new project.
    The General tells the story of how the Raider hockey team, then filled with walk-ons, transfers, and rookies, came together under their exceptional coach to compete in the 1990 national championship.
    “We spent a lot of time talking through the film and what would make people want to watch even if they weren’t hockey fans or from Hamilton,” said Todd Slater.
    The project was “very personal since it involved our dad and close family friends,” Todd said. He added that there were also more stories at work during that magical season. “The film shows how our father related to a team and to a community. We wanted the story to be more than just about winning or losing a hockey game. The message that holds true to us is how a community, when faced with a challenge, can come together to accomplish something great.”
    Terry Slater came to Colgate from the World Hockey Association, where he coached the Los Angeles Sharks and Cincinnati Stingers. He spent 10 seasons at Colgate, and although his coaching style was unorthodox, it caught on quickly with his players and the community. He died unexpectedly in 1991.
    The making of the film became a stroll down memory lane for the brothers. “We have watched the film and all the interviews so many times, we can now recite the lines by Karl Clauss ’90 or Joel Gardner ’90 before they even appear on screen,” Todd said. “The process allowed us to connect with old friends and people who are special to our family.”
    Many players from the 1990 team came to Hamilton for the debut of the film, which featured many of them talking about the experience.
    Todd said he couldn’t think of a better place to debut the film than Hamilton. “This is the town we grew up in, and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. We created the festival as a way to give back to the area, and it could not have been a more perfect time to showcase a movie about our father, Colgate, the people of Hamilton, and an incredible story.”

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