Dilorati Finishes Third in 100 Fly at NCAA Championships

CC-BUL-APRIL2016-08-Athletics-DiloratiOlivia Dilorati ’16 became the third female swimmer in school history to earn All-America honors with a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at  the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Pilorati was also named the 2015-16 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Women’s Swimmer of the Year on March 30.

Dilorati posted the program’s best finish ever at the national meet and broke her own school record in the event with a time of 54.83 seconds. She joins Sue Wolfe Smith ’83 and Taylor Jaramillo ’06 on the CC women’s All-America list.

After posting the fourth-best time in the preliminaries, Dilorati eclipsed her previous mark of 55.22, set at last month’s Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships, by nearly half a second.

Women’s Lacrosse Signs Cheyenne Dyess

Cheyenne Dyess, who is being treated for leukemia, signs a letter of intent to be a member of the women's lacrosse team.

Cheyenne Dyess, who is being treated for leukemia, signs a letter of intent to be a member of the women’s lacrosse team.

Cheyenne Dyess, an 11-year-old Peyton, Colorado, resident who is battling t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, signed a ‘national letter of intent’ with the women’s lacrosse team on Feb. 22. Dyess was joined by her parents, Amy and Levi, at the signing ceremony and press conference, which was held in CC’s El Pomar Sports Center.

A fifth grader at Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning in Falcon, Dyess also is a national ambassador for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. CC was represented by head coach Susan Stuart and goaltender Martha Smith ’16, who serves as one of the team’s liaisons with Team IMPACT, which pairs college sports teams with local children who are fighting a serious illness.

The senior from Braintree, Massachusetts, won the 100 fly and 50 freestyle, as well as four relay titles, at the 2016 SCAC Championships in February. Also winning individual conference titles for the Tigers were Megan Gillespie ’16 (400 individual medley) and Ellen Silk ’18 (200 butterfly). Three other CC swimmers, Erin Holmes ’16, Emily Harrison ’18, and Justina Zuckerman ’18, were members of championship relay teams.

Women’s Soccer

The Colorado College women’s soccer program strengthened its roster with commitments from eight recruits who will continue their academic and athletic careers at CC, head coach Geoff Bennett announced on Feb. 3. Joining the Tigers for the 2016 campaign will be midfielder Lucia Costanza (Albuquerque, New Mexico); goalkeeper Molly Hiniker (Edina, Minnesota); midfielder Sarah Lyons (Colorado Springs); forward Catie McDonald (Arlington, Virginia); defender Aleesa Muir (Colorado Springs); midfielder Ansley Queen (Palo Alto, California); forward Madeline Stesney (Denver); and midfielder Quinn Yawger (Denver).

CC officially kicks off the 2016 season on Aug. 19 at the University of Northern Colorado in the opening game of the Colorado Cup.

Men’s Basketball

Three members of the Colorado College men’s basketball team received All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors when the all-conference teams were introduced at the league’s postseason tournament at Centenary College. James Lonergan ’16 earned first-team honors while John Hatch ’18 and Eric Houska ’18 were third-team selections in the ballot of the league’s head coaches. Justin Berardino ’16 and Andrew Maddock ’18 each received honor- able-mention accolades.

The Tigers advanced to the SCAC championship game where they dropped an 80-77 decision to Texas Lutheran University. Maddock, who set the conference tournament record and tied the Colorado College single-game mark with 46 points during  the 93-83 semifinal victory over Austin College, and Hatch were named to the all-tournament team.

Women’s Basketball

Danielle Davis ’16, who led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference averaging 15.8 points per game, was named a second-team all-conference selection in a ballot of the league’s head coaches. It marked the third year in a row Davis was recognized by the conference. Last year, she earned a spot on the third team  after  receiving  honorable-mention  accolades as a sophomore. Forward Korbyn Ukasick ’17 was  an honorable-mention selection. The all-SCAC teams were announced Feb. 27, in conjunction with the league’s postseason championship at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Grossenbacher Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Colorado College student-athletes were rewarded for their commitment to academic excellence by earning a spot on the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Honor Roll during the fall semester.  Max Grossenbacher √16 is only the third player in the history of Colorado College men√s soccer to be named a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The biochemistry major and music minor plays midfield and owns a 3.81 grade-point average.

Max Grossenbacher ’16 has won virtually every award possible during his four years as a student-athlete at Colorado College. His unwavering commitment to excellence in the classroom and as a member of the men’s soccer team has earned him a place among the most decorated student-athletes in school history.

In recognition of those achievements, Grossenbacher added his name to the most exclusive list with the announcement that he was named a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which are awarded  to a select group who excel academically and athletically. Only 29 scholarships are awarded for both men and women from each sports season (fall, winter, and spring). To qualify for the $7,500  scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) and have been a member of a varsity team.

Grossenbacher, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in music, plans to attend medical school beginning in  2018. In December, he became just the third player in the history of CC men’s soccer to be named a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Battle on Blake

CC hockey takes on DU during the historic Battle on Blake outdoor hockey game at Coors Field in Denver.  35,144 attended the game.

CC hockey takes on DU during the historic Battle on Blake outdoor hockey game at Coors Field in Denver. 35,144 attended the game.

Playing in front of the largest crowd ever to watch a Colorado College hockey game, the Tigers  dropped a 4-1 decision to the University of Denver in the “Battle on Blake” at Coors Field on Feb. 20. With 35,144 fans in the stands for the first outdoor game in the 66-year history of the rivalry, the 10th-ranked Pioneers took a 2-0 lead in the first period.

The Tigers cut the deficit in half with a little less than four minutes remaining in the second period when Cole McCaskill ’19 beat DU netminder Tanner Jaillet with a shot from the right circle inside the near post. Gregg Burmaster ’19 gained an assist on the play.

“You dream of scoring a goal in an outdoor game in front of a huge crowd and it being the game-winner,” McCaskill says. “[The goal] ended up only being half that so it was  bittersweet.”

The Pioneers regained control early in the third period by scoring a pair of power-play goals in a span of 15  seconds.

Jacob Nehama ’19 finished with 43 saves for CC before giving way to Tyler Marble ’17 for the final 4:02  of the historic contest.