Colgate's Vaughan Earns 400th Win
CHN Staff Report
Freshman defenseman Trevor Cosgrove scored the game-winning goal early in the third period Friday night, giving Colgate a 2-1 win over Brown, and giving head coach Don Vaughan his 400th career win.
Vaughan, who is the longest-tenured coach in the ECAC at the same school, is the fourth league coach to reach the 400-win milestone.
"In the heat of the moment, I wasn't thinking about it. I can assure you that," Vaughan said about win 400. "[Assistant coach] Mike [Harder] actually told me at the end of the game, 'It's a pretty big deal.' I said, 'Yeah it's a tough win.' He said, 'No, 400.'
"Moments like this gives you time to pause. For me, I think about all of the great players I've been fortunate enough to coach, the coaches that I've worked with at Colgate, the great people that have come through the programs and the students that have been managers. That's what it does for me. It just allows me to reflect back on 25 years of great opportunities. Colgate has been great to me as well as the Hamilton community, so I think of those things and get a bit nostalgic."
Freshman Josh McKechney scored the first goal of his career and assisted Cosgrove's game-winner. Goaltender Colton Point continued his impressive sophomore campaign with 37 saves. Colgate is 10-7-4 overall, and in fifth place in the ECAC.
"It's a great a feeling, obviously it wasn't the prettiest ending that we wanted but we got the win," McKechny said. "Huge congrats to Vaughaner on getting his 400th win, I think that's awesome and I'm just glad to be a part of it."
Vaughan took over at the start of the 1992-93 season. He stepped away for one year to concentrate on being the school's interim athletic director in 2003-04, before returning the next season. That season, 2004-05, Colgate won 25 games, the most during Vaughan's tenure, and made the NCAAs.
In all, Colgate has made the NCAAs three times under Vaughan, the last coming in 2014.
"I was on the losing end of Jack Parker's 400th win in my first year," Vaughan said. "I remember going down after the game to congratulate him, he looked at me and said, 'You know, you'll get there one day too, kid.' That was the furthest thing from my mind, I never thought I'd be in this position but here it is.
"We had a great win tonight. It's a tough win on the road; we had to hang on at the end because Brown came hard. A couple penalties in the third didn't help but I'm just happy for the guys that they stuck with it and we got a great road win."
Vaughan was also instrumental in the opening of Colgate's new rink before last season, Class of 1965 Arena.