March 19, 2011

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Baum Proves Clutch in Colgate Win over Stags

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- The Colgate men's lacrosse team secured its fifth win of the season when it defeated Fairfield 11-9 on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Peter Baum led the Raiders in scoring with four goals while senior Andrew Mould had three and sophomore Matt Baker had two. Juniors Jeff Ledwick and Kevin Gordon also added one goal apiece.

The Stags came out to a quick start, creating a series of scoring opportunities and hitting the post at the 13:31 mark in the opening minutes of the game. However, despite Fairfield creating majority of the attempts on net, it was Colgate (4-3, 1-0 PL) that opened scoring with a man-up goal from Baker at the 9:37 mark to take the 1-0 lead. Sophomore Michael Thomas was credited with the assist. Not deterred, the Stags continued to threaten Colgate's net and at the 7:23 mark, they were rewarded with an equalizer to tie the game at 1-1. Determined to maintain their lead, the Raiders then scored back-to-back unassisted goals at the 6:37 and 4:36 marks courtesy of Mould and Ledwick, to increase their lead to 3-1.

Similar to the first quarter, Fairfield came out to an explosive start, finding a second goal just 48 seconds into play to reduce the scoring margin to one goal. Colgate then came alive, forcing the Stags to make a series of turnovers while attacking their net. The Raiders' hard work eventually paid off with a pair of goals from Baker and Baum respectively at the 4:34 and 3:38 marks to improve their lead to 5-2, which they held going into half time. Baum was also credited with an assist in Baker's goal.

The third quarter began in the Colgate's' favor this time, finding an early goal from Mould at the 12:25 mark to take the 6-2 advantage. Fairfield answered back with a goal just over a minute later, however a seventh goal for the Raiders at the 7:45 mark courtesy of Baum, returned the scoring margin to five goals. Both teams continued to play hard but by the end of the period the score remained 7-4.

Both teams came out playing aggressively in the final 15 minutes of play. Colgate attacked first but then a penalty on the Raiders allowed Fairfield to find a pair of man-up goals at the 13:25 and 13:05 marks to put the score at 7-6. Feeling the pressure, Colgate responded with a goal from Baum at the 10:51 mark to give itself some breathing room. The pressure was soon returned with the Stags finding the net minutes later to reduce the margin to just one point once again. The goal did not phase the Raiders, who then found a trio of goals from Mould, Gordon and Baum to take the 11-7 lead with just over a minute left in the game. Fairfield then went on to find two more goals in the final seconds of the game but it was not enough to topple Colgate, giving the Raiders the 11-9 victory.

Junior Jared Madison had 13 saves for the Raiders while Fairfield's Charlie Cipriano had nine stops.


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