April 2, 2011

Colgate Special Teams Key Upset of Army

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Colgate men's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to three games when it defeated No. 9/9 Army 13-11 at home on Saturday afternoon. The team scored a season-high four man-up goals and one man-down goal to hold off the Black Knights and win the game.

Sophomore Peter Baum led the team in scoring with four goals and two assists while senior Ben McCabe had three goals and one assist. Junior Jeff Ledwick also added two goals and one assist and seniors Andrew Mould and Rob Bosco as well as freshmen Jimmy Ryan and Michael Thomas added one goal apiece. Mould and Ryan also added an assist each.

Army came out to an explosive start, finding a pair of quick goals in the first two minutes of play to take the 2-0 lead. As the period progressed Colgate (7-3, 3-0 PL) soon found its rhythm, creating a series of scoring opportunities, one of which hit the post at the 9:30 mark, but could not find the net. Despite its efforts, as the quarter came to a close, it was the Black Knights that found success for the third time at the 2:12 mark to increase their lead to 3-0. Feeling the three-goal deficit, the Raiders then responded with their first man-up goal of the game at the 1:11 mark from McCabe to put the score at 3-1. Ledwick was credited with the assist.

The second 15 minutes of play started off similar to the first, with Army finding a fourth goal at the 13-minute mark. Still determined to stay in the game, Colgate found a second goal from Ryan during a man-up advantage to put the score at 4-2. Baum was credited with the assist. The Raiders continued to attack their Army's net aggressively and, after a flurry of shots, found a man-down goal from Mould at the 10:09 mark to reduce the score to 4-3. Bosco then found the equalizer with a long-range shot less than three minutes later to tie the game at 4-4. Still carrying its scoring momentum, Colgate then took the lead at the 3:45 mark when Baum picked up a pass from Mould on a fast break and fired it home to take the 5-4 lead. The Raiders then found a sixth goal eight seconds later after senior Jim Carroll won the faceoff and passed it to McCabe who shot it past Tom Palesky to increase their lead to two goals. The Black Knights then responded with a goal at the 2:47 mark, but then a seventh goal from Baum with just nine seconds left gave Colgate the 7-5 lead at half time. McCabe had an assist in the goal.

After a tough second period, Army came into the second period with the same energy it had in the first half, scoring first with a goal at the 12:05 mark to reduce the scoring margin to one goal. Feeling the pressure, the Raiders answered back with a trio of goals to increase the margin once again. Ledwick scored the first goal with an assist from Baum during a man-up advantage at the 10:44 mark. Thomas followed it up with another man-up goal at the 9:14 mark with an assist from Ryan and then McCabe scored the third goal at the 7:26 mark to give Colgate a 10-6 lead. As the quarter came to a close, the Black Knights were able to sneak in a sixth goal with less than a second left on the clock to reduce the score to 10-7.

The Raiders came into the final 15 minutes of play holding a comfortable three-goal lead. However, three straight goals from Army in the first half of the period resulted in a tied 10-10 game with just 7:34 left. Both teams continued to play aggressively as they searched for a goal to take the lead, and then with 5:15 left, Ledwick powered through the Army defense to give Colgate the 11-10 lead. Baum followed it up with another goal at the 1:35 mark to give his team the two-goal advantage. The Black Knights did not hesitate to respond, finding a goal less than 30 seconds later to put the score at 12-11. They then made an aggressive play, moving their goalkeeper into an attacking role in an attempt to find an equalizer, but then a final goal on an empty net from Baum with 25 seconds left in the game was enough to give the Raiders the 13-11 win.

Junior Jared Madison had 13 saves for Colgate while Tom Palesky had eight saves for the Black Knights.

The team will resume play next weekend when it travels to Lehigh for its fourth Patriot League matchup on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m.


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