March 31, 2012

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Baum, Colgate Slip Past Army in Tight Patriot League Contest

from press release

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The No. 17 Colgate men's lacrosse team was able to edge its way past Army on Saturday afternoon to secure its second Patriot League win of the season 15-13, while also improving its unbeaten road record to 4-0.

National point and goal scoring leader junior Peter Baum came alive for the Raiders with six points from six goals. Baum, who extended his point streak to 37 games, is now fifth in program history with 42 goals this season, is ninth with 55 points in a season, and is sixth in program history with 105 career goals. The junior was followed by freshman Ryan Walsh who had five points from three goals and two assists while freshman Conor Braddish, senior co-captain Kevin Gordon, sophomoreBrendon McCann, junior Connor Brown and senior John Donnally all tallied one goal apiece.

Colgate (8-2, 2-1 PL) came out to an explosive start, scoring the opening goal just 10 seconds into the game. Gordon tallied his second goal of the season with help from junior Robert Grabher to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later, Army was able to break up a Colgate clear, pick up the groundball and score its first goal at the 13:45 mark to tie the game at 1-1. As the period progressed, both teams continued to play an attacking game and despite the Raiders earning an extra-man opportunity at the 10:43 mark, neither team could find a second goal. It was not until the 8:58 mark that scoring resumed when the Black Knights tallied their second goal to claim their first lead of the game, 2-1. Their lead only lasted two minutes and 56 seconds, with Colgate tying the score at 2-2 with a goal from Walsh off an assist from sophomore Bobby Lawrence at the 6:02 mark. The Raiders then went on to find a pair of goals from Donnally and McCann at the 4:36 and 2:05 marks to take a 4-2 lead at the end of the first 15 minutes of play. Walsh had an assist on Donnally's goal.

In the second quarter, it was Army that opened scoring with its third goal of the game 3:15 into the period to reduce the score to 4-3. This early goal did not disrupt Colgate's scoring momentum with Baum adding a fifth goal for the Raiders at the 10:41 mark with help from sophomore Jimmy Ryan. Less than two minutes later, Colgate increased its lead to 6-3 during an extra-man opportunity when a shot from Walsh was saved but then resulted in an own goal off a mistake by the goalie while he was scooping up the ball, to give the Raiders a man-up goal at the 8:45 mark. Following a team time out and a series of shots from Colgate, Army turned things around quickly with four back-to-back goals in the final four minutes of the half to claim a 7-6 lead going into half time.

Colgate was able to swing the momentum back its way in the third period, coming into the quarter with an equalizing goal at the 11:14 mark from Walsh with an assist by senior Chris Zielinski to tie the game at 7-7. The Raiders then followed that up with another tally from Braddish at the 8:06 mark to reclaim its lead, 8-7. Both teams continued to battle it out on the field with Colgate holding a 4-1 shooting advantage over the next five minutes, which inevitably led to a ninth goal courtesy of Walsh at the 3:11 mark to give the Raiders a two-goal lead. The Black Knights then responded with a goal with 1:29 left in the quarter to reduce Colgate's lead to 9-8 going into the final 15 minutes of play.

The final period was as physical and intense as the first three. Army struck first with an equalizer at the 12:12 mark to put the score at 9-9. Both teams picked up their pace in search of a goal that would give them the lead, but it was the Raiders that were able to ignite their offense and find a trio of goals at the 7:08, 6:31 and 5:13 marks to take a 12-9 lead. Baum scored the first two while Brown tallied the third. The Black Knights then bounced back with a 10th goal at the 5:04 mark to reduce the scoring margin to two goals. Fifteen seconds later, Baum extended the Raiders' lead to three goals with an assist from Walsh however, Army answered back with a pair of goals in the next 13 seconds to put the game within one with the score at 13-12. Feeling the pressure, both teams picked up the tempo as the game came to a close. Fortunately for the Raiders, it was Baum that was able to step up and secure the win for Colgate with two more goals at the 3:24 and 1:14 marks to give his team a much-needed 15-13 victory over Army, despite a last-second goal from the Black Knights.

Senior goalie Jared Madison had eight saves in the game while Army's Zach Palmieri also had eight stops. The Raiders went 15-for-31 at the faceoff X and held a 40-36 shooting advantage in the game. Colgate also went 1-for-3 on its extra-man opportunities while holding the Black Knights scoreless on their one opportunity.

The Raiders will resume play at home next weekend when they host No. 7 Lehigh for their fourth league matchup on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.


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