April 14, 2012

Colgate Rolls Past Lafayette Behind Baum

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior Peter Baum scored five times and four other Raiders added two goals apiece as the No. 14 Colgate men's lacrosse team rolled past Lafayette 18-7 Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium. The win clinched the Raiders a spot in the Patriot League Tournament, while the 11-goal margin was the largest victory for Colgate since topping Holy Cross 22-9 in 2009.

Baum scored the Raiders first goal and then added three more in the first half to extend his scoring streak to 39-straight games, which is tied for the fifth longest in the nation. Baum also dished out a pair of assists to finish with seven points, while senior Jeff Ledwick, the reigning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, scored two goals and added three assists for five points. Matt Baker, Connor Brown and John Donnally each scored two goals apiece, whileBrendon McCann and Ryan Walsh each recorded three points with one goal and two assists. Junior Robert Grabher was also dominate in the X for a second-straight week, winning 15-of-19 face-offs, while collecting a game-high 10 groundballs. Grabher leads the Patriot League with 93 groundballs on the season.

Colgate (10-2, 4-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, before extended it to 11-2 at halftime en route to its seventh straight win over the Leopards.

Baum and Baker led the opening charge with two goals apiece in the first quarter, while Donnally, Ledwick and Grabher each scored to help the Raiders jump out to a 7-0 lead. After Brian Bock, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, put Lafayette on the board to end the first quarter, the Raiders responded with two goals from Baum to start the second to extend their lead to 9-1. The Leopards would add another goal to make the score 9-2 with 9:11 left, but that would be as close as the score would get as Colgate collected goals from Walsh and Brown to head into the locker room with an 11-2 lead.

Donnally opened the second half with a goal 15 seconds into action and Ledwick added another two minutes later to extend the Raiders lead to 13-2. Lafayette (3-9, 1-4) would stop the bleeding with a goal from Jake Mann with 10 minutes remaining, but Baum and Brown responded with two more goals for Colgate to make the lead 15-3 with 6:51 left. The Leopards would score once more to end the third quarter trailing 15-4.

Three different Raiders recorded goals in the fourth quarter as every active player on the roster received playing time. McCann began the quarter with first goal of day, whileJack O'Callaghan and Matt Reyes-Guerra-Dunn both recorded their first collegiate goals. Senior Jared Madison tallied six stops in goal for Colgate during the first 42 minutes of the contest as all four net minders saw playing time.

Colgate will resume play next Friday when it visits No. 18 Bucknell at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.


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