February 23, 2013

Baum Becomes Patriot League All-Time Leading Scorer

from press release

HANOVER, N.H. – Peter Baum became the Patriot League's all-time goal scorer Saturday and No. 10 Colgate sandwiched six consecutive tallies around the halftime intermission to subdue Dartmouth, 13-10.

The win completed a three-game road New England sweep for the Raiders to open the 2013 campaign, and also marked Colgate's first 3-0 start in 20 years. Included were wins the first two weeks at Bryant and Vermont.

Baum and teammate Brendon McCann posted hat tricks for the second straight game, with Baum scoring a pair of goals in both the second and fourth quarters. Saturday's four goals give Baum 139 for his career – one more than the previous Patriot League record of 138 set by Bucknell's Justin Zackey from 1991-94.

"I am really honored and humbled to be at the top of a league that has seen some phenomenal players over the years and has such great programs," Baum said. "So much of my success has to do with my teammates and coaches, so I am very proud of Colgate lacrosse as a whole. It's a big achievement."

Baum's hat trick was his 29th career, maintaining his Division I active lead in that category.

"It was a good team win," Raiders head coach Mike Murphy said. "And Peter getting the record – that was great. At the end of the game, Coach (Mike) Abbott mentioned it to Peter and I don't think he even knew about it.

McCann Gets Loose Again

For the second week in a row, McCann did his damage after the halftime break. The junior attacker opened the second-half scoring from close range off a nice feed by Matt Clarkson. He then finished Colgate's 6-0 run from the first half by rifling one home from the left angle to make it 8-4 Raiders with 8:40 left in the third.

"Brendon does a good job being the third guy a lot of times," Murphy said. "When teams are sliding to Peter or to our midfield, Brendon's doing a good job of finding the lane and being in the right spot at the right time.

"And Peter did a good job of making plays, whether it was him scoring goals or getting assists and finding other guys open."

McCann has scored eight goals in the last six quarters for Colgate to share the overall team lead with Baum at nine.

Colgate's defense put together a scoreless streak of 14 minutes and 30 seconds that helped the Raiders rally from a pair of two-goal deficits.

"That was big," Murphy said. "Our guys did a good job of controlling a couple of their matchups. Our post defensemen did a really good job of handling their attacks as best we could. The middies did a good job of buckling down forcing them into situations they didn't want to be in.

Quick-Start Artists

Matt Baker continued Colgate's trend of scoring first with a goal off Baum's assist with 8:52 left in the opening quarter. Not only have the Raiders scored first in all three games, they have scored first in 11 of the 13 quarters (counting overtime at Bryant) played to date.

After a 1-1 opening period, Dartmouth twice opened two-goal leads at 3-1 and 4-2. But Colgate's defense stiffened and Jimmy Ryan began the Raiders comeback with a blistering shot into the upper right corner from a Baker assist.

Two Baum goals also helped the Colgate rally. His first came with 10:22 left in the half on a wrap-around to Baum's right that bounced off Dartmouth goalkeeper Bernie Susskind and in. His second was a low scorcher from about 40 feet out that capped an extended Raiders offensive possession and gave Colgate a 5-4 halftime lead.

That advantage was Colgate's first of the year at the halftime break.

McCann helped the Raiders keep the pressure on in the third, bookending a pair of goals around Matt Clarkson's sixth goal of the year. Colgate led 8-4 with 8:40 left in the third quarter.

"I was very encouraged by the way our guys played over the second and third quarters," Murphy said. "We scored nine goals in that span, and we talked all week about dodging deep. Last year, they were a team that wanted to pack it in and maybe not slide so much to us.

"They changed it up a little bit this year, but again our middies did a good job of initiating some of the offense."

Just before the third-quarter horn sounded, Ryan Walsh powered his way to a right-side shooting angle, pivoted and put the exclamation mark on Colgate's five-goal period. His second of the game and fifth of the year came with just 3.7 seconds left on the clock and pushed Colgate's lead to 10-6.

Fourth Goal for Baum

The teams mostly traded goals in the final 15 minutes. McCann posted his hat trick with a score just shy of five minutes in, and then Baum added his final two. His fourth and final goal of the game came with 2:14 showing and was a nifty move where he split the defenders and went in all alone to score on a helpless Susskind.

"It was just a great team win in tough conditions with the snow and everything," Baum said. "When we were successful offensively, we did a good job staying patient. And the defense got stops when we needed them."

In addition to Baum, McCann and Walsh, Baker also was a multiple goals scorer for the Raiders. Jimmy Ryan added three assists to his goal for four points, while Clarkson chipped in a pair of assists to go with his third-period goal.

Colgate outshot the Big Green 47-35, and won the battle for ground balls 39-33. Face-offs were 14-11 in favor of the Raiders, while Dartmouth committed 24 turnovers to 19 for Colgate. The Raiders were 0-of-1 on extra-man opportunities, while Dartmouth was 2-of-4.

Freshman Gordon Santry posted six saves in goal for Colgate, while Dartmouth's Susskind had 12. Nikki Dysenchuk's three goals led the Big Green, now 0-1.

This was the fourth straight year the road team won this game.

The last time a Colgate squad opened with at least three wins to start the season was 1993. That Raiders team went 5-0 en route to a 9-3 campaign, and the 1964 Raiders also opened 5-0 on their way to an 11-1 season.

Colgate's now faces its biggest test of the young season when the Raiders travel to Cornell, ranked fifth and seventh in this week's major polls. Next Saturday's start time from Ithaca is 3 p.m.

"Any time you go to Ithaca to play Cornell, you're talking about the cream of the crop in Division I lacrosse in Central New York," Murphy said. "Coach (Ben) DeLuca does a great job with his guys, and I know they are fired up to play Sunday for the first time in 2013 against Hobart."

"We're going to do our best to have our team ready to go next Saturday."


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