March 23, 2013

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Colgate Beats Navy with More Than Just Baum

by Gary Lambrecht | LaxMagazine.com


Junior midfielder Jimmy Ryan scored two goals and added an assist Saturday in Colgate's 11-3 victory over Navy in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.
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BALTIMORE -- Colgate opponents typically focus on making sure that senior attackman and Tewarraton Award winner Peter Baum doesn't have his way with them, and Navy was no different in that regard on Saturday in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.

But Colgate has plenty of other weapons besides Baum, and the Raiders clearly proved that against the struggling, overmatched Midshipmen.

Sophomore attackman Ryan Walsh led the way with four goals and three assists, while junior midfielder Jimmy Ryan scored two goals and added an assist, as Colgate took control early and rolled to an 11-3 victory over the unranked Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium.

This one essentially was over early. The Raiders (7-2, 2-0 Patriot League) scored the first four goals and were never threatened, while cruising to their fourth straight victory. Baum made his voice heard as well by finishing with three goals and an assist.

Navy (3-6, 1-3) tumbled to its sixth loss in its last seven games. The Mids most likely must sweep its remaining Patriot League games against Lehigh and Army to have shot at qualifying for next month's conference tournament.

The Mids have scored 34 goals in their six losses. Against Colgate, Navy shot just 3-for-30, including a 1-for-20 effort from its offensive starters.

"We don't have a lot of flow or pace. We're very hesitant. There's no room in this game for hesitation," said Navy junior attackman Sam Jones, the team's leading scorer who went 0-for-5 and was covered well by defenseman Bobby Lawrence.

There was no hesitation in Colgate's game. Baum and Walsh, 6-foot-4, 238 pounds, worked the inside efficiently against Navy's close defense, while Ryan hurt the Mids with his outside shooting.

"[Navy] came out to try to keep the ball out of my stick," Baum said. "When we got the ball to Ryan, it was absolutely impossible to stop him one-on-one."

Colgate took a 6-2 lead at halftime, with Walsh and Ryan scoring twice to spark the offense. Walsh scored two more goals and Baum added one in the third, as Colgate stretched its lead to 9-2.


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