Colgate Survives Stiff Test from Lafayette
from press release
EASTON, Pa. – The No. 16/16 Colgate men's
lacrosse team extended its winning streak to five games when it
defeated Lafayette 11-10 on Saturday night. Despite exchanging the
lead with the Leopards throughout the game, the Raiders were able
to find a goal in the final minutes of the game to secure the
Senior Andrew Mould led the team in scoring with a game-high four goals while sophomore Peter Baum and junior Jeff Ledwick had two goals each. Seniors Rob Bosco, Ben McCabe and Jim Carroll also added one goal apiece. Baum and McCabe also had one assist each.
Lafayette got on the scoreboard first, winning the faceoff and opening scoring at the 14:12 mark to take the early lead. The lead was short-lived, with Colgate (9-3, 5-0 PL) finding the net minutes later at the 11:20 mark courtesy of Baum to tie the game at 1-1. Both teams continued to play hard in search of a goal to take the lead and then, at the 7:36 mark, the Raiders found success with a goal from Ledwick to take a 2-1 lead. The team then found a third goal less than two minutes later from Mould to extend its lead to two goals.
Colgate came out to an offensive start in the second period, firing a shot on net in the opening minute but could not find the net. Determined to stay in the game, the Leopards picked up their pace and were soon rewarded with a pair of goals at the 13:26 and 12:21 marks to tie the game at 3-3. The teams continued to battle it out, creating scoring opportunities on both ends of the field, but it was not until the final seven minutes of play that either team was able to find the net. Colgate struck first with a goal from Mould at the 6:09 mark to restore its lead. McCabe was credited with the assist. However, as the clock wound down, Lafayette was able to find two quick goals, first at the 1:50 mark and then with 14 seconds left on the clock, to take a 5-4 lead at half time.
The Leopards carried their scoring momentum into the third quarter, taking advantage of a man-up situation at the 13:13 mark to score their sixth goal of the game. This did not deter the Raiders, who were then able to find their offensive rhythm with a trio of goals over the next six minutes. The first was a man-up goal from McCabe at the 10:21 mark, followed by a goal from Mould with an assist from Baum and an unassisted goal from Ledwick at the 8:38 and 7:42 marks respectively, to take the 7-6 advantage. However, like in the second period, a pair of goals in the closing minutes allowed Lafayette to take an 8-7 lead going into the final 15 minutes of play.
Both teams came out to an aggressive start in the final period, with the Leopards looking for a cushion goal and Colgate looking to cut their lead. The Raiders achieved their objective first, finding the net just 36 seconds into play, courtesy of Bosco, to tie the score at 8-8. Lafayette reclaimed its lead minutes later with a goal at the 11:37 mark, but then a goal from Carroll five seconds later returned the score to a 9-9 tie. After a short break due to weather conditions, the Raiders jumped out to a quick start with Baum finding the net at the 8:46 mark to give his team the 10-9 lead. However, like clockwork, the Leopards were able to tie the game 12 seconds later at 10-10. Both teams continued to play aggressively, but in the end a goal from Mould with help from Bosco at the 3:47 mark along with some strong defensive plays in the final minutes of the game, allowed Colgate to secure the win and remain undefeated in league play.
The team will resume play at home next weekend when it takes on No. 12/12 Bucknell, which also has a perfect 5-0 record, in its final league game of the regular season on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. The game will decide which of the two teams will win the regular season title and host the 2011 Patriot League Tournament as the No. 1 seed at the end of the month.