Army vs. Colgate
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior attackman Andrew Boyd totaled a career-high four goals and Army reached double-digit scoring for the second-straight game, but the Black Knights could not overcome No. 17 Colgate's high-powered offense in 15-13 loss in Patriot League lacrosse action on an overcast Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

Colgate enjoyed a three-goal lead three times throughout the contest, but the Black Knights cut into the deficit each time. Nine different Army players scored goals in a fast-paced game that featured 11 fourth quarter tallies between the two teams.

"There were times in the third quarter where we failed to keep possession for any length of time, which put a lot of pressure on the defense," said seventh-year head coach Joe Alberici. "When you give a great offensive team like Colgate that many opportunities, it's going to come back to hurt you."

Colgate junior attackman Peter Baum paced all players with six goals, including five in the final 7:08 to carry the Raiders to their second Patriot League victory.

Army junior attackman Garrett Thul extended his goal-scoring streak to 34 games with a two-goal effort. His second goal of the day came with less than one second to play and provided the final 15-13 margin. Seven other Black Knights scored single goals, including junior defenseman Brendan Buckley's first career tally to open the fourth quarter.

Colgate held a 40-36 edge in shots, while Army won the ground ball battle, 31-27. Army senior Zach Palmieri and Colgate senior Jared Madison each totaled eight saves in the cage. Senior Derek Sipperly won 15 face-offs for the Black Knights and amassed a career-high 10 ground balls to lead all players.

Boyd netted Army's first two goals, as both teams converted on their first shots of the game. After Colgate's Kevin Gordon scored off the opening face-off just 10 seconds into the action, senior attackman Conor Hayes found Boyd just outside the crease for his first goal of the game at the 13:45 mark. Boyd gave Army a 2-1 edge when he buried a turnaround shot with 8:58 on the clock. Colgate closed the first quarter on a 3-0 run and led 4-2 heading into the second period.

The Black Knights owned the second quarter, out-scoring Colgate 5-2 and taking a 7-6 lead into halftime. Senior middie Devin Lynch opened the second-quarter scoring with his 13th goal of the season. The Raiders got the next two and jumped out to a 6-3 lead midway through the second frame. Thul, Boyd, freshman midfielder John Glesener and sophomore midfielder Tyler Kamide each put the ball past Madison once over the final 3:22. Kamide bounced his second goal of the year in the back of the net with five seconds on the clock as the momentum shifted into Army's favor heading into the locker room.

Colgate retaliated by registering three of the four goals scored in the third quarter. After coming up empty on a couple long possessions early, the Raiders tied the score at 7-all on a Ryan Walsh goal 3:46 into the second half. The Raiders went on to take a 9-7 lead before Glesener fed Boyd for his fourth goal of the game 10 yards out at the 1:29 mark.

A back-and-forth game over the opening 45 minutes, both offense's erupted during a wild fourth quarter. Buckley's first career goal, which he carried coast-to-coast and buried, opened the scoring and leveled the score for a fifth time at 9-9 with 12:12 to go. Beginning with a Colgate goal at 7:08, the teams combined to score seven goals over the next 2:44. Baum scored four of Colgate's five goals during the run, while all three of Army's goals came in transition. Sipperly won the face-off and buried his first goal of the season himself with 5:04 to play. Meanwhile, senior long stick midfielder, who tallied five ground balls on the day, scored his third goal of the season at the 4:43 mark. Sipperly won the ensuing face-off and fed Hayes from the left side as the Black Knights scored back-to-back goals over a seven-second span. Hayes' goal pulled Army within 13-12 with 4:36 remaining.

Over the next two-plus minutes, Baum netted his 41st and 42nd goals of the season, respectively. The nation's leading scorer coming into Saturday's game, Baum's late-game effort gave the Raiders a 15-12 cushion as time ticked away. Army got two shots off over the final minute, but only Thul's with less than one second to play resulted in a goal.

Colgate, ranked No. 17 in both national polls last week, improved to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while Army dropped to 4-6 on the year and 1-2 in Patriot League play.

Army continues Patriot League play over the next three weeks. The Black Knights hit the road to take on defending conference champion and preseason favorite Bucknell next Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. The game will be televised to a national audience live on CBS Sports Network.

Game Notes:Freshman Billy Baird tallied his second career point with an assist in the fourth quarter ... Brendan Buckley led all players with three caused turnovers ... Derek Sipperly took all but one of 31 face-offs of the day ... Baird took the other ... the teams combined for four penalties (Army three; Colgate one) ... all four came in the first half.