Canisius vs. Colgate
March 2, 2008
The Game Story:
BUFFALO, N.Y. (3/2/08)—Colgate University junior Kevin Colleluori (Bethpage, N.Y.) scored a goal 48 seconds into overtime to lift the men’s lacrosse team to a thrilling 12-11 overtime victory at Canisius this afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. Colleluori finished with two goals and an assist for the Raiders.

Colgate evens its overall record to 2-2, while Canisius falls to 0-2 on the season. The Golden Griffins had won their home opener in each of the past four seasons.

Canisius won the opening faceoff in overtime and called a timeout. The Raiders forced a turnover out of the timeout and junior Andrew Watkins (Timonium, Md.) picked up the loose ball with 3:15 left on the clock.

Corp got the ball in the offensive third and fed Colleluori for the sudden victory score with 3:12 left in overtime.

After a lot of back and forth action in the first three quarters in which Colgate never led by more than two goals, Canisius rallied from an 8-6 deficit at the end of the third quarter to take the lead, 11-10, with 2:05 left in regulation. Senior Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) won the ensuing faceoff, but the Raiders were unable to capitalize on two shots and Canisius got the ball back with 58 seconds left on the clock.

The Golden Griffins successfully cleared their zone and tried to run out the clock. Senior Corey Hinton (Niskayuna, N.Y.) stepped up the defensive pressure and forced a Canisius turnover with 30 seconds left to get the ball back for a final chance to even the score. The Golden Griffins were subsequently hit with a too many players penalty with 20 ticks left to give the Raiders a man-up opportunity in the waning seconds.

The Raiders set up their man-up offense and forced a slashing penalty to earn a two man advantage with eight seconds left to play. It took just three seconds after that for sophomore Ian Murphy (Constantia, N.Y.) to fire home a Nick Monastero (Bohemia, N.Y.) pass and send the game into overtime.

Colgate led from the very beginning and never led by more than two goals in the contest. Junior Brandon Corp (Chittenango, N.Y.) got things started 5:18 into the game and senior Josh Back (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Corp teamed up 3:30 later to make it 2-0 midway through the first quarter.

Corp led all scorers in the game with four goals and two assists for six points. He has 17 points on the season. Back finished with a goal and an assist.

Canisius answered with a pair of unanswered scores to close out the first frame tied at two apiece. Dave Schaefer and Nick LoCoco tallied the goals for the Golden Griffins.

Corp and Colleluori gave the Raiders another two-goal advantage with unassisted tallies in the opening three minutes of the second session, but the Raiders were unable to pull away as Canisius scored three of the next four goals to tie the game at five apiece. Three different players scored for Canisius during that stretch.

It was Corp again putting Colgate back in front at the end of the half with an assist from Colleluori. Canisius tied the game again midway through the third quarter before Eck gave the Raiders the lead again eight seconds later with his second goal of the season. Corp put Colgate up two with an unassisted goal at the end of the third quarter. Eck finished with a career-high two goals.

Canisius scored three consecutive goals, including two from Schaefer, to go in front 9-8 for the first time. Lalli answered less than a minute later and the teams traded scores down the stretch to set up the thrilling finish.

Adam Jones and Schaefer both finished with three goals apiece for Canisius, while Michael Blocho had two and Nick LoCoco had a goal and an assist.

Colgate had a slight 40-35 advantage in the shots category and picked up 28 groundballs to Canisius’ 20, including holding a 9-4 advantage in the crucial fourth quarter. The Raiders were 1-for-6 on extra man opportunities and Canisius went 1-for-3 on the man-up.

Eck had a strong day at the faceoff “X”, winning 16-of-23 restarts. The Raiders were 16-of-25 overall for the afternoon. Eck picked up a team-high six groundballs, while Watkins had a career-high four pickups.

In goal, junior Brian Cain (Rocky Point, N.Y.) earned the starting nod and made 11 saves. Chris Courteau had 15 stops for the Golden Griffins, including nine in the third quarter.

Colgate opens Patriot League play next, traveling to take on Holy Cross on March 8. The game is set to start at 1 p.m.