Colgate vs. Army
April 2, 2011
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Colgate capitalized on four of its five extra-man chances, scored a man-down goal and held off a fourth quarter Army rally as the Raiders ended the Black Knights' six-game win streak by way of a 13-11 Patriot League victory on Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium.

Army (7-3, 2-1 Patriot League), which jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the early going, trailed by as many as four goals (10-6) midway through the third quarter, but the Black Knights would net four unanswered scores to level the score at 10-10 on a Garrett Thul goal with 7:34 left in the game. Colgate (7-3, 3-0) went on to score three of the final four goals of the game, including two in the final 1:35, to secure the win and remain undefeated in Patriot League play.

"Congratulations goes out to Colgate for playing hard and very opportunistic today," said sixth-year head coach Joe Alberici. "They were outstanding on special teams. More than anything, the story of the game was them scoring four man-up goals and another man-down. You're not going to beat a good team when you get beat 5-0 in special teams."

Thul led the Black Knights with four goals and his second assist of the season, while senior attackman Jeremy Boltus added four points on two goals and two assists. Three of Thul's goals came in the final 10-plus minutes of action, while both Boltus goals were tallied in the second half. Senior attackman Corey Reiser scored two of Army's first three goals of the game for two points, while sophomore midfielder Pat Brennan, senior midfielder Rob McCallion and sophomore attackman Andrew Boyd each added a goal.

After Army jumped out to a 4-1 lead just two minutes into the second period, Colgate scored six of the final seven goals of the half to take a 7-5 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The momentum remained in the Raiders' favor throughout much of the third quarter before Boltus' unassisted goal with one second left in the third seemed to give the Black Knights a lift. Army out-scored Colgate 4-3 in the final period, but fell short in the waning minutes.

Colgate out-shot Army 40-36 on the afternoon and won 15 of 27 face-offs. Senior goalkeeper Tom Palesky made eight saves, seven of which came in the first half. Colgate's Jared Madison turned away 13 shots. Neither goalkeeper registered a save during a furious fourth quarter on both ends of the field.

Colgate's Peter Baum led all scorers with six points on four goals and two assists. The Raiders won the ground ball battle by a 35-25 margin. Senior midfielder Brandon Butler tallied a career-high seven ground balls to lead Army. Junior long stick midfielder Tim Henderson collected four.

"The other huge storyline today was ground ball play," Alberici said. "They just pursued the ground ball better than we did all day long and that amounted in possession."

Brennan's unassisted score just 1:03 into the contest got the Black Knights on the board, while Reiser netted the first of back-to-back goals on Army's next possession to give the Black Knights a 2-0 lead two minutes into the game. Boltus hit Reiser from behind the cage for his first of two assists on the game. Neither team scored over the next 10-plus minutes before Reiser broke the silence as Matt Hurley found him in transition for the score at the 2:12 mark. Colgate went man-up for the first of five times and cashed in with a Ben McCabe score with 1:11 to play. Army led 3-1 after one quarter.

Army extended its lead to 4-1 as Thul tallied his first goal of the day from close range exactly two minutes into the second period. The Raiders went on to score six of the final seven goals of the first half to take a 7-5 halftime lead. McCallion's goal at the 2:47 mark accounted for Army's only goal during the Raider run.

The Black Knights pulled within one score as Boltus hit Boyd for a goal 2:55 into the third quarter. The Raiders proceeded to score the next three goals unanswered and take their largest lead of the afternoon (10-4) with 7:26 remaining in the third. Boltus' last-second, close-range goal trimmed the deficit to three (10-7) and ended a 12:04 Army scoring drought.

Army scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter, as a pair of Thul scores bookended a Boltus goal and the duo leveled the score at 10-10 with 7:34 remaining. The Black Knights pulled within one twice more over the final minutes, but Colgate answered each time. After Thul's shot at the 1:08 mark trickled past Madison to make it 12-11 in favor of the Raiders, Army won the faceoff but committed an untimely turnover with under a minute to go. Colgate ate the clock and tacked on an insurance goal with Palesky out of the net at the 25-second mark.

"Now we turn our attention to the next one," Alberici said following the game. "We need to continue to get better and put ourselves in position to play Colgate again."

Army returns to the friendly confines of Michie Stadium to host No. 18/17 Bucknell next Saturday, April 9. The Black Knights are 4-0 at home this season and outlasted Bucknell by a 9-7 score in the semifinals of the 2010 Patriot League Tournament at West Point, N.Y. Army went on to defeat Navy (11-8) and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005. Bucknell has won three-straight games, including a 10-3 defeat of visiting Holy Cross this afternoon.

Saturday's game will be streamed live via ITT Knight Vision. Please visit www.goARMYsports.com for details. Fans in the Hudson Valley can also tune-in on True Oldies (1340-AM, 1390-AM). Army's Rick Johnston will have the call.

Game Notes: Army leads the all-time series against Colgate by a 25-6 margin ... three of the last five games have been decided by two goals or less ... sunny skies and 50-degree temperatures greeted the Black Knights ... Saturday marked the first Patriot League road test for Army this season ... Bill Henderson returned for the first time in five games ... he marked the league's top goal-scorer in Peter Baum ... Army is 0-3 when trailing at halftime this season ... Garrett Thul's four goals tied a season high, while five points set a new season best number ... Larry LoRusso tallied three of Army's seven caused turnovers ... Colgate's 13 goals are the most Army has given up all season ... the loss marked Army's first Patriot League regular season setback since the 2009 season.