Colgate vs. Bucknell
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The No. 12/11 Bucknell men’s lacrosse team outscored Colgate 3-1 in the fourth quarter to earn a 10-8 victory in the Raiders’ season finale on Saturday, Apr. 23, at Tyler’s Field. The Bison will play in next weekend’s Patriot League Tournament as the third seed.

Down 7-2 with just over five minutes to play in the second quarter, Colgate reeled off five straight goals to tie the game at seven entering the fourth quarter. Raider freshman Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) scored or assisted on four of those tallies. He started the run by netting an unassisted goal at the 5:19 mark of the second. Senior tri-captain Matt Saxon (Bethesda, Md.) assisted on a Brendan Hurley (West Islip, N.Y.) goal with 1:45 on the clock to make the score 7-4 in Bucknell’s favor at halftime.

Less than five minutes into the third, Lalli passed the ball to Hurley from behind the cage, and Hurley one-timed it through traffic past Bison goalie Matt Baran to cut the lead to two. Hurley completed a cross-crease pass to Lalli who banged it home for Colgate’s sixth goal two-and-a-half minutes later. With 2:40 left in the quarter, Lalli passed to junior Brian Robinson (Denver, Colo.), who leaped to catch the ball, and one-timed it in mid-air to tie the game at seven.

Chris Cara, the Patriot League’s all-time leading scorer, got his first goal of the game with 13:06 left in the fourth to put BU up one. Sophomore Jeff Hiller (Wantagh, N.Y.) fed junior Robert Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) on a man-up opportunity to re-tie the score. Cara assisted on a Steve Case goal with 3:36 left and scored an unassisted tally with 1:42 on the clock to clinch the game for the Bison.

Sophomore Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) won 10-of-22 face-off attempts to set the Colgate record for face-off wins in a season. He finished with 149 wins, which is five more than Peter Strid’s 1996 total. Eck attempted 261 draws this year, which is also a Raider record, and his .571 winning percentage at the X ranks eighth on the single-season ledger.

With his three assists against Bucknell, Lalli tied four other players for 10th place on Colgate’s single-season assists list. He finished his freshman campaign with a team-high 44 points, including 23 assists.

Junior goalie Andrew Jarolimek (Silverthorne, Colo.), who finished with six saves against the Bison, ends the season with an 8.52 goals against average, which is the seventh-best average in Colgate history. Jarolimek has recorded a CU top-10 performance in that category in each of his first three seasons as a Raider.

Colgate concludes the 2005 season with a 7-7 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Raiders have tied the school record with their fourth consecutive season at or above .500 (1987-90), all of which have come during head coach Jim Nagle’s tenure.