Colgate vs. Hartford
February 18, 2006
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. (02/18/2006)—Colgate University junior Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) scored a game-high four goals and added an assist to lead the Raider men’s lacrosse team to an 11-7 victory over the University of Hartford in its 2006 season-opener.

The Raiders jumped out in front 1-0 when sophomore Christopher Mulholland (Jenkintown, Pa.) picked up a ground ball and raced down the field for the score 3:43 into the game. The Hawks responded less than a minute later with a tally from Josh Wasson-McQuigge.

Colgate and Hartford traded goals over the closing eight minutes to head into the first break tied at two.Brandon Corp (Chittenango, N.Y.) started the scoring flurry with a blistering shot past Hartford goaltender Jon McMahon just 43 seconds into the session.

Lalli picked up his second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity for the Raiders less than two minutes later with an assist from junior Jeff Hiller (Wantagh, N.Y.). Corp lit up the net again at the 10:11 mark of the frame, while Lalli and junior Rob Ryan (Manhasset, N.Y.) finished the run with a pair of scores. Lalli provided the assist for Ryan’s goal, while Ryan set up Lalli for his hat trick tally.

The Hawks snuck one past Colgate goalie Andrew Jarolimek (Silverthorne, Colo.) to head into halftime trailing 7-3.

Hartford made things interesting in the third quarter, adding two more goals to pull within two at 7-5. That would be as close as the Hawks could get as Lalli notched his fourth and final goal for an 8-5 advantage after three quarters.

The Raiders wrapped things up in the fourth quarter, scoring three more goals to earn the four-goal victory in their season-opener.

Ryan finished the game with four points on two goals and two assists, while Corp had three points in his collegiate opener. Jarolimek went the distance, finishing with six saves and three ground balls.

Junior Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) dominated at the faceoff X, winning 15-of 21 chances and picking up eight ground balls. Junior defenseman Colin Hulme (Framingham, Mass.) also had eight ground balls for the Raiders.

Wasson-McQuigge led the Hawks with two goals, while three other players chipped in two points apiece. McMahon finished the afternoon with 15 saves and two ground balls. Daniel Clough picked up a team-high five ground balls.

Colgate dominated on the offensive end, firing 46 shots to Hartford’s 17. The Raiders were 2-of-7 on man-up opportunities, while the Hawks went 2-for-4.

The Raiders hit the road for their next contest. Colgate will take on Sacred Heart on Feb. 25, at 12 p.m., on Campus Field.