Colgate vs. Lafayette
April 12, 2008
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. (4/12/08)—The Colgate University men’s lacrosse team clinched a spot in the Patriot League Tournament for the third consecutive year with a convincing 15-4 victory over Lafayette at Andy Kerr Stadium this afternoon. The Raiders got at least three points from four different players and held the Leopards to just five points overall in the contest.

The Raiders will join Army, Bucknell, and Navy in the four-team league tournament on April 25-27 at the home of the regular season champion. Army, Bucknell, and Navy currently sit in a three-way tie for first place with one loss apiece. Colgate is now 7-5 on the season and 3-2 in league play, while Lafayette falls to 4-7 and 1-4 in conference action.

Junior Brandon Corp (Chittenango, N.Y.) led all scorers with three goals and two assists for five points, while senior Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) and junior Nick Monastero (Bohemia, N.Y.) both added four points. Lalli finished with two goals and two assists and Monastero chipped in one tally and three helpers. Freshman Zack Craumer (Greenwich, Conn.) registered a career-high three points from a goal and two assists. Senior Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) was outstanding at the “X”, winning 14-of-16 restarts and picking up six ground balls.

As good as Colgate’s offense was, the Raiders’ defense was just as good as it forced the Leopards into 18 turnovers. Lafayette struggled to clear the ball in the first half, going just 2-of-8 in the opening frame just 7-of-14 in the first 30 minutes. The Leopards managed just eight shots in the first half, including none in the opening quarter and Colgate dominated at the faceoffs, winning nine of the 12 restarts.

The Raiders capitalized on Lafayette’s turnovers and jumped out to a 7-0 lead in first 19:02. Corp was the first on the board at the 11:30 mark. He checked the ball from a Lafayette defenseman’s stick, picked up the loose ball and raced to the cage and dropped in the opening tally.

Less than three minutes later it was Lalli rifling a shot over the shoulder of Jeff Canfield from 15-yards out. Monastero provided the pass to set up the score. Corp, Craumer, and Ian Murphy (Constantia, N.Y.) all added goals in the final 3:47 to send the Raiders into the first break up 5-0.

The offense continued to click in the opening minutes of the second stanza. Lalli found the back of the cage off a Craumer pass at the 13:21. Just over two minutes later Craumer provided the help again, hitting a streaking Ryan McClelland (Brampton, Ontario) for the score and 7-0 lead.

Lafayette stopped the seven-goal run midway through the quarter with a tally from Tom Perini. Andrew Horton assisted on the score. Perini, who was leading the Patriot League in goals, finished the day with just one goal.

Senior Jon Freeberg (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) got in on the action with 3:57 left in the half when he slipped a shot over the left shoulder of Canfield. Junior Kevin Colleluori (Bethpage, N.Y.) tallied a man-up goal 1:39 later to send the Raiders into halftime with a 9-2 lead.

The Raider defense continued to stifle Lafayette’s offense in the second half. The Leopards were able to get 20 shots off in the final 30 minutes, but only eight were on frame.

Colgate registered two more tallies to start the third quarter before Lafayette’s Brett Djaha got on the scoreboard midway through the session. Colgate closed out the final 16 minutes of the game with a 4-1 run.

Three Raiders posted their first career goals in the final quarter. Rookie Teddy Seifert (Alexandria, Va.) was the first to get on the board, while classmates Andrew Mould (Wyomissing, Pa.) and Frank Coughlin (Manhasset, N.Y.) left their marks as well later in the quarter.

In goal, Tim Harrington (Lutherville, Md.), Brian Cain (Rocky Point, N.Y.), and Denis Cronin (Manhasset, N.Y.) combined for 11 saves, with Harrington making six, Cain four, and Cronin one. Canfield made 17 saves for the Leopards in 45 minutes of action. Vinny DePasquale made one in the final frame.

Colgate had a 40-28 advantage on shots and won the ground ball battle 39-14. The Raiders successfully cleared 12-of-13 times, while Lafayette was successful on just 17-of-26 of its chances.

The Raiders close out their Patriot League schedule at Bucknell on April 19, at 8 p.m. The game will determine the seeding for the Patriot League Tournament. A win for the Bison will give Bucknell a share of the Patriot League title, while a loss would most likely make the Bison the fourth seed. A Colgate victory will put the Raiders in the No. 3 spot heading into the tournament, while a loss would make them the No. 4 seed.