Colgate vs. Lafayette
April 15, 2006
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. (4/15/2006)—Colgate University junior Brendan Hurley (West Islip, N.Y.) and sophomore Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) tied their career highs for points in a game with six apiece to lead the Raiders to a 12-5 win over Lafayette College in Patriot League men’s lacrosse action at Tyler’s Field. Hurley had two goals and four assists, while Lalli registered three goals and three assists as 20th-ranked Colgate clinched a spot in the Patriot League Tournament with the win.

The victory also keeps the Raiders’ hopes of hosting the league tournament alive as No. 5 Navy beat No. 16 Army 11-10 early in the afternoon. Colgate (10-2, 4-1 PL) must beat Bucknell in its Patriot League finale to earn hosting rights.

Colgate junior faceoff specialist Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) dominated at the faceoff “X”, winning 15-of-19 restarts to break his own single-season faceoff wins record of 149 with 155 victories. He also picked up a career-high 11 groundballs.

The Raiders dominated in nearly every aspect of the game, picking up 45 groundballs to Lafayette’s 22 and winning 16-of-20 faceoffs overall. Colgate went 4-for-5 in man-up situations and held a 35-26 advantage in shots. Lafayette was 1-for-2 in man-up opportunities.

Colgate got off to a fast start, taking a 2-0 lead in the opening 3:16 on goals from senior Robert Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and freshman Brandon Corp (Chittenango, N.Y.). The Leopards responded by scoring three of the next four goals, including shutting the Raiders out in the second quarter to head into halftime knotted at three.

Sean Burek and Mike Scolaro both paced the Lafayette offense with two points apiece on a goal and an assist.

The Raiders came out inspired in the third frame, scoring seven unanswered to go ahead 10-3 with 3:59 left in the quarter. Lalli paced the streak with three goals and an assist.

Junior Jeff Hiller (Wantagh, N.Y.) put Colgate ahead for good just 19 seconds in the frame with a man-up score assisted by freshman Nick Monastero (Bohemia, N.Y.). Just over a minute later the Lalli and Hurley connection caught fire as Lalli fired home his 18th goal of the year at the 13:03 mark. The duo connected twice more during the 7-0 run with Hurley assisting on one more of Lalli’s goals and Lalli feeding Hurley to cap the run at the 3:59 mark.

Senior Brian Robinson (Denver, Colo.) and Corp both squeezed in a goal between Lalli and Hurley’s scoring in the third quarter. Robinson finished with two goals to push his total to 21 on the season, while Corp had two for the fifth consecutive game.

Lafayette’s Leo Stinson stopped the bleeding with a score at the 1:29 mark, but the damage had already been done as the Raiders cruised to the 12-5 victory.

In goal, senior Andrew Jarolimek (Silverthorne, Colo.) made 10 stops in 55 minutes of action. Freshman Brian Cain (Rocky Point, N.Y.) spelled Jarolimek but did not have to make any saves.

Lafayette goaltender Jeff Canfield stopped 11 shots in 53:30, while Dan Wernau did not face any shots in the final 6:30.

Colgate hits the road for its Patriot League finale at Bucknell on Sunday, April 23. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m., at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.