Colgate vs. Lehigh
April 8, 2006
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. (4/8/2006)—Colgate University senior Robert Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal 1:33 into overtime to lead the Raiders past Lehigh University, 11-10, in a key Patriot League men’s lacrosse contest. The victory avenges the 12-11 overtime loss the Raiders suffered at Lehigh in 2005. Trasolini finished with two goals.

Colgate improves to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in Patriot League action and is currently tied for second in the conference standings with Army. The victory pushes the Raiders one step closer to securing a spot in the Patriot League Tournament. Lehigh falls to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in conference action.

Colgate jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but the Mountain Hawks came storming back in the third and fourth quarters with a 7-3 run. Trailing 10-9 late in the fourth stanza, Lehigh’s Stephen Marino tallied his third score of the game with 42 seconds left in regulation to force overtime for the second consecutive season.

The Mountain Hawks won the opening faceoff in overtime, but Colgate senior goaltender Andrew Jarolimek (Silverthorne, Colo.) came up with a huge save off a Mike Moran shot to set the Raiders up for the game-winning score. Jarolimek was outstanding down the stretch, making two stops in the final minute and nine total for the game. He also picked up two groundballs.

Junior defenseman John Dunn (Troy, Mich.) got the ball and beat the Lehigh midfielder down the left sideline to successfully clear for Colgate. The Raiders called a timeout with 1:58 on the clock to set up a play for the winning score.

Colgate needed just 25 seconds after the timeout as junior Brendan Hurley (West Islip, N.Y.) found Trasolini who beat Lehigh goaltender Eric Spirko to give the Raiders their sixth straight win at Tyler’s Field.

The Raiders scored the first two goals of the game, but Lehigh responded with a pair of tallies to tie the game at two at the 7:31 mark of the first quarter.

The Colgate offense caught fire after that, going on a 5-0 run to take a 7-2 lead with 3:24 left in the second quarter. Sophomore Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) had a pair of tallies during that stretch to help the Raiders to a five-goal lead. Lalli led all Raiders with three goals.

The Mountain Hawks cut the lead to four, 7-3, at halftime with a last-second goal from Michael Zurfluh. Lehigh continued to chip away at Colgate’s lead in the third quarter, scoring three unanswered before rookie midfielder Brandon Corp (Chittenango, N.Y.) provided some excitement with a consecutive behind-the-back goals to put the Raiders back in front 9-6 at the end of the third frame.

Lehigh took advantage of a pair of Colgate penalties in the fourth quarter to go on another three-goal run to tie the contest at nine with 8:47 left on the clock.

The Raider defense held strong over the next five minutes, keeping the Mountain Hawks off the board. Jarolimek picked up a groundball for the Raiders to give them the go-ahead opportunity with 4:34 left on the clock.

Fifty-nine seconds later, Lalli put the Raiders back in front 10-9 and setting up the exciting finish.

Lehigh outshot the Raiders 31-23, but Colgate held a slight 27-26 edge in groundballs. The Mountain Hawks were 3-for-3 on man-up opportunities, while Colgate was 0-for-1.

At the “X”, junior Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) won 11-of-24, including three of the last four in the fourth quarter and picked up six groundballs. Lehigh’s Tom Weiss was outstanding on the restarts, winning 13 faceoffs.

John Park made three saves for Lehigh in the opening half, while Eric Spirko made no stops in the final 32:27.

Colgate heads to Binghamton for a non-conference game on April 11, at 4 p.m. The Raiders resume Patriot League play on April 15 versus Lafayette at 3 p.m.