Colgate vs. Navy
March 19, 2005
The Game Story:
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Colgate menís lacrosse team (3-2, 0-1 PL) lost its Patriot League opener to 2004 NCAA runner-up No. 6/7 Navy on Saturday, Mar. 19, at the UCF Soccer Complex in Orlando, Fla. The Mids (5-1, 2-1 PL) scored six straight goals and outscored the Raiders 5-1 in the second half to come from behind and earn the win.

Colgate freshman Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) and junior Brian Robinson (Denver, Colo.) each scored two goals to lead the Raiders, who held a 5-4 edge with just under seven minutes to play in the first half. Navy scored twice in the final 6:11 of the second quarter to take a 6-5 edge into the break.

Navy got on the board just over a minute into the game when Jon Birsner fed Nick Mirabito for the first goal. The assist was Birsnerís first of eight on the day, which is one shy of the Navy single-game record. Lalli scored his first tally of the game with 12:27 to play in the opening period to knot the score at one-all. Steve Looney and Ben Horn scored back-to-back goals for the Mids to give Navy a 3-1 edge with 7:28 left in the first quarter. Junior Robert Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) found Robinson who scored at the 2:13 mark to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.

Birsner fed Graham Gill with 9:51 to play in the second for the quarterís first goal to put Navy up 4-2. Colgate scored three consecutive goals within a span of three minutes to take its 5-4 edge. Junior Reid Diamond (Boston, Mass.) found the back of the net 11 seconds after the Midsí goal, and Lalli and Robinson scored 1:01 apart to give the Raidersí their only lead of the game. Navy answered 48 seconds later with a goal by Billy Looney. Mirabito scored with 3:24 on the clock to give the Mids a one-goal lead at halftime.

Navy dominated Colgate in the third quarter, outshooting the Raiders 17-0. The Mids found the back of the net three times, and completed the 6-0 run three minutes into the fourth quarter when Clipper Lennon scored his first goal of the season from eight yards out. Sophomore Brendan Hurley (West Islip, N.Y.) halted the streak when he netted his 10th goal of the season at the 7:11 mark to make the score 10-6 in Navyís favor. Tommy Wallin recorded the final goal of the game with 4:11 on the clock when he curled around the right side of the cage and fired for his seventh score of the season.

Matt Russell faced 20 shots on the day and made 10 saves for the Mids, while Raider keeper Andrew Jarolimek (Silverthorne, Colo.) made 12 saves on 41 shots.

Colgate hosts No. 8/11 Army on Saturday, March 26, at Tylerís Field. The first face-off will be at 3:00 p.m. Fans who canít make it to the game can listen to a live webcast of the action on the Raidersí official athletics website, www.goColgateRaiders.com.