Colgate vs. Saint Joseph's
March 12, 2006
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. (03/12/2006)—The Colgate University men’s lacrosse team outscored visiting St. Joseph’s 10-4 in the second half to rally to a 14-9 victory over the Hawks this afternoon on Tyler’s Field. Senior Robert Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) led all scorers with a game-high four goals, including two in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders improve to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 on Tyler’s Field this year, while the Hawks fall to 0-6 overall.

Heading into the final frame deadlocked at eight, Colgate took control of the game in the fourth quarter, outscoring St. Joe’s 6-1. Junior longstick defenseman John Dunn (Troy, Mich.) fired home his first career goal 1:22 into the final session to give the Raiders the lead for good at 9-8. Just 51 seconds later it was freshman Nick Monastero (Bohemia, N.Y.) tallying a man-up goal for what proved to be the game-winner. Junior attacker Jeff Hiller (Wantagh, N.Y.) provided the game-winning assist.

The Raiders stretched their lead to four over the next four minutes with a pair of unassisted goals from Brendan Hurley (West Islip, N.Y.) and Trasolini. St. Joe’s got on the board for the first time in the fourth quarter at the 6:03 mark with a score from Frank Abruzzini, but Colgate got two more on the board in the final 3:45 to secure the victory.

Hurley finished with a pair of scores and an assist for three points.

Freshman Spencer Cooperman (Englewood, Colo.) closed out the scoring for the Raiders with his first career goal.

The Hawks jumped all over the Raiders in the opening quarter, going ahead 3-0 in the first 2:08. Senior Alex McColough had two goals for St. Joseph’s to kick-start the offense.

Sophomore attacker Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) got Colgate on the board at the 3:42 mark with an assist from Rob Ryan (Manhasset, N.Y.) to make it a 3-1 game at the first intermission.

Trasolini pulled the Raiders within one 1:06 into the second quarter with an unassisted strike, but the two squads traded goals after that as the Hawks went into halftime up 5-4.

Mike O’Neill put St. Joe’s ahead by two again with his second goal of the contest 2:53 into the third quarter, but it was all Raiders after that as Colgate scored four of the next six goals, setting up the exciting fourth quarter.

Senior Brian Robinson (Denver, Colo.) evened the score, 6-6, at the 8:33 mark with a crowd-pleasing behind-the-back finish from Ryan at the 8:33 mark of the third. The Raiders never trailed again, as Ryan intercepted a pass from St. Joseph goalie Eric Hotaling and finished the open net opportunity to give Colgate its first lead of the game.

The Hawks scored two unanswered to go back in front 8-7, but senior Mark Nemith (Albany, N.Y.) rifled a shot past Hotaling to even the score at eight.

The Raiders outshot St. Joe’s 45-20 and picked up 39 groundballs to the Hawks 25. Senior goaltender Andrew Jarolimek (Silverthorne, Colo.) made three stops, two of which came in the final seven seconds of the first half, while Hotaling had 15 saves for the Hawks.
Junior faceoff specialist Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) won 17-of-24 restarts for the game to lead the Raiders to a 19-of-27 record at the X.

Colgate opens its 2006 Patriot League schedule on Saturday, March 18, hosting No. 4 and two-time defending league champion Navy at 1 p.m., on Tyler’s Field. The game will be broadcast by Time Warner 26 in Central New York.