Lafayette vs. Colgate
April 14, 2007
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. - With his second goal of the game, freshman Steve Serling gave Lafayette a 3-1 lead midway through the second quarter, but Colgate then proceeded out-score Lafayette 10-2 en route to a 12-5 Patriot League victory in men's lacrosse action at Rappolt Field.

Prior to the first whistle, Lafayette honored its four seniors and their parents, as Trevor Ortolano, Sean Burek, Andrew Arkema and Jamison Caldwell played their final game on College Hill. Ortolano did not suit up due to an injury suffered last weekend against Marist.

After neither team registered a goal over the first 10 minutes of play, Serling broke the silence with an unassisted score at the 4:45 mark. The Leopards' 1-0 lead did not last long, however, as just over a minute later, Colgate (8-4, 4-1) evened the score at 1-1 with 3:20 left in the first.

That score would stand until Lafayette (1-11, 0-6) netted back-to-back goals in transition to open the second stanza and take a 3-1 lead midway through the second quarter. Freshman attack Matt Mersky deposited his 15th goal of the season into the right corner of the net on a pass from junior Andrew Horton with 8:41 left. Less than one minute later, Lafayette got the ball back and Serling found the net with 7:45 remaining before intermission.

Unfortunately, Colgate won the next five face-offs and controlled possession for the majority of the remaining seven minutes. The Raiders registered five unanswered goals before the half and took a 6-3 lead into the break. Horton found the net with time running out, but the officials waved off his buzzer-beater after the horn sounded.

The Raiders opened the second half with two quick goals over the first four minutes. Mersky ended the Leopards' drought at the 9:04 mark, as he beat keeper Tim Harrington from the right side. Colgate would score twice more before the end of the third quarter, establishing a 10-4 lead.

The fourth quarter mimicked the start of the third, with Colgate adding to its lead with a pair of goals over the opening 3:22. Just over three minutes later, Burek wound up from 10 yards out and scored on the Leopards' third extra-man opportunity.

Lafayette keeper Jeff Canfield played all but eight minutes in the cage and totaled a seaon-high 20 saves. Freshmen Vinny DePasquale and Jason Montoya also saw minutes, as every single healthy Leopard made the box score.

Arkema and sophomore defenseman Steve Nastro tallied a team-high three ground balls apiece, while freshmen Matt Beck, Brett Djaha and Stewart Inman each had two.

The Leopards return to action for their final game of the regular season, taking on Hofstra on Friday night in Hempstead, N.Y. Game time is set for 7 p.m.