Maryland vs. Colgate
May 7, 2011
The Game Story:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (5/7/11) – The No. 14/17 Colgate men's lacrosse team made program history on Saturday afternoon when they defeated No. 5/6 Maryland 10-8, for the first time since the teams first met in 1927. Maryland, the ACC Champion, was the Raiders' highest ranked opponent this season.

Rob Bosco led the team in scoring with four points off two goals and two assists, while Peter Baum had two goals and one assist. Justin Kirchner, Brendon McCann, Greg Perkins, Dave Tucciarone, Ben McCabe, and John Donnally added one goal apiece.

Colgate (11-5, 5-1 PL) came out to productive start, firing the first two shots of the game before finding an early goal from Kirchner at the 10:12 mark. Bosco was credited with the assist to give the Raiders the 1-0 lead. The Terps then struck back, creating a pair of scoring opportunities minutes later but could not capitalize. Both teams continued to play strong as the period progressed and then with 4:18 left on the clock, Maryland was able to find an equalizer to tie the game 1-1 through the first 15 minutes of play.

The second period started off in the Raiders' favor once again, firing a series of shots at their opponent's net. The Terps then attempted to generate their offense but it was Colgate that found success at the 10:01 mark courtesy of Perkins to reclaim its one-goal lead. Midway through the period, Maryland was finally able to find a goal to tie the game once again, but then a quartet of goals from McCann, Tucciarone, Baum and Donnally in the final 3:33 minutes of the quarter, gave the Raiders the 6-2 lead at the half. Bosco, freshman Bobby Lawrence and McCabe were credited with the assists in the first three goals respectively.

Maryland (10-4) had an explosive start in the third quarter, scoring a goal just 1:10 into play to reduce the goal-deficit to three. A Colgate penalty and a smart timeout for Maryland resulted in another goal during a man-up advantage for the Terps, to reduce the score to 6-4. Still carrying their scoring momentum from the first two goals, Maryland then found the net at the 10:06 mark to return the score to a one-goal difference. Feeling the pressure, the Raiders stepped up their offense, creating a flurry of scoring opportunities, one of which hit the post at the 4:41 mark, but could not get past goalkeeper Niko Amato. The Terps then responded with a goal at the 3:45 mark to tie the game but then a goal from Bosco with 60 second left on the clock, restored Colgate's lead and put the score at 7-6 going into the final 15 minutes of the game.

Both teams came out playing aggressively in the final period with Maryland looking for an equalizer and the Raiders wanting to extend their lead. Colgate attacked first with a pair of shots but it was the Terps that found success at the 12:11 mark to tie the game at 7-7. Both teams continued to battle it out as the period progressed and then at the five-minute mark, the Raiders found a goal courtesy of Bosco to take the 8-7 lead. This one-goal advantage was short-lived with Maryland striking back at the 3:35 mark to put the score at 8-8. As the clock wound down it appeared the game was heading into overtime but then a pair of goals from McCabe and Baum at the 2:12 and 1:14 marks were able to give Colgate the 10-8 win. Baum had an assist in McCabe's goal.

Junior Jared Madison made 12 saves for the Raiders, including two in the final minute, while Amato recorded 12 stops for Maryland.

The team will learn its post-season fate during the NCAA Men's Lacrosse selection show on Sunday (May 8) at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.