Syracuse vs. Colgate
May 5, 2007
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (5/5/07)—Colgate University got hat tricks from three different players to cruise to a 12-5 victory over No. 19 Syracuse this afternoon in men’s lacrosse action. The 16th-ranked Raiders outscored the Orange 6-1 in the fourth quarter to earn their first victory over Syracuse since 1975.

The Raiders improve to 11-5 on the season, tying the program record for wins in a season and putting them in great position to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse closes out its season at 5-8 overall, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1982.

Sophomore Brandon Corp (Chittenango, N.Y.) led all scorers with four points on three goals and an assist, while both senior Brendan Hurley (West Islip, N.Y.) and sophomore Kevin Colleluori (Bethpage, N.Y.) had three tallies apiece. Junior Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) finished the day with one goal and two assists.

Matt Abbot led the Orange with two tallies as the Raiders held Syracuse to its fewest amount of goals this season and fewest since at 17-5 loss to Johns Hopkins in 2004.

Colgate was able to control the pace of much of the game and kept the Orange away from the crease to force them into low percentage shots. The Raiders also got outstanding goalkeeping from freshman Tim Harrington (Lutherville, Md.). He made 15 stops to earn his eighth victory of the season.

Syracuse got on the scoreboard first at the 7:51 mark when Abbott beat Harrington with a shot to the low left corner. Colgate senior Brendan Hurley (West Islip, N.Y.) evened the score six minutes later when he juked his defender and rifled a shot into the upper right corner of the net.

The scoring picked up in the second quarter for both teams. Lalli made it a 2-1 Colgate lead 2:38 into the second frame, backing down his defender and sneaking a shot past Peter Coluccini. Corp made it a two-goal lead one minute later with a turnaround shot over Coluccini’s left shoulder. Hurley added one more to the Raider advantage at the 5:47 mark with another laser from 15 yards out.

The Orange stopped Colgate’s three-goal run on the next possession with an Abbott score at the 4:56 mark. Kenny Nims pulled Syracuse within one in the final minute of the half with an unassisted tally.

The story of the third quarter was Colgate’s defense. The Raiders went back ahead by two when Corp found an open Jeff Hiller (Wantagh, N.Y.) right on the doorstep at the 13:10 mark. The Raider defense held strong for the next 10 minutes and got a score from Colleluori as he touched in a rebound off of a Coluccini save to go in front, 6-3.

The Orange finally solved Colgate’s defense at the 1:24 mark of the session as Mike MacDonald took a pass from Mike Leveille and fired into the left upper ninety. Syracuse won the ensuing faceoff, but held off the charging Orange attack to go into the fourth quarter up 6-4.

It was all Colgate in the fourth quarter as the Raiders scored four unanswered in a span of 8:28. Sophomore Nick Monastero (Bohemia, N.Y.) started the streak ripping a Hurley feed past Coluccini from 25-yards out. Corp added two more, including a spectacular one-on-one goal, before Hurley sealed the victory with an open-net score at the 6:32 mark. Syracuse’s Greg Niewieroski gave the Orange a fifth goal 20 seconds later, but the Colgate defense would not allow any more than that.

Syracuse outshot Colgate 39-31 and edged the Raiders 32-31 in the groundball battle. The Orange dominated the faceoff game, winning 14-of-20. In goal, Peter Coluccini finished with 12 saves.

The Raiders await their fate for the NCAA Tournament. The selections will be announced during the selection show at 9 p.m.-10 p.m. on ESPNU and from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. on ESPNNews.