Binghamton vs. Colgate
March 13, 2012
The Game Story:
VESTAL, N.Y. (3/13/12) – The No. 17 Colgate men's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four games on Tuesday afternoon when it defeated Binghamton 17-8 in Vestal, N.Y.

The win over the Bearcats marked the end of a two-game losing streak in the series and was the team's largest win margin over Binghamton in program history.

Freshman Ryan Walsh came alive for the Raiders once again, recording a game-high seven points from five goals and two assists, proving why he was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. Walsh was followed by junior Peter Baum who had five points from three goals and two assists, while junior Robert Grabher had two goals and two helpers for four points as well as a team-best seven groundballs. Senior co-captain Jeff Ledwick and junior Matt Baker also added two points from one goals and one assist apiece while sophomore Brendon McCann, freshman Conor Braddish and seniors Chris Zielinski, Kevin Gordon and Colby Wilson also scored one goal each in the game.

Colgate (6-1, 1-0 PL) came out to an incredible start, scoring four goals on its first four shots of the game to take a 4-0 lead in the first nine minutes of play. The four-goal run started at the 11:29 mark with a goal from Braddish after a successful clear by the Raiders to give his team a 1-0 lead. The second goal came four minutes later after senior John Donnally forced Binghamton to make a turnover, picked up the groundball and then, after the clear, Walsh fired the ball into the back of the net to put the score at 2-0. Less than 30 seconds later, Baum added a third goal with an assist from Baker, and then a second goal from Walsh at the 6:35 mark then increased Colgate's lead to four goals. Walsh was assisted by sophomore Derek Katchis. It was not until the final five minutes of the quarter that Binghamton was able to find its offensive rhythm with a pair of goals at the 4:15 and 3:23 marks to reduce the Raiders' lead to just two goals. Colgate then responded with a goal from Grabher who won the faceoff, sprinted down the field, and then fired the ball past the goalie to put the score at 5-2 with 3:18 left in the first quarter. Feeling their comeback slip away, the Bearcats responded with a third goal at the 2:40 mark but then a pair of goals courtesy of Baum and Baker allowed the Raiders to extend their lead to 7-3 at the end of the first 15 minutes of play. Grabher had an assist in Baum's goal, who in turn assisted Baker's tally.

After a somewhat dry second quarter in which Colgate scored the lone goal of the 15-minute stanza thanks to Walsh with help from Ledwick, the Raiders were able to reignite their offense with four back-to-back goals in the first seven and a half minutes of the third quarter. Walsh struck first with his fourth goal of the game and was followed by Grabher who scored in a similar fashion to his first tally to put the score at 10-3 just 1:10 into play. Gordon then added his first goal of the season and second of his career at the 9:08 mark with an assist from sophomore Jimmy Ryan, and was then followed by Walsh less than two minutes later who scored the team's 12th goal with Baum's help. Binghamton finally responded with a fourth man-up goal with 4:13 left in the quarter to put the score at 12-4. Colgate then found two more goals in the final four minutes from McCann and Baum to increase its lead to 10 goals going into the final quarter. Walsh and Grabher had assists on the tallies.

The Bearcats opened scoring in the final 15 minutes of play with a goal at the 10:52 mark to reduce the score to 14-5. The Raiders then returned the favor with a goal from Zielinski 43 second later but it was not enough to kill Binghamton's momentum, which then went on to score a sixth goal at the 9:07 mark. The back and forth scoring continued for the rest of the game with Ledwick tallying Colgate's 16th goal and the Bearcats answering back 20 seconds later at the 6:17 mark to reduce the scoring margin to nine goals with the score at 16-7. The Raiders then went on to score their final goal of the game with Wilson tallying the team's first man-up goal with help from Walsh, and despite a late goal from Binghamton, Colgate was able to secure a comfortable 17-8 win.

Senior goalie Jared Madison had five saves in his 57:37 time in net while the Bearcats' Colin Nesdale and Kraigh Heston had a total of 12 saves between them. Sophomore goalie Conor Murphy also saw time in net for the Raiders.

Grabher was 13-for-22 at the faceoff X while sophomore Alex Kinnealey won three of his four faceoffs and senior Jason Coppersmith won two of his three attempts to help give Colgate an 18-29 overall faceoff record. The Raiders also went 1-for-2 on their extra man opportunities while allowing Binghamton to score on its only man-up opportunity.