Binghamton vs. Colgate
April 8, 2008
The Game Story:
VESTAL, N.Y. (4/8/08)—Colgate University juniors Kevin Colleluori (Bethpage, N.Y.) had three goals and two assists to lead the Raiders to a 9-7 victory over Binghamton in non-conference men’s lacrosse action. Colleluori led all players with five points, while sophomore Zack Craumer (Greenwich, Conn.) had two goals.

The Raiders improve to 6-5 overall and push the win streak to two games, while Binghamton falls to 2-6 on the season. The Raiders are now 6-0 all-time against the Bearcats.

The Raiders got goals from five different players, including at least two from Colleluori, Craumer, and Ian Murphy (Constantia, N.Y.) and points from eight overall. Binghamton was led by Andy Cook’s career-high three goals. Steven Carlson added two scores for the Bearcats.

Senior Chris Mulholland (Jenkintown, Pa.) opened the scoring just 2:30 into the game when he picked up a groundball just behind midfield. He raced into the open field and rifle home a shot over the right shoulder of goalkeeper Larry Kline.

The Bearcats tied the score just over three minutes later with an unassisted tally from Steven Carlson. The two teams continued to fire away, but were unable to connect as they headed into the first break tied at one apiece.

It was all Colgate in the opening 3:19 of the second quarter. The Raiders scored four unanswered in a 1:43 span. Colleluori sparked the flurry at the 13:24 mark when he took a pass from Lalli and beat a defender and fired a left-handed shot low into the net.

Murphy made it a 3-1 game 56 seconds later, ripping an underhanded shot past Kline. Colleluori provided the assist. Murphy added another score 40 seconds later with a helper from Lalli. Senior Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) won the ensuing faceoff and groundball and fed Corp the ball. Corp quickly relayed a pass to Colleluori who notched his second goal of the game to make it 5-1 with 11:41 left in the second frame.

Binghamton called a timeout to slow down the Raiders and stopped the run with a quick pass and shot combination from Chris Welch and Andy Cook.

Colgate went back in front by four less than three minutes later with a man-down tally from sophomore Ryan McClelland (Brampton, Ontario). Colleluori provided the assist after Binghamton turned the ball over just before midfield.

The scoring pace slowed in the third session as Binghamton maintained possession for much of the 15 minutes. Colgate’s defense continued to frustrate the Bearcats, sacrificing just six shots in the quarter. Sophomore goaltender Tim Harrington (Lutherville, Md.) stifled the offense with four saves.

After a slow-paced third quarter, the scoring picked up again in the fourth as the teams combined for seven goals. The Bearcats pulled back within two with a tally from Kevin Joy 2:29 into the quarter.

Craumer made it a three-goal game again 28 seconds later when he found the back of the cage off of another Binghamton turnover. Junior Will Planer (Rumson, N.J.) provided the assist for his first of the season.

That goal started a three-goal unanswered stretch for the Raiders as Colleluori scored again at the 9:09 mark and Craumer fired in a behind-the-back shot off a pass from Lalli to seal the victory with a 9-5 lead.

Binghamton rallied back late in the game with a pair of goals in the final two minutes, but the Colgate defense stayed strong to hold off the Bearcats.

Eck finished the evening 11-of-16 from the faceoff “X” and picked four groundballs. Planer led the way with five groundballs for the game.

In goal, Harrington finished with 10 saves, while Larry Kline and Jeff Walker had a combined seven.

The Raiders resume Patriot League play on April 12, hosting Lafayette at 3 p.m., at Andy Kerr Stadium.