Colgate Beats Navy 10-9

Colgate Beats Navy 10-9

Colgate Beats Navy 10-9

Colgate Beats Navy 10-9

Annapolis, Maryland - 15th ranked Naval Academy played host to the 3-3 Red Raiders on a crisp, sunny Annapolis afternoon at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate 8-2, however, the raiders upset the Mids at West Point last spring in the Patriot league tournament semifinals 12-9, and this marked the first loss by Navy in league tournament play.

Colgate's Brandon Corp and Kevin Colleluori combined for a total of 9 points in today's contest and proved to be the dominating factor in Colgate's one goal upset over 15th ranked Navy. In a game plagued by sloppy midfield fundamentals and numerous turnovers between the restraining lines, it was quite appropriate that this battle would be determined by one goal.

Sophomore midfielder Rob Bosco recorded the first point of the contest when he took his defender one on one and scored unassisted just 30 seconds into the first quarter. Minutes later Navy responded with a goal of their own as junior midfielder Joe Lennon scored off of an assist from junior midfielder Pat Moran. Lennon spotted up from 8 yards out ripping a low off hip shot knotting the score at one apiece. Colgate committed the first penalty of the game when Sophomore Midfielder Rob Bosco was called for a 30 second illegal procedure call which would give the Mids an extra man advantage early in the first quarter. Navy capitalized on man up when junior Evan Sullivan scored low and away off of an assist from junior midfielder Pat Moran with 8:26 remaining in the first quarter. Colgate dominated the offensive end of the field scoring the next three goals before Navy's Tim Paul would end the first quarter of play with an unassisted goal making it a one goal Colgate advantage at the end of one the first quarter.

With both midfields struggling to settle into their grooves early in the second quarter, it was time for someone to step up and make a play. Junior Midfielder Pat Moran did just that when he tied the game at 4 apiece off an assist form midfielder Bobby Lennon. Brandon Corp ended the midshipmen celebration when he drove unassisted and fired some high heat passed Navy keeper RJ Wickham to give Colgate a one goal advantage with 9:19 remaining in the second quarter. Navy fired back a minute later when Senior Middie Michael Beggins penetrated the offensive zone looking to create, but instead shot low and away finishing from12 yards out off of a feed from Sophomore Midfielder Brian Striffler. Colgate responded shortly there after with a goal from Senior Kevin Colleluori assisted by Senior Brandon Corp to once again put Colgate ahead by one goal with 6:44 remaining. With only seconds remaining in the first half Navy's attackman Tim Paul finished a top shelf ripper of off a beautiful feed from junior Brendan Connors ending the first half of regulation at 6 goals each.

The Mids came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter but were unable to find the back of the net until Joe Lennon drove unassisted finishing with 10:13 remaining giving Navy the 7-6 lead early in the third quarter. Both teams demonstrated sloppy fundamentals and careless penalties turning the ball over to one another throughout the third quarter. Navy would soon go up by two goals after junior midfielder Pat Moran would connect for his second goal of the game from an assist by attackman Tim Paul. Paul beat his man one on one drawing the slide and dumping the ball off to Moran for the finish with 7:19 remaining in the third. Colgate's Kevin Colleluori and Zack Craumer combined for a goal each late in the third quarter tying the contest at 8 goals apiece.

Colgate's offense would continue to go to work early in the fourth quarter with solid ball movement and overpowering penetration from behind. Once again Corp and Colleluori each had a goal in the final quarter or regulation giving the Red Radiers a two goal advantage with 5:48 left to play. Micheal Beggins would score the last goal of the game for the Midshipman putting Navy within one goal with 5:12 remaining. Navy would call timeout late in the game in hopes of putting together a last minute score but Colgate's junior goalkeeper Tim Harrington put an end to that idea making one save after another and finishing the day with a total of 13 saves.

Navy is back in action next Saturday when they travel 35 miles to the District of Columbia to battle the 19th ranked Georgetown Hoyas. The raiders return to action this Tuesday when they return home to host The Ohio State Buckeyes.

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John Tillman-We Miss You At Navy!
    by (#136419) on 3/22/09 @12:32PM
Take nothing away from Richie Meade. He is a fine coach and does great with what he has to offer. But, yesterday was yet the latest example of how Navy misses ex-assistant coach John Tillman, who is now the head man at Harvard. They miss:

1. his offensive coaching
2. his great leadership
3. his HUGE part in recruiting

Now, I promise I won't keep mentioning this. But, after this game, I think it is just a little more clear how much they miss him. Colgate has gotten better, no doubt. But still, Navy was beating them handily not long ago at all.
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