WEST POINT, N.Y. (4/25/08)—Colgate University junior Brandon Corp (Chittenango, N.Y.) scored a career-high five goals and added an assist for six points to lead the Raiders to a thrilling 12-9 victory over No. 14 Navy in the Patriot League Semifinals. The Raiders advance to the championship game for the second consecutive season and will play Bucknell at 2 p.m., on April 27 at Michie Stadium in West Point. This is Colgate's second victory over Navy in program history and the first time the Midshipmen have not advanced to the title tilt.
“It’s a great win for the program,” head coach Jim Nagle said. “I’m happy to be in the same position as last year and we have a tough game coming up against a terrific Bucknell team [for the championship].”
Corp’s five goals ties the Patriot League Tournament record for goals in a game, while his six points is one shy of his record seven from last season’s semifinal. Senior Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) added five points from two goals and three assists, while Kevin Colleluori (Bethpage, N.Y.) had two scores. Six different players scored at least one goal and seven had at least one point. Colgate’s 12 goals tied the most Navy has allowed this season as it entered the contest with the top-ranked defense in the nation.
Navy raced out of the gates to a 3-0 lead in the opening 3:48. Tim Paul opened the scoring just 28 seconds into the game off the restart. Paul came around the crease and fired a shot over his shoulder into the top left corner.
Joe Lennon made it 2-0 just over a minute later with a 10-yard rifle, while Sean Standen pushed it to 3-0 with 11:12 on the clock.
The Raider defense picked up its play over the next nine minutes, getting three unanswered goals to head into the first break knotted a three. Colgate stopped the Midshipmen’s run at the 9:15 mark when Zack Craumer (Greenwich, Conn.) took the ball behind the cage and fed Kevin Colleluori (Bethpage, N.Y.) on the doorstep for the tally.
After successfully killing off a one-minute penalty, the Raiders made it a one-goal game as Lalli dodged his defender and snuck the ball past Navy goalie Matt Coughlin. Corp tied the game with 3:37 left in the quarter firing a shot past Coughlin.
Colgate dominated the second quarter, allowing just four shots and one goal. The Raiders continued their scoring streak, scoring four more unanswered, including three consecutive for a 7-3 lead with one minute left to play in the half.
Corp’s second goal came in spectacular fashion as he dodged his defender and then slipped out of a double team and fired his shot low past Coughlin for the 5-3 lead. Colgate got two more over the next six minutes for the largest lead of the game at 7-3.
Navy closed out the half, getting a score from Nick Mirabito from the right side of the crease to make it a 7-4 game at the halftime break.
The Midshipmen reversed roles in the third quarter, cutting Colgate’s lead to 7-6 with a pair of unanswered scores. The first came on a Colgate turnover 53 seconds in the quarter, while the second was a rifle from 13-yardsout. The Colgate offense struggled to get going in the quarter as the Navy defense tightened up. The Mids held the Raiders to just seven shots in the quarter, but none was more important than the score from junior Nick Monastero (Bohemia, N.Y.) t the 4:14 mark that gave the Raiders a two-goal lead heading into the final frame.
Colgate rallied to start the fourth quarter, going ahead by four goals, 10-6 with 7:51 left to play. Navy would not go away as it tallied two of the next three to make it 11-8. Sensing the victory, the Raiders played out the final four minutes in outstanding fashion and sealed the win with a goal from Colleluori with 1:47 left to play.
Colgate advances to the Patriot League Championship for the second consecutive season and the second time in program history. The Raiders will face off against Bucknell, who they defeated 11-9 on April 19 in the Patriot League regular season finale. The winner of the game earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
|Shane Durkin||(4, 0)|
|Sean Standen||(1, 1)|
|Nick Mirabito||(1, 1)|
|Joe Lennon||(1, 0)|
|Andy Tormey||(0, 1)|
|Gregory Clement||(0, 1)|
|Tim Paul||(1, 0)|
|Patrick Moran||(1, 0)|
|Matt Coughlin||8 (0.400)|