Men’s Lax Dominates Marist

Following a momentous victory over Navy, the Raider men’s lacrosse team could not repeat its success when it traveled to West Point last weekend to face off with Patriot League foe Army. Despite the 9-5 loss, the Raiders rebounded with a dominating victory just three days later in a non-conference game against Marist College on Tuesday. After the last week of play, Colgate pushed its overall record to 6-2.

Last Saturday, the Raiders were outscored in three of the four periods and allowed Army leading scorer Mike Obringer to net four goals and assist on two more. The scoring in the game started early, as Army opened the game with a goal only two minutes into the contest. Raider first-year Brandon Corp responded with a goal of his own to tie the game soon after, but 30 seconds later, Obringer tallied his first score of the game to put Army back on top, where they would stay for the remainder of the game. Colgate twice brought the score to within one goal, but could not completely overcome the early deficit in the second half, resulting in the team’s first Patriot League loss of the season.

Colgate was led in scoring by Corp and senior Robert Trasolini, each of whom scored two goals. Juniors Brendan Hurley and Rob Ryan also reached the back of the net as well.

Colgate hosted Marist College on Tuesday night under the lights of Tyler’s Field. A seven-goal second period gave the Raiders a significant lead in the first half of their rout of the Red Foxes. The game was tied at one after the first period, but Colgate erupted for six goals over a four-minute span to close the half. The goals began a 28-minute stretch, the equivalent of just under a half of the game, in which the Raiders outscored Marist 10-1. Sophomore Matt Lalli, senior Brian Robinson, Corp and Hurley all scored twice, while Lalli and Hurley each accumulated four points total in the game.

The scoring outburst marked the third time this season that the Raiders have scored 14 goals in a game and the fifth time scoring more than 10 tallies. Furthermore, Colgate is undefeated (5-0) whenever the team reaches that lucky 10-goal plateau. The only low scoring affairs this season have been Colgate’s losses to Army and Denver and its upset victory over Navy.

The Raiders passed the midpoint of their season this week. At this point, their record stands at 6-2, with a 1-1 record in the Patriot League and a 4-0 record when playing on Tyler’s Field.

Lalli leads the team on offense with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists, while Robinson has beat the goalie 14 times on the season to top the Raider squad. Junior Chris Eck has been very strong all season on face-offs, winning 105-of-163, good for a 64 percent success rate – ranking him fifth in the nation. He has held the upper hand at the “X” in every game this season except in the loss at Denver. In the net, senior Andrew Jarolimek had played every second of every game up until the final minutes of the demolition of Marist. He is allowing 8.27 goals per game, which is on par with his last two seasons.

Tomorrow, the Raiders will travel to Worcester, MA to face Patriot League foe Holy Cross. The Crusaders are 0-7 on the season and 0-2 in Patriot League games. The Crusaders have not scored more than five goals in a game and give up an average of 13.4 goals, and so the Raiders should be able to improve their record and hopefully move up in the Patriot League rankings.