Athlete Spotlight: Peter Baum ’13

Athlete Spotlight: Peter Baum 13

Annie Schein

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

Concentration: Geography

Why Peter? Peter has led the men’s

lacrosse team to unprecedented success. He has won numerous awards including Patriot League offensive player of the year, Tweaaraton Award, and is an All-American.

MN: This season had two games in big

venues with impressive audiences, what is it like to play in that kind of atmosphere?  

PB: Playing at both Citi Field and M&T Bank Stadium in the same season was a really exciting opportunity for our team and I think we really enjoyed it. Any time you get to play on TV, and in front of family and friends in an atmosphere like that, it’s a pretty special experience, and one I think everyone will remember for a long time. Also, we were fortunate enough to get wins in both venues, so that was great as well.

MN: The team started off strongly but has lost its last two league games, what do you have to do differently in order to finish the season on a high note?

PB: This season has certainly had its challenges, but with our win this past weekend against Lafayette we have clinched a berth in the Patriot League Tournament, which is always a major goal of ours. I think with Bucknell coming in this weekend for our Senior Day, we have a great opportunity to make a statement heading into the tournament. A win would be huge. We have to have great weeks of practice down the stretch and stay together, I think those will be the keys.

MN: As 2012’s Tewaaraton Award winner, how did you look to improve this year after such a successful season last year?

PB: Winning the Tewaaraton Trophy a year ago certainly put a bullseye on my back, and I think my plan going into this season was just to keep working hard like I always have. That’s all you can really do in sports and I think I’ve done a good job of staying focused despite the ups and downs of the season thus far.

MN: How does it feel to have broken

Colgate’s scoring record this season?

PB: Breaking the Colgate goals and points records this season really means the world to me. This is a tremendous program, with a very bright future, and I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed my time here with some fantastic teammates, and hopefully we will leave a lasting impression.

MN: What are your personal and team goals for the remainder of the season?

PB: I think having won the Tewaaraton

Trophy a year ago, personal accolades are really at the back of my mind. My goal for the rest of this season is for this team to win the Patriot League Tournament and hopefully advance in the NCAA’s as we did last year. That is always the goal from day one, and our goals are still in front of us.

Interviewed by Annie Schein