Men’s Lacrosse Stays on Top, Undefeated in League



Spencer Serling

Last weekend, the Raiders played their second straight game on the road in big-time venues, and picked up a decisive victory. Competing in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, the Raiders defeated the Navy Midshipmen by a score of 11-3 in front of 10,487 fans at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.

After their fantastic performance the week prior against the University of Michigan, the Raiders began the game strongly. Junior Jimmy Ryan scored his 12th goal of the season off an assist from sophomore Matt Clarkson just under three minutes into the game.

At the midway point of the first quarter, the Raiders had added goals from senior Peter Baum, junior Brendon McCann and sophomore Ryan Walsh to put the Raiders up 4-0. The Midshipmen tallied one goal with two and a half minutes to go, but the Raiders carried a 4-1 lead into the second quarter.

After a man-up goal by the Midshipmen to cut the lead to 4-2, Walsh tallied his second of the game. Shortly after, he picked up his second assist of the game, tossing the ball to Ryan who put the Raiders up 6-2. The Raiders defense held the Midshipmen without a goal throughout the remainder of the second quarter and carried their 6-2 lead into halftime.

As the second half started, Baum and Walsh took the game over, and the

defense held constant throughout. Walsh started off the scoring for the half, putting the Raiders ahead 7-2, but Baum quickly followed in his footsteps a little over a minute later off a pass from Walsh. Tallying his fourth goal of the game later in the period, Walsh helped the Raiders carry a 9-2 lead into the fourth quarter, registering a point in seven of the Raiders nine goals thus far.

Within three minutes of the start of the fourth quarter, Baum fired his third goal of the game and his 26th on the year off an assist from Walsh. Sophomore Geoffrey Sullivan scored under two minutes later off an assist from first-year a Eric Foote.

The Midshipmen finally registered a goal after over 31 minutes of play

without scoring, but that was all

junior goalie Conor Murphy allowed, as the

Raiders held on to defeat the Midshipmen by a score of 11-3.

Murphy was stellar in goal all game, making 10 saves on 13 shots. Murphy’s performance was good enough to earn Patriot League Goalie of the Week honors. Helping Murphy was the defense of junior Bobby Lawrence, senior James Queeney and sophomore Matt Yeager forcing turnovers and causing the Midshipmen attack to never fully get

into stride.

The Raiders will host Patriot League opponent Army this coming Sunday at Andy Kerr Stadium starting

at noon.

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