Men’s Lacrosse Falls To #16 Colgate, 14-6

Jack Curran

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Peter Baum tallied three goals and three assists for six points for the Raiders as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to No. 16 Colgate, 14-6, at Andy Kerr Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Patriot League season-opener for both teams. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-3 overall (0-1 PL), while the Raiders improve to 4-2 overall (1-0 PL).

After senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead, the Raiders scored three straight goals to move out to a 3-1 advantage. Sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) closed out the first quarter with a goal as the Crusaders trailed 3-2. Colgate then outscored Holy Cross, 3-0 in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead to the half.  

The Raiders then netted the first five goals of the third quarter to increase their lead to 11-2. Senior Jack Curran (Verona, N.J.) ended Colgate's scoring streak when he found the back of the net off a pass from freshman Pat Coan (Towson, Md.) with 2:49 remaining in the third quarter. The assist was Coan's first collegiate point. Each team netted three fourth-quarter goals for the 14-6 final score. Haarmann scored a goal off a pass by junior Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.), Hannan scored an extra-man goal off a pass from Haarmann and senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) found the back of the net.    

Freshman goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 12 saves, while Conor Murphy posted six saves to earn the win. Colgate outshot Holy Cross, 36-21, while the Raiders picked up 33 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 15. Colgate won 18 of 24 face-offs. The Crusaders went 1-1 on extra-man opportunities and the Raiders went 2-5.

The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, March 17, when they will take on Patriot League opponent Navy at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., at 12:00 p.m., as part of the 2013 Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic. The Holy Cross allotment of tickets are on sale. Fans can order tickets in the Field Sideline area for $35.00 each by calling the Holy Cross Ticket Office at (508) 793-2573. Michigan will face Colgate in the second game at 3:00 p.m.