PETER BAUM RECEIVES LACROSSE’S TOP AWARD
HAMILTON, N.Y. (5/31/12) – Colgate men’s lacrosse junior Peter Baum added to his list of major awards this season with the prestigious 2012 Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top men’s lacrosse player this season.
“What an unbelievable experience,” Baum stated after winning the award. “I am so proud to be part of the Colgate family, and could not be happier to win this award for my teammates, friends and Raider Nation.”
Baum, who was the first Colgate and second Patriot League player to be named a Tewaaraton Award Finalist, became the first player in program and league history to win the award. The Portland, Ore., native is also the first men’s Tewaaraton finalist and winner from west of the Mississippi, and is the seventh attackman to receive the men’s Tewaaraton Award.
“The Tewaaraton Foundation does a phenomenal job putting this event together, and I had a lot of fun,” said head coach Mike Murphy. “Pete is the hardest worker on our team and I am so very proud of him. These kind of awards are given to guys on winning teams and I think our team, especially our seniors, really helped him out and did a great job to get the team to this level of success. It was also nice to see all the Colgate alumni and players that came to the ceremony to support Pete and the team. This is a good step for Colgate on the national scene and I could not be more proud to be a member of this program.”
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Baum was one of five finalists invited down to the ceremony that took place on Thursday night (May 31) at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Baum has received numerous honors this season including the 2012 Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award by the USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association,) which is given to the Outstanding Player of the Year, was named to the 2012 USILA All-America First Team and the LaxPower All-America Team, and was named the 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. He was also selected to the All-Patriot League First Team, All-Patriot League Tournament Team and Academic All-Patriot League Team this season. He finished the season as the NCAA statistics leader in points per game (5.39) and goals per game (3.72), after finishing the season with a total of 97 points from 67 goals and 30 assists, tying Duke’s Matt Danowski (2008) for the most ever by a men’s Tewaaraton finalist.
This season, the attackman has helped his team make program history with 14 wins in a season amongst other team records, while also setting a total of eight individual Patriot League and Colgate records. His records this year include points and goals in a single season for both Colgate and the Patriot League, as well as four Patriot League Tournament records. Baum is also currently second in program history with 130 career goals, which is also tied for second in league history, is fourth with 30 assists this season, and is fifth in career points with 176. The attackman is also tied for sixth all-time in NCAA history with 67 goals this season and is tied for 13th all-time in points in a season with 97.
Baum also received several preseason awards this season including the 2012 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and was a 2012 Preseason All-America Second Team selection.
MEN’S LACROSSE ENDS SEASON WITH HIGHEST RANKINGS
HAMILTON, N.Y. (5/29/12) – The Colgate men’s lacrosse team finished the season with its highest ranking in program history with the No. 8 spot in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll of the 2012 season that was released today.
The Raiders were the highest ranked team in the Patriot League ahead of 2012 PL Tournament Champion Lehigh, which was ranked ninth. Loyola (Md.) claimed the top spot as the 2012 NCAA Tournament Champion.
Colgate is coming off its best season in program history with a 14-4 overall record and its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The team also set a total of 26 records including 10 program records, 15 league records and one NCAA Single-Season record, while also achieving its first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and its first Tewaaraton Award Finalist with junior Peter Baum.
After completing the regular season as the Patriot League Regular-Season Champions with a 5-1 league mark and a 13-3 overall record, the Raiders entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament with their highest ranking ever at No. 9/9 in both national polls. The team then went on to defeat No. 1 UMass in the NCAA First Round before falling to No. 3 Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals, earning it the No. 8 ranking in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
BAUM EARNS ENNERS AWARD FROM USILA
HAMILTON, N.Y. (5/25/12) – Colgate men’s lacrosse junior Peter Baum was awarded with the 2012 Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award by the USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) on Friday.
The award is given to the Division I player that is voted as the Outstanding Player of the Year. Baum will receive the award on Sunday (May 27) during the 2012 USILA All-America Awards Presentation at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Mass. at 10 a.m.
The honor, which was first presented in 1969, is named after Raymond Enners, who graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1967 after earning honorable mention All-America from the USILA following his senior season. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was killed in action September 18, 1968. He was posthumously honored with the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for the extraordinary heroism he displayed during combat.
Baum, who is one of the five 2012 Tewaaraton Award Finalists and was recently named to the 2012 USILA All-America First Team and the LaxPower All-America Team, is having a standout 2012 season and has already been named the 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. He was also selected to the All-Patriot League First Team, All-Patriot League Tournament Team and Academic All-Patriot League Team this season. He leads the country in points per game (5.39) and goals per game (3.72), and has a total of 97 points from 67 goals and 30 assists.
This season, the junior has helped his team make program history with 14 wins in a season amongst other team records, while also setting a total of eight individual Patriot League and Colgate records. His records this year include points and goals in a single season for both Colgate and the Patriot League, as well as four Patriot League Tournament records. Baum is also currently second in program history with 130 career goals, which is also tied for second in league history, is fourth with 30 assists this season, and is fifth in career points with 176. The attackman is also tied for sixth all-time in NCAA history with 67 goals this season and is tied for 13th all-time in points in a season with 97.
Baum also received several preseason awards this season including the 2012 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and was a 2012 Preseason All-America Second Team selection.
CHESTER, Pa. (5/20/12) – Freshman Ryan Walsh scored three goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Colgate men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 3 Duke 17-6 in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday at PPL Park.
Walsh’s first goal gave Colgate (14-4) a 4-2 lead with 3:58 remaining in the first quarter, before Duke used a 13-0 run over the next 25 minutes to advance to the final four for the sixth-straight season.
Walsh finished the game three points, while Matt Baker had two points on a goal and a assist. Peter Baum extended his scoring streak to 45-straight games with one goal, while Brendon McCann added a goal and Jeff Ledwick dished out an assist. Baum finished his excellent season with school and Patriot League record 97 points (67 goals, 30 assists) to lead the nation.
Duke (15-4) opened the game with a goal from David Lawson with 11:16 remaining in the first quarter, before Baum tied the game 1-1 at the 9:42 mark. Duke would answer back with its second goal a minute later to take a 2-1 lead, before the Raiders responded with three-straight goals to build a 4-2 lead.
McCann tied the game 2-2 with 6:04 left in the first quarter and was followed by goals from Baker and Walsh to build the two-goal lead. After a Duke timeout the Blue Devils ended the first quarter with two goals to tie the game 4-4.
Duke then carried its momentum into the second quarter outscoring the Raiders 7-0 to take an 11-4 lead into the locker room. The Blue Devils opened the second half with the first four goals to build a 15-4 lead, before Walsh scored his second of the game to end the 13-0 run with 7:44 left in the third quarter.
Duke would score the last two goals of the third quarter to build a 17-5 lead, before Walsh scored with 14:04 left in the fourth quarter to make the final 17-6.
GAME NOTES: Colgate finished the season with a school record for wins in a season with 14 … head coach Mike Murphy won 14 games which is a record for a first year coach at Colgate … Peter Baum became the Raiders first Tewaaraton Award Finalist and set single-season school and League records in points (97) and goals (67) … Ryan Walsh finished his rookie season with 60 points on 38 goals and 22 assists, both his points and goals are Colgate rookie records.
HAMILTON, N.Y. (5/17/12)- The No. 9 Colgate men’s lacrosse team will look to continue to make program history this weekend when it travels to Chester, Pa. for a matchup against third seeded Duke in the Quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m.
The game will be televised on ESPNU and will be the Raiders’ first neutral site matchup of the season.
Colgate (14-3, 5-1 PL) is coming off a 13-11 win over No. 1 UMass on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA First Round. The team, which handed the Minutemen their first loss of the season, were able to come back from a five-goal deficit to tie the game, before taking its first and only lead in the fourth quarter. Junior Peter Baum, a 2012 Tewaaraton Award Finalist, and freshman Ryan Walsh both had three points in the game on two goals and one assist apiece. They were followed by sophomore Brendon McCann, junior Matt Baker and senior Chris Zielinski who had two goals each, while senior co- captain Jeff Ledwick also added two points from a pair of helpers. Senior Patrick Campbell as well as freshmen Matt Clarkson and Conor Braddish also tallied one goal each in the game.
The Raiders came into this year’s tournament after earning an at-large bid for the first time in Colgate history. The win over UMass last weekend marked the team’s first NCAA Tournament win and first Second Round visit in program history.
LUCKY NUMBER 13
Colgate University’s “lucky number 13” is clearly playing a part in the Raiders’ post-season success, which also includes averaging just over 13 points a game this season. After completing its regular season with a 13-11 win over No. 6/9 Maryland, which helped earn the team an at-large bid, Colgate then went on to become the only team in the country to defeat No. 1 UMass with an identical 13-11 score, and snap the Minutemen’s 15-game winning streak. UMass came into the tournament as the No. 6 seed and host of the tournament game between the two teams.
The team continues to have a perfect 6-0 record on the road this season, completing its regular season with a 5-0 road mark and adding a sixth win against UMass last weekend. Colgate first defeated Robert Morris on the road 24-14 on March 3 in its largest victory margin this season. The Raiders then went on to secure a 13-9 win over Holy Cross on March 10 followed by a 17-8 win three days later over Binghamton on March 13. The team’s last two road wins before the Minutemen were over Army on March 31 with a 15-13 score, and No. 18 Bucknell in its final regular-season league game on April 20, 11-10.
RAIDERS’ SCORING LEADERS
Peter Baum, who leads the league with six game-winning goals, continues to lead the team with 96 points from 66 goals and 30 assists this season. The junior is currently ranked fifth nationally amongst active Division I players with his 68-goal scoring streak, 27 career hat tricks and 127 career goals, and is tied for fifth with a 44-game point scoring streak that began on March 2, 2010. Baum is followed by PL Rookie of the Year Ryan Walsh who holds the Colgate freshman point and goal scoring records that were set by Baum in 2010, and is now tied for eighth in program history in points in a season. The attackman has 57 points from 35 goals and 22 assists this season. Behind the nation’s leading freshman goal scorer is senior Jeff Ledwick who is third on the team with a career-high 46 points from 32 goals and 14 helpers. The co-captain leads the league in man-up goals with nine this season.
DEFENDING THE NET
Senior goalie Jared Madison has spent the lion’s share of time defending the net this season, starting in 16 of the team’s 17 games this season for an impressive 13-3 record. New in goal is sophomore Conor Murphy, who had an incredible 15-save performance in his first career start in Colgate’s 13-11 win over No. 1 UMass in the NCAA First Round last weekend. He has played in seven games this season, has an 8.22 goals against average, and a total of 25 saves for a .610 save percentage.
ALL EYES ON BAUM
Peter Baum is having a standout 2012 season and has already been named the 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. The attackman leads the country in points per game (5.65) and goals per game (3.88), and has a total of 96 points. The last time a player had 96 points in a season was Duke’s Matt Danowski in 2007 with 44 goals and 52 assists. This season, Baum has helped his team make program history with 14 wins in a season amongst other team records, while also setting a total of seven individual Patriot League and Colgate records. The junior’s records this year include points and goals in a single season for both Colgate and the Patriot League, as well as three Patriot League Tournament records. Baum is also currently second in program history with 129 career goals, is fourth with 30 assists this season, and is fifth in career points with 175. He is also ranked third in league history in career goals.
This will be the ninth meeting and first neutral site matchup between the two teams since they first met in 1956. All seven games in the series have been played in Durham, N.C. Duke leads the all-time series 6-2, winning the last four meetings in 1995, 1999, 2008 and most recently in 2009 when the Blue Devils defeated Colgate 9-8. The Raiders’ only two wins in the series were in the first matchup in history in 1956, which Colgate won 7-6, and in 1960, when the team secured a 19-0 shutout win over Duke.
SCOUTING #3 DUKE (14-4, 2-1 ACC)
The nationally ranked No. 3 Blue Devils, who are also the third seed in the tournament, are coming off a 12-9 win over Syracuse in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. This is their 16th overall appearance and sixth consecutive in the NCAA Tournament for a 22-14 record in tournament play. The team has advanced to the semifinals seven times in program history including the past five seasons. Duke’s most notable wins this season were over nationally-ranked opponents Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina twice and Syracuse twice.
The team is led by sophomores Jordan Wolf and Christian Walsh as well as senior Robert Rotanz. Wolf has a team-high 60 points from 30 goals and 30 assists while Walsh has 30 goals and 14 helpers for 44 points, and Rotanz has 40 points from 33 goals and seven assists. Duke also boasts 2012 Tewaaraton Award Finalist senior CJ Costabile who has a 119-231 faceoff record and has collected 121 groundballs this season. In goal, the team is led by junior Dan Wigrizer who has played in 13 games for a 10-3 record, has an 8.67 goals against average, and a total of 113 saves for a .526 save percentage.
RAIDERS DEFEAT # 1 UMASS IN NCAA OPENING ROUND-DUKE NEXT
AMHERST, Mass. (5/12/12) – The No. 9 Colgate men’s lacrosse team became the first team this season to defeat No. 1 UMass, snapping a 15-game winning streak on Saturday, with a 13-11 win in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at Garber Field.
The Raiders were able to come back from a five-goal deficit to tie the game, before they took their first lead in the fourth quarter. The win is the first for the Raiders in the NCAA Tournament and marks the first time in program history that they will advance to the second round where they will face No. 3 Duke, which beat Syracuse 12-9 earlier today.
Junior Peter Baum, a 2012 Tewaaraton Award Finalist, and freshman Ryan Walsh both had three points in the game on two goals and one assist apiece. They were followed by sophomore Brendon McCann, junior Matt Baker and senior Chris Zielinski who had two goals each while senior co-captain Jeff Ledwick also added two points from a pair of helpers. Senior Patrick Campbell as well as freshmen Matt Clarkson and Conor Braddish also tallied one goal each in the game.
In the first period, both teams came out playing a very quick game, moving the ball up and down the field. After a strong save by sophomore Conor Murphy in his first collegiate start, Colgate (14-3) got the first extra man opportunity of the game, off a 30-second pushing penalty on the Minutemen at the 12:26 mark but was unable to get any shots off.
Less than a minute after the penalty ended, UMass was able to cause a turnover, clear the ball and score the opening goal of the game at the 11:03 mark. The Minutemen continued to build on their offensive moment, firing a series of shots on net but were denied by Murphy and on one occasion, the post. A penalty on the Raiders then allowed UMass to score on its first extra-man advantage at the 8:41 mark, which it followed up with a second goal just over three minutes later to increase its lead to 3-0.
Colgate continued to build its offense, coming close when Walsh powered past his defender, came around the crease and took a one-handed shot on net but was denied by the goalie.
As the period came to a close, the Raiders continued to struggle to find their offensive rhythm until the 2:49 mark when Ledwick sent a quick pass to McCann, who then slipped it into the back of the net to reduce the score to 3-1 at the end of the first 15 minutes of play.
UMass (15-1) started the second period similar to the first, scoring the first goal of the period to increase its lead to three goals just 43 seconds into the quarter. Junior Robert Grabher then helped turn things around for Colgate, winning the faceoff and then dishing the ball over to Zielinski on his left who then fired the ball from down town into the top right corner of the net to reduce the score to 4-2. A pair of penalties on the Raiders then allowed the Minutemen to gain some momentum, with three straight goals, one of which was a man-up, to increase their lead to 7-2 with 9:08 left on the clock.
One of the penalties was on Murphy, putting senior Jared Madison in net during the penalty. The Raiders struggled to get their offense going again during this time, but could not find a goal with Baker hitting the cross bar in the seventh minute, Walsh hitting the post and then Baum coming close in the final seconds of a man-up opportunity.
However, an illegal body check on Baum from a UMass player after the Minutemen failed to clear the ball, then led to Colgate stringing together a trio of goals at the 5:31, 4:58 and 2:53 marks to reduce the score to 7-5 going into half time.
Baker scored the first goal during the extra-man opportunity off a pass from Ledwick. Thirty-three seconds later, Clarkson added the Raiders’ fourth goal off a jumping shot to put the score at 7-4. The rookie was then followed by classmate Walsh, who scored the team’s second man-up goal with help from Baum to put the game within two at half time.
The Raiders started the second half with a 19-second advantage on an extra man opportunity that had carried over from the second period. Unfortunately, they were unable to capitalize, which then led to UMass finding the first goal of the period once again to improve their lead to 8-5 less than four minutes in. The early goal then propelled the Minutemen’s offense, which found a ninth goal at 9:54 mark to increase the scoring margin to four goals.
It was not until the final five minutes that the Raiders were able to come alive once again, similar to the second quarter, with four back-to-back goals from Braddish, McCann, Baum and then Baker to tie the game at 9-9 with just 37 seconds left in the quarter. Walsh had an assist in McCann’s goal. Six seconds after Baker scored, UMass responded with a tally after winning the faceoff to reclaim a 10-9 lead going into the final 15 minutes of play.
The final quarter was all about Colgate this time around. After an aggressive start to the period, with both teams battling it out on the field, the Raiders got on the scoreboard first with a goal from Campbell to balance the score at 10-10 at the 10:25 mark. This was his first goal of the season. Feeling the pressure, the Minutemen responded with a tally of their own two minutes and 20 seconds later to steal back an 11-10 lead.
However, this proved to be their last lead of the game with the Raiders scoring two goals in the seventh minute first from Walsh and then from Zielinski to claim their first lead of the game 12-11. Colgate then continued to put pressure on UMass’ net and then after a timeout, found a 13th goal from Baum at the 3:53 mark to eventually secure the win 13-11.
Sophomore Conor Murphy had a stellar performance in net for the Raiders with 15 saves in the game while Tim McCormack had 13 for UMass. Both teams went 2-for-5 in their extra-an opportunities. The Minutemen held a 29-19 advantage in the groundball battle.
Colgate will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. where it will face No. 3 Duke at PPL Park on Sunday, May 20. The game is scheduled to begin at noon and will be televised live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
HAMILTON, N.Y. (5/6/12) – The Colgate men’s lacrosse team will travel to the University of Massachusetts this weekend for the First Round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Colgate will be meeting the Minutemen for the first time in program history.
This is also the Raiders’ first at-large bid. They were one of nine teams that made it into the NCAA Tournament without an automatic bid from a league tournament title win. Lehigh won the Patriot League’s automatic bid this season.
Colgate (13-3, 5-1 PL) will be making its second NCAA Tournament appearance. The first time was in 2008 after it won the Patriot League Title but fell to Notre Dame 8-7 in overtime on the road in the First Round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
UMass (15-0, 6-0 CAA), which is undefeated this season, comes into the tournament with an automatic bid after winning the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Title over Drexel on Saturday (May 5), 18-12. Its most notable wins this season were over nationally ranked opponents Bucknell, Ohio State, Penn State, and Drexel. The Minutemen have already made 18 NCAA appearances and have reached the Final Four once.
The first round of the tournament will begin this weekend with four games on Saturday, May 12 and four on Sunday, May 13. The games will take place at 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The quarterfinals will take place the following weekend on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Saturday’s quarterfinals at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., will take place in Annapolis, Md. at the Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium while Sunday’s quarterfinals, at the same times, will take place in Chester, Pa. at PPL Park. The semifinals and championship game are set for Memorial Day Weekend at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The Final Four games will take place on Saturday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., and the championship game is set for Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m.
ESPN networks will provide exclusive coverage of all 15 games of the NCAA Championship. Coverage will be in high definition across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 beginning Saturday, May 12, and concluding with the national title game on Monday, May 28.