No. 17 Colgate Triumphs in an Offensive Battle with Army

Sipperly won the face-off and buried his first goal of the season himself with 5:04 to play. Meanwhile, senior long stick midfielder, who tallied five ground balls on the day, scored his third goal of the season at the 4:43 mark. Sipperly won the ensuing face-off and fed Hayes from the left side as the Black Knights scored back-to-back goals over a seven-second span. Hayes' goal pulled Army within 13-12 with 4:36 remaining.

Over the next two-plus minutes, Baum netted his 41st and 42nd goals of the season, respectively. The nation's leading scorer coming into Saturday's game, Baum's late-game effort gave the Raiders a 15-12 cushion as time ticked away. Army got two shots off over the final minute, but only Thul's with less than one second to play resulted in a goal.

Colgate, ranked No. 17 in both national polls last week, improved to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while Army dropped to 4-6 on the year and 1-2 in Patriot League play.

Army continues Patriot League play over the next three weeks. The Black Knights hit the road to take on defending conference champion and preseason favorite Bucknell next Saturday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised to a national audience live on CBS Sports Network.

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WEST POINT, N.Y. (3/31/12) No. 17 Colgate was able to edge its way past Army on Saturday afternoon to secure its second Patriot League win of the season, 15-13, while also improving its unbeaten road record to 4-0.

National point and goal scoring leader junior Peter Baum came alive for the Raiders with six points from six goals. Baum, who extended his point streak to 37 games, is now fifth in program history with 42 goals this season, is ninth with 55 points in a season, and is sixth in program history with 105 career goals.

The junior was followed by freshman Ryan Walsh who had five points from three goals and two assists while freshman Conor Braddish, senior co-captain Kevin Gordon, sophomore Brendon McCann, junior Connor Brown and senior John Donnally all tallied one goal apiece.

Colgate (8-2, 2-1 PL) came out to an explosive start, scoring the opening goal just 10 seconds into the game. Gordon tallied his second goal of the season with help from junior Robert Grabher to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later, Army was able to break up a Colgate clear, pick up the groundball and score its first goal at the 13:45 mark to tie the game at 1-1.

As the period progressed, both teams continued to play an attacking game and despite the Raiders earning an extra-man opportunity at the 10:43 mark, neither team could find a second goal. It was not until the 8:58 mark that scoring resumed when the Black Knights tallied their second goal to claim their first lead of the game, 2-1.

Their lead only lasted two minutes and 56 seconds, with Colgate tying the score at 2-2 with a goal from Walsh off an assist from sophomore Bobby Lawrence at the 6:02 mark. The Raiders then went on to find a pair of goals from Donnally and McCann at the 4:36 and 2:05 marks to take a 4-2 lead at the end of the first 15 minutes of play. Walsh had an assist on Donnally's goal.

In the second quarter, it was Army that opened scoring with its third goal of the game 3:15 into the period to reduce the score to 4-3. This early goal did not disrupt Colgate's scoring momentum with Baum adding a fifth goal for the Raiders at the 10:41 mark with help from sophomore Jimmy Ryan.

Less than two minutes later, Colgate increased its lead to 6-3 during an extra-man opportunity when a shot from Walsh was saved but then resulted in an own goal off a mistake by the goalie while he was scooping up the ball, to give the Raiders a man-up goal at the 8:45 mark. Following a team time out and a series of shots from Colgate, Army turned things around quickly with four back-to-back goals in the final four minutes of the half to claim a 7-6 lead going into half time.

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2012-03-31



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