No. 10 Colgate Wins Overtime Thriller at Bryant in Opener

“My defender kind of sloughed off and I was able to find a seam,” Ryan said of the winning play. “Matt Baker found me an open alley and I was able to step in there and stick it.”

Ryan and fellow midfielder Matt Clarkson accounted for nine of Colgate's 14 goals, with Clarkson scoring five. Both goal totals were career game highs.

“That was fun,” Clarkson said. “We definitely were sticking our shots, and the fast starts have been one of Coach (Mike) Abbot's keys. This season, we're trying to be better at that.”

Murphy said Ryan's winning goal was the direct result of his team shaking off the misfortune of allowing a last-second goal and keeping its focus.

“We've just got to make the next play,” Murphy said he told the team in the huddle before overtime. “We've got to do whatever we need to do. We can't put our head down.

“It's a motto of ours: smart, tough and poised. In the fourth quarter, we started to play a little bit more poised, a little tougher.”

Colgate's period-opening goal spree began with Clarkson for a 1-0 lead. Kevin Boyle scored just four seconds into the second period for his goal, and then Ryan deposited his final three goals of the day to begin the third, fourth and overtime periods.

Senior attackman Peter Baum added two goals and two assists for the Raiders, while Ryan Walsh and Brendon McCann chipped in first-half goals.

“Everybody's talked all preseason long about how we've got to find a midfield, and all six guys were phenomenal today,” Murphy said. “Aaron Darr in the middle of the field for that second line, Conor Braddish and Connor Brown were very good in the second line. And what can you say about the first line – nine goals.

“It makes us more dangerous.”

Freshman Gordan Santry earned the starting nod in net for the Raiders, stopping 11 Bulldog shots.

“I was pretty nervous at the start, but I settled in,” Santry said. “They had some good shooters, especially their long-pole middies. They scored more than I would like, but it was a good team win. Our midfielders stepped up for us.”

Murphy knows his squad is still finding its way, and that such a stiff test to begin the season – especially one resulting in a victory – can only pay dividends later.

“We've got veterans but we're still a young team,” he said. “We're still young in the midfield. We've got to continue to develop. We're young in the back of the hoop, so I was very proud of the effort Gordon Santry gave in his first college game.”

Colgate led 1-0 before Bryant rallied for three straight goals and four of the next five. Ryan's first goal of the game brought the Raiders within 4-3 at the first-quarter break.

Boyle and McCan quickly made it 5-4 Raiders to start the second, but Bryant rallied with another three-spot for a 7-5 advantage. After the teams traded scores, Baum tallied his first of the season – a laser shot just inside the left bar – with 39 seconds left in the half and it was 8-7 Bryant.

Colgate opened the third period with consecutive scores by Ryan, Baum and Clarkson for its first two-goal cushion of the afternoon. Ryan scored again to open the fourth quarter and made it 11-9, but Bryant tied it. Two more from Clarkson pushed the Raiders in front 13-11 with the clock ticking down, but again the Bulldogs rallied and forced the extra period.

“We knew they were going to be good coming in,” Clarkson said. “They are just outside the top-20. It was a good game last year at our place and we were well-prepared. The coaches had us prepared.”

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2013-02-10



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