McCann and Baum Lead No. 10 Colgate to Win at Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Brendon McCann scored a game-high five goals and Peter Baum, the 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner, added three tallies to lead No. 10 Colgate past Vermont, 13-7, in Vermont's season opener Saturday at Virtue Field. Colgate improves to 2-0 on the year, while Vermont opens the season at 0-1.

Colgate jumped out to a 2-0 lead after unassisted goals from Jimmy Ryan and Baum. Vermont fought back with two of its own, as freshman Nick Bartlett scored his first career goal for the Catamount's first tally of the season. Junior Graham Horvath added a goal at the 5:23 mark to even the score at 2-2 with the assist going to A.J. Masson. The Raiders added a late first period goal from Baum to give them a one goal lead, 3-2, at the end of the first.

Senior Drew Philie got the Catamounts off to a quick start with an unassisted tally two minutes into the second period. Colgate answered with goals from Connor Brown and Ryan Walsh to give the Raiders a 5-3 lead with just under six minutes to play in the half. Sophomore Andrew Buckanavage and Philie each added a goal in the final five minutes for the Vermont to even things up, 5-5, at the half.

McCann scored three straight to give Colgate an 8-5 lead at the 8:37 mark of the third period. Horvath responded with his second goal of the game with just two seconds remaining in the period off a pass from Masson to pull the Catamounts within two heading into the final frame.

Colgate pulled away in the final quarter, outscoring Vermont 5-1 with two more tallies coming from McCann to give the Raiders their second win of the season.

Gordan Santry stopped 11 shots to earn the win for the Raiders and improved his record to 2-0. Vermont sophomore Dan DiStefano turned away nine Colgate shots in his first career start.

Horvath netted a hat trick to lead Vermont and Philie added a pair of goals. Junior Andrew Muscara led the Catamounts with eight ground balls and 11 faceoff wins.

Vermont won the ground ball battle 27-25 and held an 11-10 advantage in the faceoff circle.

The Catamounts return to action on February 23 at Providence. The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. at the The Friar Lacrosse Complex.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – Brendon McCann scored five second-half goals, including a natural hat trick to start the third quarter that boosted Colgate past Vermont 13-7.

It was a 5-5 game at halftime when the Raiders' junior attackman scorched the nets for three consecutive goals in a 5:24 stretch early in the third. The host Catamounts pulled one back just before the period ended, but McCann struck again to start the fourth quarter and the Raiders took control.

“We started the game fairly strong, but give Vermont credit,” Colgate head coach Mike Murphy said. “They just scratched their way back into the game to tie it at halftime.

“Our guys did a good job of coming out in that third quarter. We controlled some faceoffs that we didn't in the first half, which gave us a little bit of a spark.”

The Raiders improved to 2-0 for the young season, while Vermont is 0-1 after its 2013 opener.

Colgate never trailed in the game, but there were three ties – all in the first half. Twice during the first 30 minutes the Raiders grabbed two-goal leads, only to see the Catamounts rally both times.

Jimmy Ryan and Peter Baum scored unassisted goals to put the Raiders on the board. Then after Vermont tied it 2-2, Baum struck gold again off a nifty give-and-go from Aaron Darr and it was 3-2 Raiders at the quarter break.

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