No. 8 Maryland Coasts by Colgate in Regular Season Finale

COLLEGE PARK, Md. A pair of Ryan Walsh scores and Peter Baum's record-setting 164th career goal weren't enough to overcome NCAA tournament-bound Maryland in an 18-6 loss here Saturday.

The Raiders close at 8-7, while Maryland improves to 10-3 with a likely postseason berth ahead. And while Colgate falls short of its second straight NCAA tournament appearance, Raiders head coach Mike Murphy appreciated Saturday's contributions made by his 10 seniors.

"It was a great way for our seniors to go out on a big stage against an ACC opponent," Murphy said. "And they are very good, Maryland. Coach Tillman does a great job with his guys. They were coming off a couple of tough losses, and they came out and really played well."

Colgate had won two straight in this series against Maryland teams that advanced to the previous two NCAA championship games. But Saturday's Terrapins effort was too much for the visiting Raiders.

"I'm just proud of the way our guys played," Murphy said. "It might not be reflected in the score but if you look at the game and you watch the game, our guys never quit. Maryland came out and delivered a pretty good punch, but our guys never gave up. And that's a credit to our seniors."

Two separate Maryland runs of five goals apiece in the first half settled Saturday's affair. The Terrapins scored the game's first five goals, allowed a Colgate pair sandwiched around the first quarter horn, and then scored five more times for a 10-2 lead.

It was 10-3 at halftime, and the Raiders never drew any closer.

"It was rough," said Walsh, who scored his 36th and 37th of the season for team honors in goals. "You go into it with a bunch of seniors who know it's their last game, and you want to send them out the right way. Unfortunately we didn't, but we all played hard. And a lot of seniors got to play, which was great."

All nine Raiders dressed for the game saw action.

Walsh marked his 31st consecutive game with a goal scored, setting the sophomore up to be owner of the nation's longest active streak when next season begins. For two seasons, the Wantagh, N.Y., native has 75 goals, 33 helpers for 108 points.

"I definitely had bigger aspirations for the team, and individually it is what it is," Walsh said. "I definitely wish it could have been a more memorable season."

Walsh knows not to take success for granted, despite the fact that a number of key members return to next year's team.

"We had a lot of guys coming back this year too, which shows that it's not going to come naturally," he said. "You've got to work hard. Nothing's handed to you in this league."

Baum scored his record-setting 164th career goal on his first shot of the game with 14:29 left in the second quarter. It cemented his place as the Patriot League's all-time leader in goals.

"Getting that goal felt good; a little weight off my shoulders," said Baum, this year's team points leader with 49. "It will be something I'm proud of for a long time."

Baum in 62 career games and 52 starts finishes with 164 goals, 61 assists and 225 points. In addition to the Patriot League goals record, Baum also departs as Colgate's leader in goals and points. His assist total stands eighth.

"We came into this week wanting to have fun and get everybody into the game whether we were up or down," Baum said. "To be able to see my best friends out there playing hard at the end, it's everything you hope for in sports."

Geoffrey Sullivan scored his fourth of the season just before halftime, and Eric Foote tallied No. 7 late in the third quarter. But what really jazzed the Colgate sideline was when one of those seniors Baum spoke about, Denis Brown, scored just the second of his career and first this season with 4:44 remaining.

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2013-05-04



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