No. 8 Maryland Coasts by Colgate in Regular Season Finale

"That was a good way to end the career," Brown said with a big smile. "Fake high and shoot low, right? It was awesome and the bench was going nuts. Plus, my parents were in the stands.

"Great way to go out."

Maryland outshot Colgate 37-30 and held a 46-29 ground balls edge. Face-offs went to the Terrapins 16-12, while Colgate committed 17 turnovers to the hosts' 16. Both teams converted one of their extra-man opportunities.

Senior Robert Grabher won 12 of 27 face-offs and picked up seven ground balls to finish the season with a Patriot League-high 111. For his career, Grabher played in 58 games, won 53.7 percent of his face-offs and compiled 260 ground balls for the seventh-best total in school history.

Danehy, Bobby Lawrence, Connor Brown and captain James Queeney picked up three ground balls apiece.

"We wanted to finish it out right and I was really proud of everybody's effort," Queeney said. "We knew it was our last game and the last time we were going to be together, especially us 10 seniors. So we really brought the effort.

"Unfortunately, Maryland was the better team today. Hats off to them."

Queeney finishes his Colgate tenure with 56 games played and 49 starts, contributing 88 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers. But he said one of his most cherished memories will be playing at Saturday's end with many of his fellow classmates.

"It's been a great four years, especially with the other nine seniors," he said. "Definitely some seniors have seen more time than others, but in this last game of our careers it was really great to see all their hard work for the last four years get rewarded and their getting some playing time."

Colgate's Trevor Atkins and Jake Danehy drew their first starting assignments, with Danehy facing down the Terrapins' offensive assault. The first-year netminder finished with seven saves, including four in the first quarter, and his coach credited Maryland for a superb shooting afternoon.

"Oh, they shot the ball very well," Murphy said. "Most of the goals, when we go back and watch the film, were in the corners.

"Jake kept us in it. It won't look like that on the score sheet giving up 18 goals, but the future of our goaltending position is pretty good. When we get back at it next fall, it will be a good competition for whoever that starter's going to be."

Murphy already was looking ahead to next season, which will be his third in Hamilton. The Raiders head coach has compiled an impressive 22-11 mark over his first two years, and he appreciates being able to coach Baum and the 2013 senior class.

"I'm proud of the effort we gave today," he said. "We've got to be better fundamentally in all aspects, but we didn't quit out here against a quality opponent.

As for Baum setting the Patriot League record, Murphy said it was well-deserved.

"Yeah, records are things you can reflect on when the season's over," he said. "Now that our season is over, I'm glad he got the goal. If he didn't, he would have been tied with a great young man who I was able to coach for two years in (Army's) Garrett Thul. Being able to coach Peter for two years, I can tell you that both are exceptional young men and great players.

"It's a good way for Peter to go out. He'll always be in the record books until the next guy comes along. Hopefully, it's Ryan Walsh."

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2013-05-04



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