Bard Tops Rosemont for First Win in Program History

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - There were some nerves, to be sure, a few early mental mistakes, and a timeout in the first quarter, during which Coach Tucker Kear loudly told his team, "This is a college lacrosse game! Wake up!"

Eventually they did, and this group of 15 freshmen and three sophomores made history on Sunday by rallying to defeat Rosemont, 12-8. It was the first men's lacrosse win in school history, because there's been only one other season at Bard, and the 2010 team went 0-11.

"This group of guys has really worked their butts off for the last seven weeks," Kear said after the game. "They went out and got it done. They deserved it."

It was shaky early, with Rosemont (0-3) dominating the first few minutes of possession. Bard was called for an offside on what would have been its first offensive possession, prompting the emphatic timeout from Kear. By the end of the first quarter, Rosemont led 1-0, and Bard had eight turnovers.

The Raptors (1-0) started to settle in during the second quarter, and Eli Cottingham became the first goal-scorer in the Kear era when he scooped up a rebound on the doorstep and slid it past Rosemont keeper Kiefer Paul (Ocean Township, NJ) to tie the game at 1-1 with a man-up goal early in the second quarter.

Mat Livermore's first college goal gave Bard a 2-1 lead with 7:02 left until halftime, but the Ravens scored twice in less than two minutes to grab a 3-2 lead as the second quarter wound down.

Cottingham's second goal came with 19 seconds left in the second quarter, so it was 3-3 at halftime. Rosemont outshot Bard 19-9 in the first half, but the Raptors were hanging in there by going 2 for 4 in man-up opportunities.

It was a different Bard team that came out in the second half. After going down 4-3 in the first minute of the third quarter, the Raptors scored four of the next five goals and never relinquished the lead again. Livermore and DJ Peters each scored twice in Bard's five-goal third quarter.

Still, a goal by Rosemont's Justin Regan (Hillsborough, NJ) in the final minute of the third quarter cut the deficit to 8-7 ... but Bard scored the next four goals and put the game away.

The Ravens got five goals and an assist from sophomore Stephen Licata (Towson, PA)

Peters led Bard with four goals and two assists. Livermore also scored four times, while Cottingham and Henry Blosfelds added two goals apiece. John Henry Glascock made 14 saves, and Sam Funnell and Brad Whitaker shared the team lead with five grounds balls apiece. The Raptors were 3 for 6 in extra-man chances and 23 for 27 on clears.

Next up is a home game against Green Mountain, scheduled for Saturday at Dietz Stadium in nearby Kingston.

2014-03-09



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