Feb. 26, 2013
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Release - 2.26.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Believe it or not, but Patriot League play in men’s lacrosse begins this weekend as Bucknell hosts Navy in the opener Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Bison will welcome the Mids to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, where both teams will hope to jump out to an early lead in the League standings.
Navy enters the contest having dropped a pair of one-goal decisions last week, 10-9 at nationally-ranked Fairfield and 9-8 in overtime at Georgetown. Bucknell used last week as an opportunity to rebound from a loss at Mount St. Mary’s when it defeated Bryant at home 10-8.
Two games dot Tuesday’s schedule, with Lafayette heading to Wagner at 2 p.m. and Holy Cross visiting Harvard at 4 p.m. The Leopards are trying to snap a two-game slide after falling 11-7 at Manhattan over the weekend, while the Crusaders won 11-9 over Hartford Saturday.
The Saturday schedule features five games in addition to the Navy-Bucknell tilt in Lewisburg, Pa. One of those contests between two nationally-ranked programs boasts two of the best players in the nation. No. 11/9 Colgate takes the bus ride to Ithaca, N.Y., to battle No. 7/5 Cornell. The Raiders have Peter Baum, the reigning Tewaaraton and Enners awards winner who just broke the Patriot League career goals record Saturday, while the Big Red feature Rob Pannell, a Tewaaraton finalist two years ago and the 2011 Enners winner.
Saturday’s slate also features Lehigh looking to bounce back at home against VMI, Holy Cross at Sacred Heart, Lafayette hosting Marist and Army battling Michigan at the Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic in Miami.
PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN’S LACROSSE QUICK HITS
• Colgate’s Peter Baum broke the Patriot League career goal-scoring record with four tallies Saturday at Dartmouth. He has 139 for his career.
• Colgate’s 3-0 start is its best since 1993. The Raiders finished that season 9-3 and 3-2 in the League.
• Holy Cross is 0-29 all-time against Harvard, and will look to break through in Tuesday’s 4 p.m. matchup at the Crimson.
• Colgate and Cornell will meet for the 47th time, but it will be the first since 2007.
• Last week 11 Patriot Leaguers were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List and four as Senior CLASS Award candidates.
• Garrett Thul’s 42-game goal-scoring streak was snapped Sunday in Army’s 6-2 loss at Syracuse. It was just the second time in his career in which he was held without a goal.
• Myles Gillespie scored twice and had four points in Holy Cross’ 11-9 win over Hartford Saturday.
• Lehigh sophomore Dan Taylor had a hat trick against Denver and five points versus Air Force over the weekend. He was named to the All-Face-Off Classic Team.
• Lafayette’s Sonny Round leads the League averaging 3.67 goals per game.
Patriot League Notebook
BAUM PASSES ZACKEY
Colgate senior Peter Baum has accomplished many feats over the last calendar year, including becoming the first Patriot Leaguer to win the Enners and Tewaaraton awards after his oustanding 67-goal, 97-point junior season. The list got a little bit longer Saturday when Baum tallied four goals in the Raiders’ 13-10 win at Dartmouth, giving him a League-record 139 for his career. The old career mark of 138 was set by Bucknell’s Justin Zackey, who played from 1991-94. Baum also climbed up the League’s all-time top 10 in points. He sits eighth with 190, having jumped over one former Raider in Derek Laub and now chasing another former Colgate standout in Brandon Corp (194).
DiMARIA HITS ASSISTS TOP 10
Lehigh senior attackman David DiMaria logged six assists over the weekend in the Mountain Hawks’ two games in Colorado, netting four Saturday against Denver and two more Sunday in the game with Air Force. DiMaria now has 88 career helpers for his career, placing him 10th all-time in League annals and making him the second Lehigh player in that ranking. David Cohen played in Bethlehem from 1999-2002 and logged 98 assists. DiMaria is the third player in four years to enter the League’s all-time top 10 in assists, joining Bucknell’s Austin Winter (2010) and Army’s Jeremy Boltus (2011).
HOT START HITS TOUGH TEST
Colgate’s 3-0 start is its best since 1993, when it finished with a 9-3 record. The Raiders will look to extend their hot streak Saturday when they visit Cornell, which opened its season Sunday with a victory over Hobart inside the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. It will be the first meeting between the programs since 2007, and will feature a marquee matchup between two of the top players in the nation in Colgate’s Peter Baum and Cornell’s Rob Pannell.
MILESTONE FOR FEDORJAKA
Bucknell head coach Frank Fedorjaka captured his 70th victory on the Bison sidelines with Saturday’s 10-8 victory over Bryant. Fedorjaka, in his eighth year, has a mark of 70-40 (.636) guiding Bucknell, and also has 109 wins overall in 13 seasons as a head coach.
FIRST OF MANY
Lehigh’s participation last weekend in the Pioneer Face-Off Classic hosted at Denver and Air Force starts off a seasion in which several League teams will compete in a variety of special events. Next up will be the Whitman’s Sampler Indepencence Classic March 9 when Lehigh takes on Penn State. Eight days later Navy battles Holy Cross and Colgate takes on Michigan at the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. Six days after, on March 23, Colgate and Navy square off at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.
LEHIGH CAST AS THE FAVORITE
With 69 points and nine first-place votes, Lehigh was chosen as the favorite in Patriot League men’s lacrosse in 2013 by the League’s head coaches and sports information directors. Colgate, which hosted last year’s tournament as the No. 1 seed, finished close behind in second with 65 points and the remaining five first-place ballots.
INTRODUCING JIM ROGALSKI
Lafayette filled its coaching vacancy over the summer by hiring Jim Rogalski, who had amassed an 18-15 record the previous two seasons at Scranton, and guided the program to a conference championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. Rogalski brings a wealth of experience to Lafayette, as he spent six seasons on the staff at Rutgers, and has held positions at several other institutions like Drexel, Washington & Lee and Goucher College. Lafayette is out to a 1-2 start and visits Wagner Tuesday before returning home for Marist Saturday.
2012 A BANNER YEAR
2012 wound up being quite the year for the Patriot League, as first-time champion Lehigh made its first NCAA Tournament appearance and Colgate was a first-time at-large selection in its second trip. In addition, the Raiders won the first NCAA Tournament game in program history, 13-11, at previously-unbeaten UMass and advanced to the quarterfinals at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Both Colgate and Lehigh appear ready to jostle for the League crown again this spring, and both have dreams of the NCAA Tournament beyond the first round.
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Patriot League Weekly Awards (2.18-2.24)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PETER BAUM, COLGATE Sr., A, Portland, Ore.
Baum etched his name in the Patriot League record book - again - with a game-high four goals and six points in the Raiders’ 13-10 victory at Dartmouth Saturday. The senior attackman broke the Patriot League career record for goals and now stands at 139, one better than the old mark of 138 held by Bucknell’s Justin Zackey, who graduated in 1994. Baum scored early in the second quarter to cut Dartmouth’s lead to 3-2, and netted his second with 1:05 left before the half to give the Raiders the lead for good at 5-4. He’s tied for second in the League in points (4.67) and goals (3.00) per game.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JACKSON PLACE, BUCKNELL Jr., D, Wayne, Pa.
Place sparked a strong defensive performance from the Bison, who won their home opener 10-8 over Bryant Saturday afternoon. He logged a career-best six caused turnovers, forcing three of Bryant’s five during a dominant fourth quarter for the Bucknell defense. He also picked up one groundball in the win which lifted the Bison to 2-1 heading into Saturday’s League-opener with Navy.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
SAM SOMERS, ARMY So., GK, Wilton, Conn.
Somers had a breakout performance with a career-high 18 saves in Sunday’s 6-2 loss at then-No. 18 Syracuse. The sophomore came up with the most saves in a game for an Army goalkeeper since Tom Palesky had 20 against the Orange in 2011. He faced 24 shots on goal and stopped seven in the third quarter to keep the Black Knights within striking distance.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
THOMAS FLIBOTTE, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Cohasset, Mass.
Flibotte picks up his second Rookie of the Week nod in three weeks after scoring two goals and picked up one groundball in the Bison’s 10-8 win over visiting Bryant Saturday. He scored twice during Bucknell’s five-goal second quarter, breaking a tie both times and giving the Bison the lead for good with 7:05 left until the half. Flibotte stands third on the team with five goals.
CHASE BAILEY, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Fairfield, Conn.
Netted a hat trick and four points overall in Saturday’s 10-8 victory over Bryant.
JAMES QUEENEY, COLGATE Sr., D, Reading, Mass.
Logged a pair of groundballs and two caused turnovers in Colgate’s 13-10 win at Darmouth. Held the Big Green’s Mike Olentine to zero points, one shot and three turnovers.
MATT WARD, HOLY CROSS Sr., LSM, Massapequa, N.Y.
Tallied what stood up as the game-winner in the third quarter of Holy Cross’ 11-9 win over Hartford Saturday. Picked up four groundballs.
DAN TAYLOR, LEHIGH So., A, Calgary, Alberta
Totaled five goals and finished with nine points in Lehigh’s two losses in Colorado to then-No. 11/11 Denver and Air Force. Finished with three groundballs and was named to the All-Face-Off Classic Team.