April 20, 2012
By Steve Urban
The Colgate men’s lacrosse team boasts the best offense in the nation in terms of goals per game, largely due to the outstanding season junior attackman Peter Baum is having. Baum, a product of Portland, Ore., leads the nation in two major offensive categories–total goals and points with 48 and 63 respectively.
Considering the fact that Baum grew up on the opposite coast of most of his teammates and competitors as well as the traditional “hot beds” of high school lacrosse in Baltimore, upstate New York, and the Tri-State area shows how the sport is spreading nationally.
“My introduction to the game happened later than most of my peers,” Baum said. “My dad played lacrosse at Colgate, so I always knew about the game a little bit. However, I couldn’t actually start playing in Portland until the sixth grade, whereas back east you can start as young as kindergarten.”
Despite the fact he got a later introduction to the game, Baum clearly was a cut above the competition in Oregon. He ended his career at Lincoln High School with 180 goals and 70 assists. In his junior and senior season he was a first-team all-state selection as well as being named Oregon’s most outstanding offensive player. His location did not prevent traditional lacrosse powerhouses from taking a look at him either.
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