Colgate Hands Sixth-Seeded UMass First Loss to Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Ryan Walsh was one of five players to score two goals for Colgate in its 13-11 win at UMass in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Ryan Walsh was one of five players to score two goals for Colgate in its 13-11 win at UMass in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

May 12, 2012

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AMHERST, Mass. – Colgate scored the game’s last three goals and four of the last five to rally to a 13-11 victory over previously undefeated and sixth-seeded Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.

The Raiders advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in school history and will face No. 3 seed Duke next Sunday, May 20, at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The Blue Devils were 12-9 winners over Syracuse earlier Saturday in Durham, N.C.

Patriot League Rookie of the Year Ryan Walsh tied the game at 11 with his second goal of the afternoon with 7:58 to go in the fourth quarter, and Chris Zielinski tallied his second marker of the day 46 seconds later to put the Raiders (14-3) in front for the first time.

Tewaaraton Award finalist Peter Baum scored twice on the afternoon, with his second providing key insurance for Colgate, which handed the Minutemen their first loss of the season (15-1). Baum scored with 3:53 to go in the fourth to put the Raiders up by two.

Colgate fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter and 7-2 with 9:08 remaining until halftime. The Raiders outscored UMass 11-4 in the last 35:31 of the game, ignited by a 3-0 surge in the second quarter sparked by their second-ranked extra-man offense. Matt Baker scored in the 6-on-5 to start the stretch at the 5:31 mark, followed by an even-strength tally from Matt Clarkson and another extra-man goal by Walsh to make it a 7-5 game at the break.

The Raiders entered the game converting 50 percent of their extra-man chances. The Raiders finished the game 2-of-5 in those situations.

Sophomore Conor Murphy was exceptional in goal for Colgate, stopping 15 shots in his first career start. He saw some relief work in each of the Raiders’ last two outings, a 16-14 loss to Lehigh in the Patriot League championship game followed by last Saturday’s 13-11 victory over Maryland.

Colgate earned its first NCAA Tournament victory in its second appearance. The Raiders advanced to the field in 2008 after claiming the League title, but fell 8-7 in overtime at Notre Dame in the first round. Colgate is the second Patriot League team in three years to win an NCAA first-round game, after Army upended No. 2 seed and defending national champion Syracuse, 9-8, in overtime in 2010.

Including Navy’s 8-7 win at North Carolina in 2008, League teams have won three of their last five games in the first round.

UMass started hot with three straight goals, including consecutive strikes from Colin Fleming. Brendon McCann, who was one of five Raiders to tally a pair of goals in the game, scored his first with 2:49 left in the opening quarter to get Colgate on the board.

After Connor Mooney and Zielinski traded goals, UMass put together another 3-0 streak in the second quarter to move ahead 7-2 at the 9:08 mark.

The 2012 League champion Lehigh opens its NCAA Tournament Sunday night. The Mountain Hawks, seeded seventh, will host Maryland at the Ulrich Sports Complex on the Goodman Campus in Bethlehem, Pa. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU, with Joe Beninati and Ryan Boyle on the call.