Colgate's Peter Baum Named Enners Award Winner

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Peter Baum set Colgate and Patriot League records with 67 goals and 97 points in 2012.
Peter Baum set Colgate and Patriot League records with 67 goals and 97 points in 2012.

May 25, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Colgate junior attackman Peter Baum was named the winner of the Lt. Raymond Enners Award, it was announced on Friday. The award is presented by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) to the most outstanding player of the year in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse.

The honor is named after Raymond Enners, who graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1967 after earning honorable mention All-America from the USILA following his senior season. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was killed in action September 18, 1968. He was posthumously honored with the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for the extraordinary heroism he displayed during combat.

The award was first presented in 1969.

Baum will receive the award Sunday during the 2012 USILA All-America Awards Presentation at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston at 10 a.m.

Baum becomes the first Patriot League student-athlete named to the award and the third to come from a League institution. Army had two winners in the award’s early years, as Pete Cramblet and Tom Cafaro were recipients in 1970 and 1971, respectively, some 20 years before the League’s inception. Additionally, Baum is the second League player in three years to garner a major award from the USILA, as Army’s Garrett Thul was named National Freshman of the Year in 2010.

Baum’s naming to the Enners Award comes a day after he became the only Patriot Leaguer to earn first-team All-America honors from the USILA this season. One of eight in all from the League to garner All-America recognition, Baum enjoyed a record-breaking season that culminated in Colgate’s first appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals last weekend, which came one week after the Raiders defeated No. 1-ranked, sixth-seeded and undefeated Massachusetts in the tournament’s first round. The junior attackman out of Portland, Ore., set school and League records in goals (67) and points (97) this season, and came just three points shy of becoming the first player in the nation with 100 since 1999.

Baum’s heroics this spring bridged the regular season and the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders earned the right to host the League’s four-team playoff thanks to his game-winning goal in the final seconds of the Raiders’ regular-season finale at Bucknell April 20. Colgate trailed 6-1 in the first half but mounted a rally that Baum finished off with a tremendous individual effort in the final seconds to cap the come-from-behind 11-10 win.

One week later Baum was unstoppable in the League Tournament, setting the two-game tournament records for assists (10) and points (18), which included him breaking the single-game points mark of nine in the semifinals and matching it two days later in the championship game. Baum’s 18 total points annihilated the old two-game record of 11.

Baum was instrumental in Colgate’s upset of UMass in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. Held to just one assist in the first half, he scored twice in the second, with his second goal with less than four minutes remaining providing the Raiders with much-needed insurance in the 13-11 victory.

Earlier this month Baum was named one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and the University Club of Washington, D.C., to the most outstanding men’s and women’s lacrosse player in the country.