What Will Colgate Do For an Encore?

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Colgate head coach Mike Murphy is looking for even bigger things in 2013.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Colgate head coach Mike Murphy is looking for even bigger things in 2013.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Oct. 16, 2012

By Matt Forman

If Colgate had the nation's second-ranked scoring offense last season, can you imagine what the Raiders will look like in 2013?

With no horns, an expanded substitution box and quick restarts, the new NCAA rules changes should only serve to increase the pace of play. And, oh by the way, Colgate coach Mike Murphy said senior goalie Jared Madison played all of last year with a broken back -- impressive work keeping it a secret for four months -- yet even that barely stopped the Raiders from running roughshod.

"You'd think I would have been a guy to get called for stall warning after stall warning, just because I was trying to protect [Madison], instead of saying, 'If we're going to win, we'll win 16-14,'" Murphy joked.

Colgate, whose up-and-down style made them one of the country's most exciting teams to watch, might have surprised some in 2012. Next spring, they won't catch anybody off guard.

"The phrase we've used a lot this fall is this: We spent the summer getting patted on the back. Now we have to be prepared to be punched in the face," Murphy said.

So what's the next step for Colgate? And how about for reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum?

To answer those questions, Lacrosse Magazine caught up with a fired-up Murphy, not long after he had hosted a 6-8 a.m. Colgate fall ball practice.