BALTIMORE, MD — Attackman Ryan Walsh and Peter Baum combined for seven goals and three assists to lead the Colgate men's lacrosse team (7-2, 2-0 Patriot League) to an 11-3 victory over Navy (3-6, 1-3 PL) Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
"At the end of the day, Colgate was the better team from start to finish," said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. "You have to tip your hat to Colgate, they played a really good game."
Colgate opened the game scoring four in a row, including back-to-back goals just seven seconds apart by Walsh and fellow attackman Brendon McCann. Walsh found McCann cutting up the middle with 7:11 to go in the first period and at 7:04 McCann returned the favor, feeding Walsh for a point blank shot to give the Raiders a 4-0 lead.
Rookie attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) finally got the Mids on the scoreboard when he beat Colgate defenseman Kevin Boyle and fired in his diving shot from the right crease with 2:34 remaining in the quarter.
Navy closed to within two (4-2) with 9:57 to play in the second quarter when freshman Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) picked up the loose ball after his initial shot was saved by keeper Conor Murphy and he stuffed the ball into the net on extra-man as he was tackled to the ground.
After nearly 16 minutes without a goal, Colgate's Walsh came around the left side of the goal and bulled his way past Navy senior defenseman Jay Christopher to spark a seven-goal run by the Raiders.
Colgate held a 6-2 lead at the half and pushed it to 9-2 after three quarters of play. The Raiders scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter before Navy's 31-minute scoring drought ended when junior middie Sean Price (Millersville, Md.) found classmate Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) cutting into the middle of the field and Heneveld found the seam for the Mids' third and final goal.
The two teams combined for 41 turnovers including 25 in the second half, while the Mids were just 14 for 20 on clears and Colgate was 19 for 29.
Navy's starting attack and midfield scored just one point in the game, while its bench combined for two goals and an assist. Leading scorer Sam Jones was held without a point for the first time in 12 games. The last time he did not score a point was in last year's conference loss to Lehigh (3-30) in Annapolis.
"Right now we don't have a lot of flow or pace on the offensive end," said Jones, who is just 10 points shy of becoming one of only 31 players in program history to score 100 points. "We aren't creating good opportunities for ourselves and when we do, we fail to capitalize. We're hesitant and I think that results in us not taking very high percentage shots."
Senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.) was a bright spot on the stat sheet for the Mids, winning 8 of the 15 draws he took and grabbed a team-high tying five ground balls.
Walsh led Colgate with seven points on four goals and three assists, while Paul contributed three goals and starting middie Jimmy Ryan added two goals and an assist.
The Mids return to action next Saturday when face Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. in what will be their third straight game away from Annapolis. Game time is slated for 1:00 pm.
"I find it hard to believe that our guys are going o throw in the towel," added Sowell, regarding Navy's final four regular-season games. "It's part of who I am, but it's also what I've learned from this team. We're gong to stick through this and see it through to the end. When we win, we'll win with class and when we have a loss, we'll lose with class. But on Monday we are going to prepare for the next game and have the team ready to go for Lehigh."