February 10, 2013

Colgate Outlasts Bryant in Overtime Thriller

from staff reports

Peter Baum scored two goals and two assists in Coglate's OT win, but midfielders Jimmy Ryan and Matt Clarkson stole the show.
© Bill Danielewski

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Junior midfielder Jimmy Ryan's fourth goal of the game was the game-winner Sunday, as Colgate outlasted Bryant to win 14-13 in an overtime thriller.

The host Bulldogs, ranked No. 20 in the preseason by Lacrosse Magazine, had tied the see-saw affair for the sixth and final time with just eight seconds left in regulation, Brian Schlansker doing the honors with a low rocket from the left wing. Bryant was able to tie the game after Colgate didn't get a shot on goal in a stall warning situation.

The Raiders, ranked No. 11 by LM in the preseason, fought off Bryant's initial possession in overtime to set the stage for Ryan's heroics.

Ryan and fellow midfielder Matt Clarkson accounted for nine of Colgate's 14 goals, with Clarkson scoring five. Both goal totals were career highs.

"Today was not a normal season-opener," Colgate coach Mike Murphy told ColgateRaiders.com. "You've got two very good teams. Bryant is the defending NEC champ and they are a bear at home. They were undefeated here last year.

"Any time you're playing a Mike Pressler-coached team, you know you're going to find a bunch of tough hombres," Murphy said of the Bulldogs. "It's a good road victory for us, and I'm proud of the way my team played for 60 minutes. It might not have been pretty, but they gutted it out."

Colgate scored the first goal of each period, but Bryant rallied to force four lead changes in the game in addition to the six ties. Clarkson opened the scoring, Kevin Boyle scored just four seconds into the second period, and then Ryan tallied his final three goals to begin the third, fourth and overtime periods.

Clarkson scored to put Colgate ahead 13-11 with 4:15 left before the Bulldogs scored the final two of regulation. Alex Zomerfeld cut the lead to 13-12 with 3:00 left. Bryant's Kevin Massa won 20 of 31 faceoffs.

Colgate senior attackman Peter Baum added two goals and two assists for the Raiders, while Ryan Walsh and Brendon McCann added first-half goals.

"I thought we did a great job on No. 15 [Baum] and No. 43 [Ryan Walsh]." Bryant coach Mike Pressler said. "They were the knowns. What really hurt us was the play Ryan and Clarkson. We really made some mistakes in playing them, but give them credit — they certainly played very well."

It was the home team that led after both the first and second quarters, riding a four-goal opening 15 to a 4-3 advantage before taking an 8-7 edge into the halftime break after Baum got on the board for the first time with 39 seconds remaining in the stanza.

It was the first of four-straight Colgate goals, however, as the Raiders came out of the intermission on a tear, taking the clock down to 1:23 and the score up to 10-8 in the visitors' favor with consecutive unassisted scores by Ryan, Baum and Clarkson.

Freshman Gordan Santry earned the starting nod in net for the Raiders, stopping 11 Bulldog shots, including one on Bryant's Peter McMahon with 3:15 left in overtime.

On the day, Colgate outshot Bryant, 59-37, but held just a 28-24 advantage in shots on goal. Ground balls were 33-31 in favor of the Bulldogs. Bryant committed 21 turnovers to 14 for the Raiders, and Bryant was 1-of-5 in extra-man opportunities while Colgate was 0-of-1.

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