Navy LAX Rallies Late, Beats Colgate, 16-11
After leading early, Navy had to rally late in the second half to defeat Colgate, 16-11, Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, NY.
The win was the first for the Mids’ men’s lacrosse team in four games. Navy moves back to the .500 mark for the season (5-5) and in the conference (3-3). The loss drops the Raiders to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the Patriot League.
Navy got off to a hot start, leading Colgate 8-3 by the second quarter. By halftime, however, the Raiders had closed the margin to 8-6. Soon after Colgate tied the score in the third, the Mids shutout the Raiders’ for the final 18:46 of the game, forcing five turnovers in the final period. Offensively, Navy scored seven times in the fourth, securing the much-needed 16-11 win.
Leading Navy’s offense were co-captains, Greyson Torain and Ryan Wade. Torain had five goals and two assists, while Wade contributed four goals and one assist to extend his point-scoring streak to 34 games. Ryan Kern made 16 saves in goal. Nick Barry continued his hot season, winning 13 of 24 draws and scooping up a career-high nine ground balls.
On the Colgate side, Brian Minicus had five points on one goal and four assists. James Caddigan added a goal and three assists. Griffin Brown, Sam Cleveland and Parker Baddley scored two goals apiece for the Raiders. In faceoffs, Malcolm Feeney won 15 of 29 draws and recorded 12 ground balls.
Up next for Colgate will be a trip to Worcester, MA to face Holy Cross on April 13th. Navy heads back to Annapolis to face Army on Saturday afternoon. The game will mark the 100th meeting in history between the rival programs.