HAMILTON, N.Y. — Junior Peter Baum recorded a game-high nine points as No. 11 Colgate advanced to the Patriot League championship game with a 14-9 win against No. 18 Bucknell on Friday at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Raiders advance to the title game for the second consecutive year and fourth time in program history.
Baum, a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, finished with five goals and four assists to extend his scoring streak to 41 consecutive games, which is the fifth longest in the nation. Baum also passed Gregg Perry for the most goals scored in a single season with 56. Senior Jeff Ledwick scored two goals with one assist for three points, while sophomore Brendon McCann scored two. Matt Baker, Ryan Collins, Robert Grabher, Bobby Lawrence and Ryan Walsh each scored for the Raiders, while Matt Clarkson dished out an assist. Lawrence’s goal was a rocket from 60-yards out that broke a 5-5 tie to start the second quarter, the Raiders then finished the game with an 8-4 run to advance to the title game.
Bucknell (9-7, 3-3) scored the first goal of the game, in a very productive first quarter, before Ledwick scored to tie the game and Baum recorded his first to give the Raiders a 2-1 lead. The Bison then tied the game 2-2 with a goal from Billy Eisenreich with 7:24 left, but Baum answered back with his second goal to put the Raiders up 3-2 at the 5:25 mark. Bucknell then scored two consecutive goals to take 4-3 lead with 3:42 left, but Grabher responded eight seconds later, after winning the face-off clean, to tie the score 4-4. Ledwick would score his second to put the Raiders up 5-4 with 58 seconds left, but Eisenreich ended the quarter with a goal as the buzzer sounded to tie the game 5-5.
Colgate (12-2, 5-1) opened the second quarter with three consecutive goals, including Lawrence’s bomb from 60 yards out, to take an 8-5 lead into the locker room. Lawrence’s goal came at the 12:41 mark and was followed by Baum’s third of the game 19 seconds later to extend the lead to 7-5. The Raiders defense didn’t allow a shot from the Bison the whole quarter as Walsh scored with 5:01 left extend the lead to three goals. Colgate out shot Bucknell 24-8 in the first half, including 14-0 in the second quarter.
Bucknell scored the first goal of the third quarter to trim the Raiders lead to 8-6, but McCann answered back with a goal 45 second later to put Colgate back up by three, 9-6. The Bison would score the next two goals to trim the lead to 9-8 with 1:32 left, before Baum scored with one second remaining to give the Raiders a 10-8 lead heading into the final quarter.
Baker opened the fourth quarter with a goal at the 12:15 mark to put Colgate back up by three 11-8 before Bucknell answered back with a goal to make the score 11-9, but that was as close as the score would get as the Raiders closed the game with three-straight from McCann, Collins and Baum to advance to the title game for the fourth time.