Feb. 21, 2014
The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team hosts Colgate at Rappolt Field in their home opener and first Patriot League game of the season. The Leopards enter the contest 0-1 overall, while the Raiders carry a 2-0 mark into the game.
Scouting the Raiders
The Raiders enter Saturday looking to open the season 3-0 following a season opening 7-4 win over Bryant, and a 13-3 defeat of Vermont on Feb. 15. Colgate has registered 20 goals through two games led by Ryan Walsh with five. They have been aggressive at the face off dot winning 26 of their 35 total draws. Brandon Burke has started both games between the pipes allowing six goals and making 18 saves, posting a 3.13 goals against average.
The Leopards are coached by Jim Rogalski, in his second season on College Hill. Rogalski has a 21-25 career mark after going 18-15 in two seasons at Scranton prior to last season’s 3-10 campaign. The Raiders are coached by Mike Murphy in his third season. Murphy holds a 24-11 career mark; he led to Raiders to a 14-4 mark in his first season in 2012.
The Raiders hold a 28-5 advantage all-time against the Leopards. Lafayette last picked up a win in 2005 when they topped the Raiders by a score of 8-7.
Junior Brian Bock leads the Leopards with three goals, while freshman Robert Orazietti tallied a pair of goals and an assist in his collegiate debut Tuesday night. Sonny Round and Mac Gallagher each picked up a goal and an assist against Stony Brook.
Matt Evans led the defensive unit in the Leopards only game this season. He registered four ground balls and one caused turnover. Brendan Gover collected three ground balls and one caused turnover against Stony Brook. In between the pipes, Jake Hyatt made seven saves in 52:17 of action.
Around the Patriot League
Patriot League play begins for eight of the nine league teams Saturday afternoon. In addition to Lafayette hosting Colgate, Lehigh travels to Boston University, Loyola visits Holy Cross and Bucknell entertains Navy. Army is also in action Saturday against Furman.
Lafayette will return to action on March 1, when the Leopards host Army at noon.