Leopards Celebrate Senior Day Against Colgate
April 12, 2013
The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team celebrates senior day on Saturday when they faceoff against Colgate inside Fisher Stadium at 4:30 p.m. The Leopards enter the game 3-8 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League. The game will be available live on GoLeopards.com/allaccess.
The Raiders enter Saturday afternoon’s game at 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League and are currently receiving votes in the latest Nike Division I Top 20 Poll. Senior Peter Baum paces the Raiders attack with team-highs in goals (30), assists (11) and points (41). Sophomore attackman Ryan Walsh is second on the team with 28 goals and 38 points. Junior Booby Lawrence leads the defense with a team-high 24 caused turnovers, while scooping up 42 ground balls. Senior Robert Grabher has picked up a team-high 75 ground balls. Junior Conor Murphy sees a majority of the time between the pipes, making seven starts. Murphy has an 8.16 goals against average and a 4-3 record. Freshman Gordon Santry has started four games for the Raiders posting a 3-1 record with an 11.84 goals against average.
The Leopards are coached by first-year man Jim Rogalski, who spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton. At Scranton, Rogalski put together back-to-back winning seasons with a record of 18-15 and he currently holds a 21-23 overall mark. The Raiders are coached by Mike Murphy, who is in his second season. Murphy led Colgate to the Patriot League regular season title and a berth in the NCAA tournament last season.
The Leopards are 5-27 against the Raiders in a series dating back to 1938. Lafayette is looking for its first win over Colgate since 2005.
Sophomore Sonny Round leads the Lafayette attack with 24 goals, while classmate Brian Bock is second on the team with 20 goals. The duo is tied for the team lead and eighth in the Patriot League with 12 assists apiece. Round’s 36 points (3.27 ppg) are seventh in the League. Freshman Kevin Wanke is third on the team in goals (19) and points (24) and put away the gamewinner in the second overtime session against High Point and netted four goals in the Leopards last game against Holy Cross.
Picking It Up
Senior co-captain Anthony Zawadzki ranks first in the Patriot League in faceoff percentage (61.3). Senior Greg Rau leads the Leopards in ground balls with 40, while winning 50.7 percent of his faceoff attempts. Junior defender Matt Evans is second on the team in ground balls with 37, followed by junior defender Mac Ashler with 28. Senior defender Geoff Stearns leads the Leopards in caused turnovers with 18, while picking up 23 ground balls.
Between the Pipes
Junior goalie Jake Hyatt, a Ridgefield, Conn. native, has been stellar so far for the Leopards, making 16 saves in three different contests (at Georgetown, at Wagner, vs. Marist) and at least ten saves in 11 straight games dating back to last season. The junior is fifth in the nation and leads the Patriot League in saves per game (13.70). Freshman Ben Falcone stepped in for Hyatt in the loss to Army, making 10 saves in 47 shots faced.
Lafayette has already been defeated by Bucknell, who ranks eleventh in the latest Nike Division I Top 20 Poll, and will face 19th ranked Lehigh later this season. Colgate is now receiving votes in the latest poll. Additionally, Colgate and Lehigh, along with non-conference opponent Stony Brook, made appearances in the NCAA Tournament last spring.
Around the Patriot League
Last weekend, Lehigh bested Colgate and Bucknell beat Army. On Saturday afternoon, Army will take on Navy, while Holy Cross will host Providence. Sunday Lehigh will travel to Bucknell. Both Bucknell and Lehigh have clinched a spot in this season’s Patriot League Tournament.
The Leopards will take on Lehigh in Bethlehem on April 20 at 7 p.m. in their season finale.