The Colgate Raiders walked into the Carrier Dome looking to start off the Matt Karweck era with a bang, and they did just that. After sprinting out to an early lead the Raiders were able to hold on and defeat the 10th ranked Syracuse Orange by a score of 12-9.
This loss marked just the second time that the Orange have lost in their home opener in John Desko’s tenure as the head coach at Syracuse. It was also Colgate’s first win over Syracuse since May 3rd of 2008.
Colgate was led on offense by Nicky Petkevich with 4 goals. Duncan Hoskinson and Sam Cleveand also helped lead the way for the Raiders. Connor Mullen had 11 saves for Colgate while the entire Colgate defense looked pretty solid. The stat of the game ended up being Colgate’s total of 31 ground balls that seemed to be the difference.
The Orange were led by Brendan Curry with 4 points (3G,1A) as well as Nate Soloman with 3 goals. Tyson Bomberry had 2 caused turnovers and scooped up 5 ground balls to lead the Orange defense. In his first start Drake Porter made 14 saves.
Both teams got started out playing a fast pace game as the ball was up and down the field. Colgate would get the scoring started with a James Caddigan goal at the 9:58 mark in the first. That goal started a three goal run for the Raiders that helped them out to a 3-0 lead with 1:18 in the first.
After getting burned for most of the quarter the Orange were able to finally find the back of the net late in the first. Brendan Curry and Andrew Helmer both scored within the last minute of the first to cut it to a one goal 3-2 Colgate lead at the end of the first.
The Raiders put the burners on again to start the second. Nicky Petkevich made it a 4-2 Colgate lead, and he was followed by Griffin Brown and Sam Cleveland who scored one a piece in about two minutes. With a 6-2 Colgate lead the Orange were able to get one at the 8:00 minute mark of the second by way of David Lipka.
Lipka’s goal was the only goal for Syracuse in the second as Colgate went into the half holding a 6-3 lead over the orange.
Nicky Petkevich got things started off with a Colgate goal to make it 7-3 early on in the third. Syracuse was able to find some life as Colgate had a few penalties that gave Syracuse an advantage. Nate Soloman scored two man-up goals to cut the Raiders lead to 7-5 with 6:56 in the third.
Syracuse’s two-goal run grew to a three goal run with Brendan Curry making it a 7-6 one goal game early in the fourth. The Raiders were able to get their energy back as two within twenty seconds of each other pushed them out to 9-6 three goal lead.
The last ten minutes of the game were very exciting as you felt like either team could take over and run away with. Nate Soloman and Brendan Curry scored for Cuse late to make it a one goal 10-9 game. After a few minutes of back and fourth play Colgate was able to put this one away.
Duncan Hoskinson scored on a man-up possession to give the Raiders an 11-9 lead, and just a few minutes later Nicky Petkevich scored on an empty netter to secure the 12-9 upset win for the Raiders.