The Colgate Raiders are the 49th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Raiders went 4-10 overall in 2016, and 2-6 in Patriot League play. Colgate failed to make the Patriot League Tournament after winning it in 2015. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Raiders begin their season at home against Marist on February 11. The team then heads to Vestal, New York to take on Binghamton a week later, before opening up Patriot League play against Bucknell on the 25th. Colgate won last year’s meeting in overtime.
Colgate opens up a four-game homestand on March 4 as they take on Lehigh, followed three days later by defending NEC champion Hobart. The Raiders defeated the Statesmen by a goal in last year’s meeting in Geneva. Boston University comes to town on March 11 in another Patriot League showdown, followed by Siena to cap off the homestand on March 19. The team stays in the state for the rest of the month, as they travel to Ithaca to take on Cornell on March 21, followed by another Patriot League matchup, this time against Army West Point, on the 25th. Colgate lost to Cornell by a goal last season.
The Raiders travel down to Baltimore on April 1 for a matchup against defending Patriot League champion Loyola. The road doesn’t get much easier after that, as the team will host Navy a week later. After a road game against Holy Cross on April 15, Patriot League regular season play wraps up at home against Lafayette on April 21. Once the Patriot League Tournament finishes up, the Raiders host Central New York rival Syracuse in their regular season finale on May 6.
Mike Murphy’s squad returns some key guys on offense, including sophomore attack Sam Cleveland, who led the Raiders with 28 points last season. Junior attackmen Anthony Abbadessa, Chase Wittich, and Joe Delaney, along with senior midfielders Peter Donato and Jack Stebbins are also back. Colgate got one of their best recruits ever in Bullis School attackman and Under Armour All-American Nicky Petkevich this year, and should receive immediate playing time, as well as maybe midfielder “Downtown” Griffin Brown. The defense loses Leo Stouros and John Baker, as well as LSM Connor Murphy and short stick defensive midfielder Chandler Millstone. Colgate will have to depend on junior defensemen Jackson Patterson and Chase Cowan, LSM Strecker Backe, and d-middie Will Blumenberg as some of their main players on defense. Brandon Burke returns for his senior season in goal, and Collin Orr and Peter Marchetto will probably split face-offs once again.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.