The Colgate football team defense came to play Saturday, Nov. 11, and posted the first Raider shutout in three years with a 27-0 whitewash of Lafayette in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Nick Ioanilli returned an interception for his first career TD to cap a series of three big defensive and special teams’ contributions in the third quarter. The Raiders turned an interception and blocked field goal into field goals of their own before Ioanilli iced Colgate's fourth straight win with his 33-yard pick six.
The other two big plays also were collegiate firsts. Aidan Gaertner returned his first career interception 63 yards to tee up a Chris Puzzi field goal. And Abu Daramy-Swaray swooped around end for his first collegiate blocked kick to result in another Puzzi three-pointer.
Daramy-Swaray led the Raiders with seven tackles and a career-high three pass breakups. Nick Wheeler finished with 1 1/2 sacks, Connor Buck added one and Pat Afriyie contributed a half-sack as Colgate upped its league-leading total to 28.
Lafayette's defense frustrated the Raiders for most of the day, but Colgate did put 14 big points on the board in the second quarter. Owen Rockett scored on a 17-yard double-reverse and Grant Breneman ran in his sixth TD of the season from 1 yard out.
Colgate remains in a tie at the top of the Patriot League standings with Lehigh, which defeated Holy Cross 34-21. The Raiders cap their season Saturday, Nov. 18, at Georgetown, while Lehigh hosts Lafayette. Kickoff is 12:30 p.m. from Washington. The game can be heard on WKXZ-FM 93.9 and wkxzfm.com.