The Colgate men’s lacrosse team launched the 2018 season with its highest goal total in nearly three years and its best first-game goal count in 11 years, resulting in an 18-12 thumping of Marist Saturday, Feb. 10, in Poughkeepsie.
First-year attackman Mike Hawkins scored four goals and assisted on three more in his collegiate debut, earning him Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.
while Anthony Abbadessa, Matt Donovan and Chase Wittich all registered hat tricks. Eight different Raiders scored goals and three others added assists, led by Sam Cleveland with four.
This was Colgate’s best-scoring game since the Raiders blasted Bucknell 18-5 in the 2015 Patriot League tournament semifinals. It was Colgate’s highest goal-total to open a season since the 2007 Raiders handled Hartford by a 19-4 count.