Associate Head Coach
Mike Abbott, architect behind Colgate’s offensive resurgence since 2012, was promoted in June 2015 to associate head coach of the Raider men’s lacrosse program.
Abbott just completed his fourth season at Colgate under head coach Mike Murphy, and it was quite a campaign. The Raiders (10-6) tied for the Patriot League’s regular season title and then captured their second tournament championship with impressive wins over Bucknell and Army.
Colgate advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in four years, finishing 14th nationally in the final Cascade/Maverik Media Poll.
Colgate during the Murphy era owns a 41-24 (.631) record, tying for the second-most wins in Raider men’s lacrosse history for any four-year period.
Colgate’s offense under Abbott has posted two of the top eight scoring seasons in school history, beginning with 2012’s run to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. That year under Tewaaraton Award-winner Peter Baum ’13, Colgate scored 236 goals and 129 assists for 365 points – tops on the program season charts in all three categories.
The 2012 Raiders achieved the highest final ranking in program history with the No. 8 spot in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Statistically, Colgate sported the top offense in the Patriot League and ranked second nationally in scoring offense at 13.1 goals per game, third in man-up offense at 48.5 percent, and fifth in points per game at 20.3.
Building the Culture
Colgate in 2015 finished with 169 goals for seventh-best in school history, 97 assists to tie for seventh, and 266 points for eighth. The Raiders this year were especially skillful in man-up situations, when they converted 56.0 percent to place second in Division I behind national-champion Denver at 60.3.
Colgate shot the ball at a 35.3-percent clip to finish fourth nationally.
Colgate continued that multilevel success in 2015. Five team members were named All-Patriot League, led by first-teamers Ryan Walsh and Matt Clarkson. Anthony Abbadessa was chosen Patriot League Rookie of the Year – Colgate’s third such honor in the last four seasons. In addition, John Baker and Matt Yeager were selected to the 12-member Academic All-Patriot League Team.
Colgate head coach Mike Murphy announced in August 2015 the addition of Jud Hall to his men’s lacrosse coaching staff.
Hall joined the squad as an assistant coach after spending four seasons at Ohio State. He served three years as a volunteer coach before being promoted in 2015 to director of player development.
Despite Hall’s promotion to director of player development, he retained responsibility for the Ohio State’s man-down defense and goalies. The Buckeyes under head coach Nick Myers compiled a 12-7 record last year and advanced to the NCAA tournament, where they posted a 16-11 win at No. 5 Duke before falling 15-13 to eventual national champion Denver in Denver.
Hall mentored three goalies to three All-League accolades.
Greg Dutton finished the 2012 season in the top seven nationally in both goals-against average and save percentage, and was 16th nationally in 2013. Scott Spencer in 2014 took over as the starter midway through the year after Dutton suffered a season-ending injury and was second in the ECAC in both GAA and save percentage. And in 2015, Tom Carey played his was to All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and USILA All-American Honorable Mention accolades.
Ohio State’s man-down defense ranked 11th in the NCAA in 2012 and Hall helped guide the Buckeye clearing game to a .918 percentage in 2014, ranking third in the NCAA.
Two NCAA Trips in Four Years
In Hall’s four seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes compiled a 39-26 (.600) record and made two NCAA tournament appearances.
Hall added managerial duties this past season, overseeing the team’s life skills program, community service efforts and all camps and clinics.
A native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Hall is a 2011 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and was a team captain as both a junior and senior. An outstanding goalkeeper for the Bishops, Hall was a part of back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference championship squads in 2010 and 2011.
OWU advanced to the NCAA tournament all four years (2008-11) of Hall’s career.
He was a first team all-league selection in 2010 and an honorable mention choice in 2009. Hall earned his bachelor's degree from OWU in sociology and anthropology, and also completed a minor in history.
At Upper Arlington High School, Hall was a member of state championship teams in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Golden Bears won the 2007 Midwest title and were Midwest runner-up twice. He was a high school All-American in 2007.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Matt Abbott joined the Colgate staff in February 2012 as a volunteer assistant coach, working primarily with the Raiders' offense and midfield. He currently plays Major League Lacrosse with the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
“I am very excited that Matt has joined our staff,” stated Murphy. “We spent four years trying to defend him at my last job so it's nice to have him on our side now. Matt is still a great player in his own right and he has a great demeanor with our players, so I know he will really help our players get better. My hope is that he will help our midfielders reach their full potential.”
In his first season as volunteer assistant coach at Colgate in the 2012 season, Matt helped lead the Raiders' offense to its best performance in program history, setting program records for most points (365), goals (236), and assists (129) in a season. The team had a record-breaking season, setting a program record with 14 wins en route to their second NCAA Tournament appearance and first tournament win to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The team also set a total of 29 records including 13 program records, 15 Patriot League records, and one NCAA Single-Season record. He also helped coach the first Colgate and Patriot League Tewaaraton Award winner with junior Peter Baum, who also won the Enners Award and was named the 2012 Patriot League Offensive PLayer of the Year among other accolades, as well as the 2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Ryan Walsh.
The former Syracuse men's lacrosse standout and brother of assistant coach Mike Abbott was a four-year member of the Syracuse men's lacrosse team during which he won back-to-back national championships in 2008 and 2009. As a co-captain his senior year, Abbott was named to the USILA All-America First Team, the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, was a USILA Scholar All-American, and a finalist for both the Tewaaraton Trophy and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
After a successful senior season at Syracuse, Abbott was selected ninth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 2009 MLL Collegiate Draft. In three seasons with the Bayhawks, he has played in 23 games, recording 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points while also collecting a total of 65 groundballs. Abbott was also named to the 2009 U.S. Men's Lacrosse Training Team and was selected to play in the 2010 and 2011 MLL All-Star Games.
“It's nice to have another set of eyes evaluating and educating our student-athletes," Murphy said. “I could not be more excited to have completed our staff with such a fine young man.”
Abbott holds a master's degree in finance and a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting both from Syracuse University. He completed his first degree in 2009 and his second in May, 2010. He is also currently an investment advisor at Armory Capital Management in Syracuse, N.Y.
Matt's brother, Mike, serves as Colgate's associate head coach. And Matt’s father, Tom, is one of the top Division I lacrosse referees. He was named in July 2015 the NCAA's national coordinator for men's lacrosse officiating.
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