After Saturday's contest at No. 11 Maryland, Colgate will retire to the offseason, and senior attackman Peter Baum will graduate and begin the next stage of his life. One of his pursuits would be to help continue the growth of lacrosse in his native state of Oregon.
The Portland native refined his talent at Lincoln High School and with the West Coast Starz. The first player west of the Mississippi River to win the Tewaaraton Award, Baum is one of several Division I players from Oregon, including Drexel senior midfielder Aaron Prosser and Syracuse redshirt sophomore midfielder Henry Schoonmaker.
Baum said he wants to return to Oregon and help where he can.
"It means a lot to me," he said. "I love getting a chance to go home, which I don't get to do as much as the guys who live back East do. But it's really important to me. I grew up there. I had a great high school experience. I played at Lincoln High School and then I played with the Starz program from out west there and doing camps and clinics and things like that. The game has exploded so much. Even at my old high school, Will Harris, our high school coach, has coached upwards of seven or eight solid Division I players at this point. I think that's really good for the growth of the game, to get more guys into it out there, and it's so much fun to go back and watch the level of play change since the time I was there. So it's definitely exciting, and I'm looking forward to finding a way to hopefully be a part of that."
Baum's immediate future plans include playing for the Ohio Machine, which made him the No. 1 overall pick of the Major League Lacrosse draft in January. He has interviewed with several Wall Street brokerage firms, but has not made a decision about his career outside of lacrosse.
"I'm looking forward to moving onto the next stage of lacrosse and playing professionally," he said. "That's really something that I'm excited getting about. Getting drafted No. 1 overall by the Ohio Machine is certainly a big honor and something that I'm looking forward to and then seeing what else happens – whether I try the indoor game for a little bit and see if I can get involved with some lacrosse companies and help the sport grow out west. Being from Oregon, that's something that is important to me. Eventually, I'm sure I'll buckle down and look for a more serious career. I've had those opportunities with some offers and things like that, but I think I want to stick with lacrosse for a little while longer."