March 25, 2009

Miller Sparks Colgate Over Binghamton

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y.  – Courtney Miller (Chappaqua, N.Y.) tied her season best with four goals and Christina Roa (Potomac, Md.) saved a career-high 10 shots to pace Colgate to a 13-6 victory over visiting Binghamton, Wednesday evening in women’s lacrosse action at Tyler’s Field.

With the decision, Colgate, now 8-3 overall, successfully avenged a 12-11 setback at the hands of the Bearcats during the 2008 season. It marks the third time this year the Raiders have avenged a loss against the same opponent from the previous year.

Trailing 2-1, Colgate scored three consecutive goals, two from Colleen Bubnack (Syracuse, N.Y.) to grab the lead for good. After the Bearcats cut the deficit to 4-3 at 10:45 of the opening half, Colgate closed the final 5:19 of the half by scoring four consecutive goals, two by Miller, to race into intermission with an 8-3 advantage.

The Raiders opened the second half with goals from Alex Kuntz (Annapolis, Md.) and Miller at 27:44 and 24:56 respectively to move the advantage to seven at 10-3. The cushion grew to as many as eight at 13-5 with back-to-back goals by Ashley Didio (Syracuse, N.Y.) within a 3:30 span.

Miller’s four-goal performance against the Bearcats tied her previous season-high set at UC Davis last week. Roa, who made her starting debut in net for the Raiders, saved four shots in the opening half and six more in the second before being replaced with eight minutes left. The freshman played a major part in stopping all seven Binghamton free position shot attempts. Roa’s former best was eight saves in a reserve role against Oregon, last Saturday evening on the west coast.

Brie Moran (Little Silver, N.J.), Bubnack, and Didio all finished with two goals. Bubnack added five assists to best her career-high point total, formerly six set in the season-opener versus Stony Brook. The sophomore’s five assists, not only broke a personal best, but ranks tied for fifth on the all-time single-game list at Colgate. She is now within one helper of moving on the all-time top 10 assist list at Colgate.

The Bearcats, now 2-6 overall, were led by Kate Tesi’s two-goal effort. Lis Zuern, Lisa Illig, and Ali Castiglie each added a goal and an assist in the loss. Emily Miller made six saves in the opening half before being replaced by Lauren Scott, who tallied three stops in the final 30 minutes.

Colgate returns to action, Saturday afternoon as it travels to face Navy in an important Patriot League clash between the top two favorites in the league’s pre-season poll. The game is set for a noon start in Annapolis and will be broadcasted live over CBS College Sports.

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