April 4, 2009

Colgate Pastes Lafayette, 20-3

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y.  -- Colgate netted four in the opening moments and never looked back in a convincing 20-3 triumph over visiting Lafayette in a Patriot League women's lacrosse clash, on a windy and snowy Saturday afternoon at Tyler's Field.

The Raiders, who possessed the 16th-ranked scoring offense in the country heading into the weekend, opened the scoring 10 seconds into the tilt after winning the opening draw.  Meghan Lawler (Liverpool, N.Y.) took a feed from Molly Carroll (Swarthmore, Pa.) and found the back of the net for the first of her three goals.  After Courtney Miller (Chappaqua, N.Y.) connected 1:18 into the contest, Lawler returned to the scoring column with back-to-back scores 13 seconds apart to give the Raiders a four-goal cushion 2:43 into the contest. 

After Lafayette, which fell to 0-12 overall, got on the board at 7:42, Colgate scored eight of the next nine goals of the opening half to race into the locker room holding a convincing 12-2 advantage.  Ashley Didio (Syracuse, N.Y.) inched closer to Colgate's all-time top 10 in goals and points by punching in three goals in the opening 30 minutes.  Lizzy Kusbit (Rockville, Md.) put in the first of her two goals with 29 seconds left to go until break to give the Raiders the 10-goal advantage.

Colgate, which moved to 10-3 on the year and 4-0 in league play, stretched the lead to as many as 17 at 19-2 by scoring the first seven goals in the second half.  Colleen Bubnack (Syracuse, N.Y.), Brie Moran (Little Silver, N.J.), and Kusbit each scored goals in the opening 8:22 of the half to bring the score to 16-2.  Kate Bergstrom (San Francisco, Calif.) posted two goals in the second half for Colgate.

The Raiders, who outshot the Leopards 40-17, had 11 different goal scorers on the afternoon - three from Lawler and Didio.  Moran, Kusbit, Sarah Kellogg (White Plains, N.Y.), Alex Kuntz (Annapolis, Md.), and Bergstrom each scored twice.  Bubnack and Miller each finished with a goal and three assists for four-point performances.

Sara Drexler (Pottstown, Pa.) saved two shots in the opening half and was credited with the victory.  Freshman Christina Roa (Potomac, Md.) entered the game for the second 30-minute period, making six saves.

Lafayette was led by Julia Bateman, who scored two of its three goals.  Emily Bjork made 13 stops in goal for the Leopards.

Colgate returns to action Tuesday afternoon as it travels to Poughkeepsie to take on Marist in its final non conference test of the year.  The game is set for a 4 p.m. start.  This is a rematch of the 2008 NCAA play-in game in which the Raiders prevailed 19-18 in Hamilton.

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