April 24, 2009

Host Colgate Advances to Patriot Championship

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Host Colgate knocked off Bucknell 15-11 to set up a match with Navy for the Patriot League championship.

Colgate opened up a 10-6 halftime lead by scoring the last four goals of the first half, and finished with the final three scores of the contest to defeat Bucknell, 15-11. The Raiders improved to 13-4 with the win, while Bucknell dropped to 9-8. Navy built a 12-7 lead and held on as Lehigh scored the final four goals of the contest. Navy improved to 13-4 overall, while the Mountain Hawks saw their season come to an end with an 11-6 mark.

After Bucknell scored the first two goals in just over five minutes of play, the Raiders answered with five straight tallies. Ashley Didio notched the final two goals in the stretch, giving Colgate a 5-2 lead with 16:54 to go. Bucknell rallied in the next seven minutes, scoring four of the next five goals to tie the score at 6-6 on Becca Devine's goal with 9:40 to go. But Colgate had the final surge of the first half, tallying the last four goals to build a 10-6 halftime lead.

Bucknell answered to open the second half, with Bonnie Buechel going on a personal three-goal streak to cut Colgate's lead to 10-9 with 16:19 left. The Raiders scored two goals in the final minute, with Colleen Bubnack scoring with just 10 seconds to go. The teams exchanged the next four goals, with Bucknell staying within one at 12-11 when Carol Donohue scored with 6:40 to go in the game. Colgate's defense held the Bison off the scoreboard the rest of the way, and the Raiders got some breathing room when Brie Moran scored with 4:18 left and Bubnack tallied with 2:25 to go. Courtney Miller finished the scoring with 25 seconds left.

Didio, Miller and Meghan Lawler each scored three goals for Colgate, while Brie Moran had two goals and tied a Patriot League Tournament record with four assists. Bubnack also finished with two goals for the Raiders. Sara Drexler got the win in goal, stopping four shots and allowing three goals in 19:19 of action in the second half.

Buechel had four goals and two assists to lead Bucknell, who also got a pair of goals from Donohue, Chelsea Peters and Michelle Milot. Alyssa DeLorenz made 10 saves in net for the Bison.

Colgate held the advantage in shots (31-22) and ground balls (27-22), while Bucknell had a 16-12 edge in draw controls. The Bison committed 27 turnovers, while the Raiders only had 17.

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