March 12, 2011

Colgate Outguns Lehigh 19-16

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa.  – Colleen Bubnack and Courtney Miller both tallied nine-point games to lead the Colgate women's lacrosse team to a 19-16 shootout win over Lehigh to open the 2011 Patriot League season.

Colgate (3-3, 1-0 PL) got nine points from Bubnack for the second time this season with a career-high seven goals and two assists, while Miller came through with five goals and four assists for her career-high nine points. Katie Sullivan added four goals with three coming in the first half. Monica White posted a pair of scores and Alison Flood had a goal and an assist for two points. Goalie Christina Roa earned her third win of the year with 13 saves, which was a season-high.

Julie McBrien was the leader for the Mountain Hawks with five goals and an assist for six points. Kelly Draper chipped in with seven points on two goals and five helpers. They had seven different scorers in the game and Alex Fitzpatrick took the loss with five saves in net. Mary Leah DiNisco saw some time in net, making two saves.

The Raiders got off to a good start with back-to-back goals from Sullivan and Bubnack in the first 38 seconds of the game. The Mountain Hawks fought back with a pair of goals to tie the score at 2-2. Lauren Murray scored 13 seconds after Bubnack made it 2-0, then Draper score 1:30 later to tie the game.

White came back less than a minute later with 26:55 left in the first half with her fourth goal in the last two games. Flood was given an assist on the goal. The rookie combination started a huge stretch for the Raiders that broke the game open halfway through the first with five-straight goals, which made it a 7-2 advantage. White had two of the five goals, while Bubnack and Sullivan both scored their second goals of the day. Flood added to her point total with her ninth goal of the season.

Lehigh (3-3, 0-1 PL) jumped back into the game with three-straight of its own to cut the lead down to 7-5. McBrien scored two-consecutive goals, while Megan Kelly netted the Mountain Hawks' fifth goal on a free-position shot.

Miller stopped the Lehigh streak with a free-position goal for her fourth point of the game and first goal coming with 9:43 left. Sullivan tallied her third of the half with nine minutes left before the midpoint and then Miller scored again with an unassisted goal with 6:49 remaining to push the lead to 10-5. Lehigh made a push at the end of the first half with McBrien and Alison Thomas scoring to send the teams to the locker room with Colgate leading 10-7 after the first 30 minutes.

The teams played even throughout the second half as they each scored nine goals. In the final 30 minutes, Bubnack and Miller scored every goal except one, which came from Sullivan. Bubnack had five of the nine herself.

Draper started the half by slicing the lead to 10-8 with her second of the game just over a minute after coming out of the locker room. Bubnack and Miller than scored back-to-back goals to push the lead up to 12-8 with 25:29 left. Lauren Dykstra, who the Raiders did a great job controlling, scored her lone goal of the day 16 seconds later, followed by a goal from Thomas at the 23:06 mark to make it a two-goal game again at 12-10.

Colgate answered by scoring five of the next six goals to take its biggest lead of the game at 17-11 with over 10 minutes left. Bubnack had four of the five goals scored for Colgate and she assisted on the other.

Lehigh, however, didn't go away as the Mountain Hawks fired back with three-straight scores before Sullivan was able to stop the surge with her second of the day with the assist to Katie Sheridan, who tallied her first collegiate point. Kelly and Thomas made it interesting at 18-16 with 2:19 left, but Miller sealed the deal to give the Raiders a 19-16 win.

The Mountain Hawks had a 36-27 advantage in shots. Colgate struggled in the clear department with just nine successful on 16 chances. Lehigh also won the draw control and ground ball battles.

The Raiders will be back in action this coming Tuesday as they travel south to nationally-ranked Florida for a 6:30 p.m. start.

NOTES: The 19 goals scored against the Mountain Hawks was the second-most in the series history for the Raiders … Colgate scored 22 in 2008 … the Raiders have reached double-digits for the 16th-straight game against the Mountain Hawks … last three meetings have been decided by four goals or less … Colgate is back up to averaging 16 goals a game, while also giving up 16 … the 27 points scored was the second most by the Raiders this season as they had 34 against Vermont … 35 combined goals were the most since 2008 when Colgate beat Marist 19-18 in the play-in game of the NCAA Tournament … White pushed her goal total to seven and has five in the last two games … all of her points have come on goals this season … Flood has points in five of her first six games with the Raiders and each game has been a two-point effort … Colgate scored 10 goals in the first half for the second time this season, the previous came in the season opener against Stony Brook when the Raiders scored 11.

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