April 23, 2011

Colgate Tops Bucknell and Earns Right to Host Patriot League Tourney

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y.  - The Colgate women's lacrosse team opened up a 15-4 advantage in the first half and never looked back as the Raiders cruised to a 20-7 win on Senior Day at Tyler's Field.

With Lehigh beating Navy this afternoon, Colgate will host the Patriot League Tournament next weekend in Hamilton. Both Lehigh and Colgate are Regular Season Champions with 6-1 records, but the Raiders will host because they defeated the Mountain Hawks earlier in the year by a 19-16 score.

Colgate (8-6, 5-1 PL) finishes the regular season with five Patriot League wins for the fourth time in the last six years thanks to five goals from Kate Bergstrom and four scored by Amanda O'Sullivan. Bergstrom had a game-high six points after adding an assist as well, while Courtney Miller tallied five points on three goals and two helpers. The Raiders had nine different goal scorers and had 11 players record points.

Christina Roa got the start in net and faced only nine shots in the first half. She made four saves en route to her eighth win of the year and 22nd of her career. Hanna Longwell jumped in net for the second half and made two saves, including a nice one on a point-blank attempt by the Bison.

Bucknell (3-13, 0-6 PL) ends the season winless in league and got two goals from Katelyn Miller and Madison Hurwitz. Alyssa DeLorenz did all she could in net for the Bison, making 15 stops, including nine in the first half.

The Raiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead early with goals from Bergstrom and Miller in the first 2:16, but Bucknell fired back with two of its own from Sophie Kleinert and Miller. Colgate answered with two more to make it 4-2 with 22:22 left in the first half. The two-goal lead was one the Raiders didn't give up the rest of the game. The Bison tried to come back with another goal by Miller to cut the lead to 4-3, but Colgate scored 11 goals in the final 10 minutes to break open the game and had a 15-4 lead at halftime.

Highlighting the run was Bergstrom and O'Sullivan, who put in three goals apiece while Courtney Miller had two goals during the stretch. Katie Sullivan and Greer Goebels also netted goals.

Monica White got things started in the second half with her lone goal of the day, while Goebels put home her second to make it 17-4. Since the 9:43 mark of the first half, the Raiders scored a total of 10 unanswered goals.

In the low-scoring second half, Madison Hurwitz had two goals for the Bison and Andrea Feldmen had one goal as well. Colgate got scores from Kelly Mason and Quincey Spagnoletti during the final 15 minutes as the Raiders earned the 20-7 win to close out the regular season.

The Raiders tied a season high with 45 shots and 35 on net. They posted 23 ground balls to only 12 for Bucknell. They took care of the ball and committed a season low eight turnovers and were almost perfect on clears with 12 in the 13 opportunities.

All information on the upcoming tournament at Tyler's Field will be released early next week. Colgate will be taking fourth-seeded American, while second-seeded Lehigh and third-seeded Navy will have rematch in the other semifinal.

NOTES: The Raiders have now won two-straight for the second time this season … reached 20 goals for the second time this year with the other coming against Vermont on Feb. 27 … Colgate had a season-high nine different goal scorers in the game and has scored in double digits in eight games this year … the team has 51 ground balls in the last two games … they allowed a season low seven goals and held their opponents to 10 or less goals for the fifth time in the last six games … the Raiders are 29-3 against Bucknell all time … Colgate extended its winning streak to nine games against the Bison and reached 20 goals for the first time in the series … Bergstrom's five goals were a season-high … O'Sullivan also had a season-high four goals … Colgate's 15 goals in the first half was the most in any half … the Raiders had 13 in the second half against Vermont … Colgate moved to 8-1 when leading at halftime … Bubnack extended her point streak to 30 games and her goal streak to 22-straight games … Kailey Krause had a season-high four caused turnovers in the first half alone … head coach Heather Young is two wins away from 50 in her career and she sits fourth all-time with 48 wins in four seasons.

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