April 21, 2012

Ten Score as Colgate Beats Bucknell

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa.  – The Colgate women's lacrosse team sewed up the second seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament as the Raiders got goals from 10 different players in a 15-8 win at Bucknell on Saturday afternoon.

Colgate (6-10, 4-2 PL) stayed hot going into the tournament with its three-straight wins and four victories in its last six games. Amanda O'Sullivan led the way with four goals, while Katie Sullivan posted five points on a goal and four helpers. Megan Ark had a two-goal afternoon and Courtney Miller, Kelly Mason and Greer Goebels each had two-point nights. Jennie Berglin earned her sixth win of her rookie campaign with six stops, while Christina Roa made two saves in her 17 minute of action.

Bucknell (4-12, 0-6 PL) got three goals from Arriana Sajjad and Katelyn Miller. Sajjad had five points with two assists added to her three goals, while Miller had four points with a single assist. Caroline O'Neill made just one save on 16 shots on goal to take the loss.

Bucknell was able to get on the board first with Miller putting the home team up 1-0 early in the first half at the 2:20 mark. O'Sullivan fired back with her 25th of the season with 21:14 remaining to tie the game at 1-1.  She has set a new career-high this season and continues to increase her total. Two minutes later, Ark gave the Raiders their first lead with the assist to Sullivan.

O'Sullivan and Sullivan then built up Colgate's lead with back-to-back goals to make it 4-1 with 14:43 remaining. However, the Bison didn't go away as Sajjad netted two goals to cut the lead to one at 4-3 with 8:09 left. That's the closest the Bison would get as the Raiders reeled off four-straight goals to earn an 8-3 lead going into halftime. The goals came from four different players as Mason, Goebels, Quincey Spagnoletti, and Kate Sheridan all got on the scoresheet. Colgate spread out its scoring in the first half with eight goals from seven players.

Colgate continued to pour it on early in the second half with three-straight goals in the first four minutes to increase the lead to 11-3. Alison Flood got things started in the final 30 minutes with her 23rd of the year coming 1:07 into the half and Miller put home a free-position shot for her first of the day. Ark added her second of the game with 26 minutes left for the 11th goal for the Raiders.

Bucknell stopped the bleeding with Ryan Wenk scoring her 19th of the year at the 20-minute mark. The goal ended a streak of six-straight goals by Colgate that stretched over 18 minutes of play. The Raiders got right back on track with O'Sullivan tallying two-consecutive goals to give her four on the day and Flood added a free-position goal to give the Raiders a 10-goal lead at 14-4.

The Bison got one back and then Abby Valentino tallied her first collegiate goal with 5:44 remaining to get the 10-goal lead back at 15-5. Mason was given credit for an assist for her second point of the game. Bucknell closed out the game with three-straight goals to make it a 15-8 final score.

Colgate narrowly outshot the Bison by a 24-21 margin. Each team had trouble hanging onto the ball as the two squads committed a combined 39 turnovers. Both teams caused 10 turnovers and the Raiders won the ground ball battle at 19-13.

Colgate will enter the Patriot League Tournament on Friday as the second seed at Navy. The Raiders will have to wait until later tonight to find out who they will be playing as Holy Cross and Lafayette play at 7 p.m. to determine the final two seeds in the tournament.

NOTES: Sullivan and O'Sullivan have continued to put up career numbers as Sullivan has a career high 19 assists, while O'Sullivan has a career-high 28 goals …  O'Sullivan reached four goals for the fourth time this season … the Raiders reached a 10-goal lead for the second-straight game … Sullivan had a career-high four assists … Valentino became the 13th player to score a goal this year … Jenna Frost reached 50 ground balls today with six in the game … she had three caused turnovers for the fourth time and she has 11 in her last four games … Berglin has won three-straight games to get her record over .500 at 6-5 … Miller kept her goal-scoring streak going with a goal today to make it 28-straight games with a goal.

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