April 7, 2013

Colgate Cruises Past Delaware State

from press release

DOVER, Del. – The Colgate women's lacrosse team scored 10 goals in the first half and cruised to a 14-2 win over Delaware State on Sunday in its final non-conference game of the regular season.

The Raiders (7-6) were led by Megan Ark, who tallied a game-high six points on three goals and three assists. Jenna Frost had a good day with a career-high two goals and she added three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Emily Peebles joined Frost with two goals and overall Colgate had 10 goal scorers, including a collegiate first for Kristen Norden.

Jennie Berglin got the start, but only saw 12 minutes of action and made one save. Hanna Longwell played the final 48 minutes and stopped four shots.

"Great to have 10 different goal scorers," head coach Heather Young said. "Good to see some of our defenders handling the ball more on offense."

The Hornets (0-10) are in their first year of competition and had nine players on the field. They got goals from Sierra Harris and Emily Peets in the loss. Peets did well on draws and won a game-high four. Kirkland Lewis made four saves in the cage and took the loss.

Colgate jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals from Amanda O'Sullivan and Kate Sheridan in the first 2:18 of the contest. Brooke Flanagan assisted on O'Sullivan's opening tally. Delaware State sliced the lead in half with Peets scoring with 25 minutes left in the first to make it 2-1.

Led by two goals from Peebles, the Raiders opened up an 8-1 lead with six-straight tallies over a 15-minute span and had that lead with 7:49 remaining. Ark tallied three of her six points during the run with a goal and two helpers. Abby Valentino and Frost recorded their first goals of the season, while Kallan Murray had the last of the six goals with her fourth of the year.

Harris stopped the Colgate run with 6:32 remaining in the half to cut the lead to 8-2, but the Raiders went into the break with a 10-2 lead after Quincey Spagnoletti and Nordan tallied the final two goals. For Norden, who plays defense, it was her first collegiate goal.

The second half was not as eventful on either side as both teams did not score for the first 14-plus minutes. Ark got the scoring started with her second of the day coming with 15:41 left to make it 11-2 and then Frost earned her first multi-goal game of her career to give Colgate a 10-goal advantage at 12-2 with 11:39 remaining.

Taylor Fischer and Ark scored the final two goals of the contest and the Raiders earned a 14-2 win. Lauren Gorajek assisted on two of the scores in the second half and Murray had one as well to give her a two-point day.

The Raiders had a 20-9 advantage in shots and picked up nine ground balls to five for the Hornets. Colgate forced Delaware State into 17 turnovers and played good defense on clears, allowing only 8-of-16 for the home team.

Colgate gets back into league play with its toughest test of the Patriot League season with a visit to No. 12 Navy on Saturday. The Mids clinched a postseason berth this weekend with a win over Holy Cross. The Raiders are in a fight for the three spots left for the Patriot League Tournament.

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