March 15, 2014

Gorajek Goal with 17 Seconds Left Lifts Colgate

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. – For the second-straight tilt, the Raiders found themselves in a one-goal game, but this time it was Colgate on the right side of a 12-11 decision against Lehigh.

It was a tale of two halves for the Raiders as the Mountain Hawks had a 7-4 advantage at the break, but Colgate stormed back with eight goals in the second frame to earn the victory.

The Raiders (2-5, 1-1 PL) had four players score two goals apiece and Megan Ark led the way with three points.

Lauren Gorajek played an excellent game and deserved to have the ball in the final seconds and converted on the gamewinning shot on a free-position chance with 17 seconds left. In addition to her two goals, she put up five draw controls and three ground balls.

Sarah Bowles and Isabel Kreitler finished with two goals apiece with Bowles also recording three draws and two ground balls. Jennie Berglin earned her second win of the season, making eight saves with five in the first half.

Lehigh (3-3, 1-1 PL) came to Colgate after beating Bucknell last weekend in its league opener. Allison LeBeau led all goal scorers with four tallies, while Krista Dampman added a hat trick and four points. Alex Fitzpatrick got the start in front of cage and made seven stops.

The Raiders started the game on fire with two goals in the first 19 seconds with Ark and Monice White adding them right off draws. Ark's goal came after Gorajek won the draw and found Ark streaking down the opposite side. She charged into the offensive and beat Fitzpatrick with a low shot. White's tally came 10 seconds later as Ark won the draw and took the ball into the offensive side and spotted White in front for the 2-0 lead.

Lehigh got on the board with 25:26 left in the first half with LaBeau scoring the first of her four in the game. Alison Flood answered less than a minute later to get the two-goal lead back.

The advantage didn't last long as the Mountain reeled off six-straight goals to earn a 7-3 lead. All six goals were scored by six different scorers. Kreitler stopped the run just before the half as Lehigh went into the half with a 7-4 lead.

Colgate came alive in the second half and outscored the Mountain Hawks by a 4-1 margin in the first 15 minutes of the half. Sarah Bowles tied the game at with 14:44 left. Gorajek and Ark contributed to the run as did Mallorie O'Brien, who scored her first collegiate goal after receiving a lot of playing time in the final 30 minutes.

Lehigh was able to answer just over two minutes later with Kendall Garden sneaking one past Berglin to make it 9-8 visitors.

Bowles was at again and tied the game with 10:12 left and then Kreitler scored her second of the day less than a minute later to give Colgate its first lead since early in the first half at 10-9. The teams traded goals down the stretch with two from LeBeau for Lehigh and Kristen Norden for the Raiders and the game was knotted up at 11-1 with less than a minute remaining.

Gorajek made a move on a defender to get to the center of the 8-meter fan and a Mountain Hawk player ran into her forcing a free-position chance. She went low on Fitzpatrick with a great bounce shot to give the Raiders a 12-11 lead. Flood then brought down the draw control and Colgate took home its first league win of the season.

The Raiders are home for spring break and are back on Tyler's Field next Saturday to take on Bucknell.

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