April 12, 2014

Colgate Raiders Claim Spot in PL Tournament 

from Press Release

EASTON, Pa. – The win didn't come easy, but the Raiders have claimed a spot in the Patriot League Tournament with a double-overtime victory at Lafayette.

Colgate (6-7, 4-3 PL) moved into a tie for third place in the Patriot League after Sarah Bowles beat Meghan Curtin with 19 seconds left in the first half of the second overtime.

"Awesome team win and we are so proud of the effort on all ends of the field," head coach Heather Young said. "Lafayette is a great team and played a phenomenal game."

Megan Ark may not of scored the gamewinner, but she was definitely the story for Colgate. The junior attacker could not be stopped as she recorded eight goals, which was two more than her previous career high of six. She had five in the first half.

"Megan and our offense was unstoppable today," said Young. "Very proud of them for keeping up the fight during the game, especially when we were down in overtime. They showed such poise under pressure."

Monica White tallied a hat trick and Tyler Sherper came off the bench and scored two big goals late in the game to keep the Raiders ahead of a charging Lafayette team. Lauren Gorajek was important in the win with three draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Kristen Norden was the top defender on the day with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Even though, the Raiders gave up 17 goals, Jennie Berglin was impressive in net with 11 saves and made a big stop prior to Bowles' gamewinning tally. She had seven saves in the first half, which was key in a six-goal run for Colgate.

"The defense held strong when Lafayette kept getting the draw controls," said Young. "Jennie had some clutch saves throughout the entire game and Madison Daly also came up with a huge caused turnover in the second overtime."

Lafayette (6-10, 2-6 PL) gave the Raiders all they could handle. Ana White was a one-person wrecking crew with 14 draw controls and seven points on three goals and four assists. The Leopards were able to stay in the game thanks to those 14 draws as Lafayette pulled down 28 draws to only 11 for Colgate. Kirsten Wilhelmsen scored four goals for the home team and Curtin had five saves in the cage.

The Raiders jumped out to a 3-1 advantage with Alison Flood scoring 17 seconds into the game and Ark adding the next two for the Raiders with the pair coming under a minute apart. The Leopards stayed with Colgate and with 19:53 left in the first half Wilhelmsen cut the Raiders lead to 4-3 after Ark netted the hat trick.

For over the next 10 minutes it was all Colgate as the Raiders netted five-straight goals to build a 9-3 lead with 10:53 remaining in the game. Colgate got three goals from White during the run and Ark added two more to give her five in the first half.

The Leopards mounted a bit of a comeback with three goals in a row over five minutes with Wihlemsen, White and Laura Kleiber each scoring. Colgate stopped the slide with eight seconds left in the half as Taylor Fischer sniped a shot from the outside to head into the break with a 10-6 lead.

The goals kept coming in the second half as the teams combined for 16 more goals in the final 30 minutes. The Leopards turned the tide on Colgate and outscored the Raiders 10-6 in the final half. Ana White led the way with two goals and four assists.

The Leopards tied the game at 12-12 after tallying six of the first eight goals of the half. Sherper stopped the bleeding with back-to-back goals and with 8:29 left in regulation the Raiders went back up by two goals at 14-12. Lafayette answered with two goals of their own from Kristen Mignon and Wilhelmsen. The teams then traded goals in the final four minutes with Ark scoring with 21 seconds left to force overtime.

Lafayette gained the first advantage of overtime with Carlianne McCabe scoring with six seconds left in the opening half of the first overtime. Colgate responded in the second half with Kallan Murray picking a great time to score her first goal of the game and it was on to double overtime.

In the second overtime, the first team that scored won, which was different the first extra period. Berglin was able to make a stop on Lafayette's chance and then after a Sherper shot wide, Bowles ended it on a nice feed from Murray and Colgate clinched a spot in the postseason.

The field has yet to be determined with one weekend left in the Patriot League season. Loyola and Navy have claimed first-round byes, while Colgate joined Boston University and Lehigh who clinched this week. There is one spot up for grabs and then the seedings will be decided next weekend.

The Raiders continue their three-game road trip to finish the season at Binghamton on Wednesday before heading to American on April 19 for the final game of the regular season.

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