Field Hockey Loses to Lafayette Leopards

Emily Rawdon

Last Saturday, the host Raiders lost a tedious and sloppy affair in double overtime against Lafayette on Senior Day, 1-0. The game was not a pretty one, as the cold and rainy weather prevented both teams from playing at their best. However, fans took note of Colgate’s strength and resilience on this gray day.

No goals were scored in regulation. Remarkably, the Raiders did not allow any defensive corners in the game’s first seventy minutes. Lafayette made a valiant effort to win the game in the first overtime by getting off four shots and earning its first defensive corner of the game, but the Raider defense held strong by forcing play into the second overtime.

“Our strongest point during the game on Saturday was our defense,” senior Natali Plesniarski said. “We kept Lafayette out of our defensive area for the majority of the game and only allowed one defensive corner in overtime.”

Lafayette seized its opportunity in double overtime when Bucknell’s Maggie Condon dribbled the ball into the circle and fired it past Colgate goalie sophomore Sarah Pedersen 7:20 into the second overtime to end the game.

Neither team had a strong showing on this day. Only one of Colgate’s six shots was on goal, while Lafayette managed to get four of its eight shots on net.

Colgate now stands in a four-way tie for second place in the Patriot League with a 2-2 record. Overall, Colgate sports a winning mark of 8-7. The Raiders and the 17th-ranked American Eagles are the only two Patriot League teams with winning overall records.

Colgate will play Lehigh on Saturday in a crucial Patriot League battle. If the Raiders win, they will clinch a spot in the Patriot League tournament.