Iacuzzi Puts On A Show Against Lafayette

Larry Schweitzer

The Colgate women’s soccer team had another quality two weeks worth of play, in which the women won three games and lost only one – and also received some nice jewelry as well.

Before the team’s Patriot League opener against Bucknell, the Raiders received their rings in recognition of last year’s Patriot League Championship.

The Raiders celebrated the achievement by blanking the Bison, 2-0. Senior midfielder Carolyn Warhaftig scored both Raider goals in the victory, with the first coming in the ninth minute off of a long pass from junior defender Jackie Burch. Warhaftig then headed home another ball nearly 60 minutes later, with the assist credited to first-year midfielder Margot Campbell. Senior goalkeeper Luisa Miller recorded her third shutout of the season by saving all five shots that came her way.

Three days later, Colgate traveled to Ithaca to knock off the Cornell Big Red, a team that had been ranked 12th in the region by Soccerbuzz.com prior to the game. The home team opened the scoring 20 minutes into the match on a long shot that managed to get by Miller. Cornell held onto the slim lead until the waning minutes of the game, when the Raider offense finally took over.

Iacuzzi scored an unassisted goal in the 74th minute to tie the game, and first-year midfielder Brittany Putnam netted the go-ahead goal 12 minutes later. Burch capped the offensive rush by notching another Raider goal two minutes later to give the Raiders a 3-1 victory.

The women could not carry that momentum into their second league came of the season, however, as the Raiders fell to Lehigh, 3-1, last Friday. The Mountain Hawks looked to exact revenge for last year’s Patriot League Championship game, in which the Raiders blanked Lehigh to win the league crown. Lehigh came into the game sporting a gaudy 9-1-1 record, having allowed only two goals in 11 games, and a three-game shutout streak.

Burch ended Lehigh’s shutout streak with a goal in the 26th minute to give the Raider an early lead in the game. But Colgate couldn’t maintain the advantage and the Mountain Hawks returned the favor a mere three minutes later on the first of two goals scored by Lehigh first-year Christin Johnson. Lehigh took the lead for good in the 59th minute and never looked back, with Johnson providing an insurance goal at the 67:15 mark.

The Raiders then seemed to take out some aggression out on their next league opponent, as the team destroyed Lafayette, 6-1 on Sunday. Sophomore forward Franny Iacuzzi opened the game with a barrage of scoring, netting three goals in the first 11 minutes of play for a rare natural hat trick.

Iacuzzi, no stranger to putting the ball in the net, was followed by three Raiders scoring their first collegiate goals, as sophomores Jordyn Lexton, Marissa Akason and Brittany Pearsall all scored in the match. Miller turned away the one shot she faced in the opening 30 minutes before turning the gloves over to Pearsall, who made three stops in 9:15, and then sophomore Carly Sousa, who allowed one goal on three shots. Colgate as a team amassed 20 shots on the game, compared to only seven by the Leopards.

Not surprisingly, the Raiders collected consecutive Offensive Player of the Week honors. Warhaftig nabbed the award two weeks ago, while Iacuzzi took the award home last week. Together, the duo totaled six goals and two assists in the team’s four games.

The Raiders’ next game is tomorrow morning, when the team travels to Annapolis for an unusual 10 a.m. kickoff with Navy. The Patriot League match-up pits the Midshipmen, 8-4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League, against the Raiders, who sport a nearly identical 8-4-1 record (2-1 in the league).