Women’s Lacrosse Has a Roller-Coaster Week: Raiders Lose to Binghampton, Rally for Win Against Siena


Junior midfielder Haley O’Hanlon led the Raiders in their impressive 16-8 win this past weekend against Siena College, with a season record of five goals and one assist. O’Hanlon has proven to be a major asset for the Raiders offense. 

The Colgate women’s lacrosse team had an exciting week, with a loss on Wednesday, February 22 against Binghamton and a victory on Saturday, February 25 against Siena College.

Despite their loss on Wednesday, the Raiders had a competitive game against Binghamton, the efforts of which were not reflected in the final score of 16-12. The game was especially notable for junior midfielder Haley O’Hanlon, who – by scoring her second consecutive hat trick – set a personal record with her 100th career point in just 35 collegiate games. O’Hanlon is the first Raider to meet this mark as a junior since Courtney Miller ’12.

Senior captain attack Isabel Kreitler also put forth an impressive performance, tallying her second hat trick and eighth goal of the season. Kreitler won a game-high and career-high seven draw controls.

Colgate led in the first half of the game, entering the second half ahead 7-6. However, the Binghamton Bearcats managed to make a comeback, battling with and ultimately overtaking the Raiders for the final score of 16-12.

The Raiders redeemed themselves with a truly impressive game the following Saturday. Despite incredibly adverse conditions, the Raiders battled it out against the Saints to achieve what was a well-deserved win by a final score of 16-8.

Several Raiders stepped up their games to contribute to the team’s win. Notably, first-year attack Lindsay West scored her first career hat trick in what was just her third game playing with the Raiders. She scored all three of her goals in the second half, under substantial pressure from the opponent. O’Hanlon once again proved what an asset she is to the team, scoring four of the first Raider goals. She has been a dominant offensive force so far this season.

The Saints managed to tie the Raiders towards the end of the first half, but Colgate promptly pulled ahead and never looked back; Siena never came close to closing the deficit. This win was a sweet victory for the Raiders after their disappointing loss on Wednesday.

Junior captain midfielder Natalie Washuta reflected positively on the week.

“We played Siena on Saturday following a tough loss against Binghamton on Wednesday. Both games were extremely hard fought and had a lot of ups and downs. While we faced a tough loss to Binghamton on Wednesday, we knew we didn’t have time to dwell on the past for long because another game was just around the corner. We went to practice the next day, broke down a lot of film on ourselves, and were extremely focused on perfecting our own game, wanting to emphasize that winning was totally in our control,” Washuta said.

“Siena was a very fast, athletic team who never let up throughout the entire game,” Washuta continued. “We faced some adversity with the weather and actually had an hour-long weather delay, but we came out really strong even after that and were able to maintain control of the game the entire second half. A lot of players stepped up and put points up for us which is always key, emphasizing our extremely balanced offense and strong defensive presence.”