The Raiders hosted the No. 14 Loyola Hounds on their Senior Day matchup at Tyler’s Field. The Hounds remained strong the entire game, controlling the Raiders on both ends of the field, especially in a lopsided second half. At the end of the day, the Hounds remained undefeated in the league and picked up a 10-4 victory over the Raiders.
Prior to the game, the Raiders honored their five seniors in what was their second-to-last game at home. The Raiders and their families were all on the field giving seniors Hanna Longwell, Emily Speck, Ali Flood, Madison Daly and Monica White the recognition
The Raiders came out in the first half playing with the intensity that they would need to take on a highly-ranked opponent. Junior midfielder Megan Ark continued her unbelievable play this season, scoring the first goal of the game just a little after four minutes in. Following up on Ark’s strong start was sophomore midfielder Lauren Gorajek, who got an assist from fellow sophomore attacker Kallan Murray. Her goal just a minute later put the Raiders in a 2-0 advantage.
The Hounds, however, responded quickly and evened up the game again. The Raiders showed their resiliency and got back on the board. Sophomore attacker Taylor Fischer put the Raiders in the lead, scoring her ninth goal of the season officially more than double her total last season.
After the Hounds responded, the Raiders took one last advantage in the game with just three and half minutes remaining in the first half. Colgate’s senior stepped up at this point, with Flood finding White for the goal. Their tally put the Raiders up 4-3, but the the Hounds offense stepped up scoring three goals in a span of three minutes to extend their lead.
Going into the half up 6-4, the Hounds knew they would have a much-needed advantage. From there, it was the defense that took control. The Hounds allowed just six shots on goal that were all stopped by their keeper.
On the offensive end, the Hounds struck three times in a 40 second span early in the half to put the score at 9-4. As the clock ticked down, the Hounds added another, and there was no more that junior goalie Jennie Berglin could do. Her five saves kept the Raiders close, but the Hounds found the net regardless, taking home a much-needed 10-4 victory.
The Raiders look to bounce back from their recent losing skid. After losing two straight, they hope to buck the trend this weekend with an away matchup on Saturday. With face-off time set for 4 p.m. the Raiders hope to travel to Easton and pick up a victory against the Lafayette Leopards.
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