Women’s Lacrosse Undefeated in League Contests

Annie Schein

The Colgate women’s lacrosse team had a busy spring break, playing Patriot League opponents Bucknell and Lehigh, and non-league contestant Drexel. The Raiders beat Bucknell and Lehigh 19-7 and 10-9, respectively, and the team fell to Drexel 7-12. Their game against Lehigh was especially close, culminating in double overtime.

The Raiders travelled to Bethlehem, Pa. to play the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in a snowy contest. Senior midfielder Amanda O’Sullivan had an impressive game. She scored her fifth goal of the game to clinch the win in double overtime. Senior attacker Kate Sheridan and junior midfielder Alison Flood each scored four goals. On the defensive end, sophomore defender Jenna Frost stood out with four turnovers and two ground balls. Sophomore goalie Jennie Berglin made four saves in the win.

In the beginning of the half, however, Lehigh came out strong with two quick goals. Colgate responded as Flood snatched the ball after the draw, feeding it to senior attacker Brooke Flanagan who scored, bringing the tally to 2-1.

Lehigh scored again, but the Raiders retaliated with two goals from O’Sullivan and Flood to tie the game at 3-3. The remainder of  first half was slow offensively for both teams, as no one scored in the final 12 minutes. After one more Lehigh goal and O’Sullivan’s second point of the game, the teams retired from the field with a tied at 4-4.

At the start of the second half, weather worsened as snow continued to fall heavily. The conditions hindered each team’s ability to control the ball effectively, as the end of the first half and the start of the second saw off-target passes and turnovers from both sides.

The second half was neck-in-neck, but Colgate managed to maintain some control throughout. Early in the half, O’Sullivan and Sheridan scored giving the Raiders a two-point lead. However, Lehigh fired back by scoring three of the next four goals, and tied the game back up

at 7-7.

Sheridan scored her second goal of the game to hand the lead back to the Raiders, but the Mountain Hawks were quick to respond with another goal with under 15 minutes to go in the game. With about 10 minutes to go, the score was knoched up at 9-9. Both teams fired shots, including a free position from O’Sullivan, but saw no success and the game was thrown

into overtime.

At the start of the first overtime, Colgate gained control of the draw and quickly went to goal. However, shots from O’Sullivan, Flanagan and first-year midfielder Laura Gorajek were saved by the Lehigh goalie. The game was then sent into a second overtime.

Colgate gained possession of the ball after the opening draw once again, and this time O’Sullivan managed to find the back of the net resulting in score of 10-9. Despite Lehigh’s best efforts, the Mountain Hawks couldn’t get a shot past Berglin and the Raiders came out

on top.

Colgate’s next game will be played at home on Saturday March 23 at 1 p.m. against Patriot League opponent American University.