Women’s Lacrosse Takes Second Seed in PL Tournament

 The Colgate women’s lacrosse team notched two more wins into their belt to bring their total season record to 6-10 and Patriot League record to 4-2 this weekend. The Raiders dominated the playing field, 19-8, in a home matchup against St. Bonaventure last Wednesday. The women then traveled to Lewisburg, Pa. for their final Patriot League match-up of the season. Colgate beat Bucknell by seven goals, with a final score of 15-8.

The Colgate Raiders scored a season-high 19 goals in their midweek game against St. Bonaven-ture. The women scored eight consecutive goals in the first fifteen minutes of play. Senior captain and midfielder Courtney Miller dominated the play once again with nine points off seven goals and two assists. Miller hustled on the defensive end as well with six ground balls and four draw controls. Senior captain and attacker Katie Sullivan chipped in to the total score with four goals and two as-sists of her own and sophomore midfielder Alison Flood netted two goals and had one assist on the game. First-year goalie Jennie Berglin started the game off strong with two saves; shortly after, senior Christina Roa stopped four balls in her 35 minutes of play and sophomore Hanna Longwell rounded out the game with two saves in the final minutes of action.

Colgate played to its strengths in the first 15 minutes of play with an 8-0 lead over the Bon-nies. Miller led the way with four goals, and Sul-livan, Flood and sophomore attacker Monica White each joined junior attacker Kate Sheri-dan with goals on the books. St. Bonaventure player Erin Thomas eventually found the back of the net and tallied two goals to cut Colgate’s advantage to 8-2. The Raiders scored four of the final five goals of the half and left the field in high-spirits and a 12-3 lead.

Halftime did not slow down the Raiders’ momentum as the women started the sec-ond half off with five-straight goals to build a 17-3 lead over St. Bonaventure. Junior mid-fielder Quincey Spagnoletti joined the ranks of Miller, Flood, junior midfielder Amanda O’Sullivan and Sullivan who each tallied a point for the team.

St. Bonaventure was able to score six more goals in the remaining minutes of play, while Miller and Sullivan scored Colgate’s remaining goals. The Raiders played an incredible game and the statistics demonstrate just this: Colgate out-shot the Bonnies by a 34-18 margin, scooped up 36 ground balls, won 15 draw controls and forced twenty turnovers.

In their final regular season game, the Raid-ers took on Bucknell with a shot at stealing the coveted second seed in the Patriot League Tour-nament. Ten different players scored goals for the Raiders. O’Sullivan led the way with four goals, Sullivan posted five points off one goal and four assists and first-year midfielder Megan Ark scored two goals for the team. Berglin made six stops and Roa had two saves in her 17 minutes of action.

Though Bucknell tallied the first goal of the game, O’Sullivan fired back nine minutes into play with her 25th goal of the season. Ark followed suit with Colgate’s second goal of the day and brought the Raiders to their first lead of the game at 2-1. O’Sullivan and Sullivan built up Colgate’s lead to 4-1 with back-to-back goals. The Bisons did not go away as player Arriana Sajjaad found the back twice in a row to slice Colgate’s lead to 4-3. This, however, was as close as the Bisons would get to overcoming the Raiders’ defense.

The final four goals of the half came from four different Colgate players, which illustrates the depth of Colgate’s roster. Junior midfielder Kelly Mason, senior midfielder Greer Goebels, Spagnoletti and Sheridan all added goals onto the scoreboard.

Colgate came out strong in the second half with three-straight goals in the first four minutes of play to increase their lead to 11-3. Flood scored her 23rd goal of the season just one minute into the half, Miller used the advantage of a free-po-sition to score a point and Ark added her second goal of the game.

The Bisons were able to quench their thirst for a goal as Ryan Wenk scored the Bison’s first goal of the half 10 minutes into play. O’Sullivan countered with two consecutive goals and Flood scored off a free position shot to bring the Raid-ers to a ten goal lead at 14-4. Down the stretch, Mason tallied Colgate’s final point of the game and Bucknell managed four more goals to end the game at 15-8.

The Raiders, now 4-2 in the Patriot League, will enter the Patriot League Tournament on Friday as the second seed. The women will take on Holy Cross at Navy at 7 p.m. to determine who will go on to play in the final round of the tournament.

Contact Allie Silverman at [email protected].