Bubnack Nets Five, as Late Colgate Goal Downs Holy Cross

HAMILTON, N.Y. (3/20/2010) - Colleen Bubnack (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored five goals, including the game winner with under three minutes left, to pace Colgate to a 14-13 victory over visiting Holy Cross, Saturday in Patriot League women's lacrosse action.

The junior took the ball from the defensive zone and raced up field on the right side. She veered towards the cage and found the back of the net with her seventh shot of the afternoon with 2:30 left to give the Raiders a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Colgate won the draw control and killed the clock from that point on.

Bubnack also became the school's all-time draw control leader. She won the opening draw control of the contest, her 109th win of her career, to move by current Colgate assistant coach Heidi Ross for the top spot.

Meghan Lawler (Liverpool, N.Y.) posted four goals and two assists, while Quincey Spagnoletti (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) tallied her first career multi-goal game with two scores as Colgate evened its overall record to 4-4 and improved to 2-0 in league play. The Crusaders fell to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in conference action. With her four-goal effort, Lawler incheed closer to the all-time top 10 in goals scored at Colgate needing only eight more to tie Kara Keenan for 10th.

It appeared from the opening draw control, Colgate was going to make short work of Holy Cross. The Raiders received goals from Bubnack and Katie Sullivan (Cockeysville, Md.) in the first 2:24 to take a quick 2-0 advantage. Up 2-1, Bubnack tallied her second of the game with 19:50 left in the opening half to regain the two-goal cushion.

After the Crusaders knotted the game at 3-3, Colgate answered with goals from Kate Bergstrom (San Francisco, Calif.) and Spagnoletti to get the lead back to 5-3. Holy Cross scored two of the next three goals and trailed 6-5 at intermission. Lawler netted her 10th of the year on a successful free position shot with 5:12 left.

The Crusaders came out strong in the second half and gained their first lead of the game at 7-6 on Katie Gardner's third of the contest with 28:30 left. The Raiders regained the lead at 8-7 with back-to-back goals from Lawler and Bubnack with 25:12 and 24:56 left respectively. After Holy Cross knotted the game at 8-8, Bubnack and Spagnoletti scored 2:48 apart to give the Raiders their fifth two-goal advantage over the Crusaders.

Up 10-9, Colgate received consecutive goals from Lawler 1:34 apart to gain its largest lead at 12-9. However, Holy Cross scored four of the game's next five goals to eventually tie the contest at 13-13 with 4:05 left on Taylor Zebrowski's eighth of the year. Only Alex Kuntz (Annapolis, Md.) scored for the Raiders in the 8:48 time frame, a free position shot with 10:30 left.

Christina Roa (Potomac, Md.) came up with some big stops down the stretch to help preserve the victory. The sophomore had 10 saves on the afternoon, including eight in the second half. Amy Martin stopped 10 for Holy Cross.

Gardner finished with a six-point afternoon for the Crusaders with three goals and three assists, while Kat Sutton added a four-point performance.

The Raiders return to action Tuesday evening as they travel to the Capital District to take on UAlbany. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.

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HAMILTON, N.Y. With the game tied at 13-13, Colleen Bubnack scored the game-winner with 2:30 left in the second half for the Raiders as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Colgate, 14-13, on Saturday at Tyler's Field in the Patriot League season opener for Holy Cross. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-6 overall (0-1 Patriot League), while the Raiders improve to 4-4 overall (2-0 Patriot League).

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