Colgate Takes Patriot Road Win at Lafayette

EASTON, PA. Courtney Miller (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals and Meghan Lawler (Liverpool, N.Y.) entered the record books with a two-goal, two-assist effort as Colgate downed Lafayette 15-8 in a Patriot League women's lacrosse match-up Friday evening at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex.

The Raiders, which moved to 7-6 overall and 3-1 in league play, scored eight of the game's last 10 goals to break open a one-goal affair. The victory was Colgate's ninth consecutive victory over the Leopards. In addition, it clinches one of four spots in the Patriot League Tournament, which will be played April 30-May 2 at the site of the regular-season champion

Down 1-0, the Raiders took the lead for good with three consecutive goals. Colleen Bubnack (Syracuse, N.Y.), who scored three times in the victory, got Colgate on the board with 26:43 left in the opening half. Miller and Lawler followed with back-to-back goals at 23:27 and 19:42 respectively to give Colgate a two-goal advantage.

Up 3-2, the Raiders gained what appeared to be a comfortable four-goal margin. Brooke Flanagan (Wilton, Conn.) picked up her first collegiate point with an assist on Miller's second goal of the evening with 15:39 left in the first. Lawler and Greer Goebels (Coronado, Calif.) followed by scoring 13 seconds apart to move Colgate to a 6-2 lead.

However, the Leopards rallied and pulled within one with a three-goal spurt in 53 seconds. Lawler tied the single-season assist record at Colgate at 9:08 on Miller's third of the game. With Colgate holding a 7-6 lead, the Raiders closed the final seven minutes of the opening half with two goals from Quincey Spagnoletti (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Bubnack within 22 seconds sending the Raiders into intermission with a 9-6 lead.

Lawler posted her 30th helper of the season on Spagnoletti's 10th goal of the year to break a single-season record that has stood since 1982. The senior moved within seven assists of tying the all-time school record set by Shari Krasnoo.

Bubnack opened scoring at 27:02 in the second. After the Leopards answered to pull within 10-7, Kelly Mason (Columbus, Ohio) converted on a successful free position shot with 18:39 left for her first collegiate point. The lead continued to gradually grow with goals from Miller at 16:47, Spagnoletti at 11:10 and Kailey Krause (Chittenango, N.Y.) at 7:39 to gain a seven-goal lead. Flanagan posted her first collegiate goal with 1:32 left to close scoring for the Raiders. Lafayette scored in the final 46 seconds on a free position shot.

For the seventh consecutive game, Colgate goalie Christina Roa (Potomac, Md.) reached double digit save totals. The sophomore stopped 13 in the victory, 12 coming in the second half.

Lafayette, which fell to 3-11 overall and 1-3 in league play, was paced by Addie Godfrey's three-goal, one-assist evening, while Erin Steel added a pair of goals. Emily Bjork stopped nine shots in net.

Colgate returns to action Sunday afternoon as it welcomes 20th-ranked Florida to Tyler's Field. Game time is set for a noon start. The Gators improved to 9-4 on the season with a 15-3 victory at LeMoyne, Saturday afternoon.


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