Raiders Tops Lafayette to Clinch Tournament Spot

HAMILTON, N.Y. (4/16/11) On a cold and rainy day at Tyler's Field, Colgate punched its ticket to the Patriot League Tournament with a 13-9 win over Lafayette, while Courtney Miller tallied her 100th career goal in the victory.

The Raiders (7-6, 4-1 PL) got three goals from their junior captain, while senior captain Colleen Bubnack posted four goals and classmate Kate Bergstrom netted three. Bergstrom also added an assist for four points. Goalie Christina Roa really stepped up for the Raiders in the second half with eight saves with most coming on free-position shots. She had a total of 12 stops in her seventh win of the year. Colgate gave up just four free-position goals all game on 15 Lafayette chances, including 11 in the second half.

The Leopards (2-12, 1-4 PL) was officially eliminated from the Patriot League Tournament with the loss. Cammie Linville recorded a game-high five points on four goals and an assist. Katie Leto came up with two goals and the Raiders held the team's leading scorer Ana White off the scoreboard. She added just one assist in the game. Alexa Biale tried to keep Lafayette in the game with 10 saves, including seven in the second half.

Colgate started the game off red-hot with three-straight goals in the first 5:15. The scoring trio of Bergstrom, Miller and Bubnack, added the three goals with Bergstrom assisting on Bubnack's first of the day. Lafayette got on the board with 24 minutes remaining on Leto's first of two. Then the Raiders built a 6-1 lead with 14:05 left in the half after two goals from Bergstrom and one from Bubnack. Katie Sullivan got in the points column with an assist on Bergstrom's goal, which made it 6-1.

That cushion didn't last long as the Leopards fought back with three-straight scores to cut the lead to 6-4. Linville had two of the three tallies, while Jessica Rothstein had the other. Colgate put the pressure back on in the final two minutes and it paid off with Kelly Mason tallying her first goal of the season and second of her career. Miller closed out the half with her 100th career goal at the 1:12 mark to make it 8-4.

The teams traded goals in the first eight minutes of play in the second half. Linville posted the first of the half, just 1:11 into the half. Bubnack fired back with her third of the game, but Victoria Maxon answered with her lone goal of the day to make it 9-6 with 22:10 remaining in the game. The two squads then went scoreless for the next seven-plus minutes before Miller increased the Colgate lead to 10-6 with her third of the day coming on a nice feed from Quincey Spaglonetti with 14:36 remaining.

The scoring stayed even from that point on as each team had three goals down the stretch and the Raiders were able to hold on for a 13-9 win. Greer Goebels and Amanda O'Sullivan had two of the goals for Colgate, while Bubnack added the other in the final minutes.

Colgate and Lafayette had trouble holding onto the ball for most of the game as they combined for 45 turnovers with the Leopards committing 25 themselves. Lafayette was 14 for 20 on clears, while the Raiders were successful on 19 of 24 chances.

Colgate had a 28-24 advantage in ground balls, but Lafayette posted 28 shots to the Raiders' 26. White for Lafayette was a deadly player on draw controls as she had 11 and helped the Leopards to a 15-9 advantage in the category. Colgate stepped up its defensive play and caused a season-high 14 turnovers.

The Raiders will now look to clinch the top seed in the tournament next weekend as Colgate hosts Bucknell at 1:00 p.m. next Saturday at Tyler's Field. The Raiders need to win and have Lehigh defeat Navy in order to host.

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