Raiders Rally from Five-Goal Deficit to Edge Holy Cross

HAMILTON, N.Y. (3/24/12) Colgate rallied from a five-goal deficit with 23 minutes left in the game to earn a 12-11 win over Holy Cross as Amanda O'Sullivan scored the gamewinner with 11 seconds left on Saturday at Tyler's Field.

The Raiders (2-8, 2-1 PL) outscored the Crusaders 8-2 in the second half and ended the game with six unanswered goals. O'Sullivan was the player of the day with five points on four goals and an assist, while Katie Sullivan netted three goals.

Courtney Miller chipped in with a goal and an assist and Quincey Spaglonetti continued to play well and tallied two goals. Jennie Berglin was strong in net once again with 11 stops to earn her second win of her career. She made seven saves in the first half, but made a couple of big ones down the stretch in the second half.

Holy Cross (4-5, 1-1 PL) was led by rookie Laura Ryan. She used her speed to score five goals and also pick up five important draw controls. Maddie Carrellas netted two goals for the visitors, while Kayla DiBari had a goal and three assists for four points. Sarah Weber got the start in net and made four stops in the loss.

The two teams started the game by trading goals in the first nine minutes. Katie Sullivan scored both of the goals for the Raiders, while Ryan and Sara Hennesey tallied goals for the Crusaders. Holy Cross then built up a 9-4 lead at the end of the half as the Crusaders scored seven of the final nine goals of the half, including three from Ryan and two from Carrellas. Spagnoletti and Miller scored for the Raiders.

The second half was a different story for the Raiders as they were the aggressor by outscoring Holy Cross, 8-2, in the final 30 minutes. O'Sullivan got it started with back-to-back goals for two of her four in the second half. She scored the goals in the first 3:17 of the half. The Crusaders tried to take back control of the game with two-straight goals from Ryan and DiBari to make it 11-6, but Holy Cross didn't see the scoreboard again.

Colgate finished the game on a 6-0 run over the final 22 minutes. Spagnoletti scored to start the run with a fantastic individual effort as she dodged a pair of defenders and beat Weber to cut the lead down to 11-7. O'Sullivan got the deficit down to three with 19:28 left with her third of the day and then rookie Megan Ark got in on the act with her seventh of the year to slice the lead to two at 11-9 with 12:19 left.

Holy Cross began to stall and hoped to pull out the win by playing keep away, but Berglin stepped in the way of a pair of passes that resulted in a change of possession and they became advantages to Colgate. Miller was the recipient of one of those turnovers and got the Crusader lead down to one at 11-10 with her 29th of the year, coming with 8:11 left in the game.

Sullivan knotted the game at 11-11 with 4:51 remaining on a great behind the back shot that beat Weber. Katie Sheridan found Sullivan flashing to the middle on a 3-on-2 break for the Raiders and the senior caught the pass and flicked a shot behind her head to tie the score. Colgate was able to retain possession on the next draw and did some stalling of its own. Head coach Heather Young decided to call a timeout with time running out and called a play for Miller and O'Sullivan. Miller had the ball out on the wing and cut to the middle and tossed a pass to O'Sullivan, who used her teammate as a screen to find an open alley. She fired shot past Weber to give Colgate its first lead of the game and sent the bench into celebration.

Holy Cross did have an opportunity in the final seconds as Ryan won the draw and after a foul as called, she passed the ball to Maggie Reichenbach, but her shot went wide and the Raiders moved to 2-1 in Patriot League play with an exciting 12-11 win at Tyler's Field.

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