Raiders Rout St. Bonaventure on Senior Day

HAMILTON, N.Y. (4/18/12) Colgate jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and never looked back as the Raiders scored a season-high 19 goals in a 19-8 win over St. Bonaventure.

Colgate (5-10) got seven goals and nine points from Courtney Miller for the second-straight game. She had the exact totals in the win over Lafayette last Saturday, which were both career-highs. Katie Sullivan chipped in with four goals and two assists for six points, while Alison Flood tallied three points on a goal and an assist. Jennie Berglin got the start and made two saves, while Christina Roa picked up a team-high four stops in 35 minutes of action. Hanna Longwell posted two saves in over seven minutes in goal.

The Bonnies (3-8) saw Erin Thomas score four goals off the bench, while Amanda Cizenski, Lauren Michaels, Danielle Drabin and Jenna Schlagenhauf also scored. Karly Kocis took the loss with 10 saves in front of the cage.

Colgate caught on fire in the first 15 minutes, outscoring the Bonnies, 8-0. Miller led the way with four of the eight goals and also added two assists for six points. Sullivan, Flood, Monica White and Kate Sheridan also got on the scoreboard. It took the Raiders just five minutes to build a 5-0 lead. St. Bonaventure got two back with Thomas scoring back-to-back goals to cut the Colgate advantage to 8-2 with 12:53 remaining.

The Raiders then scored four of the final five goals of the half to enter the locker room with a 12-3 lead. Miller and Sullivan scored again, while Kelly Mason and Amanda O'Sullivan added goals to give the Raiders their largest first half goal total of the season.

Colgate picked up were it left off in the second half with five-straight goals to start the final 30 minutes to build its lead up to 17-3. The Raiders spread out their scoring as five different players netted goals during the run. Quincey Spagnoletti joined Miller, Flood, O'Sullivan and Sullivan on the scoresheet as the five goal scorers. Michaels got one back with 20:46 remaining to make it 17-4, but Miller and Sullivan answered with back-to-back scores to push the advantage to its largest margin at 19-4.

St. Bonaventure didn't go away though as the tallied the final four goals in the last nine minutes of the game. Colgate, however, built up too big of the lead for the Bonnies to make a comeback and the Raiders came out with their most impressive scoring display of the season with a 19-8 win.

The Raiders outshot the visitors by a 34-18 margin, while picking up 36 ground balls to 33 for the Bonnies. The draw control battle was about even at 15-14 in favor of St. Bonaventure. Colgate did a great job on the defensive end, forcing 20 turnovers.

Next up for the Raiders is the final regular season game of the season on Saturday as Colgate travels to Bucknell. The Raiders can claim the second seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament with a win over the Bison.

Notes: Colgate honored the six graduating seniors prior to the game ... the six seniors are Emily Bell, Greer Goebels, Kailey Krause, Courtney Miller, Christina Roa and Katie Sullivan ... the six helped win the 2009 Patriot League Championship and will make their fourth trip to the PL Tournament next week and will look for their third trip to the title game ... Miller has 14 goals and 18 points in her last two games and has scored a goal in 27-straight games ... the 19 goals is the most since Colgate beat Bucknell, 20-7, on last year's Senior Day ... the Raiders caused a season-high 14 turnovers and picked up a season-high 36 ground balls ... Beasley Hays had five caused turnovers, which ties her season-high which came against Yale earlier in the season ... Miller added six ground balls and four draw controls and Jenna Frost had two GBS and two CTs.

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