Colgate Second-Half Rally Falls Shy at Drexel

PHILADELPHIA Trailing 8-2 at the half, Colgate reeled off five-straight goals to cut the lead to two, but Drexel held off the Raider charge as Colgate fell, 12-7, on Wednesday afternoon.

Colgate (3-4) got a hat trick from Amanda O'Sullivan, while Lauren Gorajek continued her scoring prowess with a pair of goals in the loss. Brooke Flanagan and Alison Flood also added tallies in the game. Jennie Berglin finished with seven saves in net.

Drexel (6-1) was led by Kelli Joran, who posted a game-high four goals, while teammate Alyse Maiden was the top point-getter with five on the day on two goals and three assists. Alissa Watts and Kelly Palace tallied two goals apiece in the win for the home team. Teresha Bradley stopped seven shots in the cage for the Dragons to earn her sixth win.

Drexel got out to a fast start with the first nine goals of the game over the opening 19 minutes. Joran led the way with three of the goals, while Palace had her two on the day during the advantage.

The Raiders were able to get on the board with 6:12 remaining in the opening half with Gorajek scoring her 12th of the year on a free-position shot. Flood followed that with her team-leading 17th of the year. The junior's goal cut the lead to 9-2 at the half.

The first 10-plus minutes of the second half belonged to the Raiders.

Joran started the half with her fourth of the day, but Colgate fired back with five unanswered goals to slice the Dragon advantage down to two goals at 9-7 with 19:43 to play.

O'Sullivan highlighted the run with a hat trlck over a five-minute span. Gorajek scored the second of the five goals, which gave her multiple goals in four games this year. Flanagan was able to get on the board with the last goal of the run, but that's as close as the Raiders got.

The Dragons finished off the game with three goals in the final 13 minutes and earned the 12-7 win at home.

Colgate will be back on the field in a key Patriot League match-up at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday as the Raiders travel to Lehigh.

2013-03-13



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