Raiders Scores Early, Often to Defeat Bonnies

HAMILTON – Colgate scored early and often in the opening 30 minutes and cruised to a 15-4 win over St. Bonaventure on another snowy day at Tyler's Field on Wednesday.

The Raiders (5-4) were led by Kate Sheridan who tallied five points on a goal and four assists, which all helpers came in the first half. Alison Flood was the leading goal scorer with four on the day, while Monica White got the hat trick with three scores and Taylor Fischer had her first multi-goal game of her career. In total, Colgate had nine different goal scorers.

Jennie Berglin shutout the Bonnies in the first half with three saves, while Hanna Longwell played the final 30 minutes and had two stops for the Raiders. Colgate's defense was up to the task today with a season-high 11 caused turnovers. Beasley Hays led the way with three caused turnovers.

“Great team effort today,” head coach Heather Young said. “Good to see some of our young players stepping up. Beasley and Jenna Frost led the defense in front of solid play from Berglin and Longwell.”

St. Bonaventure (4-2) didn't score until 25 minutes left in the game and Jenna Schlagenhauf had two of the four goals in the second half. Sara Schlagenhauf got the start in net and made no saves in the first 12 minutes and gave up three goals. Karly Kocis relieved Sara Schlagenhauf and made two saves in 48 minutes.

Colgate came out of the locker room and dominated as the Raiders shutout the Bonnies by a 9-0 score in the first half and ended up scoring 11 straight goals before the Bonnies got on the board. Colgate had three players score twice in the half as Flood, Fischer and White. Sheridan was very important to the offense with assists on four-straight goals.

The Raiders got out to a quick 2-0 lead with Flood and Lauren Gorajek scored in the first 1:08 of the game. Fischer then added her second goal of the season and it was 3-0 Colgate with 21:39 left in the half. Brooke Flanagan got in the scoring column with a nice wrap around score from behind the net to make it 4-0.

Sheridan then made four brilliant passes in a row that resulted in scores with two to White and one to Flood. Sheridan's final helper came on a nice fast break goal from Emily Peebles with 2:45 left in the half, which made it 8-0. Fischer finished off the first half with a nice individual effort through traffic and beat Kocis for Colgate's ninth goal of the half.

The second started just like the first 30 minutes with two quick goals by the Raiders. Sheridan made a move from behind the net and scored her only goal of the day, while Flood scored unassisted 2:14 into the half to push the advantage up to 11-0.

Jenna Schlagenhauf finally got the visitors on the board with a free-position shot to make it 11-1 with 25:35 remaining. The Bonnies did score two of the next three goals to get to within nine at 12-3 with a goal from MacKenzie Jordan with 11 minutes left.

However, the Raiders were able to continue the rout after the two scores with Flood scoring her fourth of the day, while Rachel Siciliano and Kelly Mason added their first scores of the season and it was 15-3 with 2:57 remaining. Kellyn Savage had the final goal for both teams and the final score was 15-4.

Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball in the snow as they combined for 44 turnovers and Colgate did a great job on clearing defense, tripping up the Bonnies five times on 18 chances. The Raiders outshot St. Bonaventure, 24-13, and had an 18-12 advantage in ground balls.

Colgate will be back in league play on Saturday as the Raiders host American at 1:00 p.m. on Tyler's Field. Colgate observed a moment silence prior to the game in honor of the Seton Hill women's lacrosse team after the tragedy that happened over the weekend. The team also honored Colgate student Luke Stalker '14 with the moment of silence.

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