Early Lead Not Enough for Colgate vs. American

HAMILTON Colgate took a 7-4 lead into the locker room at halftime, but American stormed back as the Raiders dropped their first Patriot League game by a 10-9 score on Saturday afternoon.

Colgate (5-5, 2-1 PL) fell from the unbeatens in league play as American and Navy are the only schools left without a blemish on their record. Lauren Gorajek had a great individual performance with two goals, five ground balls, five draw controls and a caused turnover. Amanda O'Sullivan had three points on two goals and an assist, while Emily Peebles had a pair of tallies.

Jennie Berglin got the start in net and made five saves in the loss.

The Eagles (3-6, 2-0 PL) got an outstanding performance from their goalie as Teal Harrison stopped 15 shots, including nine in the first half and six of eight in the final 30 minutes. She kept the Eagles in the lead late in the game with a pair of stops with Colgate on the doorstep.

Kimberly Collins led the way on the offensive side with the hat trick. Emily Maher and Alex Lugovina added two goals apiece and Samantha Marshall scored the gamewinner.

Colgate jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first 4:31 of the opening half. Brooke Flanagan, Alison Flood and O'Sullivan helped the Raiders to the early advantage as each tallied goals. The Eagles got two back with goals by Lugovina and Jordan Harrington to cut the Colgate lead down to 3-2 with 14:24 left in the half.

The Raiders then finished off the half with four of the next five goals and it was 7-4 Colgate at the intermission. Gorajek had a pair of unassisted goals during the run, while Kallan Murray was set up nicely by O'Sullivan, who tallied three points in the half. She added Colgate's last goal of the opening 30 minutes on a nice feed by Kate Sheridan.

The Raiders controlled much of the possession and had a 23-5 shot advantage. Colgate also dominated on the draw controls, winning by a 9-2 margin.

It was a tale of two halves as the second belonged to the Eagles as they outscored the Raiders, 7-2, to earn the win. Two of the goals came during player-up situations and three were free-position scores.

American came out and scored three in a row in the first 6:39 of the final half. Harrington assisted on two of the three goals with Nicole Lombardi joining Maher and Lugovina on the score sheet during the run. Peebles was able to stop the bleeding with her first of two on the day to make it 8-6 Raiders with 21:42 left in the game.

However, that was the last time Colgate would get on the board until one second remaining in the game. Collins added the natural hat trick with three-straight goals in a five-minute span with two coming as free-position markers. Marshall then put the Eagles up by two at 10-8 with 12:03 remaining.

The Raiders got two significant chances after the Eagles went up by two goals, but O'Sullivan shot one wide and Taylor Fischer was stopped by Harrison on a low shot in front of the net. Peebles got her second of the day to cut the American lead to 10-9, but the goal came with 0.5 seconds left and the Raiders ended up with the loss.

Both teams took care of the ball with each team committing eight turnovers. Colgate had the 16-9 advantage in ground balls and was able to earn 14 draws to six for the visitors.

The Raiders will look to get back on track on Tuesday as they host Binghamton at Tyler's Field at 4:00 p.m., which will be their last home game until Lafayette comes to Hamilton on April 20.

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