Ark's Career Day Lifts Colgate Over Drexel

HAMILTON Megan Ark had her best day as a Raider on a cold afternoon atTyler's Field with six goals to help Colgate down Drexel, 13-10, on Saturday.

Ark had eight points with four coming in each half. She also picked up four ground balls and had a caused turnover. Head coach Heather Young was happy for her junior middie.

"Megan had a phenomenal day shooting," Young said. "She has been working hard in practice on freeing her hands. She was also very instrumental in our ride and has been causing some key turnovers."

Colgate (1-3) also got four goals from Monica White, which tied a career high. She had three of the goals in the first half. Lauren Gorajek put up numbers on the stat sheet with five draw controls, three ground balls and a caused turnover. Sarah Bowles contributed with two points on a goal and an assist and joined Gorajek and Alison Flood as key contributors during draw controls

"Lauren, Sarah and Ali were huge for us on draws in this game, especially in the first half," Young said. "Getting those possessions early in the game was key to us winning today."

Colgate had a 10-4 advantage at the half in draw controls.

Jennie Berglin stopped eight shots to earn her first win of the season and six of those saves came in the final 30 minutes.

The Dragons (2-2) were led by Joelle Hartke with four goals, while Emily Duffey had a hat trick and an assist for four points. Teresha Bradley got the start and made five saves. She was relieved by Carlee Ries in the second half, but Ries didn't make any stops.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle with four ties and two lead changes. Drexel took a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of scores from Duffey and Colgate countered with White scoring two of her three goals with 24:14 left in the opening 30 minutes.

The teams traded goals over the next seven minutes with Hartke scoring twice, while White added her third of the half and Ark netting her first of the contest. Ark then grabbed Colgate's first lead at 5-4 with 16:41 remaining in the half.

Hartke answered to tie the game with her third of the game, but the Raiders came back with two-straight scores for their largest lead at 7-5. Kallan Murray gave Colgate the 6-5 lead and then Ark tallied her third of the half with Bowles adding the assist on the nice pass. Drexel scored the final goal of the half and it was Hartke's fourth with 4:29 left.

The Raiders really clamped down defensively in the second half, allowing only four goals to the Dragons.

Colgate came out and took over early in the frame with five of the first seven goals with two coming from Ark. The run gave the Raiders their largest lead at 12-8. Bowles and Kristen Norden were able to get on the scoreboard early in the advantage. Bowles tallied her fourth of the year, while Norden put home her second career tally.

From there Ark and White took over. Ark posted three goals and White had one and put the game out of reach as the Raiders successfully ran out the clock down the stretch and earned their first win of the season.

"Our defense in the second half was spot on," Young said. "We were able to switch in and out of a couple of defenses, which really rattled Drexel. The coaches are extremely proud of the team for handling a very good team."

Colgate had a 24-23 shot advantage in the game and had a slim 13-12 lead in draws. The Raiders picked up 21 ground balls to 18 for the Dragons.

Next up for Colgate is Cornell on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Tyler's Field.

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2014-03-01



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