Ark, Raiders Knock off Boston University

HAMILTON Colgate saved its best performance of the year for its last regular-season home game.

The Raiders (5-7, 3-3 PL) got back into the mix to host a home playoff game in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament with its 11-7 win over Boston University on Wednesday. The Raiders jumped into a tie with Holy Cross at 3-3 for fifth in the league after allowing a season-low seven goals, while the Terriers lost their second-straight game in league play.

Megan Ark was spectacular in the win with four goals and two assists for a game-high six points. She was unstoppable on the offensive side with 10 total shots and also picked up two ground balls. Alison Flood played a consistent game with three points. Sarah Bowles tallied two goals, four draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Kallan Murray was another consistent player for the Raiders with two goals on two shots. Lauren Gorajek was a force on draw controls, which became very important once Colgate moved ahead. She took down six of them.

In goal, Jennie Berglin stopped five shots with four coming in the second half. She had a couple of huge stops towards the end of the game, when it looked like Boston University was trying to rally.

The Terriers (6-7, 4-2 PL) were coming off anovertime loss to Lehigh last weekend and the hangover seemed to continue into Wednesday. Boston University was whistled for four yellow cards, two of which resulted in Colgate goals.

The visitors got two goals from Elizabeth Morse and Lindsay Weiner, while Ally Adams had a goal and an assist in the loss. Christina Sheridan earned the start and made five stops with three coming in the first half.

The Raiders started off on a torrid pace with three of the first four goals to jump out to a 3-1 lead with 18:47 left in the opening half. Ark scored and assisted on two of the three goals, while Flood and Bowles were the other two scorers.

The Terriers mounted a comeback and tied the game at 4-4 with 4:47 remaining until halftime. Morse and Jill Horka had two of the goals, while Weiner tallied her second of the day. Flood put the Raiders back on top just over a minute later to respond and gave Colgate a 5-4 lead into the half.

Unlike its match-up against Loyola last time out, the Raiders attacked Boston University in the second half and outscored them 6-3 to earn the 11-7 win. Monica White gave Colgate a 6-4 lead to begin the second frame and then the Terriers got it back to within one at 6-5 with Becca Church scoring with 15:38 left. That was the closest Boston University would get.

On the ensuing draw, Flood plucked it out of the sky and raced down the field with Ark. The senior spotted the junior on the rush and Ark put it past Sheridan for the 7-5 and gave Ark her seventh hat trick of the season.

That goal took a lot wind out of the sails of the Terriers.

Ark added another to make it four on the day and Murray put the game out of reach with back-to-back tallies as the Raiders took home the conference win.

Colgate was great on draw controls, which became important in the second half as the Raiders had a 12-6 advantage. Colgate's clear game was impressive with 15 out of 16 successful clears and outshot the Terriers, 21-20.

Colgate is back on the road for its final three games of the season and the trip starts Saturday against Lafayette in another huge Patriot League game with tournament implications.

2014-04-09



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