Stellar Second Half Leads to Colgate Win at Binghamton

VESTAL, N.Y. The Raiders erased a two-goal halftime deficit with six goals in the final 30 minutes to beat Binghamton in a 10-8 win on Wednesday.

Colgate (7-7) is back to .500 with the win and have won three-straight. The Raiders are a perfect 7-0 when scoring at least 10 goals in a game.

It was a total team effort with seven different goal scorers Kallan Murray led the way with a goal and four assists for five points. Lauren Gorajek, Sarah Bowles and Alison Flood each had two goals in the win. Both Gorajek and Bowles scored their two goals in the second half.

"Kallan's vision was on point today," head coach Heather Young said. "She kept our offense rolling all game long."

Jennie Berglin stopped seven shots in the win with five coming in the first half.

The Raiders grabbed 14 of 20 draws and Flood led the way with six of her own. She is now alone in third place all-time in draw controls with 112. Gorajek and Bowles chipped in with four apiece as well. The draws were key in the second half as the Raiders won 8 of 9.

"The draws were crucial to our win today," Young said. "Lauren, Alison and Sarah were a great combo in the circle, coming up with critical draws."

Young was also impressed by the play of Mallorie O'Brien on the defensive end of the field.

"Mallorie was a big force on the defensive side of the field with her strong 1-on-1 defense," Young added. "She was great with her quick slides and also her transition effort was excellent."

Binghamton (6-8) saw Callon Williams tally five four points with a hat trick and an assist. She also picked up two ground balls and two draw controls. Erin McNulty got the start in net and made 10 saves.

The Bearcats started the game with two-straight goals, but the Raiders answered with a run of three-straight to take their first lead of the game at 3-2. Two of the tallies came from Alison Flood and Megan Ark continued her scoring ways with her 14th goal in the last three games.

The Raiders run was turned on them after gaining the lead as Binghamton fought back to take a 5-3 lead. The Bearcats finished the half scoring four of the last five goals to earn a 6-4 advantage going into the half. Kallan Murray had Colgate's lone score down the stretch of the first half with an assist to Tyler Sherper.

Berglin finished the half with five saves in front of the cage and the Raiders led in the battle of draw controls at 6-5. Binghamton led the Raiders in the shots category at 15-11.

The Bearcats kept it rolling early in the second half with Williams scoring her second of three on the day to give the home team its largest lead at 7-4.

The Raiders responded with six of the next seven goals to storm to the 10-8 win. Colgate had a run of four-straight with two from Gorajek and one each to Bowles and Emily Peebles. Three of the four goals were assisted with one coming from Rachel Siciliano.

Williams and the Bearcats answered and the game was tied with 12:12 remaining in the game. Neither team could not find the net over the next 10 minutes. Sherper ended the drought with her fourth on the season to give the Raiders the lead for good at 9-8. Sherper has played in six games and has four goals this season and three in her last two games.

Bowles finished the scoring with her 15th of the year with just over a minute left in the game. Murray assisted on the goal and had helpers on the last three goals for the Raiders.

Colgate outshot the Bearcats, 25-22, and the ground-ball battle was won by Binghamton at 13-12.

The Raiders wrap up the regular season at American on Saturday. Colgate can clinch a home playoff game with a win and can also lose and host, but will need help.

2014-04-16



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