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WOMEN’S LACROSSE FALLS TO NAVY IN DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE

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HAMILTON, N.Y. (4/7/12) – The Colgate women’s lacrosse team held Navy to seven goals under its season average, but the Raiders were not able to come back from a four-goal deficit in the second half as Colgate dropped a 8-6 decision in league play at Tyler’s Field.

Colgate (3-9, 2-2 PL) got two goals from Katie Sullivan and the Raiders had four other goal scorers. The teams combined to have 12 different scorers. Courtney Miller extended her goal-scoring streak to 23 games with a goal in the first half. Jennie Berglin got the start in net and made eight saves with five coming in the first half.

Navy (13-2, 4-0 PL) clinched a spot in the Patriot League Tournament with the win today as Kathy Young led the way with a pair of goals. Jasmine DePompeo had two points with a goal and an assist and now has 65 points this season. Michelle Verbeeck earned the start in front of the cage and got her third win of the year with seven stops.

The Midshipmen jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with unassisted goals from Aimee Gennaro and Young in the first 3:38 of the opening half. Miller answered with 24:15 left with an unassisted score for her 35th of the season.

The Mids then increased their lead to 4-1 with Jill Coughlin and Jess Fellows scoring back-to-back goals in a short period of time. Colgate fired back with Katie Sullivan and Alison Flood narrowing the lead to 4-3, while Quincey Spagnoletti added an assist on the Sullivan goal.

Navy got its two-goal lead back at 5-3 to close out the first 30 minutes with Emily Mellin scoring with 5:55 remaining in the half.

The final 30 minutes started out fast with three goals in the first four minutes. Navy got out to its largest lead of the game at 7-3 with Young and DePompeo adding to their point totals with a goal apiece.

Monica White was able to stop the brief run with her eighth of the year with an assist to rookie Megan Ark. The teams did not score for the next 12 minutes, until the Mids boosted their lead back to four with Loren Generi scoring her lone goal of the day and her second point with 14:11 left in the game to give Navy a 8-4 lead.

Amanda O’Sullivan brought the Raiders to within three with 11:39 remaining with her 22nd goal of the season to cut the lead to 8-5. From there, the Mids controlled most of the play as they began to stall in the final minutes. Sullivan, however was able to find the net with 2:19 remaining with a free-position shot that Verbeeck looked to have handled, but the ball trickled across the line for the goal to slice the lead down to two at 8-6. The Mids then won the draw and burnt out the final two minutes with a stall to earn the win and remain undefeated in league action.

The Midshipmen had a 19-14 shot advantage, but Colgate led in the ground ball department with 16 to Navy’s 14. The Raiders held the Mids scoreless on free-position shots and each team took care of the ball well with 23 combined turnovers and only three failed clears.

Colgate will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. as the Raiders Welcome Canisius to campus.

COLGATE’S SECOND HALF RALLY FALLS SHORT

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HAMILTON, N.Y. (3/7/12) – The Colgate women’s lacrosse team had a great second half effort, but could not overcome its halftime deficit against Cornell as the Raiders dropped a 15-10 decision to the Big Red.

Colgate (0-5) saw Amanda O’Sullivan score a career-high five goals, while Courtney Miller had a goal and three assists and Katie Sullivan recorded four points as well on two goals and two helpers. Alison Flood continued her good play in her sophomore year with two goals. Jennie Berglin got her first collegiate start and made 13 saves, including nine in the first half.

Cornell (3-0) got four goals from Caroline Salisbury and five points from Olivia Knotts on two goals and three assists. Jessi Steinberg posted four points with two goals and two assists, while Sarah Hefner netted three goals in the win. Courtney Gallagher also made her collegiate debut in net and stopped seven shots to earn the win.

The Big Red got off to a good start with the game’s first four goals in a stretch of seven minutes, which included two scores by Hefner. Colgate answered with two goals in under a minute as Flood and Sullivan put the Raiders on the board and cut the lead to 4-2 with 22:09 left in the first half.

Cornell then went on to score five of the next six goals to end the half with a 9-3 lead. All five goals scored by the Big Red came from five different scorers Colgate’s lone goal during the run was by O’Sullivan as she scored the first of her five on the day.

The second half began with a Salisbury goal for the visitors to make it 10-3, three minutes into the final 30 minutes. Colgate chipped away at the lead with O’Sullivan scoring again and Flood added her second of the day as the two scores came 10 seconds apart to make it 10-5. The teams traded the next two goals and with the scored at 12-6, the Raiders went on a little run with four-straight scores.

Sullivan started it with her second of the game with 17:11 left in the contest. Sullivan was followed by O’Sullivan less than three minutes later to cut the lead to 12-8. Miller netted her lone goal of the day with 12:41 remaining and then O’Sullivan scored to slice the lead to two at 12-10 with 6:46 left in the game.

However, Cornell regained the momentum with three goals to close out the game and the Raiders dropped its fifth game of the season with a 15-10 loss at Tyler’s Field.

Colgate was outshot by a 37-23 margin, but had 17 shots in the second half to Cornell’s 13. Ground balls were just about even with the Raiders holding a 21-20 advantage, while the Big Red won 17 of the 27 draw controls.

The Raiders will be back on Tyler’s Field on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. as Colgate opens the Patriot League season with Lehigh.

NOTES: O’Sullivan became the first player for the Raiders to score five goals in a game this season … Miller extends her goal-scoring streak to 16 games …  Colgate picked up over 20 ground balls for the fourth-straight game … Berglin’s 13 stops tied Roa’s 13 against Hofstra for a team-high in saves this year … Flood has scored in all five games for the Raiders and has posted two in the last three games.