March 28, 2009

Colgate Tops Navy in Clash of Patriot's Top Teams

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  -- Brie Moran (Little Silver, N.J.) continued her hot play with three more goals and Colleen Bubnack (Syracuse, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists as Colgate dumped Navy 10-4 in a women's lacrosse clash between the top two Patriot League teams in the preseason poll, Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders, now winners of seven of their last eight contests, shot to a 4-0 lead in the opening 18:08 of the contest and never looked back.  With the victory, Colgate improved to 9-3 on the year (3-0 in Patriot League play), while the Midshipmen fell to 6-3 (2-1 in league play).

Moran gave Colgate the lead for good at 1-0, just 6:04 into the contest.  The advantage gradually grew with back-to-back goals by Molly Carroll (Swarthmore, Pa.) at 17:29 and 14:28 and then Meghan Lawler (Liverpool, N.Y.) scoring her 26th of the year at 11:52 to give the Raiders the  four-goal lead.  After Navy got on the board with 10:54 left in the opening half, Moran netted her second and third goals in a five minute span to push the lead up to five.  The junior now has 26 goals in her last six outings.   Navy tossed one in before intermission and Colgate ran into break with a 6-2 lead.

Out of the gate in the second half, Colgate added to its lead as Courtney Miller (Chappaqua, N.Y.) posted her 21st of the year at 3:59.  Didio found the back of the net twice within 46 seconds to give the Raiders a commanding 9-2 cushion with 19:20 left.  After Navy answered with back to back goals from Dani Vivonetto, Bubnack closed the game's scoring with her 22nd goal of the season with 3:52 remaining in the contest.

Christina Roa (Potomac, Md.) returned to her home state and grabbed her second-consecutive victory in a starting role.  The freshman saved eight shots in the win to improve to 3-0 on the year.  Elaina Ponchione turned aside seven shots for Navy.  Colgate outshot the Midshipmen 20-18.

The Raiders return to action, next Saturday as they host league rival Lafayette.  Game time is set for a 1 p.m. start at Tyler's Field.    


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