March 29, 2011

White Leads Colgate Past Binghamton

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y.  – Rookie Monica White had a career day with five goals and six points to lead the Colgate women's lacrosse team to a 19-9 win over Binghamton to increase the Raiders' season-long win streak to three games.

Colgate (6-4) saw Courtney Miller record eight points on three goals and five assists in the win, while Katie Sullivan put home three goals and added an assist. Overall, Colgate had eight different goal scorers. Christina Roa played well in net with 14 saves and came up big in the first half when her teammates needed her to, as she posted nine stops in the opening 30 minutes. Hanna Longwell saw some time in net and made a nice save down the stretch.

Binghamton (2-9) got two goals from Beth Moore, Lis Zuern and Ali Castiglie and all nine goals by the Bearcats came unassisted. Lauren Scott made eight total stops in the game with six in the second half.

The Raiders jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to three goals from White in the first 10 minutes. Katie Sullivan added a goal and an assist during the run and all three goals were assisted. Binghamton cut the lead down to 4-2 with back-to-back goals by Zuern and Moore.

Colgate responded with three-straight goals to push the lead to 7-2. Kate Sheridan scored her fourth of the season to make it 5-2, while Colleen Bubnack got in the score column with 10:01 left in the half. Alison Flood scored her first of two on the day with 7:11 remaining to push the lead to 7-2. The Bearcats clawed back to within three at the half as they scored three of the final four goals. Zuern started with her second of the half, while Castiglie had back-to-back scores. White tallied Colgate's final goal of the half to reach four goals, which eclipsed her season high of three.

Sullivan opened the half with her second of the day, while Miller and Flood followed to put some space between the Raiders and Binghamton early in the half. Moore made it 11-6 at the 26-minute mark to stop the run by Colgate. Amanda O'Sullivan and Miller fired back to increase the lead to 13-6 with 24:02 left.

The Bearcats answered with goals from Katherine Hunsberger and Casey Bulman to slice the Raider lead to 13-8. However, on the home team's next offensive possession, Binghamton took two yellow cards, which put them two players down and Colgate was able to capitalize. Quincey Spagnoletti scored her third of the season and O'Sullivan added her second of the day with the extra players to give the Raiders a 15-8 lead with under 15 minutes to play.

Colgate kept on the attack, scoring the next four goals to make a six-goal run and each tally was scored by a different player. White scored her fifth of the day, while Bubnack, Miller and Sullivan also scored. Lauren Lukefahr finished the scoring with Binghamton's ninth goal coming with 2:10 remaining.

The Bearcats held a 38-36 shot advantage. They outshot the Raiders 24-13 in the first half, but Colgate answered by recording a 23-14 advantage in the final 30 minutes. The Raiders picked up 22 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers, led by Kate Bergstrom and Roa who had two apiece.

Colgate will look to increase its win streak on Friday as the Raiders travel to Yale for their final non-conference game of the season. The game is set for a 4 p.m. start.

NOTES: Colgate had eight different scorers in a game for the third time this season … other times came against Stony Brook (17-15) and Vermont (20-14) … the Raider defense stepped up and held their opponent to single digits for the second-straight game … the team scored 19 goals for the third time this season … Bubnack extended her goal-scoring streak to 18 games … Miller posted five assists for the second time this year and she has had more assists than goals in three games this season … she has 22 goals on 26 assists for 48 points … coming into the season, she had 20 career assists … White has 17 goals and two assists to lead the rookies with 19 points … Flood scored two goals in a game for the sixth time and has 18 points on the year … Roa made double digits saves for the fifth time this year and second-consecutive game and she reached five ground balls for the third time.


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