March 25, 2014

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Colgate Rolls Bonnies for Third Straight Victory

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Colgate took it to St. Bonaventure in the second half with 11 goals to cruise to an 18-6 victory for its third straight win.

Colgate (4-5) had scored 34 goals in its last two games and it has 12 or more scores in each one of the wins during the streak. Megan Ark and Kallan Murray led the way with five points each. Ark had four goals and an assist, while Murray dished out three assists and had two goals.

Monica White, Lauren Gorajek and Emily Peebles contributed with two goals apiece and White added two helpers for four points total. Jenna Frost led the defensive unit with four caused turnovers, while Emily Speck was tied with Murray with a team-high four ground balls along with two caused turnovers.

Jennie Berglin got the start in net and made three saves to get the win. She was relieved by Hanna Longwell late in the second half and the senior stopped two shots in just over 18 minutes of action.

St. Bonaventure had a short bench with only three available subs. LeighAnn Stauffer was the team leader with three goals and seven draw controls and two ground balls. Scarlet Jaworski posted two goals and had two caused turnovers. Sara Schlagenhauf stopped eight stops in the loss.

The Raiders got off to a good start by scoring the game's first four goals. All four came from four different players. Ark and Gorajek put in the first two goals on unassisted tallies. Alison Flood added to the lead around 30 seconds after Gorajek and then Kristen Norden got a nice feed from Ark and made it 4-0 with 17:43 left in the opening half.

Stauffer added the first of her two in the half to stop the scoring streak by the Raiders and cut the lead to 4-1. Gorajek posted her second of the day on a free-position shot and Sarah Bowles had a nice individual effort to give Colgate its largest lead of the half at 6-1 with 5:21 remaining.

The Bonnies cut the lead to 7-3 at the half with two of the final three goals of the half as Stauffer and Jaworski both scored. Murray had Colgate's goal down the stretch of the half for her second point of the first 30 minutes.

The Raiders took over in the second half, outscoring the visitors 11-3 and had a streak of six-straight goals. Ark started the scoring in the final frame with an assist to Murray just one minute in and she then added two more goals during the six-goal run. White and Murray also added goals as part of the six goals.

Mikayla Place stopped the bleeding with 10:16 to make it 14-5 in favor of the Raiders.

Colgate subbed a lot in the final minutes and gave its younger players a chance to see the field. Cara Esposito and Tyler Sherper each tallied their first collegiate goals, while Abby Valentino also scored her first of the season. Emily Peebles had two goals in the second half as the Raiders cruised to the 18-6 win.

The Raiders outshot the Bonnies by a 34-14 margin and picked up a season-high 29 ground balls. St. Bonaventure came down with 14 draw controls to Colgate's 12.

Next up for the Raiders is Navy on Saturday at 12 p.m. in Annapolis.


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