February 27, 2011

Bubnack Powers Colgate Past Vermont

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Behind a career-high nine points by Colleen Bubnack, the Colgate women's lacrosse team earned a 20-14 win over Vermont on Sunday for the team's second win of the season.

Colgate (2-1) saw Bubnack net a career-high six goals and added three assists for nine points. Katie Sullivan also had a career day with five goals and five points, while Kate Bergstrom put in two goals and had a game-high four assists. Amanda O'Sullivan had her best game as a Raider with two goals and three assists for five points. Christina Roa stopped eight shots in the win for he second victory of the season.

Vermont (0-2) got three goals from Megan MacDonald, while four others had two goals apiece. Laura Barber took the loss in net with 11 saves. Charlotte Lyons relieved Barber in the second half and made four stops.

The Catamounts got on the scoreboard first with Natalie Jones putting the visitors up 1-0, two minutes into the game. Colgate answered with two-straight from Sullivan and Bubnack to take its first lead at 2-1 with 25:23 left in the first. Vermont regained the lead on back-to-back free position goals from Mas and MacDonald and had a 3-2 lead until 15:20 left in the first half. Alison Flood scored one of her two on the day at the 15:20 mark to tie game. It was her fifth of the season and came while the Raiders were up a player.

Bubnack took the lead back with her second of the game with 12:43 left, with an assist to Bergstrom. The Catamounts tied the game with Marcie Marino scoring on a free-position shot to make it 5-5. That was the last time that the teams would be tied as Colgate stormed ahead with two-straight goals to end the first half to take a 7-5 lead into the locker room. Sullivan scored with 18 seconds left and then Bergstrom received a pass from O'Sullivan and buried her second of the half with two seconds remaining.

The Raiders increased the lead to 8-5 to start the second half on a goal from Bubnack, which came after a Colgate player was sent to the sidelines for a yellow card. Vermont got two back with Stern scoring both unassisted in the first five minutes of the half. Bubnack answered with her fourth of the contest to make it 9-7 with 24:23 left. Brooke Flanagan score her first of the season three minutes later to make it 10-7 going into the final 20 minutes of play.

After Marino tallied her second of the game, the Raiders went on a scoring run with four-straight goals to open up a 14-8 lead. The goals came from four different players. Bubnack, O'Sullivan and Flood were credited with goals and Monica White added her second goal in the last two games. Vermont didn't go away and chipped at Colgate's lead with four of the next five goals to cut the advantage to 15-12. Lauren Johnson had two of the scores for the Catamounts, while Sullivan had the lone goal for the Raiders.

Colgate put the game away in the final 11 minutes of action, outscoring Vermont 5-2 down the stretch to earn its second win of the season, 20-14. Sullivan had two of the goals in the final minutes, while Quincey Spagnoletti score her second of the season.

The Raiders outshot the Catamounts by a 45-34 margin. Colgate led in the ground balls department as well with 22 to 20 for Vermont. The advantage in draw controls went to the Catamounts with Jones and Jen Madsen earning five apiece. Courtney Miller had five of her own to lead the Raiders. Seven of Vermont's 14 goals came on free-position shots, while Colgate was 3-for-6.

The Raiders will be back in action this coming Tuesday as Colgate travels to Cornell for a 4 p.m. start.

NOTES: Colgate had eight different scorers this afternoon … the Raiders scored 20 goals for the first time since beating Lafayette 20-3 in 2009 … 36 goals combined is the most since 2008 when Colgate beat Marist 19-18 in the play-in game of the NCAA Tournament … the nine points by Bubnack are the most in a game by a Colgate player since Brie Morgan had 12 on 10 goals and two assists against Holy Cross in 2009 … Bubnack has 19 points in three games … Bergstrom had 13 points on eight goals and five assists … Miller and White are tied for the team lead with 13 draw controls … Kailey Krause has six caused turnovers to lead the defense, but Missy Giusti led the team today with three.


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