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Late Rally Falls Short at Colgate, 16-12

Meghan Murray. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meghan Murray. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Five Players Score Two Goals Each

HAMILTON, N.Y. – After falling behind by five goals early in the second half Saturday at Colgate, the Yale women's lacrosse team cut the deficit to two at three different points. But Colgate responded each time, and a run of three straight goals by attacker Katie Sullivan in a three-minute span late in the game ultimately put the Bulldogs away, 16-12. Five Yale players had two goals each.

Yale (3-6, 0-3 Ivy League) was coming off a 13-9 win at Marist Wednesday but saw its momentum stalled by the Raiders in the first half. The teams traded goals two-for-one, with Colgate outscoring Yale 8-4 until senior attacker Caroline Crow tacked on a goal 12 seconds before halftime. She scored both of her goals in the first half, extending her goal-scoring streak to seven games. She also assisted on sophomore attacker Jen DeVito's goal that tied the game 2-2 at 16:50. Yale's first goal came from junior attacker Devon Rhodes off a DeVito assist. Rhodes also scored both of her goals in the first half.

Outshot 22-11 in the first 30 minutes, the Bulldogs closed that gap in the second half (17-13) but could never get the game tied up. Freshman midfielder Reilly Foote scored the first of her two second-half goals just 12 seconds in, but Colgate (3-8, 2-1 Patriot League) reeled off three goals after that to take an 11-6 lead with 23:15 to play.

Yale responded with a three-goal run of its own, two from freshman midfielder Erin Magnuson (one assisted by DeVito) and one from freshman attacker Kerri Fleishhacker. After Colgate pushed the lead back to three Foote scored her second; after the Raiders scored again, a goal by sophomore midfielder Meghan Murray made it 13-11 with 8:38 to play.

But a minute after Murray's goal, Sullivan started the three-goal run that put the game out of reach. Fleishhacker scored off a Crow assist with 33 seconds left for the 16-12 final.

Yale won the draw control battle 16-14, including three from freshman midfielder Christina Doherty. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin McMullan made 10 saves, as did her Colgate counterpart Jennie Berglin.

Yale returns to Ivy League play with a game at Princeton next Saturday.

Report by Sam Rubin (, Yale Sports Publicity