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Sunday April 11, 2010No. 20 Lacrosse Falls at Colgate, 12-11, in 2OT

Hamilton, N.Y.

The No. 20 Florida lacrosse team fell to Colgate in double-overtime 12-11 in Hamilton, N.Y. on Sunday afternoon. Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) and Caroline Cochran (Annapolis, Md.) each scored three goals for Florida, but Courtney Miller had five goals, including the game-winner in sudden-victory overtime, to lead the Raiders to victory.


The Gators (9-5, 1-2 ALC) started the game with three straight goals, one from Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) and two from Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.), before Miller got Colgate (8-6, 3-1) on the board just over five minutes in. Florida then used a 4-2 scoring run to open up a five-goal advantage before Colgate started to fight back.


The Raiders scored twice to end the first half, including a goal with three seconds on the clock, and opened the second half with three more goals to tie the game at seven with 21:41 left in regulation. Florida regained the lead on goals from Cochran and Chesterman, but Colgate answered with goals from Miller and Meghan Lawler, and Kate Bergstrom gave the Raiders their first lead of the game at 10-9 with 4:25 to play in the second half.


Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) got past her defender and scored to tie the game with 1:45 on the clock and neither team could capitalize in the final seconds to force the first overtime in Florida lacrosse history.


In the first overtime period, Chesterman scored to put Florida ahead 11-10, but Colleen Bubnack tied the game again and both teams struggled to finish at the end of the first overtime, forcing a sudden-victory period.


Miller controlled the draw for Colgate in the final period, and the Gators never had a chance on offense as the Raiders held possession and Miller scored just over a minute into the sudden-victory overtime for the win.


Florida outshot the Raiders 35-30 for the game. Colgate controlled 15 draws, including all five in the overtime periods, and the Gators had 12 draw controls. The Raiders’ Christina Roa was a huge factor, recording 16 saves in the game and limiting the Gator offense to just four goals after halftime.


Bruns scored two goals for Florida, while Dashiell, Hillier and Colby Rhea (Abingdon, Md.) each had one goal. Cara Canington (Bel Air, Md.) had eight saves in the net.


The Gators will return to Gainesville for their final home game of the season against No. 10 Vanderbilt next Sunday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m.



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