April 16, 2005
WASHINGTON - Despite a season-high 15 saves from goaltender Kathleen Finnegan (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) and four goals from midfielder Moriah Linnell (Antrim, N.H./Contoocook Valley), the American University women's lacrosse team lost its chance to host the Patriot League Tournament by virtue of a 13-8 loss to Colgate Saturday at Reeves Field.
American entered the game with a 3-1 PL record, while the Raiders had a perfect 4-0 mark. Had the Eagles won and defeated Bucknell next weekend and the Raiders defeated Holy Cross, American would have earned the right to host the PL's championship tournament. As it stands, Holy Cross and Colgate will battle on April 23 for the right to host that tournament, which will be held April 30 and May 1.
The game was tight throughout. Neither team scored more than two straight goals until the very end, and AU never once put together a multi-goal streak.
It looked as if Colgate would take control of the game late in the first half when Tara Casey scored consecutive goals less than 40 seconds apart to take an 8-5 lead with just 51 seconds left in the opening period. However, sophomore midfielder Sarah Milewski (Brookhaven, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) ripped the momentum back with an unassisted goal with just one second left in the first half. The goal, which made the score 8-6, was Milewski's 24th of the season.
Colgate's Katie McVeigh opened the second period scoring and gave the visitors another three-goal lead just 1:04 into the second half. Linnell scored her 35th goal of the season five minutes later to cut the lead to two, but the Raiders' Kelly Winning scored unassisted to again extend the lead to three.
Senior attacker Rebecca Copeland (Webster, N.Y./Webster) tried to ignite an Eagle comeback when she buried her free position shot with 11:22 left in the game, but then McVeigh took over for CU. The junior midfielder scored the game's final three goals to ice away the victory.
Colgate outshot AU in the contest, 34-16, but Finnegan's stellar play kept American in the game. Brittany Finnegan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and Laura Barnes (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) both racked up three caused turnovers each, while Finnegan had four ground balls.
American returns to action next Saturday, April 23, when it hosts Bucknell in the Eagles final Patriot League regular season game. AU has already clinched a spot in the PL Tournament.