May. 1, 2005
Hamilton, N.Y. - The Colgate women's lacrosse team used a stellar defensive effort to defeat Holy Cross 11-4 and win its second consecutive Patriot League crown. The Raiders held the Crusaders scoreless for the first 42:48 of the game and never looked back en route to their second straight NCAA Tournament berth. Kelly Winning scored four times and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The Raiders went into the break with a 4-0 advantage after two first half efforts by Winning. Colgate had a number of chances to increase its lead in the last 15 minutes of the half but Crusader goalie Megan Orr turned aside seven first half shots to keep the game within reach.
Colgate then scored three straight goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half to open a 7-0 lead with 17:59 remaining.
But, Winning and Heidi Ross tallied consecutive goals to put Colgate back on top, 9-2 with 14:23 to go.
Freshman Kaitlin Nangle and sophomore Patricia Sutton put two more goals on the board for HC, but the Raiders added two more goals of their own in the final 2:17 to close out the game.
Orr made 12 saves in the losing effort. She fell just 10 save short of cracking into the League's Top 10 for saves in a single season.
The Crusaders finish their season with a 10-9 mark. Picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll, Holy Cross earned the second seed in the tournament by closing out the regular season with a 4-2 mark.