Marist (10-9) jumped out to a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal from senior Lindsey Diener (Nanuet, N.Y.) just 35 seconds in to the action. The Raiders answered back a little over four minutes later to knot the score at one apiece on Colleen Bubnack's first tally of the contest.
Senior Jessica O'Brien (Wantagh, N.Y.) gave the Red Foxes another one goal lead when she was able to find the back of the net after a Stephanie Garland (Long Valley, N.J.) shot. O'Brien corralled the rebound and stuck the shot while falling to the ground.
Colgate (11-9) tied the score 30 seconds later and went on to score the next three goals of the game to build a 5-2 lead. Ali Carnabuci (Albertson, N.Y.) pulled Marist within two off a Diener feed, but the Raiders would go on another run. This time it was four in a row, and it gave them a 9-3 advantage.
Carnabuci got her second goal of the contest to stop the Colgate run at four, and the two teams then traded goals to end the half with the score at 10-5. Marist's fifth goal came from Carolyn Sumcizk (Syosset, N.Y.) who was set up by Garland.
The Red Foxes out-shot Colgate 19-18 but missed numerous scoring chances near the net throughout the entire first half. Colgate goalkeeper Sara Drexler was fantastic in the first as the junior made nine saves. Several were one-on-one with the Marist attack.
O'Brien pulled the Red Foxes within four to start the second half as she converted Marist's first free position attempt of the afternoon, but Ashley Didio put away a free position attempt to put Colgate back up five.
The Red Foxes tallied the next two scores to pull within three. Garland netted both goals as one was assisted by Sumcizk and the other by O'Brien.
With the score at 11-8, the Raiders scored three of the next four to push their lead back to five and regained the momentum.
Kate Nofsker (Needham, Mass.) pulled the Red Foxes within four at 14-10, but the Raiders answered with two of their own to match their largest lead of the game (six). The 16th Colgate goal was Molly Caroll's third of the half and fourth of the game.
With 17 minutes remaining, sophomore Liz Falco (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) started a furious Red Fox rally by setting up two straight goals just 28 seconds apart to pull Marist within four. The first was scored by Noftsker, the second was Diener.
Noftsker than scored Marist's third goal in a row to make the score to 16-13, and Diener scored the fourth goal of the run thanks to a gorgeous Kellie Considine (Wantagh, N.Y.) pass.
O'Brien made the score 16-15 with an unassisted tally for Marist's fifth straight goal, but Colgate stopped the run with a Colleen Bubnack score. O'Brien and the Red Foxes answered with another score to get back within one, but once again, the Raiders came back and built a two goal cushion with 4:32 left.
Marist showed no quit as Noftsker scored to get it back to a one-goal game, but Carroll scored again to push the Raider lead back to two at 19-17. Considine and Garland hooked up with 2:30 left in the game, but Colgate was able to stall and keep possession for the remainder of the contest for the 19-18 win.
It was a fantastic game as the Red Foxes showed no quit and no intimidation. They outscored the Raiders 13-9 in the second half as a whole and 8-3 over the final 17 minutes.
O'Brien and Noftsker each had four goals and an assist to lead the Marist attack. Diener netted three and assisted two others, while Garland had two of each.
Rookie Kellie Considine was strong in the second half. She had two goals and an assist. Sophomore Morgan Dillon (Freeport, N.Y.) led the Marist defense. She had three draw controls, caused two turnovers, and had a ground ball. She also was in the middle of every first half scoring chance. Nicole Musto (Glastonbury, Conn.) caused three turnovers as well.
Carnabuci netted two first half goals and Sumcizk had three total points. Diener led the way with six draw controls on the afternoon.
The Raiders were led by the five goals of Carroll. Meghan Lawler and Bubnack each had five points in the win.
Goalkeeper Sara Drexler made a career-high 15 saves for Colgate, and senior Liz Burkhard (Wantagh, N.Y.) took the loss in net for Marist. She made nine saves.
"I am so proud of the entire team," said Marist Head Coach Tanya Kotowicz. "We fought the entire game and the entire season, and we will all hold our heads high."