LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior defender Annie Gilbertson broke a school record with eight caused turnovers, Maddy Molinari matched her career high with five goals, and Eve Lukowski logged two goals and five assists to lead the Bucknell women’s lacrosse team to a 16-6 victory over Wagner on Saturday at Graham Field. The Bison improved to 4-1, their best five-game start since 2009.
Bucknell was stellar in all phases in this one. Gilbertson, who had a career-high seven ground balls in a mid-week win over Monmouth, spearheaded a Bison defense that limited the Seahawks to three goals in each half, with the final two coming after Bucknell had already piled up a double-digit lead. As a team, the Bison forced 30 Wagner turnovers, 22 of them caused by the defense, and limited the Seahawks to 14 total shots.
Molinari added a game-high seven draw controls to her five goals, giving her 30 DCs in five games this season. Offensively, Bucknell scored its 16 goals on just 23 shots for a stellar .696 shot percentage, and the Bison had assists on 12 of the 16 goals.
Christina Manis was also a top feeder, finishing with four assists along with a goal of her own. Audrey Walsh tallied two goals and an assist, Bridget Shaffrey scored twice, and Sarah Galzerano and Morgan Steinhacker both registered one goal and one assist. Freshman Tace Sutherland netted her first career goal late in the contest.
Bucknell was also solid in the clearing game, converting 19 of 23.
The game was tied at 2-2 after Heidi Colford scored for the Seahawks, but the Bison rattled off four straight goals to take the lead. The offense ran through Lukowski early on, as she scored or assisted on each of Bucknell’s first four goals. Molinari’s tally off a feed from Galzerano put the Bison in front 6-2, and they led 6-3 at the half.
It was still a three-goal game at 7-4 when Bucknell put it out of reach with a 7-0 run. Manis scored from goal-line extended to start the run at the 22:33 mark, and then just 11 seconds later Galzerano finished the prettiest goal of the night. Steinhacker collected the draw and passed ahead to Walsh. Walsh drew her defender and fed Manis on the right side of the crease, and then Manis passed back across to Galzerano, who fired into a gaping net to make it 9-4.
Sutherland’s goal made it 14-4 with 10:39 to play, sending the game into running clock.
Gilbertson’s eight caused turnovers were two better than the previous team record of six, set by Lauren Deitrich against Robert Morris in 2007 and by Katelyn Miller against George Washington in 2012. Gilbertson now has 63 career caused turnovers, sixth-most in Bucknell history.
Manis upped her career assist total to 70, eight shy of Carol Donohue’s school record. With 129 career points, Molinari moved into a tie for 10th on Bucknell’s all-time list.
Bucknell is back in action next Sunday, hosting Manhattan at 1 p.m.