WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bucknell women's lacrosse team began Patriot League action with a commanding 15-9 victory over American on Sunday at Jacobs Field.
Seven different players enjoyed multi-point outings to help the Bison (2-5, 1-0 Patriot League) reach the double digits in goals for the first time in 2018. They also snapped their five-game losing skid by downing the Eagles (3-6, 0-1 Patriot League) for the fourth time in their past five meetings.
Bucknell was bolstered by an 8-0 run that stretched from the 6:40 mark of the first half to the 19:32 mark of the second. That run turned a 5-4 deficit into a 12-5 Bison lead, and the Eagles would only draw as close as four the rest of the way. At one point, Bucknell held American without a goal for nearly 25 minutes.
Tegan Warren, who entered the game with three points, was a breakout player for the Bison. The sophomore recorded her first career hat trick and added two helpers to pace all players with five points. All three of her goals came during the second half; she also assisted on the final two goals of the first half, which gave the Bison a 7-5 edge at the break.
Eve Lukowski wasn't far behind, registering four points on equal totals of goals and assists. Kate Fiore, Sarah Galzerano, Mary Margaret Kenney and Morgan Steinhacker added two goals apiece while Eve Calabria assisted on three strikes. Fiore's goals were the first of her collegiate career.
Jamie DeWitt was solid between the pipes, finishing with 10 saves and a game-high five ground balls. Half of her saves came on free-position attempts. Steinhacker led the Bison with six draw controls while Erika Stube added four.
Bucknell held a 35-23 advantage in shots, bolstered by a 21-11 second half. The Bison consistently disrupted the Eagles' clearing attempts, holding them to 11 for 16 on the day.
American was led offensively by Leah Brennan, who recorded a hat trick. Fiona Geier and Ana Freda combined to make 10 saves.
The Bison next return to Graham Field for a game against defending Patriot League champion Navy on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. The Mids were the unanimous favorite to defend their title and last season became the first Patriot League team to advance to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four.