Bucknell was coming off a 4-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday and had outshot its last two opponents 42-9. However, the Blue Hens took the first two shots of this game and scored on both to take a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the contest.
"It's so much about believing something and it took us 15 or 20 minutes to believe we could compete and win this game," commented Bison head coach Jeremy Cook, who recently posted his 50th win at the helm of the program. "We gave up the two goals at the beginning and it was too big of a hole."
Hillman got Bucknell on the board midway through the first half when she corralled a rebound of a Vickie Resh shot and tapped it into the goal. Hillman has now scored in three consecutive games and she is one goal shy of equaling her career high.
The score remained 2-1 until the closing minutes of the first half when Delaware's Toni Popinko fired the ball into the circle and Meghan Winesett deflected it into the goal for her second score of the day. The ball crossed the line with 2:17 to play and staked the Blue Hens to a 3-1 halftime advantage.
Bucknell played the more aggressive second half, outshooting Delaware 6-3 after intermission and totaling five penalty corners, compared to four for the Blue Hens.
Delaware (6-2) did extend its lead to 4-1 with 22:00 left in the game when Jacki Coveleski scored off a penalty corner.
An unassisted goal by Cassie Lawrence - the first of her career - with 14:05 to play brought Bucknell to within 4-2. Lawrence was on the left wing after a restart. She was on the edge of the circle and fired a shot toward the goal that went in. The officials ruled it a goal, but as the teams lined up back at midfield they talked about whether it should count due to her position on the field, and eventually agreed it should stand.
There was a flurry of activity in the final minute as Bucknell earned two penalty corners. While the Bison were playing out the initial corner, Delaware was whistled again as the clock struck 0:00. Bucknell got another chance and capitalized as Resh passed the ball to Liz Wills, who attempted a shot that was deflected on the doorstep of the goal past netminder Sarah Scher by Watson to end the contest.
"That last goal was a good reward for their efforts," mentioned Cook. "It's nice to work that hard and get something in return."
Bucknell finished the game with a 13-9 edge in shots. Both teams attempted eight penalty corners, while Bison goalie Erica Perrine posted four saves, compared to two for Scher.
Bucknell's four-game homestand will come to an end Saturday, Sept. 28, when it hosts Colgate at noon at Graham Field. That contest will air live on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network. It will also be Family Weekend on the Bucknell campus.