WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bucknell field hockey team concluded its Patriot League regular season on Saturday, batting No. 18 American for 70 minutes but falling 1-0 on Jacobs Field. The Bison drop to 7-9 overall and 4-2 in conference action with the loss, while the Eagles move to 11-4 and 5-0 in the Patriot League with the win.
“I was very proud of the team today,” said head coach Jeremy Cook. “It was a very even game all the way around and easily could have gone in either direction. Kelsey Mucelli and Amie Pritchard were both particularly strong for us.”
Bucknell wasted no time in putting pressure on American’s defense, as senior Rachel Misko fired two shots on goalkeeper Ashley Dalisera before the contest was even five minutes old. The Eagles earned their first opportunity of the game on a penalty corner at 11:14, but the resulting shot by Grace Wilson was saved by senior goalkeeper Erica Perrine.
A breakaway by American’s Isabel Terwindt threated the scoreless game at 29:32, but pressure from the Bucknell defense forced her shot wide, keeping the game knotted at 0-0 as the teams headed into halftime.
The Eagles came up with the early shots in the second half, but the Bison dug in and defended through an American corner, with Perrine making another strong save at 44:55.
Bucknell earned a corner of its own at 56:51, but American was able to switch the field, racing down to put immediate pressure on the Bison goal. Perrine made a save on a shot by Kati Rothenhoefer, but the rebound bounced off of her pads and Terwindt was able to put it away at 57:37, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Misko and sophomore Kiersten Sydnor each took shots in the final ten minutes of play, as the Bison kept constant pressure on the Eagles’ defense, but Bucknell could not find a way to come up with the tying goal, allowing American to hold on to the 1-0 win.
Both teams took six shots in the contest, and American held the 2-1 edge in penalty corners. Perrine made three saves for the Bison, while Dalisera stopped two shots for the Eagles.
American claimed the regular season title with its win today and will host Boston University, Bucknell and Lafayette in the Patriot League Tournament on Nov. 8 and 9. The Bison currently sit in third place in the conference with their 4-2 record, and will return to Graham Field on Sunday, Nov. 3 to celebrate Senior Day and conclude the regular season with a 2 p.m. contest against Rutgers.