LEWISBURG, Pa. – Sami Capparelli and Jemma Dendy Young scored four goals apiece for No. 16 Hartwick and Bucknell had three players foul out due to ejections as the Bison dropped their first game at the CWPA Championship to the Hawks by a 12-7 score Friday afternoon at Kinney Natatorium. Julianne Valdes led Bucknell with three goals and an assist.
The Bison can still finish as high as fifth in the eight-team field. They will play Harvard in the consolation bracket Saturday at 3 p.m. The Hawks will take on Princeton in Saturday’s second semifinal.
Sixth-seeded Bucknell (12-13) trailed third-seeded Hartwick (21-12) by just two goals midway through the fourth quarter, but three different Hawks tallied goals in the final 3:41 to extend the final margin to the largest lead of the game.
Valdes’ third goal of the game came with 4:24 left in the fourth quarter and trimmed the Bison deficit to 9-7. Hartwick turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, but Bucknell could not convert on its next offensive trip down the pool. The Hawks came back down and scored on their fourth penalty shot of the day with 3:41 left, halting some of the momentum the Bison had built with the home crowd behind them.
There were a total of 26 ejections whistled in the game and four different players fouled out, including two in the first half. Seven of the game’s goals were scored in six-on-five situations, while five others were registered on penalty shots. Bucknell’s first five goals came on six-on-five scores and one penalty shot goal.
Sunday drew a career-high nine ejections to go over 100 on the season. She now has 156 in her career to rank fifth on the program’s all-time list.
Rena Heim totaled 11 saves for the Bison to go over 200 saves for the third straight year.
Bucknell trailed by as many as three goals in the second quarter and was able to cut the deficit to one (7-6) with six minutes left in the third before Hartwick extended it back to three goals late in the third frame.
The Bison will continue play at the CWPA Championship Saturday at 3 p.m. against seventh-seeded Harvard. Bucknell is 2-0 against the Crimson this month, including a 9-6 win at the Southern Championships.
HARTWICK 4 2 3 3 -12
BUCKNELL 2 2 2 1 -7
Goals: Valdes (3), Ferry, Stanbach, Sunday, Marrs.
Assists: Ovalle, Valdes, Bozorghadad, Marrs, Deana.
Field Blocks: Valdes.
Ejections Drawn: Sunday (9), Deana (2), Ovalle, Valdes, Marrs.
Saves: Heim (11 svs., 12 ga., 32:00 min.).
Steals: Valdes (3), Marrs (3), Ovalle, Stanbach.
Sprints: Marrs (0-2), Valdes (0-1), Deana (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 12-13.