LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell first-year goalkeeper Jessica Ratner (Langhorne, Pa./Pennington School (N.J.)) earned her first career solo shutout and her first two collegiate wins last week, and she was rewarded with Brine Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors on Monday.
Ratner played in the second half of Bucknell’s 1-0 victory at Lafayette last Wednesday, and she was on the field when Evelyn Nicinski scored in the 62nd minute to put the Bison ahead. Ratner was not officially credited with a save as the defense limited the Leopards to only one shot on goal all night, but she made a difficult play late in the contest when she went up high to bring down a dangerous corner kick in traffic.
On Saturday, Ratner made her first career start, and she logged seven saves in a 2-0 shutout of Holy Cross at Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium.
That victory clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth for the Bison, who are now 4-3-1 in the conference and 7-8-1 overall. Bucknell is assured one of the six tournament spots and will be playing a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Bison can still host that game, but would need to win at Boston University in the regular-season finale on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Ratner has now made four appearances this season and has 13 saves with only one goal allowed in 245 minutes. That plays to a .929 save percentage and a 0.37 goals-against average.