LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell women's lacrosse team starts Patriot League play on Saturday with a road contest with Lehigh at 1 p.m. at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The game will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network.
Bucknell has played a very difficult early schedule and is 0-4 with the losses coming to Stony Brook, Penn State, Johns Hopkins and Villanova. Stony Brook (13/14) and Penn State (7/8) were both ranked in the top 15 at the time, and Hopkins is ranked now after being just outside the top 20 when they hosted the Bison.
Senior Katelyn Miller scored twice in last week's 10-4 loss to Villanova, and she leads the team in total points with eight on four goals and four assists. Miller also leads the squad in ground balls (12) and caused turnovers (10). Her CT total ranks third in the Patriot League.
Emily Kookogey recorded hat tricks against both Penn State and Johns Hopkins, and she has a team-high seven goals on the season.
Sophie Kleinert has logged 13 draw controls in four games, fourth-most in the Patriot League, and Bucknell has out-drawn its opponents 48-47 so far. Freshman goalie Elizabeth Duswalt has made 39 saves, second-most in the league.
Lehigh is off to a 2-2 start in 2014. The Mountain Hawks have alternated wins (Mount St. Mary's, New Hampshire) and losses (Binghamton, Fairfield) so far, with their most recent outing a 7-5 setback at Fairfield on Tuesday.
Leading the Lehigh offense is Carli Sukonik with 11 goals and an assist for 12 points. Kendall Garden, Allison LaBeau and Krista Dampman have five goals apiece.
Alexandra Fitzpatrick has started all four games in goal and has 18 saves with 24 goals against. Lehigh is giving up only 6.5 goals per game as a team, and its opponents have 78 turnovers and a paltry 56.1-percent clearing rate.
Lehigh owns a 26-12 lead in the all-time series, including a 14-8 win in Bethlehem last season. Sukonik scored six goals and Julie McBrien had five to lead the Mountain Hawks. Kookogey recorded a pair of goals and Ryan Wenk had a goal and an assist for the Bison.
After the Lehigh game the Bison will play their next three at home, including a Tuesday non-league game against Marist at 4 p.m. at Graham Field. All of Bucknell's remaining home games will be streamed live on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.