BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Bucknell women's lacrosse team saw its second consecutive winning season come to an end on Tuesday night, as third-seeded Lehigh jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 15-5 verdict in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals at the Ulrich Sports Complex.
Becca Golding scored two goals and Annie Gilbertson registered four caused turnovers in their final collegiate games to lead the Bison. Bucknell finishes the season 9-8 and qualified for the postseason for the second straight year after a six-year absence.
Allison LaBeau had a huge night for the Mountain Hawks (12-5), logging 11 points with five goals and six assists. She set Patriot League Tournament records for assists and points in a game. The Mountain Hawks advance to play second-seeded Navy in the semifinal round on Friday.
Lehigh, which had just beaten the Bison 12-4 in the regular-season finale on Friday, ran out to a 6-0 lead after just 12 minutes of action. Sondra Dickey scored on a pair of free-position shots to start the game, and then LaBeau assisted on three goals and scored another to cap the run. Bucknell got on the board on a Courtney Burke unassisted goal at the 16:20 mark, but then LaBeau scored three more goals in succession.
Lehigh outshot Bucknell 23-3 and led 10-2 at halftime. Maddy Molinari netted her team-leading 37th goal of the season to open the second-half scoring, but the Mountain Hawks followed with another 3-0 run to put the game away.
The Bison had been terrific on the draw all season, but they struggled in that department in the two games against Lehigh in the last week. The Mountain Hawks won 16 of 21 draws in this one, which helped lead to a 41-12 shot advantage. Bucknell was called for 28 fouls compared to only eight for Lehigh, and the Mountain Hawks converted 4 of 6 free-position attempts.
Molinari finished with two draw controls, giving her 82 on the season, the second-highest total in school history and two shy of the team record. The goal was the 113th of her career, eighth-most in school history, and she finishes seventh on the career points list with 157.