LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Senior co-captain Meghan Holtz and freshman forward Brianna Kropinack, the two late-game goal-scorers in Sunday's 2-1 overtime victory over Rider, were honored Monday with weekly awards from the Patriot League. Holtz was named Corvias Patriot League Midfielder of the Week, while Kropinack was picked as the Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week.
Holtz had a hand in both goals against the Broncs. The Bison trailed 1-0 into the 80th minute, despite lopsided advantages in shots and corner kicks. Bucknell's 15th corner kick of the day was headed out by a Rider defender, but only as far as Holtz, who was standing at the top of the 18-yard box. Holtz hit a first-touch volley out of mid-air, rifling the ball into the back of the net to even the game at 1-1.
In overtime, Holtz won a 50-50 ball near the top of the box and chipped a pass over to Kropinack to her left. The Bison rookie brought the ball down and calmly fired into the back of the net, her first collegiate goal giving Bucknell its first victory of the year.
Holtz now leads the Bison in scoring with five points from two goals and an assist.
The Bison (1-4) have played a very difficult schedule thus far. Rider was the No. 3 preseason pick in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and that contest came on the heels of losses to Syracuse, Saint Joseph's, Duke and William & Mary. The challenging slate continues on Thursday, when Bucknell hosts Tennessee at 5 p.m. at Emmitt Field. The game will air live on the Patriot League Network at PatriotLeague.tv.