PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 25 Bucknell women's water polo team went 2-1 on the first day of Bruno Classic, its season-opening tournament.
The Bison rolled to their victories over Villanova (14-7) and McKendree (15-4) but were edged by Cal Baptist (8-7) on Saturday at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
Against the Wildcats, Emily Konishi factored into half of Bucknell's goals, netting four and assisting on three more. Colleen Barron (3g-1a), Ally Furano (1g-3a), Kali Hyham (2g) and Sarah Mooney (1g-1a) also had multi-point outings while Shyla Lintz led the team with four ejections drawn and finished second to Konishi (3) with two steals.
The Bison held a slim 4-3 lead at the end of the first quarter but outscored the Wildcats 7-2 in the second and third frames to break open the game. Overall, Bucknell out shot Villanova, 26-19, and went 6-for-9 when up a player. Konishi scored two of her four goals off of penalty shots while Furano's goal, the first of her collegiate career, came on a penalty shot.
The Bison then dropped a heartbreaker to the Lancers. After Cal Baptist opened up a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, the teams traded goals in the second and third quarters to bring the score to 8-5. Kali Hyham drew Bucknell within two, finding the back of the net off of a Marta Considine feed; then, Konishi found Barron for a goal while on the power play to make it a one-goal game. Grace Ramirez ultimately denied Considine on the Bison's lone scoring chance after Barron's strike to preserve the victory for the Lancers.
Konishi (3a), Barron (2g), Hyham (2g) and Gigi Rojahn (2a) had multi-point outings during the Cal Baptist game. Lintz drew a team-best five ejections while Hyham led Bucknell with four steals.
The Bison closed the day with a 15-4 rout of the Bearcats that was fueled by their freshman class. Hyham (3g-1a) and Molly Teresi (3g-1a) paced the Bison with four points while Marcela Herrera (2g-1a) and Furano (1g-1a) also had multi-point outings. In addition, goaltender Hayley Pogue filled the stat sheet with five saves, three assists and two steals.
Bucknell held McKendree to a single goal each quarter. Overall, the Bison doubled up the Bearcats in shots, taking 23 to their 11.
The Bison wrap up the Bruno Classic tomorrow when they face No. 15 Wagner at 11 a.m.
VILLANOVA 3 1 1 2 - 7
BUCKNELL 4 3 4 3 - 14
Goals: Konishi (4), Barron (3), Hyham (2), Considine, Furano, Lintz, Mooney, Romeyn
Assists: Furano (3), Konishi (3), Barron, Lintz, Mooney, Rojahn
Ejections Drawn: Lintz (4), Barron, Considine, Hyham, Mooney
Steals: Konishi (3), Lintz (2), Considine, Furano, Herrera, Mooney, Rojahn, Younger
Saves: (Manuela Herrera, 4 svs., 7 GA, 32:00 min)
Sprints: Barron (2-2), Konishi (2-2)
CAL BAPTIST 3 2 3 0 - 8
BUCKNELL 0 2 3 2 - 7
Goals: Barron (2), Considine (2), Hyham (2), Mooney
Assists: Konishi (3), Rojahn (2), Considine
Ejections Drawn: Lintz (5), Barron (3), Considine (2), Hyham (2)
Steals: Hyham (4), Konishi (3), Considine, Furano, Lintz, Mooney
Saves: (Manuela Herrera, 3 svs., 8 GA, 32:00 min)
Sprints: Barron (0-1), Konishi (2-2)
MCKENDREE 1 1 1 1 - 4
BUCKNELL 4 3 5 3 - 15
Goals: Hyham (3), Teresi (3), Lintz (2), Marcela Herrera (2), Scuderi (2), Considine, Furano, Konishi
Assists: Barron (3), Pogue (3), Benson, Furano, Hyham, Marcela Herrera, Scuderi, Teresi, Zaklicki
Ejections Drawn: Barron, Considine, Furano, Hyham, Lintz, Teresi
Steals: Benson (3), Marcela Herrera (2), Konishi (2), Pogue (2), Zaklicki (2), Barron, Furano, Mooney, Romeyn, Scuderi
Saves: (Pogue, 5 svs., 4 GA, 32:00 min)
Sprints: Benson (1-1), Furano (1-1), Marcela Herrera (1-1)