LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell went toe-to-toe with No. 14 Indiana the entire match, but goalie Jessica Gaudreault made 12 saves, including two on penalty shots, to lead the Hoosiers to a 5-4 win in the quarterfinal round of the CWPA Championship on Friday at Kinney Natatorium.
The teams were tied 4-4 after three quarters before Karrie Kozokar’s third goal of the game gave Indiana the lead for good with 7:18 left on the clock. The Hoosiers improved to 25-7 and will play the winner of top-seeded Princeton and eighth-seeded Harvard in the semifinals.
Bucknell worked to get itself multiple chances to tie it up late in the match, but turnovers proved costly. Kali Hyham made an outstanding steal near the center of the pool, but then had her shot saved by an equally impressive play by Gaudreault with 2:54 to play. The Bison then had a power play but turned it over with 2:00 left and then turned it over again with 1:26 to play.
Indiana chose to have its goalie hold the ball and take the shot clock violation, taking the clock down to 37 seconds left. The Hoosiers forced another turnover and then again held the ball in their own end while taking the clock down to 1.8 seconds to secure the win.
Four players scored for the Bison, started by a goal by Marta Considine to tie the match at 1-1 with 4:54 showing on the clock in the first quarter. Indiana scored the next two goals before the Bison tied it at 3-3 with goals by Colleen Barron and Emily Konishi.
Barron’s score came on the power play and was assisted by Hyham. Konishi’s goal came with just 58 seconds left in the first half.
Indiana broke the tie with a goal late in the third quarter, but Bucknell responded with a power-play goal by Shyla Lintz just thirty seconds later. Konishi assisted on the play, which evened the score at 4-4.
Two of Gaudreault’s biggest saves came in the first half. She stopped both of Bucknell’s penalty shots, one in the first quarter and one in the second.
Manuela Herrera was solid in goal for the Bison, making eight saves. Barron and Considine contributed to the defensive effort with three steals apiece.
Bucknell, which dropped to 13-18, will play Saint Francis at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Kinney Natatorium.
INDIANA 2 1 1 1 - 5
BUCKNELL 1 2 1 0 - 4
Goals: Barron, Considine, Konishi, Lintz,
Assists: Hyham, Konishi
Ejections Drawn: Furano (4), Lintz (2), Hyham
Steals: Barron (3), Considine (3), Furano, Hyham, Konishi, Lintz
Saves: Manuela Herrera, 8 svs., 5 GA, 32:00 min.
Sprints: Konishi (2-2), Barron (1-2)