LEWISBURG, Pa. – Army West Point edged the Bucknell women's lacrosse team, 10-9, on Friday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
With 35 seconds remaining in regulation, Maddie Miller found Rilee Scott alone in front of the net for the go-ahead goal. While the Bison (3-13, 1-8 Patriot League) won the resulting draw, Amy Johnston forced a turnover before they could cross the restraining line, allowing the Black Knights (10-7, 4-5 Patriot League) to drain the final 27 seconds from the clock and reach the double digits in victories for the first time in just their third season of varsity competition.
Bucknell's Senior Day game with Army proved to be a back-and-forth affair. After the Black Knights scored three goals in a 1:20 span to build a 3-0 lead at the first half's 26:15 mark, the Bison tightened up defensively, not ceding another strike until the 10:35 mark. During that 15-minute stretch, Eve Lukowski and Tace Sutherland found the back of the net to draw Bucknell within one.
While the Black Knights scored two of the next three goals, Morgan Steinhacker struck with just 14 seconds left in the half to send the Bison to the locker room down, 5-4. Steinhacker's goal was set up by Eleanor Hagan, who saved Bucknell's final possession of the half by hustling to track down a loose ball just as it reached the restraining line.
With 25:43 on the clock in the second half, Audrey Walsh threaded a shot into the lower left corner of the net to tie the game at five apiece. Walsh was the 10th different goal scorer in the contest, as the game's first 10 goals were all scored by different players.
Just over a minute later, Walsh gave the Bison their first lead of the contest, one-timing a Lillie Hunt feed past Maddie Burns while falling to the ground. Sarah Galzerano extended their edge to 7-5 with 16:31 left to play, collecting a loose ball and then threading a sharp-angle shot into the right corner of the net.
Army responded, scoring three unanswered goals to take an 8-7 lead at the 7:59 mark. After that, the teams combined for three goals in less than a two-minute window to set up Scott's heroics. First, after picking off a Burns pass at the restraining line, Eve Calabria found Kate Fiore for the equalizer with 5:09 on the clock. Less than a minute later, Miller connected with Cameron Manor to put the Black Knights up by one. Calabria then finished off a Hunt pass to make it a 9-9 game with 3:23 left to play.
Between the two teams, 16 different players found the back of the net. Only Walsh (2g) and Army's Manor (2g) and Scott (2g) enjoyed multi-goal outings. Army's Rachel Hornick led all players with four points (1g-3a). For Bucknell, Calabria (1g-1a) and Hunt (2a) also posted multiple points.
Burns outdueled Jamie DeWitt, making 10 saves to the Bison junior's nine. DeWitt was impressive in the second half, stopping six shots. Two of her most impressive came on the same Black Knight possession; after she denied a point-blank Manor bid, she turned aside a Miller free-position try to maintain Bucknell's 7-5 edge.
DeWitt finished the season with a career-high 172 saves and a team-best 45 grounds balls. Her number of ground balls is tied for fourth in school history.
Against the Black Knights, Jessie Britton led all players with four ground balls while five Bison caused at least two turnovers. With one caused turnover, Katherine Doyle brought her career total to 63, which stands eighth in school history.
Bucknell led in ground balls (17-13) while Army took the draw battle (12-9), bolstered by a 7-4 second half. Shots were even at 25 apiece while both teams struggled to clear, going a combined 29 for 38.
Before the game, the Bison celebrated seniors Doyle, Galzerano, Lukowski, Mary Margaret Kenney, Corley Simons and Erika Stube. All six started for Bucknell, which wrapped up its 40th anniversary campaign with Friday's tilt.