LEWISBURG, Pa. -- After producing two goals and two assists in Bucknell's thrilling 11-10 win over American on Saturday, freshman midfielder Maddy Molinari has earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors. Molinari also had two goals in a mid-week game at Duquesne, and she becomes the first Bison to claim a Patriot League weekly award this season.
Bucknell fell behind 5-1 in that game against American, but then exploded for six straight goals to take the lead for good. Molinari had a goal and an assist in that run, including the score that tied the game at 5-5.
Molinari now has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points on the season.
After picking up its first victory of the season, Bucknell will have two more home games coming up this week, both of which will be streamed live on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.The Bison will host Howard on Tueday at 6 p.m. at Graham Field, and then Holy Cross comes in for Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Howard comes in with an 0-8 record following a 16-9 loss to Presbyterian on Sunday. The Bison are yielding 20.8 goals per game while scoring 5.8. Bucknell has won all five previous meetings with Howard, including a 22-9 decision last season in Washington, D.C. Madison Hurwitz led Bucknell with five goals and four assists in that game. Cori Thielemann added four goals, and Katelyn Miller logged three goals, three assists and eight draw controls.
Holy Cross is 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League. The Crusaders lost 19-5 at No. 15 Loyola on Saturday, but all of their other league contests have been close. Holy Cross has wins over Colgate (10-9), American (9-7) and Lafayette (11-10), as well as an 8-6 loss to Boston University.
Laura Ryan is the Holy Cross points leader with 27 from 17 goals and 10 assists. Sara Hennessey leads the squad with 21 goals, and five other players have at least 10 points. Sarah Weber has a .442 save percentage for the Crusaders, who have been outscored 103-102 on the season.
Bucknell also played Holy Cross on Senior Day last year and came away with an emotional 10-9 victory to snap a 26-game Patriot League losing streak. Last year's three seniors -- Hurwitz, Ryan Wenk and Adrienne Wendling -- combined for five goals and seven assists.
Bucknell leads the all-time series 14-11, including a 9-4 mark in games played in Lewisburg.
Reserve attackers Ferro and Claire Switala played a big role in Saturday's win over American. Ferro recorded a goal and three assists, and Swatala pocketed her second career hat trick. Molinari and Emily Kookogey both added two goals and two assists. Goalie Elizabeth Duswalt made seven saves, six of them coming in the second half, including a game-saving stop with just three seconds remaining in the contest.
Kookogey now leads the team in goals (14) and points (18). Miller has 10 goals and five assists to go with team-highs 25 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. She ranks third in the Patriot League in caused turnovers. Caroline Collins nabbed six draw controls against American, and with 33 on the season she leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference.