LORETTO, Pa. -- Katelyn Miller piled up three goals and three assists, Sophie Kleinert and Sam Rickels also recorded hat tricks and Bucknell parlayed a pair of 5-0 runs into a 13-8 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Tuesday night at cold and wet DeGol Field.
Bucknell's final non-conference game of the regular season featured a mix of rain and snow throughout the evening, but the Bison came away with their first road win of the year and improved to 4-11 heading into a critical Patriot League game at Boston University on Saturday.
The Bison doubled up the Red Flash (4-9) in shots (28-14) and ground balls (24-12) while forcing 19 turnovers defensively. Elizabeth Gauf led the strong defensive effort with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Kerri Althouse and Annie Gilbertson added two caused turnovers apiece, and Althouse and Lucia Smircich both tallied three ground balls.
In addition to her six-point night, Miller led the Bison with four ground balls, while Rickels led the team with three draw controls.
Kleinert added an assist to give her four points in the contest. Emily Kookogey tossed in two goals and an assist, and Claire Switala scored twice and picked up two ground balls.
The game was all knotted up at three apiece with six minutes to play in the first half when the Bison scored four times in the final 5:56. Switala bookended the rally. She finished a feed from Lindsey Ferro to break the deadlock, and then after Rickels and Kleinert tacked on goals, Switala found the net with just one second left in the half to give Bucknell a 7-3 lead at intermission.
Kleinert opened the second-half scoring off a Miller feed 5:26 into the second half to make it 8-3, but the Red Flash had a big rally left in them. Danielle Conwell answered the Kleinert goal just 13 seconds later, igniting a 4-0 run for the hosts. Two straight goals from Rachel Larson and a tally by Christina Fini brought Saint Francis within 8-7 with 13:14 to play.
Miller ended Bucknell's 14-minute dry spell with two straight unassisted goals just 38 seconds apart. Kookogey then scored twice in a row, and then Miller fed Kleinert with 3:42 to play to put the game out of reach at 13-7. The Red Flash tacked on a Holly Lawrence goal with 1:20 left, but it was not enough.
Savannah Shores made eight saves in goal for Saint Francis, while Elizabeth Duswalt stopped three shots for the Bison.
With her six points on Tuesday, Miller now has 172 in her career. She passed Heidi Hammes and Bonnie Buechel to move into third place on Bucknell's all-time list, and now Miller is just one point in back of Suzanne Raffaele for the No. 2 spot. The program record for career points is 185, set by Carol Donohue from 2007-10.
Miller also moved into sole possession of fourth place on Bucknell's career assists chart with 50, and she recorded her 100th career caused turnover. Miller and Lauren Deitrich (116) are the only two players in program history with 100 CTs.
The Bison will now focus their attention on a must-win game at Boston University on Saturday at 1 p.m. Bucknell needs a victory over the Terriers and a Holy Cross loss at Lehigh to qualify for the Patriot League Tournament. Both games will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network.