LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell women's lacrosse team's postseason fate comes down to the final weekend of the regular season. The Bison must defeat Boston University at Nickerson Field on Saturday and also have Lehigh defeat Holy Cross in order to make the six-team Patriot League Tournament field. Both of those contests are slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be streamed on the Patriot League Network.
Bucknell has won four of its last five games and is now 4-11 overall after a 13-8 non-league victory at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Tuesday. At 2-5 in Patriot League play, the Bison enter the final weekend one game behind Holy Cross for the sixth and final playoff spot. Bucknell defeated Holy Cross 8-7 on Apr. 5, so if the Bison can pull into a tie with the Crusaders, Bucknell would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Senior midfielder Katelyn Miller has been on fire in recent games. She has recorded four or more points in four straight games and has 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists in that span. Miller leads the team in goals (24) and points (36), and she is tied for the team lead in assists (12) with classmate Lindsey Ferro, who has also emerged during this recent stretch. Ferro has all 12 of her assists in the last five games.
Emily Kookogey (17-6-23) and Maddy Molinari (13-8-21) have gone over the 20-point mark for the season, and Sam Rickels and Sophie Kleinert now have 12 goals apiece after posting hat tricks in the Saint Francis game.
Miller ranks second in the Patriot League in caused turnovers with 32 and third in ground balls with 36. Draw specialist Caroline Collins leads the team with 45 draw controls, fourth-most in the conference.
Miller now has 172 career points, which is third-most all-time and just one behind Suzanne Raffaele for the No. 2 spot on Bucknell's career chart. Miller also stands sixth in career goals (122), fourth in assists (50), sixth in ground balls (131), third in draw controls (138) and second in caused turnovers (100).
Boston University comes in with a 6-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in Patriot League play. The Terriers are caught up in a three-way tie for third place alongside Colgate and Lehigh, so there are plenty of seeding implications on the line for them as well.
The Terriers put together a five-game winning streak earlier this season, highlighted by a 9-8 win over Navy that ended the Mids' 15-game Patriot League winning streak. But Boston University has lost its last four contests, including conference setbacks to Lehigh, Colgate and Loyola and most recently an 11-6 loss at Harvard on Wednesday.
Elizabeth Morse leads Boston University with 20 goals on the season, while Lindsey Weiner is the top point-producer with 29 on 14 goals and 15 assists.
Boston University is a new member of the Patriot League in 2013-14, but the Bison and Terriers have met once before in women's lacrosse. That was a 12-8 Bison win in Boston on March 31, 1996.
Should Bucknell win on Saturday and get the needed help from Lehigh, the Bison would play a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game on the road against the No. 3 seed on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
The semifinals and championship game will be contested the following weekend at the home of the No. 1 seed. Loyola (7-0) and Navy (6-1) meet on Saturday to determine the regular-season champion and top seed.