BOSTON, Mass. -- Five goals from senior Katelyn Miller in her final collegiate game were not quite enough, as the Bucknell women's lacrosse team fell 11-9 at Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. The Bison had a chance to earn a Patriot League Tournament berth with a victory and a Holy Cross loss to Lehigh, but neither result went Bucknell's way.
Bucknell wraps up its season with a 4-12 overall record, 2-6 in the Patriot League, while Boston University (7-9, 5-3) earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will host No. 6 Lehigh in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.
This game was tight throughout, as neither team led by more than two goals all day. The Bison flipped a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead with a 3-0 run late in the first half. Miller scored two of those goals and Emily Kookogey had the other, but the Terriers netted the last two goals of the half to go up 6-5 at the break.
Lindsey Ferro fed Sophie Kleinert for a tying goal 2:43 into the second half, but two goals 16 seconds apart from Becca Church and Lindsay Weiner gave Boston University the lead for good. Three times the Bison closed within a goal, but each time the Terriers had an answer. Miller's unassisted tally with 11:25 remaining made it a 10-9 game. Sydney Godett restored the two-goal lead with a free-position goal with 9:08 left, and that would finish the scoring for the day.
Andrea Feldman picked up the draw control after the Godett goal, but the Bison turned the ball over with six minutes remaining. Lucia Smircich took the ball back with about 2:15 left and the Bison were able to attempt three shots in the waning minutes, but two were off target and one was saved by Christina Sheridan.
Boston University finished with a 22-19 edge in shots and a 13-9 advantage in draws, with Jill Horka leading all players with nine draw controls. Bucknell led 14-11 in ground balls and had 12 turnovers to 10 for the Terriers.
Elizabeth Duswalt made five saves for the Bison, while Sheridan had four for Boston University.
Bucknell finished the season with a 4-2 record in its final six games and will look to take that momentum into next season despite the loss of eight seniors.
With her five points on Saturday, Miller moved past Suzanne Raffaele and will graduate ranked No. 2 on Bucknell's all-time points list. Her 177 career points trail only the 185 compiled by Carol Donohue from 2007-10. Miller also tied Sue Gray for fifth in career goals with 127, and her 50 assists will rank fouth in Bison annals. Miller will also depart ranked second in caused turnovers (101), third in draw controls (139) and sixth in ground balls (131).
Ferro will graduate ranked 11th in program history with 38 assists, and Kleinert's 109 draw controls are sixth-most on the career chart.
Caroline Collins led the Bison with four draw controls on Saturday, and her team-high 49 in 2014 rank fifth on Bucknell's all-time single-season list. Miller's 33 caused turnovers are second-most at Bucknell, trailing only the 43 by Lauren Deitrich in 2007.