LEWISBURG, Pa. – Sophomore Brittany Willwerth recorded a hat-trick and added a pair of assists to lead Bucknell to an 8-0 win over LIU Brooklyn in a non-conference field hockey game Sunday at Graham Field. The Bison improved to 3-3 with their second win of the weekend.
Bucknell’s eight goals were its most during head coach Jeremy Cook’s 10 seasons with the team and the program’s most since beating Monmouth 8-2 in 2007. It was the team’s largest margin of victory since a 10-2 win over Saint Francis in 2006.
Willwerth entered the weekend scoreless through the first four games, but now has five goals after scoring twice against Columbia and three against LIU Brooklyn. She leads the team with 13 points.
Willwerth scored Bucknell’s second and fourth goal of the first half, helping the Bison take a 4-0 lead into the break. Both scores came on backhanded shots from the left side. She also assisted on the third goal of the game, which came on a penalty corner with a shot by Lexi Quick.
Bucknell scored just 1:11 into the game on a solid individual effort by junior Katie Mannino. She tallied her first goal of the season after getting her own rebound in front of the cage to put her team up 1-0.
Willwerth completed the hat-trick just 3:24 into the second half. All three goals were unassisted.
The Bison’s final three goals came in a span of 10 minutes Quick scored her second goal of the game and third of the season in the 54th minute. Sophomore Allie Christopher notched her first goal of the season in the 59th minute, and junior Sally Olson registered her first career goal in the 64th minute.
Senior Emily Finn and sophomore Oliva Harris combined on the team’s first shutout of the season. Harris, who played the entire second half for her first collegiate action, had the lone save for the Bison.
Bucknell finished with a 21-2 lead in shots and 12-2 advantage in penalty corners.
The Bison are home for the third straight game when they host No. 3 Penn State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions are 5-0 with wins over Old Dominion, Virginia, Temple, Wake Forest, and Princeton. They have out-scored their past three opponents 13-0.