LEWISBURG, Pa. – Junior M.C. Evans tallied a goal and two assists to lead Bucknell to a 4-1 win over visiting Colgate in a Patriot League field hockey matchup Saturday at Graham Field. The Bison upped their winning streak to three games while improving to 6-7 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Evans assisted on each of Bucknell’s first two goals while helping the Bison take a 2-0 lead at the half. The Bison had numerous good looks early in the game before capitalizing in the 27th minute when Evans centered the ball to freshman Megan Keeney to set up her first goal of the season.
Bucknell, which was playing without leading scorer Brittany Willwerth due to an injury suffered in practice, continued it’s incredibly balanced scoring attack this season. Keeney was the 15th different player to score for the Bison. Seventy-five percent of the team, excluding goalkeepers, have scored this season.
Shortly before the end of the half, it appeared Evans would be credited with a goal, but after a meeting between the refs the score was waved off. The Bison kept possession and earned a corner, which resulted in some great stick work and a goal from near the top of the circle by junior Lexi Quick with 22 seconds left on the clock. Evans registered an assist on Quick’s fifth goal of the season.
Colgate, which dropped to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League, had a solid stretch of offensive play in a four-minute span following the break, recording its first shot on goal early in the second half and then cutting its deficit with a goal in the 39th minute. Michaela Corvi put the Raiders on the scoreboard with an assist from Caroline Schaefer.
Bucknell would spend most of the remainder of the game on the offensive. The Bison went back up by two when junior Katie Mannino scored her second goal of the season in the 44th minute. Sally Olson sent in a pass from the top of the arc, which was eventually swatted in from mid-air by Mannino.
Evans would officially get a goal with 2:46 remaining in the contest to give her four points on the day. She made a terrific play on a botched corner pass, knocking the ball down from mid-air before moving into the circle and firing from long range for the score. It was her third goal of the year.
Senior Emily Finn picked up the win in goal for the Bison, registering one save. The Raiders’ Maria Krull, who entered as the league leader in save percentage, stopped 11 of the 15 shots on goal she faced.
Bucknell finished with a 13-4 advantage in penalty corners and a 23-5 lead in total shots.
The Bison will play another conference opponent when they travel to take on Lafayette on Friday at 7 p.m. The Leopards are 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League after a 1-0 overtime loss to Lehigh on Friday.