BOSTON, Mass. – Bucknell led for a large portion of the game, but Boston University scored twice in the final 17 minutes to get the 2-1 win over the Bison in the championship game of the Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament on Sunday at New Balance Field.
The Bison, who entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and knocked off second-seeded American in the semifinal round, closed the season at 10-10 overall. The top-seeded Terriers advance to the NCAA Tournament with a 13-7 record.
Bucknell took a 1-0 lead 9:53 into the game on a goal by freshman Leah Fogelsanger, her third score of the season. Sophomore Chloe Poltonavage started the play from the right side of the arc with a pass that was redirected by sophomore Mackenzie Haney to Fogelsanger, who finished from the left of the cage. Haney registered her fourth assist of the season.
That lead held up for 43:27 of game time before Boston University tied it on a goal by Kiley Gallagher off a penalty corner. Her fourth score of the season was assisted by Ally Hammel.
It could have gone either way from there with both teams getting the ball into their opponent’s territory, but it was the Terriers who capitalized with Allie Renzi’s fifth goal of the season on a pass from Gallagher with 2:25 left in regulation.
Bucknell pulled its goalie following the goal and appeared to get the ball into the arc for a scoring opportunity, but the play was whistled dead due to a foul before anything could materialize.
Senior Emily Finn, who was outstanding with 11 saves in the team’s semifinal win over American, was solid again with three saves, all coming in the first half.
Finn was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team and was joined by teammates Stephanie Dressler and Lexi Quick on the 11-player squad. Those three spearheaded a defense that allowed just three goals between the two tournament games for the Bison.
The Bison continued to be a tough team to beat in the tournament under head coach Jeremy Cook, regardless of their seed in the bracket. Their past five Patriot League Tournament losses have come by a combined five goals. All five were to Boston University and four were on the Terriers’ home field while they were nationally ranked.
Bucknell has now made the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament seven times in program history. Four of those appearances have come during Cook’s 10 seasons as head coach.
The 10 wins are the most for Bucknell since it won 13 in 2014. With 40 wins over the past four seasons, the graduating class of Dressler, Finn, and Emily Johnson tied the record for most wins by a class in program history.