LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell clinched a spot in the Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament for the ninth consecutive season with a 3-0 win at Colgate on Saturday afternoon. The Bison received goals from senior Anna Wills, sophomore M.C. Evans, and sophomore Nicole Rupnik as they improved to 9-8 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Bucknell, Holy Cross, and Lafayette finished in a three-way tie for third in the Patriot League standings. Based on the league’s tiebreakers, the Crusaders will enter the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed, the Bison will be the No. 4 seed, and the Leopards, which lost to both teams during the regular season, will not qualify.
Boston University will be the top seed thanks to a 2-1 win over American on Saturday and will host Bucknell in a semifinal matchup on Friday. American and Holy Cross will play in the other semifinal game, and the winners will meet for the championship at Boston University on Sunday.
Facing a must-win situation for the second time in a week, Bucknell again made sure the outcome was never in question. The Bison struck first with a goal by Wills, a senior captain, just 4:49 into the game. Her third goal of the season came off an assist from fellow senior captain Amy Mucelli.
Rupnik put Bucknell up 2-0 with 9:18 left in the half with her team-leading eighth goal of the season. Evans dribbled the ball around multiple defenders before centering the ball to Rupnik for the score.
Bucknell tacked on an insurance goal with 6:59 to play in the game to complete the scoring. Evans added a goal to her assist, scoring for the second time this season. Rupnik returned the favor with her second assist of the year.
Junior Emily Finn stopped the only shot she faced to record her league-leading sixth shutout of the season, which moves her into a tie for fourth on Bucknell’s single-season record book. She has shutouts in each of the past three games and has gone 237:10 of playing time without giving up a goal.
Bucknell vs. Boston University is a rematch of a thrilling semifinal game in the 2015 Patriot League Tournament. The Terriers outlasted the Bison for a 3-2 win in double overtime and went on to the win the league title.