WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Bucknell women's soccer team continued its recent run of dominance on Saturday at Holy Cross, winning 3-0 for its school-record-setting sixth straight shutout victory. Freshman Alexandra Catanzarite notched a goal and an assist, and seniors Maddie Mulford and Jackie Ham also contributed goals as the Bison improved to 7-5 overall and 4-0 in Patriot League play.
The six consecutive shutouts equals the team record set in 2015, but that run started with a 0-0 tie at Navy. So the six straight shutout victories are a new school record. The Bison have now posted 557:39 scoreless minutes, which is still a bit shy of the 2015 record of 655:03.
Sophomore goalkeeper Dani Kaufman made four saves en route to her fifth solo clean sheet of the season. The Bison limited the Crusaders (2-7-2, 0-3-1) to nine total shots in the game.
"Our back line was fantastic and Dani made some big saves when we needed her," said head coach Kelly Cook. "Karli Cirovski had probably her best game of the year, and overall it was a great team effort."
Taking on a Holy Cross team that came in with a draw with Lafayette and close one-goal losses to upper-table teams Navy and Boston University, the Bison turned in a complete performance on the road.
Bucknell got a key early goal just 14:43 into the match. Catanzarite got past a defender and got a shot on goal that was saved by Caroline Cashion, but Mulford finished the rebound for her second goal of the season and 14th of her career.
Just after Kendall Ham hit the post, the Bison made it 2-0 in the 34th minute when freshmen Jenna Marek and Catanzarite teamed up for a goal. Marek took the ball near midfield and laid it off for Catanzarite who scored with a terrific shot over the keeper from about 25 yards out. It was the first goal of Catanzarite's young career.
Just over three minutes into the second half the margin jumped to 3-0 on Jackie Ham's direct free kick from 25 yards out. It was Ham's second straight game with a goal. The left back also scored in Wednesday's 3-0 win at Loyola.
Bucknell defeated Holy Cross for the 13th straight time and improved to 21-5-2 all-time in the series.
The Bison have outscored their opponents 16-0 during the current six-game winning streak.
The Bison return to action on Tuesday, hosting Princeton in a non-league game at 7 p.m. before Army West Point comes to Emmitt Field next Saturday.