HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Just after Nick King gave Bucknell a 1-0 lead in the 78th minute, Colgate quickly responded with a pair of goals to steal a 2-1 verdict at Beyer-Small '76 Field. The Bison fell to 4-6-3 overall and 2-3-0 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders improved to 5-8-1, 2-2-1.
After mustering just one shot in a scorless first half, the Bison opened things up after the break and logged 13 attempts. They broke the scoreless deadlock with 22:07 remaining in regulation when Dan Bank had a shot blocked, but King jumped on the rebound and drove a shot inside the left post for a 1-0 lead. It was King's team-leading fourth goal of the season.
The lead would last only 44 seconds, however, as a foul in the box resulted in a Jared Stroud penalty kick. Only 48 seconds after that, Freddy Jonsson backed in, spun and fired a shot into the right corner to give Colgate a stunning 2-1 lead.
The Bison had a good look with about four minutes remaining, but Peter Tappenden was positioned for the save on a close-range header from Quinn Bredin.
The Raiders finished with a 15-14 shot advantage. Tappenden made six saves, while Bucknell's Ryan Ott made four.
"We made some good halftime adjustments and were much more dangerous in the second half," said head coach Brendan Nash. "Unfortunately we have had trouble holding leads this season, which is unusual for our program. It's something we will keep working to correct."
The Bison, who are 4-1 at home this season, return to Emmitt Field on Tuesday to face Binghamton in a non-league contest.