LEWISBURG, Pa. – Sunday marks the conclusion of the 2013 regular season for the Bucknell field hockey team, as the Bison will welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to Graham Field for a 2 p.m. non-league contest. The team will also celebrate Senior Day on Sunday, honoring the careers and contributions of the Bucknell field hockey class of 2013 prior to the first whistle. The game will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network, and live stats will also be available.
Bucknell comes into the weekend with a 7-9 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have faced a stretch of challenging opponents in the past three weeks, most recently falling 1-0 to a ranked squad from American in their final conference match-up of the regular season. The squad has played impressive field hockey however, win or lose, battling each of its opponents for a full 70 minutes.
As a team, Bucknell is outscoring its opponents 34-29 and outshooting them 200-145, while also holding a 98-72 advantage in penalty corners. Senior Rachel Misko leads the team in both scoring and goals with 17 points scored on eight tallies and one assist. Classmate Leigh Hillman sits just one point behind her with seven goals and two assists, while sophomores Abby Watson and Kiersten Sydnor have contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Maggie Murphy is Bucknell’s top helper with four assists, while fellow junior Liz Wills has added seven points to the offense and a wealth of power to the defense.
Senior Erica Perrine has played in goal for each of Bucknell’s 16 games, making 65 saves and allowing 29 goals for a 1.86 GAA and a .691 save percentage.
Bucknell and Rutgers have met on five different occasions dating back to 1984, and the Scarlet Knights have held the Bison winless in the series. A 3-3 tie at the end of regulation sent last season’s game into overtime, but Rutgers was able to eke out a 4-3 win in the final minutes of play. Sunday’s match-up is sure to feature more of the same excitement, as Bucknell looks to grab its first win over the formidable Big East opponent.
Rutgers comes to Lewisburg with a 9-8 overall record and a 2-5 mark in Big East action, having dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 5 Old Dominion at home on Friday. Sophie Wright’s eight goals and one assist make her the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer, while Rachel Yaney has contributed 10 points to the offense with five goals. Ashpal Bhogal and Lisa Patrone have each tallied five assists, while ten different players have scored at least one goal.
Sarah Stuby serves as the team’s primary goalkeeper, allowing 18 goals and making 55 saves in 12 games for a 1.97 GAA and a .753 save percentage.
After concluding their regular season on Sunday, the Bison will spend the week preparing for the 2013 Patriot League Tournament, to be held in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 and 9. Bucknell will be joined by the host team, American, as well as league newcomer Boston University and the defending champion Lafayette, with Friday’s semifinal pairings to be determined by this weekend’s final regular season contests.