BOSTON, Mass. – A first half goal proved to be the difference as No. 21 Boston University edged Bucknell 1-0 in a Patriot League field hockey game Saturday at New Balance Field. Despite the loss, the Bison locked up the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a Holy Cross win over Lafayette.

The Bison will play second-seeded American in the semifinal round of the conference tournament, which will be held at Boston University on Friday, Nov. 3. That game will be played at 3 p.m. while the other semifinal matchup between the regular season champion Terriers and fourth-seeded Holy Cross will be played at noon.

Maika Akroyd scored the game-winner in the 15th minute for Boston University on Saturday. The score came from the top of the circle off a corner and was assisted by Petra Hall and Kali Shumock.

That was the only goal Bucknell goalkeeper Emily Finn would allow as she turned in another solid performance with five saves. Millie Baker and Kathleen Kegan combined on the shutout for the Terriers. Baker had the team’s two saves, both coming in the first half.

Stephanie Dressler and Allie Christopher had shots on goal for the Bison.

Bucknell continues to be a tough matchup for Boston University at New Balance Field. Three of the past four games there have been decided by just one goal, with the Terriers being nationally-ranked at the time of all three contests.

Before it puts its focus on the postseason, Bucknell has one non-conference game remaining on the schedule. The Bison will play at Yale on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs are 8-7 after a 5-4 overtime loss to Columbia.