NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Bucknell scored two unanswered goals in the second half, including the game-winner by junior Nicole Rupnik with 20:58 to play, as it closed the season with a 3-2 win over Yale on Sunday at Johnson Field.
The Bison may be peaking at the right time as they improved to 9-9 overall and enter the Patriot League Tournament with six wins in their past eight games. They will be the No. 3 seed in the bracket and will take on No. 2 American at Boston University’s New Balance Field on Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will play the winner of the other semifinal matchup – No. 4 Holy Cross at No. 1 Boston University – on Sunday at noon.
Bucknell trailed 2-1 at the break, but junior Katie Mannino tied it up with a goal 7:10 into the second half. Her third score of the season came off a penalty corner with an assist from junior Lexi Quick. It was Quick’s team-leading seventh assist of the season.
Rupnik’s game-winner came less than seven minutes later. It was her third goal of the season and came off an assist from junior Sally Olson. Rupnik upper her career goal total to 18.
Senior Stephanie Dressler added another important goal for the Bison, putting her team up 1-0 9:26 into the game with assists from junior M.C. Evans and sophomore Marisa Morakis. Dressler has five goals on the season. The first three were game-winners, and the last two were first goals in games the Bison went on to win.
Yale tied the game on a score by Bridget Condie with 17:52 left in the first half, and Carol Middough gave the Bulldogs their 2-1 lead with 1:19 remaining in the half. Those two have combined for 22 goals this season, including 15 by Middough.
Senior Emily Finn made four saves to pick up the win in goal. Sydney Terroso made nine saves in a losing effort.
Yale saw its record fall to 8-8.
Bucknell now turns its attention to the Patriot League Tournament. The Bison have now made the postseason in 10 straight seasons.