WASHINGTON, D.C. – A strong second half by the opponent proved to be the downfall for Bucknell field hockey for a second straight game as the Bison fell 4-0 to No. 22 American on Saturday. The Bison dropped to 3-5 overall and 0-1 following the Patriot League opener, while the Eagles improved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Bucknell was solid in the first half again, battling American to a scoreless tie at the break. The numbers were close with the Eagles holding a 4-2 edge in shots and a 3-1 lead in penalty corners.
Facing back-to-back nationally-ranked teams – Bucknell played No. 2 Penn State on Tuesday – the Bison have been out-scored by just one goal in the first half.
The scoreless tie lasted 14:47 into the second half before American’s Noor Coenen scored an unassisted goal.
It was all Haley Bowcutt from there. The Eagles’ senior recorded a hat-trick with three goals in the final 17 minutes.
Bucknell will play a third straight nationally-ranked opponent when it travels to take on No. 9 Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m.