ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Jenna Collins and Meg O’Donnell scored three goals apiece to help Navy win a defensive struggle, 7-4 over Bucknell in Patriot League women’s lacrosse action Saturday at rainy Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Audrey Walsh and Becca Golding scored twice each for the Bison, who fell to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the Patriot League.
Bucknell clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth on Wednesday, and they will head into next week’s regular-season finale in sixth place, but only one game behind Lehigh, Lafayette and Boston University. Navy (12-4, 7-1 PL) remained in second place, one game behind league-leading Loyola.
The story of the game for the Bison was defense. Goalie Jamie DeWitt had a terrific day with 12 saves, nine coming in the second half, and Bucknell kept in check a Navy offense that came in ranked fifth nationally at 15.9 goals per game. DeWitt held Navy 0-for-8 on free-position chances, and the Mids committed 19 turnovers, about five more than their league-best average. It was the first time this season Navy scored fewer than nine goals in a game.
Unfortunately for the Bison, they just could not get much going offensively either. They turned it over 24 times and managed only 12 total shots.
It was 2-2 at the half, and then Bucknell took a 3-2 lead on Golding’s second tally of the day just over five minutes into the second stanza. Navy tied it on a goal by Collins not quite three minutes later, and it stayed 3-3 all the way to the 12:16 mark, when O’Donnell scored off a feed from Andie O’Sullivan. Another Collins goal, and then two more by O’Donnell capped a 5-0 run and gave the Mids a 7-3 lead.
Walsh scored on a free-position shot with 1:59 to go, but the Bison could not get closer.
Navy finished with a 31-12 shot advantage and led 7-6 in draw controls and 25-16 in ground balls.
Bucknell finishes up the regular season next Friday at home against Lehigh. The 7 p.m. game will be preceded by Senior Night ceremonies.