LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Lehigh controlled the time of possession and spoiled the Bucknell lacrosse team's Senior Night, winning 12-4 on Friday at Graham Field to set up a rematch in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday in Bethlehem.
Courtney Burke scored two goals -- her sixth multi-goal game of the season -- while Eve Lukowski and Maddy Molinari tallied once apiece. The Bison conclude the regular season with a 9-7 overall record and 4-5 Patriot League mark. They will be the No. 6 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will visit No. 3 Lehigh just three days from now.
Molinari also came up with three draw controls, making her the second player in team history to record 80 in a season. She is now four shy of the single-season record. Christina Manis registered an assist on the Lukowski goal, giving her 34 on the season, two away from Carol Donohue's team record.
Kellie Gough, who had two goals all season coming into the night, had three first-half goals for the Mountain Hawks, who improved to 11-5, 6-3 in the Patriot League. Allison LaBeau recorded three goals and two assists, Courtney Henig had two goals and three assists, and Lauren Beausoleil had three goals and five draw controls for Lehigh.
Bucknell generated plenty of chances early in the contest, as the two teams swapped the first six goals of the night. It was 3-3 after Burke's goal at the 7:15 mark, but it might have been more for the Bison if not for nine first-half saves from Lehigh goalie Taylor Tvedt, several of which came from point-blank range.
The Mountain Hawks fed off their goalie, scoring four times in the final 5:46 of the half to go up 7-3 at the break. Henig assisted on the first three and scored the fourth goal in that run. Henig scored again to open the second-half scoring, and Lehigh ran its streak all the way to nine straight goals before Lukowski broke Bucknell's 40-minute scoring drought with 2:09 remaining in the game.
Despite conceding 12 goals, Bucknell's defense was stout for much of the night. Lehigh committed 25 turnovers, with 20 of them caused by the Bison defense. But the Mountain Hawks forced 16 Bison turnovers, won the draw control battle 13-5, and drew 37 fouls while committing only 12 of their own. Lehigh went 6-for-10 on free-position attempts, while the Bison were 0-for-2.
Annie Gilbertson and Erika Stube led the Bison with three caused turnovers each, while Mary Margaret Kenney led all players with five ground balls. Gilbertson's 32 caused turnovers are third-most in a season in Bucknell history, while her 79 career CTs also rank third all-time.
Bucknell had clinched its second straight postseason berth prior to the start of the game and was fighting to move up as high as the No. 5 seed. Instead, the Bison will draw the No. 6 seed and face the Mountain Hawks again on Tuesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The game will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network.