Stefanowicz' Two-Goal Day Pushes Bucknell Field Hockey Past Harvard 3-1
Oct. 7, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Kelly Stefanowicz (Lansdale, Pa./Mount St. Joseph's Academy) recorded her first career multi-goal game and Erica Perrine (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) made seven saves to guide Bucknell field hockey to a second consecutive victory with a 3-1 decision over Harvard at Jordan Field on Sunday afternoon. Kelsey Mucelli (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area) also moved into a tie for ninth at Bucknell with her ninth assist on the season.
Mucelli and Maggie Murphy (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) both earned assists on each of Stefanowicz' goals thanks to Bucknell's strong penalty corner unit on Sunday. The first score for Stefanowicz came just 17:04 into the game when she deflected a shot off the goalkeeper's pad and into the back of the net. The trio then repeated their effort with less than four minutes remaining in the second half. That goal put the Bison (8-6) back up by two goals and allowed them to cruise to their second win of the season.
Mucelli now has a career-best nine assists this year. That total equals Katey Twombly's and Marci Richard's marks set in 1999 and 2011, respectively, placing the current sophomore ninth in the program record books. Murphy is just behind Mucelli in looking to crack the top 10 as she has eight assists on the year.
Bucknell never trailed against the Crimson (3-8), taking a 2-0 lead into halftime. Scoring after Stefanowicz in the first half was Leigh Hillman (Dallas, Pa./Lake Lehman), who got a deflection for her sixth goal of the year. It was also Hillman's fifth goal in the last four games, a streak that started with a two-goal performance against Colgate last weekend.
Bucknell outshot Harvard 9-7 in the first half and that trend continued until the final play as the Bison finished with a 19-13 edge. They also ultimately closed out the day with a 12-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The lone blip in the Bucknell scoresheet came 7:10 into the second half when the Crimson's Rachael Rosenfeld netted her team's lone goal of the day. The score ended Perrine's bid for a second consecutive shutout after she held Holy Cross scoreless in Bucknell's 4-0 win yesterday.
Perrine is now 8-6 on the year, tying her for 10th in program history for single-season wins. The junior also had eight victories in goal last season and is now the eighth Bison to ink her named to that list twice. Perrine's 16 career victories ties her with Bucknell Athletics Hall of Famer Bobbi Castens for ninth all-time at Bucknell.
Also making a dent in the record books was Jeremy Cook who took sole possession of second place on the Bucknell coaching wins list. Now in his fifth season with the Bison, Cook is 46-45.
Bucknell's next test will come at Lafayette on Oct. 13. The Leopards, who are attempting to defend their Patriot League Championship, are currently ranked 13th in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. The Bucknell-Lafayette matchup in Easton, Pa., is set for 12 p.m.