Bison Women's Lax to Celebrate Senior Day Saturday vs. Holy Cross
April 8, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bison women's lacrosse team will honor its four seniors prior to Saturday's home game against Holy Cross. Opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at Graham Field, and the contest will air live on Bison Vision at BucknellBison.com.
Julia Braun, Alyssa DeLorenz, Christina Garman and Ashley St. John will all compete in their final weekend home game on Saturday, and they will be looking to carry the Bison to the first Patriot League win of the season. Braun, DeLorenz and St. John are all four-year starters with a combined 162 games under their belts.
Despite missing three games due to injury, Braun leads the team in scoring with 28 points on 24 goals and four assists. She also has 23 ground balls and a team-high 23 draw controls. DeLorenz has started all 12 games in goal and leads the nation in saves (148) and saves per game (12.3). St. John has started all 12 games on defense.
Behind Braun on the Bison scoring chart are two freshmen and a sophomore. First-year players Katelyn Miller (18-10-28) and Ali Carey (21-4-25) have helped carry the offensive load, as has sophomore Madison Hurwitz (19-3-22). That foursome has accounted for 82 percent of the team's goals this season.
Miller has done it at the defensive end as well. She leads the team with 24 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, and she is third on the squad in draw controls with 18.
Bucknell (2-10, 0-4 PL) is coming off a 13-11 loss to Lafayette last week. The Bison got off to a slow start, falling behind 8-0, but they staged a spirited comeback before running out of time at the end. Braun had four goals in that game, while Hurwitz and Carey had three apiece. Miller added three assists.
Holy Cross (4-9, 1-2) played its way back into the Patriot League Tournament chase with a big 11-10 win over Navy last week. Freshman Sara Hennessey scored the game-winning goal with 3:34 to play.
Kat Sutton, who had a hat trick in the Navy game, leads the team in goals (28), points (33) and draw controls (20). Taylor Zebrowski (15-6-21), Meg O'Leary (13-6-19), Cassie Rudden (6-10-16) and Maddie Carrellas (14-1-15) are other Crusaders to watch. Holy Cross has gotten good scoring balance, with eight players producing 10 or more points. In goal, Amy Martin has a .445 save percentage and 9.93 goals-against average.
Bucknell holds a 13-9 lead in the all-time series with Holy Cross. The Bison ended a four-game series losing streak with a thrilling 12-11 victory at Graham Field in 2009, but the Crusaders came back with a 15-7 win last season in Worcester, Mass. The Bison are 8-3 against Holy Cross in Lewisburg.
In last year's game, Zebrowski led all players with five goals, while Bucknell was led by Carol Donohue with two goals and an assist. On the stat sheet the shots (Holy Cross 31-28), ground balls (Bucknell 13-10) and draw controls (Bucknell 12-11) were all close, but the Bison went just 1-for-7 on free-position shots and Martin came up with 15 saves for the Crusaders.