Bucknell Drops Season Opener to St. Bonaventure

LEWISBURG, Pa. Freshman attacker Ali Carey made quite a first impression with five goals in her collegiate debut, but it was not enough for the Bucknell women's lacrosse team as it dropped its season opener 14-10 to St. Bonaventure at Graham Field Sunday afternoon. Cara Callahan and Christine Hanley scored four goals apiece for the Bonnies, who also got a major lift from backup goalie Karly Kocis.

Freshman Katelyn Miller added two goals, senior Julia Braun had a goal and an assist, and freshman Molly Ford handed out two assists for the Bison, who started seven first-year players on opening day.

The Bison got off to a strong start defensively but really struggled clearing the ball. They were just one of their first five and three of their first 10 on clears, and St. Bonaventure took advantage. Trailing 2-1 after back-to-back goals from Miller and Carey, the Bonnies rattled off seven straight goals to take an 8-2 lead.

Bucknell got right back into the game with a strong finish to the first half. The Bison outscored St. Bonaventure 5-1 over the last 5:51 to pull within 9-7 at the half. Braun started the run with her first goal of the season, and Carey followed 47 seconds later on a free-position shot. After a Hanley goal made it 9-4, Carey scored twice and Miller once in the last three minutes to make it a two-goal game at intermission.

The Bison won the draw to start the second half but turned the ball over trying to connect a pass to a cutter in front of the goal. The Bonnies came right down and scored on a Hanley shot, set up by one of Emily Kane's three assists. That started a run of four straight goals that sent the momentum back over to the visitor's side.

Bucknell was stymied time and time again early in the second half by Kocis. She made nine saves in the final 30 minutes after coming on in relief of Sara Schlagenhauf, who did not make a save while conceding seven goals in the first period.

The Bison finally solved Kocis at the 12:26 mark when Madison Hurwitz collected a missed shot behind the goal and came around in front to score her first of the season. Bucknell finished the game on a 3-1 run, but it was not enough to overcome a six-goal deficit.

With 11:02 left, freshman Kerri Althouse scored her first career goal on a fastbreak after a nice feed from Ford. Carey popped in her fifth of the day with 5:02 left to close the scoring.

St. Bonaventure finished with a 29-25 shot advantage, but the Bison were hurt by 23 turnovers (15 in the first half). Bucknell finished just 11 for 22 on clears, while the Bonnies were 17 for 18.

Senior goalie Alyssa DeLorenz warmed up as the day progressed, making seven of her nine saves in the second half.

In addition to her two goals, Miller led the Bison with four ground balls and four draw controls.

The Bison return to action next Saturday at Howard.


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