Visiting Holy Cross Takes Patriot Win at Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. Holy Cross scored 10 straight goals after a quick start by Bucknell, and the Crusaders broke the game open in the second half to secure a 14-7 Patriot League win on Saturday afternoon at chilly Graham Field.

Ali Carey (Clarksville, Md./Garrison Forest) led Bucknell with two goals and two assists, while Julia Braun (Tomkins Cove, N.Y./North Rockland) and Madison Hurwitz (Holland, Pa./Council Rock) both added two goals and one assist.

Maddie Carrellas scored three goals and Kat Sutton had two goals and two assists for the Crusaders (5-9, 2-2), who built on last week's upset of Navy by turning a 5-5 game at the half into a rout with eight straight goals to start the second half. Bucknell fell to 2-11 overall and 0-5 in the Patriot League.

Things looked good for the Bison early on, as Alyssa DeLorenz (Garland, Texas/Plano East) made four quick saves to keep the game scoreless. After Kayla DiBari put Holy Cross on the board, the Bison rattled of the next four goals in succession.

Off a restart, Katelyn Miller (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) found Hurwitz alone in front for Bucknell's first goal at the 18:08 mark. Only 21 seconds later, the Bison won the draw and Carey passed ahead to a wide open Sophie Kleinert (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Academy) for a breakaway goal, her second tally of the season.

Hurwitz and Braun tacked on two more off assists from Carey and Miller, and the Bison had a 4-1 lead. But perhaps the turning point in the game came moments later. Ashley St. John (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) won the draw for the Bison and peeled back into her own defensive end, but then her lateral pass back into the center of the field was mishandled, and Holy Cross' Carrellas grabbed the loose ball and quickly scored to make it a 4-2 game.

Cassie Rudden made it 4-3 off a DiBari feed, but then Braun made a great catch in traffic before firing home her second goal of the day to put the Bison up 5-3 with 7:05 left in the half. However, that would be Bucknell's last goal until the final two minutes of the game.

Sara Hennessey tied the game at 5-all with 21 seconds left in the first half, and then another Bison turnover led to the go-ahead tally early in the second half. After Sutton shot wide on an 8-meter attempt, Braun collected a nice ground ball behind the cage and dropped it off for DeLorenz. Holy Cross pressured the goalie, and she ran the ball all the way into the offensive zone before finally getting stripped. The Crusaders raced the ball back up the field, and just as an exhausted DeLorenz arrived back in the crease, Taylor Zebrowski was in alone for the score.

Zebrowski scored again three minutes later to give Holy Cross its first multi-goal lead of the day, and by the time Carrellas scored on a free-position shot with 8:53 left in the game, the Crusaders' lead had stretched to 13-5. Carey scored two goals in a 12-second span in the final two minutes to end Bucknell's drought, and then Sutton finished the scoring for Holy Cross with 0:04 left.

The game was interrupted by constant whistles, as the two teams were called for a combined 59 fouls. Turnovers played a big role in the game as the Bison had 21 and Holy Cross only 10, with five of those coming late in the game. Bucknell had a big advantage on draw controls, winning 15 of 21, led by five from Adrienne Wendling (Bethesda, Md./Bullis School).

DeLorenz, the national saves leader coming in, finished with seven stops, as did Holy Cross' Amy Martin.

Prior to the game, Bucknell honored its four seniors: Braun, DeLorenz, St. John and Christina Garman (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas). Garman made her first career start in the game.

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