Bucknell Routs Presbyterian for First Victory

LEWISBURG, Pa. The first victory of season for the Bucknell came in convincing fashion, as seven players collected multiple points in a 21-8 romp over visiting Presbyterian on Monday evening at cold and windy Graham Field.

Freshman Emily Kookogey scored a career-high five goals along with two assists, and sophomore Katelyn Miller had a huge night with eight points (four goals, four assists) and eight draw controls to help the Bison dominate time of possession.

Junior Madison Hurwitz logged four goals and three assists to become the third Bison with at least seven points in the game. Sophomore Sophie Kleinert pumped in three goals for her first career hat trick, and sophomore Lindsay Ferro also played a starring role with a goal and four assists, giving her seven handouts in the last two games.

Led by Ferro's precision passing from behind the cage, Bucknell shared the ball very well all night, piling up 16 assists on its 21 goals. Other multi-point producers included freshman Arriana Sajjad with a goal and two assists, and junior Ryan Wenk with two goals.

It took the Bison (1-5) about 15 minutes to really get going, but once they did, they turned in a suffocating performance. Presbyterian (1-3) had scored 35 goals in its previous two games, but Bucknell limited the Blue Hose to only eight goals and 11 total shots. The Bison won 18 of the 31 draws, and when they did lose possession, they forced 30 Presbyterian turnovers and held the Blue Hose to 9 for 22 on clears.

The Blue Hose jumped on top quickly with a pair of goals in the first 2:21 of the contest, once from Katie Prisco and the other from Lauren Lefeber, who led the team with three goals on the night. Bucknell quickly got even with Miller and Wenk scoring just 18 seconds apart. Presbyterian led again at 3-2 and 4-3 before Kookogey tied it for the final time with an unassisted goal with 19:55 left in the first half.

Bucknell's first lead came after a long possession that was kept alive by three offensive zone ground balls. Finally, Hurwitz fed Kleinert for the go-ahead goal with 15:13 remaining. Miller won the ensuing draw, dodged a pair of defenders and then made a slick feed to Kleinert in the right slot for her second straight goal, and the Bison went on to finish the half on a 9-1 run. Wenk's second goal, again off a Ferro pass, gave Bucknell a commanding 12-5 lead at the half.

Kookogey's goal with 21:38 remaining gave Bucknell its first 10-goal lead at 16-6. The margin grew to as much as 14 before the Bison went into keep-away mode with about four minutes to play.

Bucknell finished with a 37-11 shot advantage, including a 25-5 margin in the first half. Sophomore goalie Katherine Fraile picked up her first career win with three saves, all coming in the second half. Susan England made four saves for Presbyterian before being replaced in the 18th minute by Samantha Arey, who finished with five saves.

Catherine Ellis matched Miller with eight draw controls for the Blue Hose, while Prisco and Kirsten Stenoien scored two goals apiece. Miller's eight DCs are tied for second-most in a game in Bucknell history. That effort comes just two days after she tied a school record with six caused turnovers against George Washington.

Leading the defensive effort for Bucknell were sophomore Andrea Feldman and freshman Alex Wallace with four ground balls apiece. Wallace also caused three turnovers. Junior Adrienne Wendling had a strong all-around game with four draw controls, two caused turnovers, two ground balls and an assist.

Bucknell now has the rest of the week off to prepare for Saturday's Patriot League opener at defending-champion Navy. Game time is noon at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

2012-03-05



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