American Tops Bucknell to Pick Up Fifth Straight Win

American scored six straight goals in the second half as it rolled to its fifth straight win, 11-6, over Bucknell on Saturday afternoon at Jacobs Field.

American (5-6, 3-0) created a first place tie in the conference with Navy with the win. Emily Maher led the Eagles with four points on three goals and one assist while Kimberly Collins and Olivia Mangan each added three points on one score and two assists. Mangan registered three draw controls and Maher collected a team-best three ground balls. Teal Harrison posted 10 saves between the pipes.

The Eagles struck first, with Jordan Harrington finding the back of the net off the dish from Collins at the 27:13 mark. Bucknell (1-10, 0-4) evened it up on a free position goal from Katelyn Miller before American answered with consecutive scores for the 3-1 advantage. The Bison took a 5-3 lead on a 4-0 run with 5:14 left in the first half but the Eagles added two more to knot it up at 5-5 heading into the break.

Maher put American back on top on an unassisted tally at the 22:11 mark to spark a 6-0 run by the Eagles. Nicole Lombardo closed out the run with 57 seconds remaining in regulation with Mangan adding the assist. Miller registered the final goal of the game, scoring off a free position shot with 32 seconds to play for the 11-6 final score.

Miller led the Bison with the hat trick and Sam Rickels and Adrienne Wendling had three draw controls apiece. Caroline O'Neill made four saves for Bucknell.

American's win streak is its longest since 2007.

The Eagles will look to extend its win streak on Tuesday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. when it hosts No. 9 Virginia.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Katelyn Miller scored three goals for Bucknell, but Emily Maher matched that total for American and the Eagles scored eight of the final nine goals of the game in an 11-6 Patriot League win over the Bison on Saturday at Jacobs Field.

Sam Rickels, Ryan Wenk and Sophie Kleinert also scored for Bucknell, which led 5-3 with 5:14 left in the first half before American made its run. The Eagles tied it with two goals in the final 4:33 of the half, and then scored the first six of the second half while shutting out the Bison until the final minute of the game.

Maher's unassisted tally with 22:11 remaining put American ahead to stay. Olivia Mangan and Maher paired goals 45 seconds apart midway through the second half to give the Eagles some breathing room.

Miller finished off her hat trick on an 8-meter attempt with 32 seconds left in the game, giving her 20 goals for the third season in a row.

Bucknell had the better of the stat sheet in several categories, including shots (21-18) and draw controls (12-7). The Bison committed only 12 fouls to 18 for American, and the Eagles did not have a free-position attempt in the contest.

Rickels and Adrienne Wendling finished with three draw controls each, while Miller had two.

Teal Harrison made 10 saves for American, including eight in the decisive second half. Caroline O'Neill finished with four saves for the Bison.

Bucknell will be back in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, taking on Howard at 6:00 p.m.

2013-03-30



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