Miller and Hurwitz Lead Bison to Win over Bonnies

LEWISBURG, Pa. Junior Katelyn Miller and seniors Madison Hurwitz and Adrienne Wendling all had huge performances for Bucknell in a 17-9 rout of visiting St. Bonaventure on a warm Tuesday night at Graham Field.

Miller logged five goals and four assists for a career-high nine points, Hurwitz tossed in a career-high seven goals, and Wendling was all over the field with an assist, four caused turnovers, three draw controls and a career-high seven ground balls as the Bison notched their first home victory of the season.

Freshman Sam Rickels scored twice and added an assist, and Cori Thielemann, Sophie Kleinert and Blair McDonald also scored for the Bison, who led by as many as 11 goals at 17-6 before St. Bonaventure scored three times in the final 47 seconds of the game.

Bucknell (3-11) outshot the Bonnies (5-7) 20-5 en route to a commanding 9-3 halftime lead, and the Bison finished with a 34-15 edge on the shot board. Bucknell dominated in time of possession thanks to a 17-11 margin in draw controls (10-3 in the first half) and 19 St. Bonaventure turnovers, 12 of which were caused by the Bison defense. Bucknell had only 12 total miscues in the game.

Miller and Hurwitz had their way in the offensive third of the field. That duo either scored or assisted on 15 of the team's 17 goals, including all nine in the first half. Hurwitz's previous high for goals in a game was six against Manhattan in 2011, and her seven tallies are tied with five others for second-most in program history in a single game. The Bucknell record for goals in a game is 10, set by Sue Gray against Northeastern in 1984. The last Bison to record seven was Melissa Montefusco against Niagara 11 years ago.

Hurwitz scored the first goal of the game on a free-position attempt 3:44 into the contest, and she needed only 15:55 to complete her hat trick. She scored four times in the first half, including three in an 8-1 run that changed the complexion of the game.

Miller recorded a seven-point game just last week in a win at Howard, and she topped that with the nine-point effort against St. Bonaventure. Her previous personal best was eight points, coming on four goals and four assists last season against Presbyterian. Miller had three goals and three assists in the first half alone, and her back-to-back handouts to Hurwitz and McDonald late in the period gave Bucknell a 9-2 lead.

Miller also had a game-high six draw controls, giving her 102 in her career, and she reached the 30-goal mark for the second straight year. Miller also jumped into the Bucknell top-10 lists in career assists and points. She now ranks ninth all-time in both categories with 37 assists and 124 points. Her 89 goals are just three shy of the top 10.

Wendling's seven ground balls were one off the Bucknell single-game record. Four Bison have recorded eight ground balls in a game, with Julia Braun the last to do it in 2009.

St. Bonaventure was still within striking distance at 13-6 after Mackenzie Jordan's goal with 17:28 to play. But the Bison scored four in a row, two by Hurwitz and one each by Miller and Rickels, to extend the margin up to 11.

Jenna Schlagenhauf led St. Bonaventure with three goals and two assists, but Andrea Feldman, Wendling and the rest of the Bison defense did a solid job on the Bonnies' leading scorer for most of the night. Schlagenhauf scored her team's first goal of the night to tie it at 1-1, but she did not hit the net again until the final minute, when the game was well in hand.

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2013-04-09



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