Bison Field Hockey outlast Colgate

Alivia Handson, Contributing Writer

Friday night’s game brought excitement to Graham Field as the Bison dominated Colgate with a 4-2 victory.  The Bison took an early lead scoring two goals within the first 24 minutes of the game.  The Raiders took the challenge and evened things up with two goals leading into the fourth quarter.  The response was fierce to win when the Bison finished regulation time with two final goals. Coach Jeremy Cook amassed his 128th career victory with the Bison and is now tied for the most wins in program history. The Orange and Blue are now in second place with a 4-1 record in Patriot League play and 8-7 overall, while Colgate sank to 0-12 and (0-5 PL).

The Bison led 15-9 in shots, and Colgate maintained a 6-2 edge in penalty corners. Three saves for each goalkeeper were recorded. The action heated up after 10 minutes of play, as Mackenzie Kile ’23 put the Bison on the board with her third goal of the season. Mia Fields ’24 sent a long pass from the left side to Kile who received it on the far side of the circle and scored, giving the Bison a 1-0 lead. “At one point, the score was briefly tied 2-2, but I took a stroke and scored the third goal! And thankfully we ended up winning 4-2 in our last home game,” Kile said.

Lily Neilson ’25 scored in the second half with a high-arching shot over the head of the Colgate keeper from the top of the circle to score her 13th goal for the Patriot League this season to give the Bison a 2-0 advantage. The response was quick by Colgate scoring a goal on a penalty kick in the 28th minute. With no score during the third quarter, Colgate came out fast and tied the game off a corner opportunity in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.

A penalty stroke was awarded less than 60 seconds later, and Kile registered her second goal of the game by shooting to the goalkeeper’s left, giving the lead back to the Bison. The Bison added to the lead with less than three minutes to be played in the game when Rachel Apa ’24  scored off an Emily Doyle ’22 assist to go up 4-2 and create space. 

Cook’s 128th victories tie Heather Lewis’ all-time mark. Cook has led the Bison to a Patriot League Tournament berth in all 14 seasons and has one Patriot League Championship title and one NCAA tournament win. 

The Orange and Blue plays two road games next weekend to close out the regular season. The Bison visit Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Drexel on Sunday, Oct. 31. 

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