Field hockey earns third straight win

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Field hockey earns third straight win

Photo Courtesy of Bucknell Athletic Department

Photo Courtesy of Bucknell Athletic Department

Photo Courtesy of Bucknell Athletic Department

Anna Carroll, Contributing Writer

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On Sept. 7, the Bison field hockey team tacked another close victory on to their winning streak. The Orange and Blue defeated Lock Haven in a non-conference game at Graham Field, improving their record to 3-2 for the season.

Lexi Quick ’19 and Kaelyn Long ’21 teamed up for the first score of the game. Just over three minutes in, Quick received the insert on a penalty corner and sent a shot towards the net, setting Long up for a tip, resulting in her first goal of the season.

Lock Haven tied the game prior to halftime. Coming out strong in the second half, the Orange and Blue continued to fight. In the 48th minute of the game, Sally Olson ’19 received an insert off a corner, sending it near post for Quick to tip in, securing Quick’s third goal of the season.

With 10 minutes remaining in regulation, the Bald Eagles tied the game once again.

Nicole Rupnik ’19, returned the favor with 1:12 minutes left in the game to provide what would be the game-winning goal. After a frenzy in front of the goal, Brittany Willwerth ’20 snagged a rebound off a blocked shot to earn the Bison yet another penalty corner. With the insert streamlined to Quick, a strong shot on goal resulted in a tip to the far post by Rupnik.

Both the Bison offense and defense provided strong performances in the showdown. Goalkeeper Olivia Harris ’20 finished the game with two saves.

“Gaining confidence in each and every game we play, the team as a whole is really starting to play as a complete unit. This is evident in not only our corner execution, but our cohesion over the entire field,” Chloe Poltonavage ’20 said. “This progress is something we hope to prove and succeed with as we enter Patriot League games.”

The field hockey team is on the road for its next four games, starting with their league opener at Colgate on Sept. 15. The Bison will then take on No. 10 Syracuse on Sept. 16.

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