Lafayette Falls To Bucknell 3-2 In Crucial Game

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Audrey Sawers moves upfield

With three seconds left in the game the Leopards had a penalty stroke opportunity to tie the game. A shot by Alex Talkow was blocked illegally by a Bucknell defender. and  the stroke was called. Audrey Sawers steped quickly to the line and shot to her left and was blocked by sophomore Goal Keeper Clara McCormack. McCormack had been named Goal Keeper of Week by the Patriot League twice this year, but that save may have been the biggest of this abbreviated season.

The game started with the Leopards looking like they were suffering from bus legs as they had traveled to Lewisburg that morning. The first quarter seemed to have the field tilted to favor the Bison. One wonders if the usual travel procedure would have helped. Boston had traveled and stayed overnight traveling to Easton, American did the same, and even the Leopards stayed overnight in Worcester. I am sure there is some “alumnus” that would have footed the bill!!

Anyway the Leopards were to take advantage of Bucknell errors to get a goal 6:27 into the game with a Tara Hamilton beauty after a scrum in front of the cage. However, the lead was to last a mere 4 minutes when Kaitlyn Long hit on a penalty corner tying it up.

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However, with less than 6 minutes left in the half Audrey Sawers took a penalty corner to score and put the Leopards up 2-1.

After the half, the Bison came out on fire with two goals, the first at 36:37 from Rachel Ana and one minute later to take the lead 3-2. The Leopards, for the remainder of the quarter and 5 minutes into the fourth held their defense back behind the 50. With 10 minutes left in the game they began to press and had good success and started to take control of the game. At 1:15 left in the game, Coach Stone pulled the goalie, which eventually led to a corner with 11 Leopards on the edge of the circle and Talkow’s shot. During that fourth quarter the Leopards had 6 shots to the Bison 3 and 3 penalty corners to none for Bucknell.

Emma Garvey and Mary Gould of Lafayette stop Bison attack at the goal

Outside of the 4 th quarter the total stats look familiar.  Shots were 10-10, saves were 6 for Lafayette to 7 for Bucknell, and penalty corners were 5-5. One statistic that stands out is Lafayette had two substitutions, Bucknell had eight.By my reckoning only two missing can be accounted for by injury, the rest seem to be not in residence.

It’s not over yet, with one game left in Washington, D.C against American. In any case, looking at next year there is a lot of work to be done in the preseason with perhaps as many as 10 roster places who will have not played in a single division one game!!

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 25 year fan of Division one field hockey

5 thoughts on “Lafayette Falls To Bucknell 3-2 In Crucial Game”

  1. Curious if Lafayette has ever stayed overnight on a trip to Bucknell. I know Bucknell always buses to Lafayette on game day for field hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, etc. Their only team that has ever stayed overnight might be football.

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  2. Thanks. I wish the Bucknell administration would allow alums to fund things like this. Not sure how much the patriot league legislated things this year, with the unique circumstances. But I do know that Bucknell field hockey did not stay overnight anywhere. When they played at Colgate for example, they had a total of eight hours on the bus on the same day. And the American game required over six hours on the bus.

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    1. I know for a fact that BU bused to Lafayette the day before the game. This was acknowledged by the players to me at the game. In addition Sally Star thanked her administration for that and using 2 buses in an interview on the BU website. I believe American was also an overnight. Lafayette definitely stayed overnight at Worcester.

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