March 18, 2009
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Sophomore attack Becca Devine (Arlington, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) made her only shot of the day count, as she scored on a free-position attempt with five seconds remaining in the game to lift Bucknell to a dramatic 8-7 win over Binghamton on Wednesday at breezy Graham Field. Julia Braun (Tomkins Cove, N.Y./North Rockland) scored two goals and Bonnie Buechel (South Orange, N.J./Columbia) had a goal and two assists for the Bison, who are now 6-2 on the season heading into Saturday's Patriot League home encounter with Lafayette.
Devine's winning goal put an end to a turnover-filled game that saw plenty of end-to-end action. Binghamton (2-4) twice rallied from multi-goal deficits, including a late rally from 7-5 down on back-to-back goals by Ali Castiglie, who had three goals on the day.
Bucknell got out to a great start, scoring the game's first three goals, with Buechel playing a role in all three. She fed Chelsea Peters (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) for the game's opening goal, then scored herself on a free-position shot, then found Michelle Milot (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) open for a score and a 3-0 cushion just 8:52 in.
But the Bearcats rallied, with Beth Moore scoring twice and assisting on an Emily Thon goal in a 4-1 run that tied the game at 4-all. Not long after Ryan Gribbon (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) had a goal waved off on a crease violation, Gribbon passed to Carol Donohue (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) on a restart, and Donohue scored 5:38 before halftime to give the Bison a 5-4 lead at the break.
It was 5-5 in the latter stages of the second period when Braun scored twice in a span of 2:06 to put the Bison back in front. First she moved left to right across the defense and fired home a hard shot for the go-ahead marker, then she scored on a free-position attempt with 12:13 remaining.
The lead seemed safe as the Bison defense had allowed only in more than 30 minutes of clock time, but Castiglie beat a defender with a face dodge and scored with 8:26 left, then she scored another unassisted goal in traffic with 5:39 to play to tie the match at 7-all.
Bucknell was dealt another blow when Braun was sent off on a yellow card with 5:14 to play. But playing shorthanded and without one of their do-it-all middies, the Bison stiffened on defense. Goalie Alyssa DeLorenz (Garland, Texas/Plano East), who had another terrific game with a career-high 17 saves, made her biggest one of the day on Kate Tesi's free-position attempt with 3:46 remaining in a tie game.
Possession changed hands four more times in the middle of the field, culminating with a forced turnover by Bucknell freshman Jenna Lotkowictz (Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles) and a big ground ball by Kendall Thibeault (Fallston, Md./St. Paul's) with 2:24 left.
The Bison brought the ball into the box and worked the clock in an effort to take a late shot. A foul away from the ball gave Peters a free-position attempt with 45 seconds left, but her shot skipped wide. Bucknell maintained possession, and in the final 10 seconds left Donohue passed inside to a cutting Devine, who drew a foul inside the 8-meter arc.
Devine, who entered the game off the bench in the second half, calmly slipped a shot past goalie Lauren Scott with just five ticks left.
Kelsey Pieper won the ensuing draw control on the run, but could not launch a shot before the final buzzer.
Bucknell won the game despite being outshot 31-18. DeLorenz, who earned her third Patriot League Goalie of the Week award of the season on Monday, was terrific again. She made six saves on one possession early in the game, and she helped force the Bearcats into a 1-for-9 showing on free-position shots.
Bucknell won 11 of the 17 draws but was hampered by turnovers for most of the day. The Bison committed a season-high 25 turnovers, compared to 18 for Binghamton. There were 53 fouls called in the match, 27 against Bucknell.
Ashley St. John (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) had a game-high six ground balls, while fellow defender Catherine Barry (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) had four. Braun finished with five draw controls and Buechel had four, along with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
The Bison have now matched their win total from all of last season, and they will look to go 3-0 in Patriot League play when they host Lafayette on Saturday at 1 p.m. That game will be broadcast live on Bison Vision at BucknellBison.com.