Bucknell Edges Manhattan, 8-7
LEWISBURG, PA – Trailing 6-3 midway through the second half on Sunday afternoon, the Manhattan College women’s lacrosse team scored four straight goals to take lead. However, two late tallies by Bucknell gave the Bison (5-1) an 8-7 victory over the Jaspers (0-3) at Graham Field.
Playing for the first time in 10 days, Manhattan scored the first two goals of the game on free position shots by Kara Hodapp (Oak Ridge, NJ) and Darby Nolan (Oak Ridge, NJ). Bucknell responded with two goals of its own, and the teams went into halftime deadlocked at 2-2.
After Sarah Lang (Golden’s Bridge, NY) broke the tie with a free position goal early in the second half, Bucknell countered with four straight tallies to go up 6-3. Molly Fitzpatrick (Yorktown, NY) started the Manhattan comeback when she found the back of the net off an Emily Sandford (Floral Park, NY) pass at the 15:21 mark. Lang and Nolan then scored a little over a minute apart to tie it at 6-6 before another Lang goal put the Jaspers in front, 7-6, with 7:17 remaining.
Bucknell tied the game on a goal by Maddy Molinari at the 3:32 mark, then won the ensuing draw. Just 14 seconds later, Christina Manis found the back of the net to give the Bison the lead. Nolan earned a free position attempt with 2:08 left, but her shot was saved by Bucknell goalkeeper Jamie DeWitt. The Jaspers had one last chance to tie it with 42 seconds to go, but Fitzpatrick’s shot was wide, and Bucknell held on for the win.
Lang had a hat trick for the Jaspers, while Nolan added a pair of goals to go along with three ground balls. Caitlin Murphy (Carmel, NY) also picked up three ground balls while also controlling two draws. Nikki Prestiano (Yorktown Heights, NY) (0-3) made nine saves in goal.
Manis tallied two goals and three assists for Bucknell. Sarah Galzerano added two goals and two assists, while Audrey Walsh also scored a pair of goals. Mary Margaret Kenney collected four ground balls and controlled four draws, and Molinari recorded six draw controls. DeWitt (5-1) stopped five Manhattan shots.The Jaspers will return home on Wednesday afternoon to take on their second straight Patriot League opponent. Lafayette (4-2) comes to Gaelic Park for a 3 p.m. matchup.