Bucknell Bison Put The Buck On Raiders’ Winning Streak

Bucknell Bison Put The Buck On Raiders' Winning Streak

Atit Amin

All good things must eventually come to an end, and that includes winning streaks. Unfazed and undaunted by the Raiders’ winning ways, the Bucknell Bisons handed Colgate its first loss in nearly a month, 4-2. The loss, which was the first away from home for Colgate, dropped the Raiders to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the Patriot League. To this point, the four goals scored by the Bison represent the highest total an opponent has attained against the Raiders defense. Bucknell was led by Lindsey Weller and Meiko Boynton, who each scored two goals, but more importantly, kept the Raiders from getting into any offensive flow of their own. The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Raiders, as the Bison initiated the attack, and scored first eighteen minutes into play, courtesy of Weller. However, senior tri-captain Ashley Schneider led the Raiders back, scoring her team-high eighth goal of the season to tie the game at 1. The game remained tied until the 49 minute mark, when Boynton capitalized on a penalty corner to score her first goal of the game. Two minutes later, Weller struck again giving Bucknell a 3-1 lead. Soon after, Boynton notched her second score of the game, enabling the Bison to take a commanding 4-1 lead. The Raiders attempt to mounted a comeback when first-year Lauren Remkus scored her second goal of the season with nine seconds left, but by that point it was too late. At the game’s end, Bucknell held the edge in shots, 20-16, as well as penalty corners, 13-8. Bison goalie Liz Jordan also held the upper hand, making ten saves as compared to the eight made by the Raider goalie sophomore Jacque DeMarco. The Bison played much better than their current record indicates and they obviously made their mark upon the Raiders. However, do not discount the Raiders, because if there is one thing the team has learned this year, it is how to play with resiliency and a sense of urgency. “This weekend will be a true test to see how our team can rebound after the loss to [Bucknell].,” Schneider said. “I am confident in our team’s commitment to win this year. I know we are more anxious to get another Patriot League win this weekend more than ever before. Our winning streak has shown every player our capability of being a consistent team. We work hard in practice, and everyone on our team is committed to doing whatever it takes to win each game.” Expect to see a hard fought game tomorrow, as the Raiders travel to Lafayette for an important conference game at 1 p.m. After seven consecutive wins, the women will surely be looking to start up a new streak against their Patriot League foes.