Women’s Lacrosse Downs Boston U. in Comeback Fashion in PL Opener – Bucknell University Athletics

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Boston University was in control for nearly 55 minutes and led by as many as four on two occasions, but the Bucknell women’s lacrosse team came back to end the game on a 4-0 run and defeat the Terriers 16-13 in the first Patriot League game of the season. It was Bucknell’s first win over the Terriers since 1996 when the series began.

Boston University was on top 10-6 at halftime, but the Bison opened the third quarter on a 4-0 run to tie the game for the first time. The Terriers regained the lead two more times, but they were outscored by the now 3-4 (1-0 PL) Bison 10-3 over the final 30 minutes. Bucknell committed just one turnover in the second half, and junior goalie Colleen Kazanjian made five of her seven saves in the final frame.

Bucknell led 32-27 in shots, 12-11 in ground balls, and turned it over just eight times in the game compared to 16 for the Terriers. Bucknell was also a perfect 19 for 19 on clears.

Three Bison registered hat tricks, including a three-goal, three-assist performance by Taylor McClain. Allie Boyce finished with three goals and one assist, and Katie Browne’s third goal tied the game at 12-12 at the end of the third quarter. Taylor Kopan and Abby Henderson both scored twice.

Braeden Siverson led the team with seven ground balls and was one of three Bison with one goal. Madison Parke posted a team-high three caused turnovers.

Boston jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter, but Bucknell scored three unanswered late in the frame to cut the deficit to a single score. Henderson accounted for two of Bucknell’s first-quarter scores. The Bison pulled within one of tying at 7-6 in the second quarter, but they were unable to catch the Terriers before halftime.

Boston scored on 10 of its 12 shots on goal in the first half.

Kopan cut into the Terrier lead just 33 seconds into the third quarter on a man-up opportunity that carried over from the second quarter. Boyce, Browne and McClain followed in succession to tie the game at 10-10 midway through the third. The Terriers responded with back-to-back goals just 43 seconds apart to go up 12-10, but they’d be the last goals of the third, and Boston managed just one more in the game.

Megan Krestinski tied the game at 13-13 with 8:28 to play, and Kopan gave Bucknell its first lead of the contest with 5:45 to go in the fourth coming off a Bison timeout. The Terriers got just two more shots off the rest of the way, and Bucknell added two more insurance goals.

Boston had previously won nine in a row in the series since joining the Patriot League in 2014. Bucknell last defeated the Terriers 12-8 in 1996.

Bucknell goes on the road for its next three games, beginning with a March 23 game at Holy Cross.

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