WORCESTER, Mass – Junior forwards Leigh Hillman and Rachael Misko scored two goals early in the second half to help push Bucknell to a 4-0 triumph over the Holy Cross field hockey team at Hart Turf Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Bison move to 7-6 on the season and 2-0 in the Patriot League, while the Crusaders fall to 2-9 (1-1 Patriot League).
After a scoreless first half in which Bucknell outshot Holy Cross 9-1, Hillman broke the stalemate with a goal just 59 seconds into the second stanza. She scored the tally off a penalty corner with an assist coming from Tayler Siegrist. Less than two minutes later, Misko doubled the Bison lead with a one-timer goal off Maggie Murphy's pass to give Bucknell the 2-0 advantage.
Siegrist would score her eight marker of the season at the 52:24 mark when she lifted a shot from a perfectly set up penalty corner pushing the Bison ahead 3-0. The goal was set up by an incoming pass by Murphy and a stop by Kelsey Mucelli, which allowed Siegrist the opportunity to score.
The Bison would push their margin to 4-0, when Amie Pritchard cleaned up a rebound in front of the net with 10:03 left on the clock.
The Crusaders only shot on goal came in the first half when junior forward Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction N.Y.) launched a ball from the top of the circle that was kicked out by Bucknell goaltender Erica Perrine.
Perrine pushed aside that one shot for the Bison, while Holy Cross sophomore goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made seven stops. Freshman defender Hayley Sarratt (Dublin, Ireland) made a defensive save for the Crusaders late in the contest to stop a goal.
Bucknell led Holy Cross, 21-1, in total shots including a 12-0 clip in the second half. The Bison also held a 10-0 advantage in penalty corners, which proved vital as three of their goals came off Crusader fouls in the circle.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday October 9, as they will host non-conference opponent Bryant at the Hart Turf Field for a 6:00 p.m. start.