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Bucknell Edges Yale 1-0

Sydney Terroso. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sydney Terroso. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell scored just once on 12 penalty corners Sunday afternoon against the Yale field hockey team, but that proved to be enough. A corner goal by forward Kaelyn Long at 16:34 gave the Bison a 1-0 lead, and the Bucknell defense made that lead stand up – negating a big eight-save effort from Yale sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Terroso.

"We played really strong defensively," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "Syd had a great game and [junior back] Holly Jackson was outstanding. We made some adjustments on our defensive penalty corners, and they worked."

Bucknell (7-5, 2-1 Patriot League) had an eight-game home winning streak snapped Saturday with a 1-0 overtime loss to American, while Yale (5-6, 1-2 Ivy League) was coming off a 1-0 overtime win at Cornell. On an unseasonably warm day, the Bison took an early lead Sunday when Long lifted a rebound past a diving Terroso, her former rival in high school, on a corner play.

Bucknell has held five of its opponents to one goal or less this year, and the Bison defense carried the day on Sunday – allowing just one shot. The Bison nearly extended the lead to 2-0 late in the game, but a deflection by forward Leah Fogelsanger on a penalty corner hit the crossbar with 5:30 left.

One of Yale's best chances came a minute later, but a pass from sophomore forward Anissa Abboud sailed just past the stick of senior forward Brooke Reese during a 2-on-1.

A yellow card on sophomore midfielder Imogen Davies with 50 seconds left put the Bulldogs' top scorer on the sideline. The Bison then intercepted a pass into the circle with 15 seconds remaining, sealing the win.

"Bucknell won the midfield play in the first half," said Stuper. "We gained on them in the second half, but it just was not enough."

Yale now returns to Ivy League play, visiting Dartmouth next Saturday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity