|Goals by Period|
|Shots on Goal||5||9|
|Goals||Three tied with 1||
Four tied with 1
|Assists||Maeve Doherty -2||Lexi Quick -2|
|Shots||Doherty - 3||Stephanie Dressler - 3|
|Saves||Katie Dempsey - 4||Emily Finn - 2|
LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Columbia field hockey team rallied back from a two-goal first half deficit but fell to Bucknell, 4-3, Friday afternoon. Maeve Doherty led the Lions (0-3) with a goal, two assists and defensive save in the defeat.
The Bison (2-3) scored on their first shot of the game, capitalizing off a penalty corner. Brittany Willwerth converted on the set piece for her first goal of the season in the eighth minute. Bucknell made it 2-0 in the 12th minute when Chloe Poltonavage struck one home on an aerial pass by Lexi Quick.
After a slow start offensively, Columbia cut the deficit in half just under four minutes before intermission. Michelle Thompson inserted a penalty corner and snuck to the left side of the cage and swept in received the ball from Doherty, breaking a scoreless drought of 171:09.
A little over two minutes later the Bison threatened to restore the two-goal cushion but stopped an attempt by Quick and Katie Dempsey stopped a penalty stroke to keep it 2-1 at the break.
Doherty knotted things up in the 42nd minute, finishing a corner from the hitting position. Thompson and Lauren Crane, who also helped set up the first Columbia goal, were credited with assists. However, the Bison were awarded another penalty stroke in the 47th minute and Stephanie Dressler’s shot found the back of the net to put Bucknell back on top, 3-2.
The Bison added an insurance goal when 56th minute when Maris Morakis was on a breakaway and fed Brittany Willwerth for her team-leading second score of the year.
With 13 minutes left in regulation, the Lions were able to draw three consecutive corners and Danielle Buttinger brought the Lions back within one, redirecting a pass from Doherty at the top of the arc in the 60th minute.
Columbia is back in action Sunday, September 10 for a 1 p.m. tilt at Fairfield. The game will be broadcast live on the Stags Sports Network.