LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell University women’s water polo team scored 11 goals for the fourth consecutive game as it defeated Siena College, 11-8, Sunday afternoon at Kinney Natatorium. The win completed a perfect 4-0 Bison Invitational for Bucknell, which has won its first four games for the first time since 2008, and just the second time in program history.
Stephanie Ovalle (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick), Julianne Valdes (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep), Amanda Skonoezney (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) and Hallie Kennan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) scored two goals apiece and seven different Bison found the back of the net as Bucknell fought off a second-half comeback by the Saints (2-2).
The Bison scored four of the final five goals of the first half to take an 8-3 advantage into the intermission, but Siena tallied the lone goal in the sloppy third quarter and then two more in the opening minutes of the fourth to cut its deficit to just two (8-6). Three times the Saints cut the deficit to two goals, but each time Bucknell answered as all three of its second-half scores came in the final five minutes of the fourth period.
The Bison led 10-8 with just under a minute to play when a Skonezney steal clinched the game. She left the player she was guarding and reached in and knocked the ball away from a nearby offensive player. Skonezney posted two assists, one ejection drawn and won two sprints to go along with her two goals and key steal.
For the second time this weekend goalies Brittany Connell (Montebello, Calif./Montebello) and Rena Heim (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) split time in cage. Connell played the first half and recorded five saves and three steals while yielding three goals. Heim matched Connell with five second-half stops.
Six of Siena’s eight goals, including four of its five second-half scores, came during six-on-five situations. Bucknell was 2-for-4 in man-up opportunities and converted a pair of first-quarter penalty shots.
Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications