Bucknell University Falls to No. 12 Indiana & Harvard

Julianne Valdes
Julianne Valdes

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell University gave up a season high-tying 16 goals to both No. 12 Indiana University and Harvard University as it dropped a pair of games at Kinney Natatorium. The Bison lost to the nationally ranked Hoosiers 16-7 and two hours after the conclusion of that got back in the pool against the Crimson and dropped a 16-13 decision.

Bucknell is now 10-12 on the year and 0-2 in the CWPA Western Division. The Bison will try to finish the weekend at .500 as it hosts Maryland and George Washington Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in a pair of games that will be broadcast live on Bison Vision.

Indiana scored the first three goals of the opening game, but Bucknell came back with a pair of scores in the final 90 seconds of the first quarter to make it 3-2. However, the Hoosiers scored five consecutive goals in just over three minutes to start the second quarter and tallied eight times overall in the second period to break the game open. The Bison could draw no closer than five goals in the second half.

The Harvard contest featured four ties, but Bucknell led just once, at 2-1. The Crimson scored the first three goals of the third quarter to turn a one-goal halftime lead into a four-goal cushion (12-8), its largest of the game. The Bison answered with three straight goals of its own to climb back to within one, but Harvard tallied four of the next five scores to clinch the victory.

Hallie Kennan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) posted the best offensive day for Bucknell as she registered six goals and three assists in the two contests. Julianne Valdes (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) also posted a pair of multi-goal outings with two goals in each game.

Both Bison goalies got a chance to play a full game and posted identical statistics. Brittany Connell (Montebello, Calif./Montebello) played opposite Indiana and recorded eight saves while allowing 16 goals. Rena Heim (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) played the nightcap and also registered eight stops against 16 goals allowed.

Bucknell was a 7-for-18 in six-on-five opportunities in the two games, while Indiana (3-for-3) and Harvard (5-for-8) were a combined 8-for-11 with a pair of penalty shots.

Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications

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