April 12, 2011

DeLorenz Makes 22 Saves in Bucknell Victory

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Senior goalie Alyssa DeLorenz (Garland, Texas/Plano East) recorded a career-high 22 saves and sophomore attacker Madison Hurwitz (Holland, Pa./Council Rock) scored a career-high six goals to lead the Bucknell women's lacrosse team to a convincing 17-11 win over visiting Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon at Graham Field. Freshman Ali Carey (Clarksville, Md./Garrison Forest) added four goals and freshman Molly Ford (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's) equaled her personal best with five assists as the Bison snapped a five-game losing streak.

Chrissy Gutenberger scored four goals for Manhattan, which fell to 4-8 on the season. The Jaspers piled up a 21-9 edge in draw controls, leading to a 37-32 shots advantage, but DeLorenz was terrific in reaching the 20-save plateau for the first time in her career, and the Bison defense forced 20 turnovers.

DeLorenz now has 661 career saves, and she moved past Kahra Foster (1989-92) into fourth place on Bucknell's career list. She came into the game leading the nation in saves per game at 12.0 and upped that figure considerably.

The Bison were able to turn those defensive stops into goals. They scored six times on fastbreak sequences thanks to some terrific passing combinations. The 17 goals marked the second-highest scoring total of the season, and 12 of those goals were assisted. Senior defender Ashley St. John (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) recorded her first three career assists, while freshman Lindsey Ferro (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) had a beautiful assist after intercepting an outlet pass from the Manhattan goalie and then feeding Hurwitz for a breakaway goal.

That was part of a 7-0 Bison run that broke open a 2-2 tie. Hurwitz scored again in transition off a Sophie Kleinert (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Academy) pass, and then St. John fed Adrienne Wendling (Bethesda, Md./Bullis School) to make it 8-2. Carey's free-position goal with 1:30 left in the half put Bucknell up 9-2 before Elizabeth Dugan ended a 17:10 Manhattan scoring drought with 14 seconds left in the half.

The Jaspers almost got one more before the intermission, but DeLorenz made a great stop on Phelicia VanOverbeke right before the horn. That proved big, as Manhattan scored the first two goals of the second half to pull within four a 9-5. But then Hurwitz punched in a rebound to end the Jaspers' three-goal run, and the Bison were able to trade goals for the next nine minutes before putting the game away with a 4-0 run.

Ferro scored on a breakout off a St. John feed to make it 13-8 with 15:38 to play, and then Hurwitz, Kleinert and Andrea Feldman (Radnor, Pa./Radnor) followed, giving the Bison their largest lead of the day at 16-8 with 4:45 to play.

Bucknell cleared the bench in the final minutes and almost got freshman reserve Amanda Ayers (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) a late goal, but her 8-meter attempt struck the crossbar.

Senior Julia Braun (Tomkins Cove, N.Y./North Rockland), Bucknell's leading scorer coming in, did not have a huge offensive day with one goal and one assist, but she was a major factor in the defensive end with a team-high four ground balls and three caused turnovers. St. John also logged three caused turnovers and a team-high four draw controls.

Other multi-point scorers were freshman Katelyn Miller (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) with two goals and one assist and Kleinert and Ferro with a goal and an assist apiece.

Braun, Carey and Miller are now tied for the team points lead with 33 each, while Braun, Carey and Hurwitz all have 27 goals.

Braun moved into fourth on Bucknell's career ground balls list with 137, and she is now just four shy of Bonnie Buechel's school record of 164 career draw controls.

Hurwitz became the second Bison to score six goals in a game this season, joining Braun, who had six in a 24-5 rout of Howard on Feb. 19.

The Bison are back in action next Wednesday, Apr. 20, against Columbia at 4 p.m. at Graham Field.

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