April 24, 2012

Sajjad Sets Bucknell Freshman Scoring Record

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Katelyn Miller (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) and Arriana Sajjad (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) both recorded three goals and three assists and Madison Hurwitz (Holland, Pa./Council Rock) pumped in four goals to lead the Bucknell women's lacrosse team to a 21-9 victory over Howard on Tuesday evening at cold, blustery Graham Field. A dozen different players recorded a point for the Bison, who finish the 2012 season with a 5-12 record.

Every healthy field player saw time for Bucknell, and among the bevy of goal-scorers were freshmen Carly Downs (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Academy), who scored her first two collegiate goals, and Claire Doyle (Vienna, Va./Flint Hill School), who provided a little drama by scoring the first of her career on a last-minute free-position shot just after striking the crossbar with a shot.

Emily Kookogey (Lutherville, Md./Towson) collected three goals, Blair McDonald (Summit, N.J./Kent Place School) added two, and Molly Ford (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's) produced a goal and three assists. Lindsey Ferro (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) also pitched in three assists, giving her a team-best 21 for the season, the seventh-highest total in program history. Bucknell shared the ball well, garnering 15 assists on its 21 goals.

Bucknell outshot Howard 37-16 and forced 25 turnovers. After Hurwitz and Miller staked Bucknell to a 2-0 lead, Howard pulled within 2-1 and 3-2 before Bucknell took control with a 5-0 run. The home team led 11-4 at the half and then quickly stretched the margin to 16-4 with a strong start to the second stanza.

Jaymie Cox, Cynithia Smalls and Jillian Parker scored twice each for Howard (0-12). Parker added a whopping 11 draw controls as Howard finished the day with a 17-15 lead in that category.

Bucknell hit some statistical milestones in this one. Entering this year the program record for draw controls in a season was 51, set by Bonnie Buechel in 2007. Three Bison had at least that many this year. Sajjad had four against Howard and takes over as the new record-holder with 58. Adrienne Wendling (Bethesda, Md./Bullis School) finishes with 54, and Miller, who led the team with five draw controls on Tuesday, finishes with 51.

Sajjad wrapped up the team scoring title with 51 points on 38 goals and 13 assists. The 51 points are tied for eighth-most in program history and are the most ever scored by a Bucknell freshman. The 38 goals are also tied for eighth-most in Bucknell annals and equals Michelle Manion's freshman goal-scoring record, set in 1986.

Miller finishes the season with 24 caused turnovers, tied for seventh-most in school history.

Kookogey hit the 30-goal plateau for the season with her hat trick on Tuesday. Her 31 goals rank third behind Sajjad (38) and Miller (35). Hurwitz went over the 40-point plateau, finishing with 25 goals and 16 assists for 41 points, while Ryan Wenk (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) tallied her 20th goal of the season.

Earlier in the day, Miller was named the 2012 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as a Second Team All-Patriot League honoree. Miller and Ferro were both named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team.

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