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Army earns historic 10th season win in nail-biter over Bucknell

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By West Point Sports

The Army West Point women’s lacrosse team closed out its 2018 regular season by outlasting Bucknell on the road, 10-9, Friday afternoon.

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With the win, the Black Knights earned their first 10-win season, owning a 10-7 mark overall and 4-5 in Patriot League play. Army also kept its postseason hopes alive as it can still clinch the program’s first berth to the league tournament if Lafayette beats Colgate tomorrow afternoon.

Army got its offense going early by scoring three goals over the span of 1:20. Rookie Cameron Manor netted the initial goal on an 8-meter shot. The insurance came 30 seconds later when Rilee Scott took a pass from Rachel Hornick and dodged multiple defenders before juking the Bison goalkeeper and finding the back of the cage. Hornick then found classmate Amy Johnston who capped the early run.

While the Black Knights maintained the lead throughout the entirety of the opening period, four of the final six goals in the first half belonged to Bucknell trimmed the visitors’ lead to just one at the break, 5-4.

Feeding off of the energy of scoring with 14 seconds left in the first stanza, the Bison added three more goals to kick off the final 30 minutes and lead 7-5 with 16-and-a-half-minutes remaining.

Hornick got the Army offense going again as she has done so many times throughout her career, scoring her team-leading 25th goal of the season and snapping a 21:29 scoring drought. The Calvert, Md., native’s tally sparked another 3-0 run by the Cadets as rookie Beth Hofmann tied the game before Maddie Miller put the Black Knights back on top.

The two sides traded goals late and were knotted at nine apiece with 3:23 left in the contest. After both teams had opportunities to break the tie late, Scott brought the ball down the left side inside the final minute. She dished the ball to Miller who was drifting behind the cage, but she quickly received the ball back after cutting toward the front of the cage. Scott buried the shot with 35 seconds left in what turned into the game-winning goal and kept Army’s playoff hopes alive.

Army Highlights and Game Notes

Army posted its first 10-win season in program history.

The Cadets finished the 2018 campaign with a program-record four wins in league play.

Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera earned her 20th victory at the helm of the Black Knights.

Johnston recorded her third 30-point season.

Scott became the sixth player with at least 20 goals this season.

The Berwyn, Pa., native has now scored a goal in each of the last seven games.

Sophomore goalie Maddie Burns made 10 saves in the win, stretching her streak of double-digit saves to five games.

Rookie Cameron Manor notched her fifth multi-goal effort of the season.

WHAT’S THE WORD?

n Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera — “Today wasn’t our prettiest performance by any means, but we were sharp and tough in the final minute of the game when the score was tied. That made the difference today. At times, we really struggled to find our rhythm on the offensive end of the ball, but our effort on the draw controls and ground balls kept us in the game. I’m really proud to see this team earn our 10th win of the season and be in a position to vie for a spot in the Patriot League tournament.”

n Sr. Attacker Rachel Hornick — “We came out really hot in the beginning because we knew if we just kept the ball movement up, we’d get Bucknell on its heels. Towards the middle of the game, we just had some trouble with turnovers and we weren’t converting on our chances. We knew this wasn’t how we wanted to end our season, and the girls just came alive in the final 15 minutes of the game. I’m so proud of how we responded as a group. This was truly a team effort from our defense to our work on the draw and the selfless play on attack.”

n So. Midfielder Rilee Scott — “Today was a tough fight, but I think it came down to heart and hustle.
We knew it would be a
battle, but we really wanted to finish strong in the
Patriot League. I think through everyone’s goals today we just wanted to use the momentum to keep
the ball rolling on our side
of the field. We kept fighting and played smart towards the end of the game.
That allowed us to come
out on top.” n