WORCESTER, Mass. – The Bucknell men's lacrosse team rolled to a 12-4 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday at Kuzniewski Field.
The Bison (4-2, 2-1 Patriot League) raced out to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, limiting the Crusaders (1-5, 0-3 Patriot League) to just three goals the rest of the way. They last held a Patriot League opponent to four or fewer goals back in 2014, when they scored a 7-3 win over Boston University and a 13-1 victory over Lafayette at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
Entering the game, Will Sands needed just four points to become the third Bison to reach the 200-point threshold. And the senior standout got exactly what he needed, finishing the day with one goal and three assists. He reached the milestone with a helper on a Sean O'Brien strike at the 2:09 mark of the third quarter.
THERE IT IS! With this assist, Will Sands becomes the third Bison to reach the 200-point plateau!— Bucknell Men's Lax (@Bucknell_MLAX) March 10, 2018
Sands now has 200 career points on 93 goals and 107 assists. #rayBucknell #EnterSandsman pic.twitter.com/JEUWI7YYtN
Sands, who now boasts 93 goals and 107 assists, joined Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame members Chris Cara (2002-05, 249 points) and Pete von Hoffmann (1976-79, 220 points) as the only Bison to reach this career milestone. This season, he has 32 points (11g-21a), an average of 5.33 per game.
Freshman Tommy Sopko tied Sands for the game high with four points on three goals and one assist. The freshman's hat trick was the first of his collegiate career, and his four points is a new career high.
Connor O'Hara was instrumental in Bucknell's explosive opening quarter, recording a hat trick in less than a five-minute window. Two of his goals came in a 36-second span, and his final one came as he was falling to the ground. Reed Malas (2g-1a) and O'Brien (2g) also had multi-point outings for the Bison.
With 1:44 remaining in regulation, freshman Sumner Brumbaugh netted his first collegiate goal to cap the scoring.
Bucknell scored eight unanswered goals from the 10:09 mark of the first quarter to the 10:27 mark of the second. While Holy Cross regrouped defensively to only allow four goals the rest of the way, that effort wouldn't be enough to mount a comeback.
Christian Klipstein only faced 10 shots over the course of the contest and finished with six saves. Four Bison, O'Brien, Bryant Boswell, Brad Landry and Lukas Munoz collected at least three ground balls while Munoz tied Klipstein for the team high with two caused turnovers.
The Bison next return to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium for a 1 p.m. game against Boston University on Saturday, March 17.