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Kyle Shanahan
Kyle Shanahan
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Men's Lax Hosts No. 16 Lehigh Saturday in PL Title Game Rematch
Release:   03/07/2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- A rematch of the 2013 Patriot League men's lacrosse championship game takes place Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium when Bucknell hosts 16th-ranked Lehigh at noon on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network. Both teams are 1-1 in league play but are looking to bounce back from losses, as the Bison fell 9-8 at Colgate and Lehigh lost 14-7 at home to Loyola last Saturday.

Bucknell is 2-2 overall, with the wins coming at home over Delaware and Navy. Last week at Colgate Todd Heritage paced the offense with three goals, including the 100th of his career. He has six goals on the season, one behind Sean Doyle for the team lead. Doyle, who scored four goals in the win over Navy, also has four assists and leads the team with 11 points. Middie Thomas Flibotte also has six goals, and Tewaaraton Trophy candidate David Dickson has three goals and four assists.

Defensively, the Bison are allowing only 7.8 goals per game, and goalie Sam Grinberg is playing to a .544 save percentage. All-star defenseman Jackson Place leads the team with 10 caused turnovers, and long-stick middie Alex Spring has a team-high 12 ground balls through four games.

Defending-champion Lehigh jumped out to a 4-0 start before suffering its first loss last week at the hands of Patriot League newcomer Loyola. The Mountain Hawks topped Furman (13-6), Marquette (13-6), Villanova (7-6 OT) and Boston University (10-7).

Patrick Corbett paces the Lehigh offense with 11 goals, while Reid Weber is the points leader with 13 on eight goals and five assists. Dan Taylor (5-4-9), Kurtis Kaunas (4-2-6) and Alex Eaton (3-3-6) are also top scorers.

Lehigh features one of the league's top goalies in Matt Poillon, who has a .552 save percentage and a 7.58 goals-against average. Ryan Buttenbaum has won 56.4 percent of his faceoffs.

Bucknell has a 33-13 lead in the all-time series with Lehigh, although the Mountain Hawks won the last three meetings, including an 11-5 decision in last year's championship game in Bethlehem.

These two teams first met in 1969, the second year of varsity lacrosse at Bucknell. The Bison had won six straight and 12 of 13 before Lehigh prevailed 9-8 on a goal with 13.8 seconds remaining in 2012. Lehigh had not won in Lewisburg since 1998 until claiming an 11-7 verdict here last season. Bucknell is now 20-4 against the Mountain Hawks at home. 

Bucknell continues its difficult early season schedule next Tuesday with a road test at No. 4/6 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels are 3-1 heading into a Friday-evening game at Princeton. Tuesday's Bucknell-North Carolina game will be streamed live on ESPN3. 

 

 

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