LEWISBURG, Pa.  – Colgate scored three extra-man goals in the first quarter and won 17 of 27 faceoffs overall on the way to a 15-10 victory over Bucknell in men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison fell to 2-2 on the season as they lost their Patriot League opener, while the Raiders (1-2, 1-0 PL) picked up their first victory of the year.

Sean O’Brien and Reed Malas led Bucknell with three goals apiece, while Will Sands contributed two goals and two assists. Colgate was led by three goals from Sam Cleveland, Anthony Abbadessa and Chase Wittich. Nick Petkevich added one goal and four assists.

Three straight goals by Bucknell to open the second quarter tied the score at 5-5, but Colgate scored nine of the game’s next 10 goals to open up a game-high 14-6 advantage. Abbadessa scored all three of his goals during that stretch, while Wittich added two scores.

The Bison did score four of the game’s final five goals, including man-up opportunities by O’Brien and Connor O’Hara, but it came a little too late.

Thanks to goals by Quinn Collison and Malas, Bucknell led 2-1 in the opening minutes of the first quarter. However, Colgate scored four straight goals to end the quarter, including three extra-man scores. The Raiders converted 4 of 7 extra-man opportunities in the game.

There were a total of 16 penalties called in the game, including nine on Bucknell.

Christian Klipstein totaled 13 saves in goal for the Bison. His counterpart, Brandon Burke, also registered 13 saves for the Raiders.

Collin Orr won 15 of 24 faceoffs for Colgate. Bucknell had four different players take faceoffs with Jarrett Witzal winning a team-high 6 of 15.

The two teams were relatively similar in most statistical categories as Bucknell led in shots 44-41, Colgate held a 33-28 lead in ground balls and the Bison had 13 turnovers compared to 15 for the Raiders.

The final five-goal margin snapped a string of one-goal games for Bucknell, which opened the season with three consecutive contests decided by one goal.  

The start of the game was delayed approximately 40 minutes due to lightning in the area, which was detected just one minute before the scheduled opening faceoff.

The Bison, who have played their last three games at home, will hit the road next Saturday, March 4, for a 2:30 p.m. contest at Navy.