Strong All-Around Effort Leads Bison Men's Lax Past Lehigh, 14-5
April 16, 2010
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Austin Winter (Boonton Twp., N.J./Mountain Lakes) recorded four goals and three assists, Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) became Bucknell's career ground ball leader and the Bucknell men's lacrosse team was outstanding in all phases in Saturday night's 14-5 victory over Lehigh at rainy Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The victory improves the Bison to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League, and it sets up a showdown with Colgate next week for the fourth and final spot in the Patriot League Tournament.
Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) scored two goals and two assists while becoming only the second midfielder in program history to record 30 goals in a season. Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) also tallied two goals and two assists, Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) scored twice and Tim Brandau (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) added two more in his return to the lineup after missing seven games due to knee and ankle injuries suffered against Navy back on March 6.
It was not just the offense that led the Bison to victory. The defense suffocated Lehigh (6-7, 1-4) for most of the night, allowing only five goals on 17 shots, with two of the goals coming late in the game after Bucknell had already built a comfortable 14-3 lead. Alex Lyons (Owings Mills, Md./Boys' Latin), ranked No. 3 nationally in caused turnovers, added three more takeaways to his total, as did defensive mate Jason Neithamer (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes).
Long pole John Scally (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton) picked up five ground balls, most of which came on faceoff play in support of Clarke. The battle of the top two faceoff men in the Patriot League - Clarke and Lehigh's Will Scudder came in ranked 1-2 in faceoff percentage - went decidedly in Bucknell's favor. Clarke won 12 of 17 and the team captured 14 of 22. Clarke won the draw to himself six times, allowing him to break Ryan Goodman's school record for career ground balls. Only a junior, Clarke now has 176 in his career, one more than Goodman.
The special teams and transition units also had big nights. The Bison scored on their first three extra-man opportunities against the top-ranked man-down team in the league. Bucknell was 19-for-20 on clears while riding Lehigh hard all night. The Mountain Hawks were 12-for-19 clearing.
The Bison struck early and often in the opening minutes of the contest. Chris Palmer (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) opened the scoring with a hard lefty shot 2:44 into the game, then Winter and Danylyshyn found the net just 11 seconds apart. All told the three goals came in a span of 55 seconds.
Bucknell pulled off the hidden-ball trick from behind the goal in the opening minute of the second quarter, with Klipstein finding Danylyshyn alone in front for an EMO tally and a 4-0 lead.
The Bison had just let an early 4-1 lead get away in last week's overtime loss to Army, and Lehigh made things interesting soon after the Danylyshyn goal when Jonathan Stumpf scored twice in just 1:26 to make it a 4-2 game.
But for the second out of four times in the contest Winter bull-rushed a defender at the side of the cage and scored from a tough angle to restore the three goal lead. That set off a 10-1 run for Bucknell that lasted well into the fourth quarter.
Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) pinned one in the upper right corner to make it 6-2, and only 11 seconds later Winter fed Brandau for his first goal in over a month. Brandau had 11 goals in the team's first four games and was on a personal-best scoring pace until he hurt his leg on a scramble near the goal crease in the final seconds of regulation against Navy. He finished with two goals in this one and might have had more, but he struck the pipe twice. Nevertheless, Brandau did move up two spots into eighth place on Bucknell's career goals list with 89.
Streep's sharp-angle goal off Palmer's feed with only five seconds left in the half gave the Bison an 8-2 lead at intermission, and Streep scored again with a hard outside shot just 38 seconds into the third quarter to send the Bison on their way.
Bucknell outshot Lehigh 36-17 and won the ground ball battle 30-23. Goalie Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) was only called upon for five saves while allowing three goals. Feeney had a terrific two-save flurry in the first quarter, stopping a hard shot from the right side and then stuffing the rebound attempt.
Winter's seven-point night was his second-highest total of the season, and it continued his dominance of Lehigh. In four career games against the Mountain Hawks, he totaled eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points.
With the victory, this became the winningest senior class in Bucknell history. It was the 37th win for the class of 2010, one more than last year's seniors.
Also on Friday, Colgate posted a 14-9 victory over Patriot League co-leader Lafayette. Bucknell and Colgate are both 2-3 in the league and will square off next Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium to determine the fourth and final Patriot League Tournament participant. That game will start at 1 p.m. and will be Webcast live on Bison Vision.