Bucknell Men's Lacrosse Visits Hobart Saturday
March 10, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell and Hobart, two teams that have engaged in some classic lacrosse games through the years, meet again Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) in a non-conference affair in Geneva, N.Y. The Bison, ranked No. 19 in this week's Inside Lacrosse media poll, are 3-1 after Monday's thrilling double-overtime win over Navy, while Hobart comes in at 1-3.
Bucknell opened the season with home wins over Canisius and 20th-ranked Villanova, then went on the road and lost a close 8-6 decision to No. 14 Penn. On Monday, the Bison survived a late Navy rally and beat the Midshipmen 12-11 on freshman Todd Heritage's goal in the second overtime period.
The Bucknell midfield had its best collective game of the season on Monday. The top middie line combined for six goals and nine assists. Billy Eisenreich was the primary catalyst, producing a career-high seven points on two goals and five assists. Mike Danylyshyn added two goals and three assists for a career-high-tying five points, while Nick Gantsoudes threw in two goals and an assist.
Bucknell has outscored foes 45-29 through four games, with good scoring balance. Senior attackman Ryan Klipstein, who had a hat trick in the Navy game and four goals in the Villanova win, leads the team with 11 goals and 14 points. Eisenreich (5-6-11), Gantsoudes (8-2-10), Danylyshyn (5-5-10), Heritage (6-2-8) and attackman Charlie Streep (4-3-7) give Bucknell six players with at least seven points already.
Despite allowing 11 goals to Navy, the veteran defense has been solid all season, allowing just over seven goals per game. Senior Alex Lyons leads the close defense trio with 16 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while senior Jake Clarke has a team-high 24 ground balls while winning 55.7 percent of his faceoffs.
Sophomore goalie Kyle Feeney is off to a fast start in 2011. Feeney made a big save in overtime to preserve the Navy win, and he 35 saves with only 28 goals against for a .556 save percentage and 7.29 goals-against average on the season.
Hobart opened the season with a 9-8 win at Robert Morris, but since then has dropped three straight to No. 6 Cornell (14-9), Colgate (11-7) and Binghamton (11-5).
Sam Miller is the Statesmen's top scorer with 10 points on eight goals and two assists. Chris Pedersen and Tyler Smith have four goals apiece.
Hobart has been dominant in the faceoff area this season. Bobby Datillo has taken every one of the team's draws and is 57-for-86 (.663) with 35 ground balls.
Bucknell and Hobart first met all the way back in 1972, and the Statesmen have a 16-6 series lead. Five of the last nine meetings have been decided by one goal as well as two others by two goals.
Last season, Streep's four-goal day led Bucknell to a 9-7 win at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Feeney made 11 saves for the Bison, who outscored Hobart 4-1 in the third quarter to break open a 3-3 game at the half. Doug Shiver and Mike Lazore scored twice each and Chris Pedersen had three assists for Hobart
Bison head coach Frank Fedorjaka is a 1989 Hobart graduate. He is 3-2 against his alma mater as a head coach. He enjoyed a stellar career in both lacrosse and football at Hobart. He was a starting long-stick defensive midfielder on three NCAA Division III national championship teams. He was also a three-year starter at wide receiver for the Statesman football team and earned All-America honors in 1988.Fedorjaka broke all of the school's reception records and was Hobart's all-time leading receiver until 2004. He was named Hobart's Athlete of the Year in 1989.
Following the Hobart game, Bucknell will return home to face Hartford next Wednesday at noon.