April 25, 2009
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The Bucknell men’s lacrosse team is back in the Patriot League championship game for the second year in a row, this time as the home team. The Bison, who fell to Colgate in their first final appearance in 2008, will face third-seeded Navy on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. In Friday’s first semifinal matchup, Bucknell ralled past Army 10-8, then later in the evening Navy outlasted Colgate 9-8 in triple overtime. While the Bison are looking for their first Patriot League Tournament title, the Midshipmen are seeking their fifth in six years. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The championship game will be televised live on CBS College Sports, with Jason Chandler and Paul Carcaterra on the call. Tickets to the tournament will be on sale at the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium ticket windows beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 16. Students at the participating schools are admitted free with student ID.
With a Win over Navy, Bucknell Would ...
• ... win the Patriot League Tournament for the first time.
• ... win its sixth overall Patriot League championship.
• ... earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• ... reach 10 wins for the third straight season and sixth time in school history.
• ... become the first Patriot League team to defeat Navy twice in one season.
• ... improve to 6-2 at home this season.
• ... improve to 4-3 against ranked opponents in 2009.
How the Bison Got Here
Bucknell earned the No. 1 seed for the Patriot League Tournament by sweeping all six regular-season league games. The regular-season championship came down to a battle of unbeatens last Saturday at Colgate, and Bucknell came home with a convincing 19-11 victory. This is the third time the Bison have gone unbeaten in Patriot League play. Prior to the advent of the Patriot League Tournament, they went 6-0 in 2001 and 5-0 in 1996.
How the Midshipmen Got Here
For the first time during their six-year tenure in the Patriot League, Navy lost more than one regular-season conference game. The Midshipmen lost their opener at Bucknell 8-7 on Feb. 28, and on March 21 they fell to Colgate 10-9. Navy finished 4-2 in the league, and despite being the highest-ranked team in the tournament, comes in as the No. 3 seed.
Bison Drop Army in Semifinals
Austin Winter scored the tying goal and assisted on the game-winner in the fourth quarter as Bucknell held off Army 10-8 on Friday in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. Neither team led by more than one goal until Army went up 7-5 late in the third quarter, but the Bison tallied five of the last six goals to pull out the win. Charlie Streep’s buzzer-beater tied the game at 7-all at the end of the third quarter, and after Army went back up early in the fourth, the Bison scored the final three. Winter’s unassisted goal with 9:47 left tied it, then the Patriot League assist leader made a perfect feed to Joe Mele to make it 9-8 Bucknell with 2:58 to play. Perry Menzies added an empty-netter with 36 seconds left.
It was a tale of two games for Bucknell senior goalie Nick Sciubba. The Bison netminder was pulled after allowing Sean O’Sullivan’s shot to get through his legs with 3:49 left in the second quarter. He re-entered in the third quarter, and with Bucknell protecting a 9-8 lead in the final three minutes he made two highlight-reel saves on Jeremy Boltus and Jason Peyer. He made another tough stop in the closing seconds to punctuate the win.
More From Army
Freshman middie Charlie Streep had two goals and two assists for four points ... for the third time this season, he carried the ball in from the corner on a re-start and scored with less than one second remaining in a period ... this time he did it at the end of the third to tie the game at 7-7 ... Perry Menzies and Austin Winter both had two goals and an assist, while Joe Mele scored a pair of goals ... Bucknell outshot Army 32-26 and won the ground ball battle 34-27 ... Army had 21 turnovers in the game compared to only 13 for the Bison ... eight of the Army miscues came against the Bucknell ride ... Bucknell was not penalized in the game, while its own EMO unit went 1-for-2 ... Billy Haire and Jake Clarke both had a team-high five ground balls.
Bucknell Routs Colgate to Finish 6-0 in PL
Needing a win to earn the No. 1 seed, Bucknell put together another fantastic offensive performance in a 19-11 victory at No. 13 Colgate last Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium. Bucknell led 9-7 at the end of a wild first half, then outscored the Raiders 6-1 in a dominant third quarter. The Bison outscored Colgate 12-2 during a key stretch in the middle of the game and ended up setting a program record for goals against a ranked opponent. Freshman Charlie Streep scored a career-high five goals, while senior Joe Mele had two goals and two assists. Four other Bison scored two goals, and goalie Nick Sciubba was solid with 13 saves.
More From Colgate
The 19 goals marked Bucknell’s highest output against the Raiders since a 21-3 win in 1979, the very first meeting between the two teams ... Austin Winter and Mike Danylyshyn both had two goals and one assist ... Chris Palmer recorded his first career multi-goal game ... freshman long pole Jason Neithamer scored his first career goal ... Colgate jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, then Charlie Streep scored twice in 1:15 to tie it ... Streep also scored with 0:01 left in the first half to give the Bison a 9-7 lead ... Colgate won 22 of 33 faceoffs, but Bison faceoff man Jake Clarke still had a good day ... he was credited with 10 ground balls and two assists ... twice in the game Bucknell scored less than 10 seconds after a Colgate goal, with Clarke assisting on both ... the Bison scored in seven seconds in the first quarter and in nine seconds in the third period ... the victory snapped a five-game losing streak to Colgate.
Bucknell vs. Navy, Part 1
Freshman middie Charlie Streep scored just before the final buzzer, lifting the Bison to a wild 8-7 victory over No. 12 Navy on Feb. 28 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Bucknell seemed to be in complete control with a 7-3 lead through three quarters, but the Midshipmen came storming back in the final period. Navy scored four straight goals, the last tying the game at 7-7 with 1:30 to play. But Jake Clarke won the critical faceoff for the Bison, and after three shots missed the net in closing seconds, Streep took possession of the ball on a restart in the deep right corner with 0:05 showing on the clock. With standout short-stick defensive middie Geoff Leone — a Preseason First Team All-American — marking him, Streep sprinted to the goal and scored in traffic while taking a wallop from a defender, setting off a jubilant celebration from the Bucknell bench.
More From Navy
Bucknell received half of its eight goals from freshmen midfielders, as Charlie Streep scored twice and Nick Gantsoudes and Billy Eisenreich both recorded their first career goals ... sophomore Ryan Klipstein also registered two goals, including a highlight-reel, behind-the-back shot in the first quarter that gave the Bison a 2-1 lead ... junior attackmen Tim Brandau and Austin Winter combined for five assists, with a career-high three coming from Brandau ... senior goalie Nick Sciubba bounced back from a tough outing at Ohio State and stopped 13 shots in the win over Navy ... Bucknell won six of the 18 faceoffs, but it captured three big ones in the fourth quarter ... the Mids held a 27-26 shot advantage and won the ground ball game 32-23 ... sophomore Jake Clarke led the Bison with six ground balls, while senior Billy Haire had three.
Bucknell Patriot League Tournament History
After three straight semifinal losses, Bucknell finally broke through last season and made it out of the first round. All five of Bucknell’s semifinal games have been decided by two goals or less, including four one-goal games.
Year Opponent Score Notable
2004 Hobart 10-9 L Bucknell up 9-7 in 4th, Hobart scores last three goals.
2005 Army 9-8 (OT) L Bison score twice in last 3:00 of regulation to tie, but Army wins in OT
2007 Colgate 11-10 L Down 11-6 with 3:00 left, BU scores four straight and has last shot saved with 0:15 left
2008 Army 8-7 W Bison trail 7-6 in third, Perry Menzies scores tying and go-ahead goals
2008 Colgate 13-9 L Raiders spoil Bucknell's first championship app., break open close game with 6-goal 4th
2009 Army 10-8 W Bison down 7-5 in third, end game on 5-1 run