Bucknell Spoils Navy Comeback, Wins in Double Overtime
from press release
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Freshman Todd Heritage (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) scored with 2:40 remaining in double overtime, lifting the Bucknell men's lacrosse team to a heart-stopping 12-11 win over Navy Monday night at chilly Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led a huge night for the Bison midfield with two goals and five assists, including the pass that set up the winning goal, as Bucknell improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League.
This was the fifth straight one-goal game played between Bucknell and Navy, and the seventh in 11 all-time meetings. It didn't seem like much drama was in order when Chase Bailey (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) scored with 1:15 remaining to give the Bison an 11-9 lead, but Mikk Davis rescued the Midshipmen with two goals in the final 18 seconds to force overtime.
The Bison received six goals and nine assists from its starting midfield. Eisenreich, whose previous career high was three points in a game, had seven in this one. Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) tied his career high with five points on two goals and three assists, and Nick Gantsoudes (Redding, Conn./Avon Old Farms) tallied two goals and one assist.
Tucker Hull registered four goals and two assists for Navy, which fell to 1-4 on the season and 0-2 in the Patriot League. The Mids, who lost at Lehigh last week, also got three goals from Davis, two goals and two assists from Sam Jones and a goal and four assists from Andy Warner.
In their previous 10 games with Navy dating back to 1996, the Bison had never scored more than eight goals against the Midshipmen. But in this one they had seven by halftime and nine by the time just 2:19 had elapsed in the third quarter.
It was a game of runs early, as Bucknell shook off an early Davis goal by scoring four in a row to go up 4-1. Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep), who had a hat trick of his own in the game, tied it with a nice individual move in front of the crease, and then Eisenreich, Danylyshyn and Gantsoudes all scored in a span of just 77 seconds.
Navy then scored three in a row, capped by a Brian Striffler goal off a Jones feed, tying the game at 4-all early in the second quarter. Later in the half it was 5-5 when Klipstein scored two straight to put the Bison up 7-5 at intermission. Heritage scored his first of the night just 44 seconds into the second half, and then Eisenreich made it 9-5 when he scored off a nice feed from Danylyshyn.
Navy was not done, however, even though Danylyshyn had given Bucknell a 10-7 lead with a sweet juke to the left of the goal with 7:54 left in regulation. Warner scored with 3:47 left to make it 10-8, and then Warner fed Jones to make it 10-9 with 1:59 left.
Navy won the ensuing faceoff, but defenseman Mike Huffner (Elmira, N.Y./Notre Dame) forced a turnover, nabbed the ground ball near the sideline and then drew a penalty after being pushed from behind. Bucknell converted on the extra-man opportunity, with Eisenreich finding Bailey in front to make it 11-9 with 1:15 left.
Bucknell had been dominating the faceoff game earlier in the night, but Navy won numerous big ones down the stretch. After the Bailey goal, the faceoff scramble went out of bounds to Navy. The Bison made Navy chew considerable time off the clock, but the Mids finally got a shot off with 18 seconds left after Warner lobbed a pass to the weak side for Davis, who scored to make it 11-10.
The Bison were called for an infraction on the next faceoff, and while the Bucknell coaching staff was trying to get a timeout, the ball was put back in play. In a mad scramble to the finish, Hull passed back to Davis, who scored from about 10 yards out to tie the game.
Navy won the faceoff to start overtime and dominated possession throughout the four-minute period. The Bucknell defense came up with two stops, the latter on a nice save by Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) on Hull's 8-yard lefty attempt from the right side, but both times the Bison failed to clear.
The Midshipmen ran out of time before they could get a last shot off, but Logan West won another draw to start the second OT session. As Navy was trying to get its offense settled, an uncontested Davis sent a low pass skipping out of bounds.
Bucknell took advantage of Navy's 16th turnover of the night, scoring on its only offensive-zone possession in either overtime period. Eisenreich had the ball high on the left side and threaded a nice pass to a cutting Heritage. The freshman buried the five-yard shot, triggering a wild celebration atop a snow bank behind the goal.
Bucknell outshot Navy 38-24 and had a 34-26 edge in ground balls. Navy goalie RJ Wickham made 10 saves, three coming in the fourth quarter, while Feeney had seven stops for Bucknell.
Led by Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) and Ryan Gutowski (Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall), Bucknell won the first six faceoffs of the night and 10 of 14 in the first half. The Bison ended up winning 15 of 28 in the game. Clarke went 11-for-21 and secured a game-high 11 ground balls. Gutowski was 4-for-7.
Now 3-0 at home this season, the Bison defeated Navy for the fourth time in 11 all-time meetings.
Next up is a road game Saturday at Hobart at 1 p.m.