March 19, 2011

Bucknell Moves to 6-1 with Win at Lafayette

from press release

EASTON, Pa. -- Billy Eisenreich and Ryan Klipstein both chalked up hat tricks to lead the Bucknell men's lacrosse team to an 11-8 Patriot League win at Lafayette on Saturday at Fisher Stadium. The Bison have now won four games in a row and are 2-0 in the Patriot League and 6-1 overall.

Charlie Streep and Nick Gantsoudes added two goals apiece for the Bison, who avenged a 16-15 loss to the Leopards a year ago. Tom Perini had five goals for Lafayette, now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Bucknell won this one with big runs in each half. The Leopards scored just 12 seconds into the conetst -- one of three times in the game Cesar Munoz had a quick assist off a faceoff win -- and Lafayette led 2-1 late in the opening quarter when the Bison took the game over with a 5-0 run.

Eisenreich, who has been red hot lately, scored unassisted goals 64 seconds apart to put Bucknell in front, and Gantsoudes scored off a Todd Heritage feed with just one second left in the period to make it 4-2.

Eisenreich and Klipstein scored unassisted goals in the opening three minutes of the second quarter to put the Bison ahead 6-2. Bucknell has had difficulty protecting early leads, however, and the trend continued on Saturday as Lafayette pulled within 6-3 at the half on a Greg Allis goal, and then scored twice in nine seconds early in the third quarter to make it a 6-5 game.

Mike Danylyshyn scored an extra-man goal off a Klipstein assist at the 9:58 mark to end the Leopards' run, but right off the faceoff Munoz fed Stefan Bauer to trim the deficit to one goal again.
 
Bucknell finally regained some separation with a four-goal surge bridging the third and fourth quarters. Streep scored the first two goals in the run to make it 9-6 after three periods, and then Klipstein tacked on two insurance goals to start the fourth-quarter scoring, the latter giving the Bison a commanding 11-6 lead with 7:47 left.

Perini's fifth of the day came only five seconds after Bucknell's 11th goal, but the Leopards would only manage one more tally in the final two minutes.

Bucknell outshot Lafayette 39-24 and received nine saves from goalie Kyle Feeney. Ed Stubits stopped 14 shots for the Leopards. The Bison committed only 12 turnovers in the game and won the ground ball battle 28-26.

Jake Clarke went 10-for-17 at the faceoff X with nine ground balls, while defenseman Alex Lyons picked up seven ground balls.

Bucknell returns to action on Tuesday night against Robert Morris at Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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