March 22, 2011

Robert Morris Ends No. 17 Bucknell's Streak

from press release

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. -- The 17th-ranked Bucknell men's lacrosse team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night with a 7-5 loss to Robert Morris at Mount Lebanon High School. Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) scored two goals for the Bison, but Trevor Moore snapped a 5-all tie with 6:40 to play to give the Colonials their fourth straight win in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

The Bucknell extra-man unit had its best game of the season, converting on 3 of 5 chances, but the Bison struggled offensively at even strength. They were held to a season-scoring low despite a 36-25 shot advantage.

Robert Morris (5-3) scored three straight goals in the third period to take a 3-1 halftime lead. Bucknell had a big third quarter, scoring four of its five goals in a seven-minute span. Two goals in less than a minute from Klipstein and Nick Gantsoudes (Redding, Conn./Avon Old Farms) tied the game at 3-3. Jake Hayes and Taylor Caparosa scored in rapid succession to put the Colonials back up by two, but the Bison closed out the period with goals from Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) and Peter Burke (Walpole, Mass./St. Sebastian's) to knot things up at 5-5.

Burke's goal would be the last of the night for the Bison, however, as Colonials goalie Charles Ruppert made five of his 12 saves in the final quarter. Moore finished a pass from Kiel Matisz with 6:40 remaining, and then Kyle Buchanan tacked on an insurance goal with 19 seconds left.

Faceoffs have been a strength for the Bison, but they won only 5 of 16 in this one. Goalie Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) was credited with six saves.

Bucknell did well defensively, holding Robert Morris more than three goals below its season average. The Colonials led the nation in scoring at better than 15 goals per game last season. Defenseman Mike Huffner (Elmira, N.Y./Notre Dame) and defensive middie Jason Foreit (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) both had three caused turnovers, while Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) led the team with five ground balls.

The Bison return to action on Saturday against No. 16 Albany. Game time is 1 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.


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