March 26, 2011

Freshmen Lead Bucknell Past Albany

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The freshman combo of Peter Burke (Walpole, Mass./St. Sebastian's) and Todd Heritage (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) had a hand in every one of Bucknell's second-half goals and the 17th-ranked Bison improved to 7-2 on the season with a resilient performance in an 11-9 win over No. 16 Albany Saturday afternoon at sunny-but-chilly Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

Burke, a first-year midfielder who is just coming back from injury, logged three goals and an assist in his second career start. Included in that total was a big fourth-quarter insurance goal. Meanwhile, Heritage had two goals and an assist, all coming in the second half. None was bigger than his goal on a rebound with 3:59 left in the third quarter, which snapped an 8-all tie and gave the Bison the lead for good.

Bucknell dominated time of possession and finished with a resounding 54-22 shot advantage, but Albany (3-4) stayed in the game with its quick-strike offense and a 21-save performance from goalie Edmund Cathers. The Great Danes jumped into the national rankings with consecutive wins over Delaware, No. 5 Massachusetts and No. 13 Ohio State, but now they have lost three straight.

The Bison improved to 5-0 at home this season and 2-1 against ranked opponents. Earlier in the year Bucknell defeated Villanova, which was then ranked No. 20 and is now up to No. 7, with its only loss coming in Lewisburg.

Bucknell was determined to shake off a frustrating loss at Robert Morris on Tuesday, and things seemed dire when Albany scored three times in less than two minutes to take a 6-3 lead in the second quarter. The latter two goals in that run came just 11 seconds apart from Eric Sanders and Ty Thompson, and Bison head coach Frank Fedorjaka called timeouts after each tally.

Momentum quickly swung back in favor of the home side when Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) gobbled up a rebound and stuck it back home with 8:28 left in the second quarter. That ignited a run of five straight goals for the Bison.

Burke scored from a tough angle on the left side off a feed from Klipstein exactly one minute after Klipstein's goal, and then Klipstein himself tied the game with a layup on the crease from a nice feed from Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) with 5:49 left in the half. Just 30 seconds after that, Bucknell took its first lead of the day when Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) spun and shot through a defender.

The Bison led 7-6 and held a whopping 33-10 shot advantage at halftime. Thanks to an Albany unnecessary roughness penalty with two seconds left in the half, Bucknell started the second half with a man advantage and capitalized when Heritage finished a nice diagonal pass from Burke 36 seconds into the period.

Albany was not done, however. Bucknell's only failed clear of the day, coming on an interception by Joe Resetarits, led to a Miles Thompson goal. With 4:59 left in the third quarter, Ty Thompson evened things up at 8-8 with a shot off a feed from Brian Caufield.

Only a minute later, Cathers made an initial save on Streep's outside shot, but the rebound caromed in front and Heritage came darting through traffic to nab the ground ball and fire it back past Cathers for the go-ahead goal. The Bison nearly had another just before the horn, but a tracer from Nick Gantsoudes (Redding, Conn./Avon Old Farms) struck the left pipe.

In the first minute of the fourth quarter Bucknell went back up by two on a goal by Streep off an assist from Heritage, and then Burke made it 11-8 with 11:19 to play.

Albany closed within two on a Miles Thompson goal with 7:23 to play, but Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and the Bucknell defense were tremendous down the stretch. Feeney made five of his eight saves in the fourth quarter, all of them with a high degree of difficulty.

Bucknell went 13-for-22 at the faceoff X, led by a 10-for-15 day from Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Grenwich), who also had eight ground balls in the game. Freshman Jackson Place (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal Academy) had five ground balls playing the wing on faceoffs, and defensemen John Collett (Randolph, N.J./Delbarton) and Alex Lyons (Owings Mills, Md./Boys' Latin) added five ground balls apiece.

Streep, Heritage and Klipstein all finished with two goals and one assist, while Danylyshyn had two assists for the Bison. Gantsoudes and Chase Bailey (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) chipped in goals as well. The Bison played without hot-scoring middie Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) for a second straight game due to injury.

Resetarits had a six-point game with three goals and three assists for Albany. Miles Thompson added three goals and Matt Johnson three assists.

Bucknell has two more home games next week, coming against Penn State on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Holy Cross on Saturday at 3 p.m. Both games will air live on Bison Vision.


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