March 9, 2013

Bucknell Defense Strong Again, Handles UMass

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Senior goalie Kyle Feeney stopped 14 shots to backstop another suffocating defensive performance, and freshman Thomas Flibotte scored three second-half goals to lift Bucknell to a 7-4 win over No. 9/13 Massachusetts on Saturday at sunny Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison scored all seven of their goals in the second half and improved to 4-1 on the season, while the Minutemen fell to 3-3.

In its most recent contest against Navy, Bucknell kept the Midshipmen off the scoreboard for the final 51:08 and won 11-2. The Bison extended that scoreless streak to 67:50 -- more than a full game of shutout defense -- before UMass's Andrew Sokol finally got one past Feeney at the 13:18 mark of the second quarter. That goal broke open a scoreless tie, and the Minutemen would go on to add another one in the second quarter to take a 2-0 lead after an opening 30 minutes dominated by the defenses and goaltenders.

Flibotte, already a two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, got the Bucknell offense going in the third quarter. He broke up Zachary Oliveri's shutout bid with a hard lefty shot from 15 yards out at the 9:49 mark, and just 1:41 later he ducked under a defender and fired with the right hand into the upper right corner to tie the game at 2-all.

The Bison took their first lead of the day at 5:49 of the third when David Dickson picked out Chase Bailey on the right wing to make it 3-2. UMass tied it again with 2:31 left in the period when Kyle Smith scored the second of his three goals, coming on an interior feed from Bobby Tyler.

Another Bison freshman scored back-to-back goals to give them the lead back for good. This time it was attackman Sean Doyle capitalizing on an unsettled situation in the opening minute of the fourth period. Bucknell lost the ball but then took it right back. Dickson picked up the loose ball on the right flank and passed back to Doyle, who scored from distance give the Bison a 4-3 lead. On the next offensive possession, Doyle came from behind the goal and stuffed a shot past Oliveri to make it 5-3.


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