March 16, 2013

Heritage, Dickson Lead Bison Past Leopards

from press release

EASTON, Pa. — Todd Heritage scored five goals, David Dickson handed out five assists and freshman Thomas Flibotte scored three times to finish off a nine-goal week, leading the 18th-ranked Bucknell men's lacrosse team to a 13-6 Patriot League road win over Lafayette on Saturday night at chilly Fisher Stadium. The Bison, now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League, won their fifth game in a row heading into a tough test at No. 2 Cornell on Tuesday.

Bucknell led 4-2 after one period and 7-3 at the half, but Lafayette got back in it by posting the only two goals of the third quarter. Kevin Wanke's tally pulled the Leopards within 7-5, but the Bison regained control with three straight goals from Heritage, Chase Bailey and Sean Doyle, and they outscored Lafayette 6-1 in the fourth quarter.

Dickson, who now has a league-high 22 assists in seven games this season, made a great feed to Heritage on that momentum-changing eighth goal. Dickson broke free from a defender at the with a change of direction at the point, and he somehow threaded a diagonal pass through traffic to Heritage for the quick-stick goal.

A clean faceoff win by Ryan Gutowski led to a fastbreak goal for Bailey just 28 seconds later, and then Doyle was on the receiving end of a Dickson pass to make it 10-5 with 9:35 to play.

Dickson also nabbed five ground balls in the game, and he has produced multiple assists in every game this season. The freshman Doyle logged two goals and three assists, and classmate Brock Ghelfi scored a pair of early goals to make it a seven-goal, three-assist evening for the first-year class.

Flibotte tied a Bucknell freshman record with a six-goal game in Tuesday's 17-8 rout of No. 13 Drexel. Against Lafayette he scored in the first, second and fourth quarters, and he now has a team-high 19 goals on the season, one more than Heritage.

Lafayette, which owns a win over Georgetown this season, received a pair of goals from Wanke and a goal and two assists from both Morgan Westby and Sonny Round.

The Bison finished with a 45-27 edge in shots and a 30-24 advantage in ground balls, even though the Leopards won 15 of the 23 faceoffs.

Bison goalie Kyle Feeney made nine of his 10 saves in the second half. Jake Hyatt stopped 12 shots, eight of which came in the second half.

Bucknell and Cornell will meet for the first time on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y. The second-ranked Big Red improved to 6-0 with a 12-10 win at No. 15 Yale on Saturday.


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