April 2, 2011

Bucknell the First to Clinch Patriot Playoff Spot

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Five points from Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and another stifling defensive effort carried the 18th-ranked Bucknell men's lacrosse team to a 10-3 win over Holy Cross on Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison are now 9-2 on the season and 3-0 in the Patriot League, and they have clinched a berth in the Patriot League Tournament later this month.

Danylyshyn, one of eight seniors honored prior their final regular-season home game, recorded three goals and two assists to equal his career high for points in a game. Chase Bailey (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) added two goals and an assist, Peter Burke (Walpole, Mass./St. Sebastian's) scored twice and Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) dished out three assists.

The Bison, who became the first team in the country to reach nine wins this season, got off to a bit of a slow start offensively, but the man-up unit got them going in the second quarter. Bucknell scored three straight EMO goals to ignite a six-goal second quarter, and it finished 4-for-5 with an extra man. The Bison led 7-1 at the half and 10-1 with five minutes to play before Andrew Morici scored a pair of late goals for the Crusaders (0-9, 0-4).

Bucknell entered the game allowing only 7.4 goals per game, and it lowered that figure with another terrific effort on Saturday. The Bison conceded only 10 first-half shots and just 14 through three quarters. With his team leading 1-0 late in the first quarter, goalie Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) robbed Colin Flood with a point-blank save, and then moments later turned aside Douglas Broussard on a fastbreak. Feeney was not tested often, however, and he finished with six saves with only one goal against in 50 minutes of action. Josh Briskman (Weston, Conn./Weston) came on and made one save in the late stages. 

Senior defenseman John Collett (Randolph, N.J./Delbarton) recorded five caused turnovers, while classmate Alex Lyons (Owings Mills, Md./Boys' Latin) forced two turnovers and collected three ground balls. Long-stick middie John Scally (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton) returned from injury and had four ground balls.

Senior short-stick defensive middie Jordan Nies (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) broke open a scoreless tie with 3:12 left in the first quarter, finishing a Danylyshyn feed in transition. It was still 1-0 until the middle of the second quarter, when Bailey scored twice and Burke once, all on extra man in a span of just 3:39.

James Kennedy got Holy Cross on the board with 4:25 left in the half, but Danylyshyn answered with two straight goals, the first coming off a Jason Foreit (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) assist on a fastbreak set up by a defensive-zone ground ball and breakout from Lyons. Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) scored with eight seconds left in the half to make it 7-1.

Bucknell did not score again until the 4:08 mark of the third quarter when Todd Heritage (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) gobbled up a deflected shot and scored past Crusaders' backup goalie Kenny O'Connor. Just over two minutes later, Burke made it 9-1 with a spinning shot from the left side with two defenders draped all over him.

Danylyshyn finished the Bison scoring with 9:25 left in the game with an EMO goal after Klipstein faked out the defense with the hidden-ball trick behind the goal.

Bucknell outshot Holy Cross 37-22, the eighth straight game it has recorded at least 10 more shots than its opponent. The Bison had a 30-25 ground ball edge, but they were outdone 10-7 on faceoffs.

Bucknell is now 21-0 all-time against Holy Cross. The Bison are tied for first in the Patriot League standings alongside Colgate, which defeated Army 13-11 on Saturday. Bucknell faces a difficult finish to the regular season, taking on Army, Lehigh and Colgate all on the road.

Next Saturday the Bison and ninth-ranked Black Knights face off at noon at Michie Stadium.

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