February 8, 2014

Bucknell Rides Defense to Win over Delaware

from Press Release

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Bucknell Recap

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Six different Bison scored goals and the No. 15 Bucknell men's lacrosse team used a strong defensive effort to defeat Delaware 6-4 in its 2014 season opener Saturday evening at a cold Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium that just a couple days prior had a few inches of snow covering the playing surface. JuniorSam Grinberg made his first start in goal for the Bison and made 12 saves, including eight in the first half.

The win was the second straight season-opening victory over the Blue Hens (1-1) for Bucknell (1-0). It is the third straight year the Bison have opened their campaign with Delaware and the previous two meetings were each decided by one goal.

The Bucknell defense was strong throughout as it held Delaware to three goals, including just one in the second half, until the Blue Hens added a goal with three seconds remaining when the outcome had already been decided. In fact, Delaware scored just one goal in a span of 39:54 until that last-second tally.

Thanks to the strong play on the defensive end of the field, Bucknell earned the victory despite not finding the back of the net over the final 24:45 of play.

Seven of the game's 10 goals were scored in the first half as Bucknell built a 5-2 lead at the intermission. Ryan Joseph, Todd Heritage and Thomas Flibotte each tallied unassisted goals in the first quarter to stake the Bison to a 3-2 lead. Ryan's goal came when he ran in from the left side, while Heritage's came on a rebound. Flibotte scored shortly after Delaware failed to clear the ball.

A goal by Delaware's Tom Holland five minutes into the second period brought the Blue Hens to within 3-2, but three straight Bison scores gave Bucknell its largest lead of the game (6-2) with 9:45 left in the third quarter. Peter Burke, Kyle Shanahan and Sean Doyle registered the goals for Bucknell. Shanahan assisted on Burke's goal, making him the only Bison with a multi-point outing.

Bucknell finished 21-for-21 on clears, compared to 14-for-19 for Delaware. The Bison held a 37-33 edge in shots and after trailing 27-14 in ground balls at one point, finished with a smaller 32-25 deficit in that category.

The Blue Hens won eight of the 13 faceoffs and were 2-for-6 in man-up situations. Bucknell was 0-for-4 in extra-man opportunities.

Like Bucknell, which had a different goal scorer every time, Delaware had four different players tally goals as Connor McRoy, Tom Holland, Connor Frisina and Brian Kormondy each found the back of the net.

Conor Peaks finished with 11 saves in goal for the Blue Hens.

Bucknell will hit the road for the first time in 2014 next Saturday when it plays a 1 p.m. game in Providence, R.I., vs. Bryant.



Delaware Recap

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad found itself on the short end of a hard-fought, low-scoring affair Saturday evening as the Blue Hens dropped a 6-4 non-league verdict to host Bucknell.

Delaware (1-1), which opened its season with a 10-3 win over High Point last week, could manage just a single goal in each period in dropping its first contest of the season.

No. 15 ranked Bucknell (1-0), which was playing it season opener, jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and led the rest of the way as the Bison downed Delaware for the second straight year but for only the second time in the last 23 meetings.

"This was a hard-fought, physical game and both teams really went at it," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. "There was great goaltending by both teams and it was pretty evenly matched the entire day. We had some good opportunities and we just didn't capitalize on the offensive end."

Delaware sophomore Connor Frisina and senior Connor McRoy each scored a goal and added an assist while Tom Holland and Brian Kormondy tallied the other two goals. Blue Hen sophomore goalkeeper Conor Peaks recorded his second straight outstanding effort as he turned back 11 Bucknell shots.

Bucknell got single goals from six different players with Kyle Shanahan also adding an assist. Goalkeeper Sam Grinberg recorded 12 saves.

The game was a virtual standstill statistically. Bucknell held a slim 37-33 on shots while Delaware held a 32-25 advantage in groundballs and had just one more turnover (13-12) than the Bison. The Blue Hens won 8 of 13 faceoffs with Tyler Barbarich winning six of eight draws.

McRoy tied the game at 1-1 four minutes into the game, but Bucknell responded with two straight goals and tallied five of the next six to take control at 6-2 early in the third quarter.

Delaware got a man-up goal by Frisina with 7:24 left in the third quarter that cut the lead to 6-3 but neither team scored again until Kormondy scored with just three seconds left to play.

The Blue Hens converted on 2 of 6 extra-man goal opportunities and killed all four of their own penalties. Delaware has now killed all nine penalties this season.

Delaware will return to action next Saturday, Feb. 15, when the Hens host Fairfield at 1 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

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