March 22, 2014

Shorthanded Bison Top Boston University, 7-3

from Press Release

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell goalie Sam Grinberg made eight of his 13 saves in the second half, and a defensive unit featuring two freshmen starters shut out Boston University for the final 43 minutes of the game in a 7-3 Bison victory on Saturday at breezy Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. David Dickson, Quinn Collison and Brock Ghelfi all had three-point showings for the Bison, who won their third game in a row to improve to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League.

A shorthanded Bison squad trailed 3-2 after conceding a transition goal in the opening moments of the second period, but Bucknell would outscore the Terriers 5-0 over the final 43:21 of the contest.

Grinberg was at his very best, turning away Boston University time after time in the second half. He stopped three shots in the third quarter and five more in the fourth, including a key stop on Craig Zebrowski to help clinch the win with 2:02 remaining. Junior defenseman Ben Kellar caused four turnovers and picked up three ground balls while anchoring a close defense unit that also featured rookies Mike Schiappa and Evan Bernstein. Schiappa collected six ground balls, Bernstein forced two turnovers, and sophomore long-stick defensive midfielder Alex Spring had another terrific game with three caused turnovers and six ground balls.

Bucknell limited the Terriers to just three goals despite winning only two of the 14 faceoffs. Boston University's Sam Talkow was a perfect 12-for-12 at the X, but the game changed late in the second quarter when Talkow took a three-minute non-releasable penalty for an illegal stick.

Bucknell took a 4-3 lead when a kneeling Collison flipped a pass to Ghelfi for a goal with 5:23 left in the first half. Talkow cleanly won the ensuing faceoff and Boston University called timeout just as Talkow entered the box. During the timeout, the officials checked Talkow's stick and it was deemed to be illegal.

The Bison took advantage, scoring twice on the non-releasable penalty to go up 6-3. The freshman Collison scored both of the goals on cuts to the net -- his first two career goals -- once coming from a Dickson feed and the second coming from Sean Doyle. The Bison almost had a third EMO tally, but Thomas Flibotte struck the crossbar.

Play went back and forth for much of the second half, but both defenses held strong. The Bison killed off a pair of penalties in the second half, including a pivotal one-minute man-down situation early in the fourth quarter when it was still a 6-3 game.

Dickson picked up an insurance goal with 1:21 to play when his pass missed its intended receiver near the goal but trickled into the net.

Boston University scored the first goal of the game just 62 seconds in when Sammy Davis fed Craig Zebrowski. The Bison tied it 1:55 later on a hard lefty shot from 10 yards out by Ryan Joseph. Flibotte's shot on the run from the right side gave the Bison their first lead, but it would last only 10 seconds as Talkow scored right off the draw.

Bucknell outshot Boston University 36-28, with half of the Terriers' shots coming in the fourth quarter. The Bison won the ground ball battle 31-29 and forced 19 turnovers while committing only 10 of their own. Christian Carson-Banister made nine saves for Boston University.

Boston University is in its inaugural season of varsity lacrosse. The Terriers (1-7, 1-3) were coming off their first-ever win last weekend against Lafayette.

Bucknell played this one without its six seniors due to disciplinary action related to a hazing investigation, but the team's depth came through in the victory. The Bison will be at full strength again next week when they take on Army at West Point at noon.

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