April 19, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Ian Murphy's fourth goal of the night with 4:46 to play snapped a 9-9 tie, and Colgate spoiled No. 9 Bucknell's bid to host the Patriot League Tournament with an 11-9 victory before more than 2,000 fans on a warm night at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
Austin Winter (Boonton Twp., N.J./Mountain Lakes) scored three goals, including the go-ahead marker with 7:05 to play, and Tim Brandau (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) also scored three times in an entertaining affair that was tied seven different times.
Bucknell came in needing a win to create a three-way tie atop the Patriot League standings alongside Army and Navy, and the Bison would have won a goal-differential tiebreaker to host next week's Patriot League Tournament. Instead, Bucknell will go in as the No. 4 seed and will play host Army at 4 p.m. Friday at Michie Stadium.
Both teams came out flying in this one, combining for seven goals in a first quarter that was played at a dizzying pace. Zack Craumer's goal with four seconds left in the period gave the Raiders a 4-3 lead, and Colgate took the first two-goal lead of the night when Murphy scored 2:04 into the second.
Murphy made it 6-4 with 4:59 left in the half, but Bucknell got a big one back when Brandau finished a Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) feed 43 seconds later to make it a 6-5 game at the half. Colgate goalie Tim Harrington did not make a save in the first quarter, but he had five in the second when the Bison peppered him with 17 shots but scored on just two.
Perry Menzies (Upperco, Md./Hereford) fired a laser past Harrington to tie the game at 6-all early in the third quarter, then the two teams went up and down the field over the next 12 minutes, with both defenses forcing numerous turnovers while allowing few good scoring chances.
Bucknell finally took its first lead of the night off a quick restart after Colgate was called for offsides. Brandau took a long pass from Andrew Goodhand
(Sandy, Utah/Juan Diego) and scored with a hard, spinning shot to make it 7-6 with 1:19 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing faceoff, however, Craumer fed Will Planer for the tying goal, and Bucknell's lead lasted only eight seconds. Another hard shot on the run from Menzies with 13 seconds left in the period put the Bison back in front, but this time the lead lasted only 47 seconds, as Murphy scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter to make it 8-8.
Bucknell's ride was terrific in this one, holding Colgate to 9-for-21 clearing efficiency. Freshman d-middie Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) chased down a long pole from behind to force one of those turnovers, and Mark Lane (Boonton Twp., N.J./Mountain Lakes) picked up a nifty one-handed ground ball in traffic at midfield. On the run, Lane found Winter all alone on the left side for another go-ahead tally with 7:05 left in the game.
Planer picked up one of his seven ground balls on the night off the next faceoff, and that led to Kevin Colleluori's tying goal with 5:52 to play. The Bison led on three separate occasions in the second half, but their leads lasted a total of only 2:08, as Colgate quickly rallied each time.
Tommy Orr (Medford, Mass./Malden Catholic) scooped the ground ball on the next faceoff, but the Raiders quickly took it away, and with 4:46 left Murphy face-dodged a defender and scored what proved to be the winning goal.
Colgate gained possession again, but a 10-man ride on a restart after a timeout resulted in a takeaway for Bucknell. Evan Burns (Baltimore, Md./Boys' Latin) picked up the loose ball and cleared, giving the Bison a late chance to draw even. Harrington, who had four of his 11 saves in the fourth quarter, made his biggest of the night on Menzies with 1:50 to play. About 20 seconds later Winter tried to rush from behind the net but could not get off a clean shot.
Planer cleared for Colgate, and the Raiders iced it with 51 seconds left when Brandon Corp scored into an empty net with the Bucknell goalie out chasing.
The game featured a combined 72 shots, 41 from Bucknell. Colgate won 15 of 24 faceoffs, although after Chris Eck won the first seven of the night for the Raider, Bison freshman Christian Tucker (Ringoes, N.J./Hunterdon Central) came in and did a credible job, winning 8 of 17 to at least neutralize play at the X.
Like Colgate, Bucknell struggled clearing the ball, particularly in the first half when it went just 5-for-12. The Bison finished 17-for-27 on the night. Both teams were penalized just one all night, and neither EMO unit capitalized.
Lane, one of nine seniors who were honored prior to their final home game, was Bucknell's best player for much of the night. The short-stick defensive middie picked up five ground balls, all of them with high degrees of difficulty, and was credited with two assists.
The loss snapped Bucknell's school-record nine-game home winning streak, which was the third longest active streak in the nation. Bucknell finishes its 2008 home schedule 6-1.
Bucknell is 0-3 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games, with all three losses coming by one goal. Back on Apr. 4 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, Bucknell raced to a 6-0 halftime lead and held off Army 7-4.