Holy Cross Suffers Patriot League Loss to Bucknell

WORCESTER, Mass. Ryan Klipstein scored five goals and Kyle Feeney stopped 12 shots for the Bison as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Bucknell, 11-2, in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at the new Holy Cross Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-8 overall (1-3 Patriot League), while the Bison improve to 6-4 overall (1-2 Patriot League).

Senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) and freshman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) each scored a goal for the Crusaders, while sophomore Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) posted an assist. Junior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) picked up three ground balls to lead Holy Cross.

Mike Danylyshyn also recorded five points for Bucknell with two goals and three assists.

After the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead on a man-up goal by Kennedy off an assist by McGeehin with 10:26 left in the first quarter, the Bison scored five straight goals to take a 5-1 advantage to the half.

After Bucknell scored the first two goals of the third quarter to increase its lead to 7-1, Minor netted Holy Cross' last goal of the contest to make the score 7-2. The Bison scored one more goal in the third quarter and three more in the fourth for the 11-2 final score.

Holy Cross senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) made 12 saves, while Sam Finnell stopped two shots for Bucknell to go along with Klipstein's 12 saves. The Bison outshot the Crusaders, 36-28, while the Crusaders went 1-5 on man-up opportunities and the Bison went 1-6. Bucknell picked up 27 ground balls and Holy Cross earned 23.

The Crusaders return to action when they play Vermont in non-conference action at the new Holy Cross Field on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.

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WORCESTER, Mass. Bucknell goal-scoring leader Ryan Klipstein added five more to his total and the Bison defense turned in its best outing in more than a year in an 11-2 win at Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon. Bucknell won its second straight contest and improved to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League.

Mike Danylyshyn added five points with two goals and three assists, Charlie Streep had two goals and one assist, and goalies Kyle Feeney (12 saves) and Sam Finnell (2) combined for 14 saves with just the two goals against.

The only blemishes against the Bison defense were a man-up goal by James Kennedy that began the scoring 4:34 into the game, and a Kenny Minor goal with 4:25 left in the third quarter.

Following the Kennedy score, Bucknell posted seven in a row over the next 35 minutes. Klipstein and Austin Winter found the net later in the first quarter to put the Bison in front to stay, and then Klipstein, Danylyshyn and Streep all tallied in the second period to make it a 5-1 game at the half.

Freshman Chase Bailey's first collegiate goal, an EMO tally, highlighted a three-goal third period. Klipstein's goal off a feed by Streep with six seconds left made it 8-2 after three. Then the potent Streep-Klipstein-Danylyshyn trio capped the scoring in the final quarter.

All-conference faceoff man Jake Clarke had a fine day at the X, winning 7 of 10. As a team, the Bison won 9 of 17 draws, leading to a 36-28 shot advantage. Bucknell committed only 12 turnovers and went 18 for 20 on clears.

Earlier this season Holy Cross had scored its first-ever wins against Dartmouth and Colgate, but the Crusaders could not do the same against Bucknell. The Bison are now 20-0 all-time against Holy Cross (2-8, 1-3).

Klipstein, a junior midfielder who had 15 career goals entering this season, now has 28 in 2010. He is trying to become Bucknell's first 30-goal scorer since Chris Cara and Patrick Christensen both logged 38 in 2004.

Feeney improved to 5-4 on his freshman season and upped his season save percentage to .572. Bucknell last allowed two goals in a game on March 21, 2009 against Air Force. The Bison held Holy Cross senior standout Edison Parzinese, a 113-point scorer in his career, without a point for only the third time in his career.

Bucknell closes out the regular season with three straight home Patriot League games, beginning next Saturday against Army at 8:00 p.m.


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