Eisenreich's 11 Pts. Carry No. 20 Bucknell by Robert Morris

Robert Morris was flagged for 10 penalties in the game, eight of them coming in the fourth quarter. The Bison had a chance to pile on some more goals with the Colonials filling up the penalty box and their defense out chasing the ball, but Bucknell passed up a number of empty-net scoring opportunities in favor of draining the clock.

Bucknell came into the game ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense at 12.6 goals per game, and the Bison upped that average to 13.1 on Tuesday. They now have 74 goals during this five-game winning streak.

Bucknell was also the nation's most accurate shooting team entering the night, and that figure also improved. The Bison came in shooting 39.3 percent, and after a 17 for 39 effort (.436) on Tuesday, that season mark went up to 39.9 percent.

The Bison handled the ball very well, committing only 10 turnovers while going 15 for 17 on clears. Bucknell finished with a 39-32 edge in shots, while Robert Morris won the ground ball battle 30-29 behind a game-high 11 from faceoff man Mike Grosz, who won 15 of 28.

Ryan Gutowski had a good night at the X for Bucknell, winning 7 of 11 with five ground balls. Goalie Kyle Feeney finished with 10 saves, while three different Colonials netminders combined for 10.

Bucknell is back home on Saturday against Albany at noon.

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Lewisburg, Pa. March 20, 2012 Nearly one year to the day after pulling an upset of No. 17 Bucknell, Robert Morris University was unable to duplicate the feat in 2012 as the Colonials dropped a 17-10 decision to the nationally-ranked Bison in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium.

The Colonials, who were playing away from home for the seventh time in eight games, posted advantages in grounds balls, faceoffs won and clear percentage but could not match the Bison on the scoreboard.

In spite of the defeat, redshirt junior Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario/Hill School) had a career night for RMU as he led the squad with career bests of four goals and five points. Morton, who is riding a career-high seven-game point streak, notched the third hat trick of his career and first since 2009. His first multi-goal game of 2012 doubled as his seventh career multi-point game.

Senior Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Saltfleet) netted a trio of scores for Robert Morris to notch the 12th hat trick of his career. In the process, he collected the 34th multi-point game and 20th multi-goal game of his career while tallying at least three points for the 11th time in his last 13 outings. Matisz entered the week ranked seventh nationally in goals per game with 3.0 and exactly matched his season average against Bucknell.

Senior Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ontario/John McCrae) had a goal and an assist for RMU and continued to climb the charts in the career record book. Buchanan's helper made him just the second Colonial ever to reach 60 career assists while his score moved him into sole possession of seventh place in all-time goals at Robert Morris. Buchanan notched his 29th career multi-point game and now has nine such efforts in his last 11 outings.

Senior midfielder Mike Grosz (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway West) posted a game-high 11 ground balls for the Colonials to record double-figure ground balls for the fifth time in his RMU career, a school record, and for the second time in his last four games.

Bucknell, which won its fifth-consecutive game Tuesday, opened the contest on fire as the Bison collected seven of the game's first eight goals over the opening 19 minutes of play. RMU began to settle in near the midpoint of the second quarter but it still trailed by five, 9-4, at the break.

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