Black Knights Topple No. 15 Bucknell in Double Overtime

Racing back the other way, Feeney made another save on Lynch and Place nabbed the ground ball. Peter Burke (Walpole, Mass./St. Sebastian's) ripped a shot from the right wing that missed wide into the outside netting. The Black Knights called a timeout with 37 seconds left to set up for a possible winning shot, but the Bison defense held strong and did not even allow a shot attempt.

In the second overtime period, Bucknell took possession when Army was called for a hold on the faceoff scrum, but the Bison immediately threw the ball away before they could even get it in the box. After the change of possession, Lynch sprinted into the Bucknell area and bounced a shot past Feeney for the game-winner.

With that goal the nation's fourth-longest active winning streak came to an end. The eight-game run was also tied for the third-longest winning streak in Bucknell history.

Bucknell had also won 11 straight Patriot League games dating back to a loss at Army in the 2010 Patriot League Tournament, and the Bison had won seven straight Patriot League home games dating back to a 7-6 overtime loss to the Black Knights during the 2010 regular season.

Bucknell outshot Army 34-29, while the Black Knights led in ground balls (36-30) and faceoffs (9-7). Bucknell had 22 turnovers, including 10 in the third quarter, while Army had 19 miscues. Of the 41 combined turnovers in the game, 26 were caused by the defense.

Place had a huge game for the Bison with six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Mike Huffner (Elmira, N.Y./Notre Dame) helped hold 30-goal scorer Thul to two goals, both of which came in unsettled situations.

Feeney recorded double-digit saves for the fifth straight game and ninth time this season, while Palmieri finished with 10 saves.

With Colgate beating Lehigh in overtime later in the day on Saturday, Bucknell, Lehigh and Colgate are all tied atop the Patriot League standings at 3-1. Navy (3-2) and Army (2-2) are close behind in the battle for spots in the four-team Patriot League Tournament.

After hosting Penn on Tuesday night, the Bison play at Lehigh and at home against Colgate to close out the regular season.

Tuesday's contest against the Quakers gets underway at 7:00 p.m., and will air live on Bison Vision.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. For the second time in his career, senior midfielder Devin Lynch provided a double-overtime game-winning goal. This time around, Lynch's score with 3:30 on the clock put the exclamation point on a 6-5 Army win over No. 15 Bucknell in Patriot League action at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Black Knights' victory ended an eight-game win streak for the Bison.

The last time Army (5-6, 2-2 PL) played a double-overtime game, Lynch came up with the game-winner at the Carrier Dome as his Black Knights shocked Syracuse in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Lynch's heroics two years later spelled Army's second Patriot League victory and first win over a nationally ranked opponent this season.

"The second overtime is a time when anything goes and it's just about making a big play," Lynch said after the game. "They 10-manned us, which we expected, and it left the corners and the wings open. Luckily, I was open and saw a lane and went for it.

"As I fell, I heard the crowd erupt and figured the game was over or a save must have been made," the tri-captain added. "Having the guys jump on me definitely signified that we got it done."

Lynch's timely goal marked his only point of the afternoon, while junior attackman Garrett Thul and senior attackman James MacGibbon tallied two goals apiece. Freshman midfielder John Glesener added two points (1G, 1A), while senior attackman Conor Hayes (2A) and junior midfielder Alex Van Krevel (1A) each registered assists.

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