Black Knights Topple No. 15 Bucknell in Double Overtime

"It was a tough game all the way through against one of the best teams in the country," said seventh-year head coach Joe Alberici. "All week long we had talked about expecting to win. We've been right there in a number of close games and it just hasn't gone our way."

After entering the locker room tied 2-2, Army found itself facing deficits of 3-2 and 4-3 before regulation came to a close. The Black Knights gave up an extra-man Bucknell goal with 1:16 to play in the fourth quarter which eventually resulted in the Black Knights' second overtime test of the season.

"The guys showed some great mental toughness out there today," Alberici continued. "There was a lot of confidence in our huddle and I think that's what carried the day."

Neither team found the back of the net in the first overtime despite combining for five shots. The teams played much of the opening two minutes of the second overtime period unsettled in the middle of the field. The Black Knights accounted for the only shot, Lynch's game-winner, of the final frame.

Bucknell (8-4, 3-1 PL) sophomore attackman Todd Heritage paced the Bison with two goals, while senior attackman Billy Eisenreich, junior attackman Chase Bailey and sophomore midfielder Tom Black each registered single goals. Eisenreich entered the game ranked third in the nation averaging 4.73 points per game and finished Saturday's affair with two points (1G, 1A). Army junior close defenseman Brendan Buckley spent the majority of the afternoon silencing Eisenreich.

"We played a lot of defense today with some costly clearing errors, but I have to tip my hat to the entire 'D' for their outstanding efforts today," Alberici said. "Our goaltending was terrific. Zach (Palmieri) did a great job in the cage making saves when he needed to. For Brendan Buckley to lead a defensive effort in holding one of the leading scorers in the country (Billy Eisenreich) to one (goal) and one (assist), it was a critical element to today's success."

Senior goalkeeper Zach Palmieri made 10 saves, including two in the final seconds of regulation to preserve the tie and force overtime. Buckley amassed a game-high five caused turnovers as Army racked-up a season-best 16 forced miscues on the day. Senior captains Brian LoRusso and Tim Henderson added four and three caused turnovers, respectively. Henderson led all players with seven ground balls. Army edged Bucknell 36-30 in ground balls for the day.

Army struck first on a play that began with a caused turnover courtesy of senior long pole Tom Dalton and finished with an unassisted Thul goal at 11:54. The Black Knights' 1-0 lead stood for nearly eight minutes, but a close-range goal from Bucknell's Heritage with 3:46 on the clock evened the score a 1-1.

Each team netted a single goal in the second quarter as well, but it was the Bison striking first 2:18 into the action. Army answered just over a minute later as Glesener fed a streaking MacGibbon for his third goal of the season at 11:06. While both teams had plenty of chances over the remaining 11 minutes of the quarter, neither could add to its goal total and entered halftime tied 2-2.

Bucknell took a 3-2 lead with an Eisenreich goal just 2:30 into the third quarter. That advantage lasted exactly two minutes before Van Krevel hit a wide open Glesener for a 10-yard score with 10:30 on the clock. The Bison wasted little time regaining the lead, as Heritage's second goal of the day at 9:16 gave the Bison a 4-3 edge.

Neither team scored over the final nine minutes of the third quarter, but the Black Knights leveled the score for a fourth time less than two minutes into the fourth quarter. After Palmieri came up with his eighth save of the afternoon, Hayes hit Thul in stride for his second goal of the day with 13:17 on the clock.

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2012-04-07



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