Delaware Rallies But Drops One-Goal Decision to #18 Bucknell

The Blue Hens will return home next Saturday to face a stiff challenge as they take on defending NCAA national champion Loyola (Md.) at 3:00 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. Junior Todd Heritage scored three times and Bucknell received five goals from its freshman class, including the tying and go-ahead tallies late in the fourth quarter, as the 18th-ranked Bison opened the 2013 season with a 9-8 road win over Delaware on Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium. After the Blue Hens (1-1) had rallied from five goals down to snatch an 8-7 lead, Brock Ghelfi tied the game with 6:12 remaining and Thomas Flibotte scored the game-winner with 3:30 to play.

Senior goalie Kyle Feeney had an outstanding game with 11 saves, none bigger than his stop on Eric Smith with 20 seconds left in the game. Flibotte and Ghelfi scored two goals apiece and classmate Sean Doyle tallied once in their collegiate debuts. Sophomore David Dickson handed out three assists for the Bison and Chase Bailey (1G, 1A) and Peter Burke (2A) also had multi-point afternoons.

Eric Smith scored four goals for the Blue Hens, who had beaten Bucknell 21 straight times dating back to the Bison's last series win in 1974. The two former Middle Atlantic Conference and East Coast Conference rivals met for the first time since 1994 last season in Lewisburg, and that game was the reverse of this one. In the 2012 season opener Bucknell erased a five-goal deficit only to fall in overtime. This time it was the Bison charging out to a 5-0 lead before ultimately winning on a late goal.

The Bison got out to a great start, with Gavin Sullivan's opening faceoff win leading to a Chase Bailey goal just 39 seconds into the contest. Bucknell tacked on three more goals in the final 5:58 of the first quarter, the first coming from Ghelfi, who sped past two defenders and fired a 15-yard shot inside the left post for his first career goal. Dickson fed Heritage on the crease for two goals 53 seconds apart to make it 4-0 after one period.

Sean Doyle opened the second-quarter scoring with his first goal, off a feed from Bailey. But the Blue Hens got back in it with a 3-0 run. Connor McRoy ended Delaware's 16:55 scoreless drought with a bounce shot, and then with Feeney off his line chasing a loose ball, Eric Smith grabbed the ground ball and fed Danny Keane for an empty-netter. Nick Diachenko's goal with 7:20 left in the half made it a 5-3 game.

Bucknell got a big one back off the stick of Flibotte 2:26 before halftime, and the Bison led 6-3 at the break.

Delaware roared back in the third quarter, tying the game with another three-goal flurry. Heritage scored off a Burke feed to put the Bison back in front 7-6 after three. Smith tied it off a Keane assist 3:50 into the fourth quarter, and then Smith gave the Blue Hens their first lead of the day with an unassisted marker with 8:27 left in the game.

A low-to-low rocket from Ghelfi tied it at 8-all with 6:12 left. After Delaware killed off a penalty and the Bison came up with a defensive stop, Flibotte bounced a shot past Chris Herbert to put the Bison back in front.

Ryan Gutowski won the ensuing faceoff, but the Blue Hens got the ball back and called timeout with 50 seconds remaining. Smith had a shot turned aside by Feeney with 22 seconds left, and then Kyle O'Keefe grabbed a loose ball as time expired to help close it out.

Both teams attempted 30 shots, and Delaware led in ground balls (29-27) and faceoffs (13-8). Bucknell committed only 10 turnovers in the game, while the Blue Hens had 14.

The Bison return to action next Sunday at Mount St. Mary's at 1:00 p.m.

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2013-02-09



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