No. 7 Bucknell Uses Strong First Half to Defeat Holy Cross

Bucknell is now set up for a challenging finish to the regular season. The Bison will visit Army next week, host Lehigh on Apr. 12 and close the season at Colgate on Apr. 20. All four of those teams are well-positioned to make the four-team Patriot League Tournament, so seeding and hosting rights will be on the line.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. Freshman goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored two goals and made 15 saves but Holy Cross fell to No. 7 Bucknell, 16-9, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-5 overall (1-3 PL), while the Bison improve to 9-2 overall (3-0 PL).

After the Bison took an early 2-0 lead, senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) made it a 2-1 contest with 9:05 left in the first quarter. Bucknell then scored four straight goals to increase its lead to 6-1. Sophomore Conor Shanahan (Potomac, Md.) then scored the last goal of the first quarter off a pass from senior captain Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.). The Bison then outscored the Crusaders 5-0 in the second quarter to take an 11-2 lead to the half.

Ortlieb opened the second half by scoring his first collegiate goal as he sent a long shot to an open net. Shanahan then netted a goal off a pass by Hannan to make it an 11-4 contest. After two straight goals by the Bison, Hannan posted his second goal of the game off a pass from senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.). The assist was the 50th of Kennedy's career.

After Chase Bailey made it a 14-5 game, Ortlieb once again sent a long shot to an open Bucknell net for his second goal. Then with just 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter sophomore Chris Smith (Rye, N.Y.) scored off a pass by sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) to make the score 14-7.

After two goals by Sean Doyle to increase the Bucknell lead to 16-7, sophomore Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) found the back of the net off a pass from Kennedy and Haarmann scored the last goal of the game off a pass by sophomore Jamie Ward (Glen Rock, N.J.). The assist was Ward's first collegiate point. Doyle led Bucknell with four goals and one assist for five points.

Ortlieb made 15 saves and is now 2-3 on the season, while Kyle Feeney posted six saves and improves to 9-2. Bucknell outshot Holy Cross, 52-20, while the Bison secured 41 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 18. Bucknell won 18 of 28 face-offs, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on extra-man opportunities and the Bison went 1-5.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 6, when they travel to Easton, Pa., to take on Patriot League opponent Lafayette at 1:00 p.m.

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