Holy Cross Drops Patriot League Contest to Bucknell

WORCESTER, Mass. Sean Doyle posted eight points with two goals and six assists for the Bison, while Todd Heritage scored five goals as Holy Cross fell to Bucknell, 18-8, on Saturday at Holy Cross Field in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-6 overall (0-4 PL), while the Bison improve to 3-4 overall (2-2 PL).

After Bucknell netted the first two goals of the game to take an early 2-0 lead, the Crusaders closed out the first quarter by scoring two straight goals to tie the contest at 2-2. Sophomore Thomas Shannon (Andover, Mass.) found the back of the net with 6:15 left in the first quarter and freshman Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) scored off a pass from junior Chris Smith (Rye, N.Y.) with 57 seconds remaining.

The Bison moved out to a 7-2 advantage by scoring the first five goals of the second quarter. After freshman Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.) ended Bucknell's scoring streak with 3:21 left, senior captain Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) found the back of the net off an assist by junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J. ) to make it a 7-4 game. Thomas Filbotte then scored the final goal of the quarter as the Bison took an 8-4 lead to the half.

The Crusaders netted the first two goals of the third quarter to cut the Bucknell lead to 8-6. Sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored off a pass from senior captain Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.) and junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) found the back of the net off a pass from Buermann. But Bucknell then posted three straight goals to extend its lead to 11-6.

After an extra-man goal by Wilkinson off a pass from McKenna with 8:31 left in the third quarter, the Bison moved out to a 15-7 lead with four goals. Lux netted the Crusaders' last goal of the game off a pass from Wilkinson while on an extra-man opportunity with 12:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. Bucknell closed out the game with three goals for the 18-8 final score.

Sophomore goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) allowed nine goals and made two saves, while sophomore goalie Chris Cousin (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) allowed nine goals and made nine saves. Sam Grinberg made 12 saves and allowed eight goals, while Frank Morelli posted two saves.

Bucknell outshot Holy Cross, 49-37, while the Crusaders secured 33 ground balls and the Bison posted 32. Holy Cross won 18 of 29 faceoffs as freshman Ben Williams (Prior Lake, Minn.) won 15 of the 24 faceoffs he took. The Crusaders went 2-3 on extra-man opportunities and the Bison went 3-3.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 22, when they host Fairfield at Holy Cross Field at 4:00 p.m.

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Bucknell broke out of a recent offensive slump in a big way on Saturday, racking up 18 goals on 49 shots in an 18-8 Patriot League victory at Holy Cross. Sean Doyle was the catalyst with two goals and a career-high six assists. Todd Heritage added five goals, Thomas Flibotte scored four times and Jackson Place led the defense with six caused turnovers as the Bison improved to 2-2 in league play, 3-4 overall.

Bucknell had managed only seven goals in two games last week against nationally ranked opponents Lehigh and North Carolina, but the Bison surpassed that total by halftime in this one. After Holy Cross (1-6, 0-4) tied the game at 2-2 with a couple of goals late in the first quarter, Bucknell took control of the game with a 5-0 run in the first 6:30 of the second period.

Kyle Shanahan scored twice in that key stretch, and Doyle, Flibotte and Heritage also found the net. After Holy Cross came back with two straight goals Flibotte scored with the timer on with 21 seconds left to make it an 8-4 game at the half.

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