Heritage, Defense Carry Bucknell Past Brown

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Todd Heritage scored four goals to get the offense off to a great start, and Jackson Place and Alex Spring spearheaded a strong defensive effort in Bucknell's 13-8 win over Brown on Wednesday afternoon at rainy Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Sean Doyle added a hat trick to lead a resurgent Bison offense that has poured in 31 goals in the last two games, both victories.

Bucknell (4-4) and Brown (3-3) were meeting for the very first time, and the Bison enjoyed a huge first half. They led 3-1 after one period and then pumped in seven goals in the second quarter to take a commanding 10-2 lead at the half. A change in goalies and faceoff men helped the Bears in the second half, but the eight-goal deficit was too much to overcome.

Sam Grinberg had a strong day in net for the Bison, finishing with 13 saves. He made a tough one on Stephen Chmil on the very first possession of the day. Brown starter Jack Kelly made two quick saves on Bucknell's first possession, but then the Bison scored on their next 10 shots on target.

Thomas Flibotte started the scoring with a runner from the right flank. Ryan Joseph then fired home a low lefty tracer from 10 yards out just 40 seconds later to make it 2-1. After Bailey Tills got Brown on the board with the first of his four goals, Tom Black handed out his second assist of the opening quarter, this one to Heritage.

The Heritage goal ignited run of seven straight goals for the Bison. That surge included a three-goal burst in a span of just 30 seconds early in the second period. First it was Brock Ghelfi scoring on a low-to-low shot. Eric Monfort won the ensuing faceoff and fed junior short-stick defensive midfielder Mike Ondrusek, who raced into the box and fired home his first career goal. Only 12 seconds later another d-middie picked up a point when Zach Henkhaus scooped a ground ball on a faceoff scrum, sped into the box and fed Doyle for a blast from the left slot that made it 6-1.

By the time Peter Burke scored on another hard outside shot, it was 9-1 Bucknell with 7:21 left in the second quarter. Kylor Bellistri ended Brown's 15:41 scoring drought, but David Dickson picked up his third assist of the half on a feed to Heritage with 0:02 left on the clock, giving Bucknell that commanding 10-2 halftime advantage.

The lead grew to as many as nine at 12-3 after back-to-back goals by Heritage and Ghelfi late in the third period. Brown scored four straight times to pull within 12-7 late in the game before Doyle sealed it by splitting two defenders for a goal with 3:36 to go.

The Bison received strong work all day from close defense unit of Place, Ben Kellar and Mike Schiappa, along with Spring at long-stick defensive midfield. Spring finished with four caused turnovers and a career-high nine ground balls.

Place, who entered the day ranked No. 2 nationally in caused turnovers, added five more along with five ground balls.

Bucknell outshot Brown 45-37, while the Bears led 39-35 in ground balls and 16-9 in faceoffs. Tommy Capone came on in the second quarter and went 13 for 18 with nine ground balls for the Bears.

The Bison are back in action again at home on Saturday against Boston University in a Patriot League game at 1:00 p.m.

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Lewisburg, PA - Bucknell utilized a 6-0 second quarter spurt to take control of the game and come away with a 13-8 non-league lacrosse win over Brown Wednesday afternoon at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium. The Bears fall to 3-3 overall with the loss, while Bucknell improves to 4-4 overall.

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