Bucknell vs. Colgate
April 14, 2002
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. Freshman Chris Cara tallied three goals and four assists and classmates Patrick Christensen and Patrick O'Hearn also had multi-goal games to lead Bucknell to a 15-6 Patriot League victory over Colgate Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

Bucknell sprinted to a 9-1 halftime lead in improving to 4-1 in Patriot League games this season, 5-6 overall. Colgate dropped its second straight and slipped to 5-6, 2-3.

Cara, who now has 15 points in his last two games, had a hand in each of Bucknell's three first-quarter goals. After Colgate's Andrew Houston took a slashing penalty just 24 seconds into play, Cara fed Kelly Hogue for an extra-man goal and a 1-0 lead at the 14:22 mark. Cara's unassisted goal made it 2-0 at 9:45, then with 2:36 left in the opening period the Bison rookie fed Christensen for another EMO goal.

The Raiders finally got on the board 4:51 into the second quarter. In an unsettled situation after a Bison turnover, Chris Michaels found Scott Herbst open at the top of the crease for Herbst's first of two goals on the day.

The rest of the second quarter was all Bucknell, as the Bison scored six times in the last 9:29. Hogue and Andrew Sanders scored one minute apart, and Nick Martino's first collegiate tally made it 6-1. Christensen scored twice in the final minute, the last coming on an acrobatic stuff with seven seconds left in the half.

The Raiders' best stretch was early in the third quarter, when Michaels and Joe Parker scored back-to-back 3:42 apart to cut Bucknell's lead to 9-3. But Cara thwarted any hopes of a Colgate comeback, scoring twice in 54 seconds to make it 11-3.

Christensen finished with a career-high three goals. O'Hearn scored twice late in the fourth quarter and Ross Albers tacked on his first career goal to cap the scoring with 2:47 left in the game. All told, 10 of Bucknell's 15 goals came from freshmen.

Sanders had a season-high four-point game with two goals and two assists, while Hogue's two-goal output was his first of the year. Parker joined Herbst with two goals to lead Colgate.

Justin Sussman made 11 saves for Bucknell before giving way to Jeff Powless in the final eight minutes. Powless made three stops without yielding a goal. Chris Hettler went the distance for Colgate, finishing with 14 saves.

Bucknell outshot Colgate 36-28 and picked up a whopping 60 ground balls to Colgate's 37. The Bison also won 15 of 25 faceoffs, with primary faceoff man Michael Petrash winning 12 of 19.

Bucknell, which joined Hobart atop the Patriot League standings with matching 4-1 records, returns to action on Tuesday, Apr. 23 at Penn State.