Bucknell vs. Harvard
March 2, 2002
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. Jay Wich tallied four goals for Harvard, including the deciding goal that came with 6:50 remaining in the game, as the Crimson defeated Bucknell 10-9 in non-league lacrosse action this afternoon in Christy Mathewson Stadium.

The 25th -ranked Crimson outscored the Bison 5-1 in the third quarter, making a fourth quarter comeback a difficult task. The Bison made a rally in the final six minutes with three goals, two of which came in the final 90 seconds, but time ran out leaving the Bison at 0-2 on the season.

The Bison came out strong in the first half, with Rob Lane marking up the first goal just 50 seconds into the game. Freshman Chris Cara acted quickly as well earning two of his three goals and his lone assist as the Bison went into the locker room at halftime up 4-3. Junior goalkeeper Justin Sussman ended the first half with a strong defensive stand with eight saves.

The third quarter started on a sour note as Harvard was quick to strike scoring its first of five goals within the first minute of play. With three man-down opportunities the Bison were able to cash in at 11:30 as Wes Fetchet stormed the net and gave the Bison their final lead of the game at 5-4. The last nine minutes of action in the third quarter entailed the turning point of the game as the Crimson scored four goals, including a buzzer beater by freshman Mike McBride.

Trailing 8-5 going into the fourth quarter, the Bison needed a quick score but did not get one until over five minutes had elapsed when John Terraciano scored one of his two fourth quarter goals. Two late goals by Harvard put a damper on the Bison spirits, but with one last wind Bucknell rallied to score three goals within the last six minutes of action. The final goal came with 50 seconds remaining and gave the Bison one last chance to send the game into overtime. After a lengthy face-off the Bison finally gained possession. But as the seconds ran down junior Andrew Sanders lashed a final heave only to be deflected by Harvard goalie Jake McKenna to bring the game to an end.

Bucknell's defense held strong with a minimal amount of penalties and a strong performance by Sussman as he had 12 total saves.

Bucknell faces the University of Pennsylvania next Saturday at 1 P.M., while Harvard hosts Hartford at 2 P.M.