Bucknell vs. Hobart
March 13, 2010
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) scored four goals in his first game as an attackman and Austin Winter (Boonton Twp., N.J./Mountain Lakes) registered a goal and three assists to lead Bucknell to a 9-7 win over Hobart at wet and windy Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Bison, ranked No. 16 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and No. 20 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, improved to 3-2 with the victory in a hard-hitting affair against their former Patriot League rivals.

Doug Shiver and Mike Lazore scored twice each and Chris Pedersen had three assists for Hobart (1-2), which was coming off a victory over Colgate.

In last year’s meeting between the two teams in Geneva, N.Y., the Bison managed only a pair of third-quarter goals in a 7-2 loss. On Saturday they were again having trouble solving Hobart’s big goalie Max Silberlicht before taking over the game with a four-goal third quarter.

Bucknell scored only twice in the first 28 minutes of the game, but the man-up unit kick-started the offense with big goals just before and just after the halftime break. Trailing 3-2 but up a man, Winter executed a fake flip play behind the net and found a wide open Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) cutting to the net with 1:39 remaining in the half. That tied the game at 3-apiece, then the Bison took their first lead of the day 4:15 into the third quarter when Winter fed Streep for another EMO tally.

Just 2:35 later, Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) threaded a beautiful pass through traffic to Winter on the doorstep to make it 5-3. Lazore scored less than a minute later for Hobart, but back-to-back goals by Streep and Chris Palmer (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) made it 7-4 after three periods.

The two teams alternated goals in the fourth quarter. Three times Hobart cut its deficit down to two goals, but twice the Bison answered. Tyler Simmons’ first career goal in the opening minute of the final period pulled the Statesmen within 7-5, but with 9:39 left Streep peeled away from a defender on the right side and whipped a rocket past Silberlicht for his fourth goal of the day.

With just over seven minutes remaining the Bison defense came up with a turnover, but then a bad cross-field pass went right to Kevin Curtin in front, and he scored before goalie Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) could scramble back into his crease.

With 5:48 left a Hobart defenseman was sent off on a slashing call, and Danylyshyn scored off a Winter feed for Bucknell’s third extra-man goal of the day. Then with 4:39 to play, Hobart’s Pedersen was flagged for two separate penalties on one sequence. That gave the Bison two full minutes of 6-on-5 play, and they melted it all off the clock.

The game got a bit sloppy in the final two minutes with the ball and bodies rolling all over the ground. Shiver scored with 1:03 left to bring Hobart within 9-7 and the Statesmen won the faceoff, but Feeney made a save on Curtin’s outside shot and then another on Tyler Cassell in the final seconds.

Feeney finished with 11 saves, four coming in the fourth quarter, while Silberlicht had 13 for Hobart. The Bison outshot the Statesmen 33-27, including 11-3 in a big third quarter in which Bucknell outscored Hobart 4-1.

Bucknell’s EMO team went 3-for-4, and the man-down unit killed off both of Hobart’s EMO opportunities. Defensively, the Bison forced Hobart into 22 turnovers, with Alex Lyons (Owings Mills, Md./Boys’ Latin) leading the way with five takeaways.

Hobart faceoff man Bobby Dattilo had a big day, winning 14 of 20 with six ground balls.

The Bison played without senior attackman Tim Brandau (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh), who was injured at the end of last week’s game against Navy. In his place, Streep moved from midfield to attack and produced a season-high four goals, doubling his season total coming in. Sophomore Nick Gantsoudes (Redding, Conn./Avon Old Farms) joined the first midfield line and scored his first goal of the year in the first quarter.

Bucknell next heads to Winston-Salem, N.C., on Tuesday night to face Jacksonville in a neutral-site game. That game will start at 7 p.m. at Forsyth Country Day School. The Bison then return home next Saturday against Lafayette, which is nationally ranked for the first time and is coming off a 15-8 rout of Navy.