Bucknell vs. Holy Cross
March 22, 2003
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. Dennis Geraghty scored four goals, all in the first half, to lead 19th-ranked Bucknell to a 13-4 win over Holy Cross in its Patriot League opener Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

Chris Cara added three goals and Andrew Copelan logged a career-high four assists for the Bison (4-2), who have allowed four goals or less in each of their four victories this season. Holy Cross scored twice in less than two minutes in the opening quarter to take a 2-1 lead, but Bucknell's vaunted defense stiffened, keeping the Crusaders scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter.

The Bison have now won two straight and four of their last five heading into next Saturday's critical Patriot League showdown with Hobart (3:30 p.m., Mathewson Stadium). The Bison are looking to avenge last year's one-goal loss to the Statesmen, one that cost Bucknell the outright Patriot League title and an NCAA berth. Instead, Bucknell, Hobart and Army all finished in a three-way tie for first, and Hobart took the NCAA invitation based on its higher RPI.

On Saturday, John O'Sullivan's tally gave Holy Cross (0-6, 0-3) the 2-1 edge with 2:36 remaining in the opening period, but Geraghty's second goal of the game just 1:09 later triggered a run of 10 straight Bucknell goals.

Bison long-stick middie Justin Slama set up two goals with interceptions on Holy Cross clear attempts, the first coming on Cara's go-ahead goal to start the second quarter. Slama picked off an errant pass, sprinted to the crease and dished a last-second pass to Cara for point-blank goal just 1:06 into the second quarter.

After John Terracciano scored from long-range to make it 4-2, Bucknell's riding game contributed to two straight goals that gave the Herd a comfortable four-goal cushion. First, Cara pocketed a loose ball just outside the crease and flipped it in with 7:19 left in the half, then Slama swiped goalie Brian Hodgdon's outlet pass from behind the goal and scored into an empty net from 25 yards out.

Geraghty made it 7-2 at the half when he converted a Rob Lane feed at the 3:16 mark. Wes Fetchet, Geraghty and Cara all scored in the third quarter, the latter two coming with the Bison up a man, and junior defenseman Blaise Fletcher capped the 10-0 run with a coast-to-coast sprint for his first career goal.

Billy Klotz, who finished with a hat trick, ended Holy Cross' 39:29 drought with two goals in a span of 1:14 midway through the fourth quarter. Craig Fleishman and Ross Albers finished the scoring, with their first goals of the season, both off Nick Lane assists, coming 38 seconds apart in the final three minutes of play.

Bucknell outshot Holy Cross 50-19, including 16-0 in the second period, while standout goalie Justin Sussman was called upon to make eight saves. Freshman Matt Baran played the final seven minutes between the pipes and made one save while allowing one goal. Hodgdon stopped 17 shots for the Crusaders.

Bucknell won the faceoff battle 12-8 and had a 58-43 edge in ground balls. The Bison went 3-for-6 with an extra man and defensively forced 15 failed clears and stopped all three Holy Cross EMO chances.