Bucknell vs. Lafayette
April 5, 2003
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. Bucknell's top midfield line of Rob Lane, Andrew Copelan and John Terracciano combined for five goals and seven assists to pace the Bison in a 12-5 victory over Patriot League rival Lafayette Saturday at chilly Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

Lane had three goals and two assists and Copelan added a goal and four assists as Bucknell won its fifth straight to improve to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League. Lafayette, which received a pair of goals from Mike Fiorillo, fell to 1-7, 0-3.

Bucknell, which clinched a winning season for the fourth time in the last five years, gave up the game's first goal to Pat Lennon and led just 3-2 midway through the second quarter, but the Bison rattled off five straight and eight of the next nine goals to take a commanding 11-3 lead early in the fourth period.

Lafayette defenseman Matt Parrott surprised the Bison with a coast-to-coast run for his first goal of the season, making it 3-2 with 8:50 left in the second quarter. But Bucknell answered just 15 seconds later when Chris Cara made a perfect diagonal pass to Wes Fetchet on the doorstep for an easy score.

Lane's goal made it 5-2 at halftime, and Worthy Sanders, Kelly Hogue and Copelan scored in succession to open the second half, giving Bucknell an 8-2 cushion.

Fiorillo's first strike of the day in the final minute of the third period briefly halted the Bison charge, but Sanders, Lane and Hogue all scored in a four-minute span early in the fourth to make it 11-3.

Bison goalie Justin Sussman, the nation's leader in save percentage, made 13 saves and allowed four goals before departing with 7:11 remaining. Lafayette starter Michael Koch made 11 stops and reliever Kevin DeVito had one.

The five-game winning streak is Bucknell's longest since 1996, when the team went a perfect 12-0. The Bison entered Saturday's game ranked third nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 6.5 goals per game. That average will go down again, as the Herd limited an opponent to five goals or less for the fifth time this season.

Now 5-0 at home this season, Bucknell held a slight 33-29 shot advantage and picked up 41 ground balls to Lafayette's 30. Faceoff specialist Ryan Goodman won 11 faceoffs to Lafayette's nine, and the Bison stopped all seven of the Leopards' extra-man chances.

Cara, Bucknell's leading scorer, had a goal and two assists, while Sanders and Hogue finished with two goals apiece.

The Bison now have a week off before facing Army in a crucial road test at West Point next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Bison Sports Network WMLP 1380-AM in Lewisburg and on the web at www.BucknellBison.com.