Bucknell vs. Lehigh
April 27, 2002
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. For the third straight year, the Bucknell men's lacrosse team has at least a share of the Patriot League title. In the regular-season finale at Christy-Mathewson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Dennis Geraghty matched his career high with six goals and the Bison set a season scoring high in a 20-10 rout of Lehigh.

The win gives Bucknell a 6-7 overall record, including a 5-1 record in the Patriot League. Bucknell joins Hobart with 5-1 league ledgers, and Army can make it a three-way tie for first by winning its final two conference games against Lehigh and Lafayette. The Bison are 16-2 in Patriot League play over the last three seasons. In 2000 Bucknell shared the title with Hobart before winning it outright with a perfect 6-0 record last season. The Bison also won the league title with an undefeated record in 1996.

Bucknell erased much of the doubt early against Lehigh (5-8, 2-3), scoring on seven of 10 shots to take a commanding 7-0 lead after the opening quarter. The Bison extended their lead to 11-2 at halftime, then scored four straight to open the second half to take a 15-2 lead.

The Bison midfield accounted for the first three goals, with Kelly Hogue scoring the first two and Rob Lane another. Then the Herd attack took over, torching Lehigh's young defense for six of the next seven goals. Chris Cara and Andrew Sanders scored 35 seconds apart early in the second period, Geraghty tallied an unassisted goal and Hogue netted his third of the day to make it 11-1 with 4:32 left in the half.

The second half began with a possession for Bucknell's man-down unit, and Cara needed only seven seconds to finish a feed from Justin Slama to make it 12-2. Geraghty added two more in the next 1:07 to make it 14-2, and Cara's fourth of the day at the 8:12 mark of the third quarter was Bucknell's 15th goal, matching the team's season high with more than 23 minutes still to play.

The last 20 minutes of the game belonged to Lehigh attackman Tony Lowe, who scored each of the Mountain Hawks' final six goals during that span.

Geraghty and Lowe each finished with six goals and one assist. Cara also had seven points on four goals and three assists, while Sanders had two goals and four assists for six points. Hogue netted his first hat trick of the season, and Rob Lane and Sean Joffe scored twice each. Joffe's goals were his first of the season, while freshman Nick Lane registered his first collegiate goal.

David Cohen had four assists for the Mountain Hawks, who were out-shot 42-22. It was a tough day for the goaltenders, as both teams scored on nearly half their shots.

Bucknell netminder Justin Sussman made six stops, while allowing six goals in three quarters. Jeff Powless took over to start the fourth period and made two saves. Tom Ellis and Russell Kushner each played a half between the pipes for Lehigh, making six saves apiece.

The Bison won the ground ball battle 57-43 and took 17 of 33 faceoffs. Bucknell was 0-for-4 in extra-man situations, while Lehigh was 3-for-6. Bucknell had allowed only nine extra-man goals all season and only two in conference games before yielding three on Saturday.

Bucknell will have to wait to find out its NCAA Tournament fate. If Army wins its final two league games to make it a three-way tie for first, the Patriot League's automatic NCAA bid will go to the team with the highest RPI. If Army loses another league game, Hobart will go to the NCAA Tournament based on its 12-11 win over Bucknell on March 30.