Bucknell vs. Marist
March 2, 2005
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Reigning NCAA scoring leader Chris Cara picked right up where he left off in 2004, tallying three goals and six assists to lead Bucknell to a season-opening 11-3 victory over Marist on Wednesday at frigid Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

With a wind chill tinkering with single digits, both teams came out of the gates slowly, but the tandem of Cara and sophomore Kirk Klett helped the Bison offense heat up. With the game tied at 1-1 late in the first quarter, Klett scored three straight goals, two coming on Cara feeds, to give the Bison a 4-1 lead at the half.

Bill Duerr opened the second-half scoring to bring Marist (0-2) within 4-2, but Bucknell scored the next six goals to take control. Cara had a hand in five of those six markers, including three precise passes from behind the net for slam dunks for Steve Case, Klett and Patrick Christensen.

Cara's first goal of the day, at the 1:54 mark of the third quarter, came off a rare goalie assist from Matt Baran. The Bison netminder sprinted all the way into the attack zone on a clear and dished to Cara, who ran unchecked to the goal and snuck a shot past Stephen Gravino.

Klett finished with a career-high four goals for the Bison, Case had two goals and an assist and Christensen had two goals. Brian Gargan added an assist on Klett's goal that put Bucknell ahead for good in the first quarter.

Duerr had two of the three goals for Marist, which is coached by 2003 Bucknell graduate Andrew Copelan, a former All-Patriot League middie and the 2004 MAAC Coach of the Year.

Bucknell really clamped down defensively, particularly in the riding game where it forced turnovers on 14 of 30 Marist clear attempts. The Bison outshot Marist 39-26 and held reigning MAAC Player of the Year Keith Detelj off the scoreboard.

Baran made nine saves, while Gravino finished with seven. Bucknell won the ground ball battle 40-32, while the Red Foxes controlled 10 of the 17 faceoffs.

Two Bison freshmen - midfielder Nick Marks and defenseman Evan Burns - made their first collegiate starts.

Cara is now just 28 points shy of Bucknell's career points record, established 26 years ago by Pete von Hoffmann.

The Bison return to action on Saturday at Harvard at 1 p.m.