Bucknell vs. Umass
March 9, 2013
|Thomas Flibotte||(3, 0)|
|Sean Doyle||(2, 0)|
|David Dickson||(0, 2)|
|Chase Bailey||(1, 0)|
|Ryan Joseph||(1, 0)|
|Kyle Feeney||14 (0.778)|
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|Kyle Smith||(3, 0)|
|Connor Mooney||(0, 2)|
|Bobby Tyler||(0, 1)|
|Andrew Sokol||(1, 0)|
|Grant Whiteway||(0, 1)|
|Zachary Oliveri||13 (0.650)|
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|The Game Story:|
|LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Senior goalie Kyle Feeney stopped 14 shots to backstop another suffocating defensive performance, and freshman Thomas Flibotte scored three second-half goals to lift Bucknell to a 7-4 win over No. 9/13 Massachusetts on Saturday at sunny Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison scored all seven of their goals in the second half and improved to 4-1 on the season, while the Minutemen fell to 3-3.|
In its most recent contest against Navy, Bucknell kept the Midshipmen off the scoreboard for the final 51:08 and won 11-2. The Bison extended that scoreless streak to 67:50 -- more than a full game of shutout defense -- before UMass's Andrew Sokol finally got one past Feeney at the 13:18 mark of the second quarter. That goal broke open a scoreless tie, and the Minutemen would go on to add another one in the second quarter to take a 2-0 lead after an opening 30 minutes dominated by the defenses and goaltenders.
Flibotte, already a two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, got the Bucknell offense going in the third quarter. He broke up Zachary Oliveri's shutout bid with a hard lefty shot from 15 yards out at the 9:49 mark, and just 1:41 later he ducked under a defender and fired with the right hand into the upper right corner to tie the game at 2-all.
The Bison took their first lead of the day at 5:49 of the third when David Dickson picked out Chase Bailey on the right wing to make it 3-2. UMass tied it again with 2:31 left in the period when Kyle Smith scored the second of his three goals, coming on an interior feed from Bobby Tyler.
Another Bison freshman scored back-to-back goals to give them the lead back for good. This time it was attackman Sean Doyle capitalizing on an unsettled situation in the opening minute of the fourth period. Bucknell lost the ball but then took it right back. Dickson picked up the loose ball on the right flank and passed back to Doyle, who scored from distance give the Bison a 4-3 lead. On the next offensive possession, Doyle came from behind the goal and stuffed a shot past Oliveri to make it 5-3.
The Minutemen got back within a goal with 8:33 to go. With Feeney still scrambling back after a 10-man ride, Grant Whiteway found Smith, who shot it into an empty net.
Bucknell got a critical insurance goal from reserve middie Ryan Joseph with 6:22 to play. Joseph's first goal of the year came on a hard lefty runner from the left wing, giving the Bison their two-goal lead back.
Then the Bison defense took over. The man-down unit killed off a 60-second penalty, and Feeney made five saves in the final 2:29 to keep the Minutemen off the board. Bucknell tacked on one more when Flibotte completed his hat trick, beating a double team before shooting into an empty net with Oliveri out of the crease.
Since falling 12-11 at Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 17, the Bison have conceded a total of only 14 goals over their next three games. Defensemen Mike Huffner (three caused turnovers, one ground ball) and Jackson Place (two CTs, four GBs) were outstanding, as was rookie long-stick middie Alex Spring (four GBs).
Ryan Gutowski fared well at the faceoff X, winning 5 of 10 against Joe Calvello, who came into the game winning 58.3 percent of his draws.
In addition to Smith's three goals, Mooney picked up two assists for the Minutemen, who are ranked ninth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and 13th in the USILA Coaches' Poll this week. UMass started the season 3-0, including a 12-11 win over No. 4 North Carolina and a 16-9 rout of Army, but now it has dropped three straight.
Bucknell finished with a 36-25 shot advantage. Both teams had 14 turnovers and 28 ground balls. Feeney's 14 saves were one more than Oliveri's 13.
The Bison are back in action on Tuesday at home against high-scoring Drexel. Game time is 4 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The contest will be webcast live on Bison Vision.