Bucknell vs. Penn State
April 16, 2003
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Derek Howells scored three goals and Luke Ogelsby handed out four assists to lead 18th-ranked Penn State to a 10-7 victory over Bucknell Wednesday evening in the Bison's final home contest of 2003. Bucknell lost for the first time in six tries at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium this season, despite a five-point night from sophomore attackman Chris Cara.

Penn State (5-5) extended its winning streak to four thanks in large part to a quick start offensively. The Nittany Lions scored five times in the second quarter and twice led by as many as five goals. Howells' third goal of the game at the 8:20 mark of the second stanza made it 7-2, and after Cara's tally two minutes later momentarily stopped the bleeding, Chris Gannett made it 8-3 by finishing a Marshall Feldman feed with 5:27 left in the half.

Bucknell (7-4) finished the half in strong fashion, however, drawing within 8-5 at intermission on goals from Patrick Christensen and John Terracciano in the final 3:23.

Goals would be much harder to come by in the second half, as both defenses settled down. Bucknell drew first blood in the third period when Cara fed Kelly Hogue for a quick score just 1:52 into the period, and the Bison had plenty of life trailing just 8-6. But Penn State's Nate Whitaker restored the three-goal margin, finishing an Oglesby feed from behind the cage after the Lions had gone more than 12 minutes without a score.

Neither team dented the nets for another 19 minutes, when Elliott Jones scored a key insurance goal for PSU off another assist from Ogelsby with 4:03 to play. Worthy Sanders scored 53 seconds later to make it 10-7, but the Bison managed just two more shots the rest of the way and could not draw any closer.

After the Bison scored on five of their 10 first-half shots, Penn State goalie Chris Garrity came up with five second-half saves and finished with seven on the night. Counterpart Justin Sussman stopped 10 shots for the Bison.

Penn State outshot Bucknell 40-24 and held a 44-26 edge in ground balls. Led by an impressive performance from Greg Gurenlian, Penn State controlled 15 of the 21 faceoffs. Gurenlian won 13 of 18 and finished with a game-high nine ground balls.

The game marked the final home contest for seven Bucknell seniors. The Bison play their final two games of the regular season on the road against Patriot League rivals Colgate and Lehigh. Two victories and a Hobart win over Army this Saturday would put Bucknell in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.

Colgate, one of four Patriot League teams currently knotted at the top of the league standings with one loss, hosts Bucknell Saturday at 1 p.m.