Bucknell vs. Villanova
February 26, 2011
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. - After opening the season with a complete performance in all phases of the game in a 17-2 win over Canisius, the Bucknell men's lacrosse team looks to keep it going on Saturday against 20th-ranked Villanova. Game time is noon at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

An NCAA Tournament team in 2009 and a top-10 team for a period in 2010, the Wildcats are also 1-0 on the season after last week's 9-8 win over Lehigh. Villanova trailed by two goals in the third quarter of that game before rallying with a 4-0 run. Kevin Cunningham had two goals and two assists, while Will Casertano added two goals and an assist. Goalie Billy Hurley made four of his eight saves in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats won only 5 of 21 faceoffs. Two-time All-American and reigning Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year Brian Karalunas leads the defense.

These two teams have met 11 times previously, with Villanova winning six. The Bison and Wildcats last faced off in 2004, with the Wildcats prevailing 16-11. A year earlier, Bucknell won 7-6 when Villanova was ranked No. 18 nationally.


Bison Briefs:
• Bucknell returns its entire defense in 2011, and that unit was brilliant in the season opener against Canisius. The Bison conceded only 16 shots all day, and the only Golden Griffin goals came on a first-quarter shot that caromed in off the back of a defenseman, and 41 minutes later on an outside shot against the reserve unit.
• Sophomore goalie Kyle Feeney had a strong day, finishing with nine saves and only one goal allowed in three quarters. Backup Josh Briskman made two point-blank stops in the fourth period.
• Senior Jake Clarke levied a couple of big hits in the defensive midfield and also won 9 of 14 faceoffs while collecting seven ground balls.
• Already the Bucknell career record holder for ground balls, Clarke broke the career faceoff wins record in the Canisius game. He now has 301 in his career.
• Junior midfielder Nick Gantsoudes led the offense with a career-high five goals. Gantsoudes broke open a 2-1 game with two goals to start the second quarter, and he nearly equalled his career total of seven goals coming into the game.
• At attack, junior Charlie Streep logged five points with three goals and two assists, while freshman Todd Heritage scored his first three goals, including a highlight-reel around-the-back shot in the fourth quarter. Senior Ryan Klipstein added a goal and two assists.
• Bucknell also got some offensive production from its defensive midfield, as Andrew Van Valkenburg scored his first career goal, and Jordan Nies had a goal and an assist.
• Nine different Bison recorded a point on opening day.
• The 15-goal margin of victory was Bucknell's largest since a 21-5 win over Lafayette in 1996. The 17 goals scored and the two goals allowed are both program records for a season opener.