Bucknell vs. Jacksonville
March 16, 2010
The Game Story:
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Attackmen Charlie Streep and Austin Winter combined for eight goals and five assists, and backup faceoff man Christian Tucker gave 18th-ranked Bucknell a big lift in a 17-8 victory over Jacksonville on Tuesday night before an overflow crowd in the first college lacrosse game ever played in Forsyth County, N.C.

Streep scored a career-high seven points on four goals and three assists. He had four goals and two helpers in Bucknell's 10-goal first half, and it was his second four-goal game in a four-day span since moving to attack in place of the injured Tim Brandau. Winter added four goals and two assists, Ryan Klipstein had two goals and two assists, and long-stick middie John Scally tallied his first two career goals to along with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Mike Danylyshyn chipped in a goal and two assists to give the Bucknell starting attack unit nine goals and seven assists on the night. Now 4-2 on the season, the Bison outshot the Dolphins (4-4) 50-24 and dominated the ground ball ledger 50-25. Defenseman Jason Neithamer led all players with a career-high 10 ground balls.

With All-Patriot League faceoff man Jake Clark sitting out the non-league game with a sore knee, Tucker filled in by winning 15 of 23 draws. Freshman Wills Miller claimed 3 of 5, and the Bison won 18 of 28 on the night.

Bucknell put on an impressive early display on the natural grass surface at Forsyth Country Day School, scoring the game's first seven goals.

It was all Charlie Streep in the opening stages. He put the Bison on the board with a tough-angle shot on the left side just 55 seconds into the game. It was still 1-0 when Streep scored again from the opposite side of the field while absorbing a hard check with 6:40 left in the first quarter. Bucknell scored three more times in the opening period, with Streep assisting on a Billy Eisenreich tally to make it 4-0, then Scally capping off a fastbreak with his first goal with 1:23 left.

Winter scored the first two goals of the second quarter to make it 7-0, but Jeremy Tissenbaum got Jacksonville going with a goal with 8:49 left in the period. That started a 5-2 run by the Dolphins, capped by two goals in just six seconds from Tissenbaum and Nick Scalzo. The latter goal came on a clean faceoff win by Dan McNulty, who sprinted to the goal and dished at the last second.

Bucknell's extra-man unit stemmed the tide with just 33 seconds left in the half, when freshman Billy Mattimore finished a feed from Klipstein for his third goal of the season, all coming with the EMO team.

Scalzo scored on Jacksonville's first possession of the second half to make it 10-6, but the Bison scored the next five goals to seize control of the game. Scally started the run with 6:42 left in the third quarter, and a little over a minute later freshman middie Kyle O'Keefe picked up his first career point with a nifty assist to Winter waiting on the doorstep.

Another Winter goal off an Eisenreich feed made it 14-6 after three, and Chris Palmer opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a high lefthanded shot from downtown. Klipstein's goal off the first career assist from freshman Chase Bailey with 5:26 left gave the Bison their largest lead of the night at 17-7.

Jacksonville is a first-year program coached by former Hobart mentor Matt Kerwick, a collegiate teammate of Bison coach Frank Fedorjaka. Despite having a roster made up almost exclusively freshmen and sophomores, the fast-paced Dolphins came into the game with a winning record that included a top-20 win over Denver.

Jacksonville had outscored foes 63-58 and had 31 more ground balls than its opponents coming in, but the Bison dominated the ground ball column despite playing on natural grass for the first time since fall ball.

Bucknell used all three goalies in the contest, and starter Kyle Feeney had another strong night. He finished with seven saves and six goals against in 52:32 of action, and he was also credited with three forced turnovers and four ground balls. Fellow freshman Josh Briskman made his first collegiate appearance and came up with a point-blank save while allowing one goal in his 5:44 of playing time.

Brad Hester stopped 15 shots for Jacksonville. Scalzo led the Dolphins with four goals and one assist, while Tissenbaum had two goals and Ryan Serville a goal and two assists.

Next up for the Bison is a critical Patriot League home game on Saturday against unbeaten Lafayette. The Leopards, who are nationally ranked (No. 11) for the first time in program history, are coming off a 15-8 rout of Navy.