Colgate vs. Bucknell
April 19, 2003
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. Rob Lane, Kyle Morin and Patrick Christensen tallied two goals apiece and Justin Sussman made 13 saves to lead Bucknell to a 10-9 victory over a persistent Colgate squad Saturday afternoon.

The win was bittersweet, however, as Army knocked off Hobart 12-10 on Saturday to remain in a first-place tie with Bucknell (8-4, 4-1). The Black Knights (7-5, 4-1) can clinch the Patriot League's automatic NCAA Tournament bid with a win over last-place Lafayette on Apr. 29. A Bucknell victory over Lehigh next Saturday would give the Bison at least a share of their fourth straight Patriot League title, but Bucknell would come up short in a head-to-head tiebreaker with Army due to a 10-9 loss at West Point last week.

Colgate (5-6, 3-2) entered the day in a four-way tie for first in the loss column, but the Bison appeared to have the Raiders put away early. After Peter Watts opened the scoring for Colgate, Bucknell scored seven of the next eight goals to take a seemingly commanding 7-2 halftime lead.

Leading 3-2 midway through the second quarter, Morin and Michael Petrash scored just 17 seconds apart to give the Herd a 5-2 lead. Christensen scored twice in succession just before intermission to make it 7-2 at the half.

Colgate dominated the third quarter, however, scoring five straight goals on only eight shots to draw even at 7-apiece. Nick Gerken scored twice to start the half, and Scott Herbst, Jason Vasas and Watts followed.

The stunned Bison came alive early in the final stanza, scoring three times in a span of just 1:33 to take a 10-7 lead. First Kelly Hogue finished an Andrew Copelan feed, then Lane scored a pair of unassisted markers. Still, the Raiders were not finished. Jeff VanderMeulen scored with 9:32 to play to make it 10-8, then VanderMeulen scored again with Colgate up a man to make it a one-goal game with 3:47 remaining.

Sussman, who has led the nation in save percentage for much of the season, made his 13th save of the day his most important, turning aside a last-second Colgate shot. Sussman stopped six shots in the fourth quarter.

Copelan finished with three assists for Bucknell, which held a 36-32 shot advantage. Petrash enjoyed his best game of the season in the faceoff circle, winning 15 of 22.

Andrew Jarolimek made 14 saves for Colgate.

The Bison wrap up their 2003 regular season next Saturday at Lehigh at 7 p.m.