Lafayette vs. Bucknell
April 6, 2002
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. Freshman Chris Cara logged a career-high eight points on three goals and five assists, leading Bucknell to a 13-7 Patriot League victory at Lafayette Saturday afternoon at chilly Rappolt Field. The Bison snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-6 overall and 3-1 in Patriot League play this season. Lafayette fell to 1-7, 0-4. Bucknell erupted out of the gates, scoring three times in the game's first six minutes, with Cara having a hand in all three goals. He set up Patrick Christensen and Dennis Geraghty on the first two tallies, then converted an Andrew Copelan feed for a 3-0 lead. Lafayette countered with a 5-1 run over the next 17 minutes to grab a 5-4 lead. Kyle McClure netted the final two goals on the run, the last coming off a Drew Weisman feed with 7:20 left in the second quarter. Just over two minutes later, Christensen netted his second tally of the day, starting a game-changing 6-0 spurt for the Bison. Andrew Sanders gave the Bison the lead for good with 2:09 left in the second period, then Bucknell broke the Leopards' backs with two goals in the final 12 seconds of the half. Cara fed Sanders for a score with 11.8 seconds remaining, then Michael Petrash cleanly won a faceoff and dished to Cara for a goal with 3.9 ticks left, giving the Bison an 8-5 lead at intermission.

Rob Lane and Patrick O'Hearn netted the only two goals of the third period, and after Matt Prevost stopped Bucknell's six-goal run, Geraghty, Cara and Craig Fleishman scored in succession to make it 13-6. Pat Lennon closed out the scoring for Lafayette with only 12.2 seconds left in the game.

O'Hearn's goal was the first of his career, while Fleshman's was his first of the season and second of his career. Six of Bucknell's 13 goals came from freshman. Cara established career highs for both points and assists, surpassing his seven-point afternoon against Holy Cross. He continues to lead Bucknell in scoring with 41 points (18G, 23A).

Geraghty finished with three goals, giving him hat tricks in four straight games. Christensen and Sanders finished with two goals apiece. McClure, Prevost and Lennon registered two scores apiece for Lafayette.

Bucknell outshot Lafayette 38-28 and edged the Leopards 33-32 in the ground ball battle. After struggling in the faceoff department in recent games, Petrash and the Bison controlled 18 of 23 draws.

After playing their last five games on the road, the Bison finally return home next Sunday, April 14, to host Patriot League rival Colgate at 1 p.m.