Lafayette vs. Bucknell
April 10, 2004
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell junior Chris Cara, the nation^s leading scorer, tied a school record with 11 points on six goals and five assists to lead the Bison to a 19-5 rout of Lafayette in a Patriot League men's lacrosse game on Saturday.

Patrick Christensen added five goals and Wes Fetchet had two goals and an assist to help the Bison improve to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League. Bucknell remains in a fourth-place tie with Colgate in the Patriot League standings. The Raiders were 12-7 winners over Holy Cross on Saturday.

Bucknell dominated Lafayette (1-10, 0-5) from start to finish, racing to a 6-1 lead after one quarter and outshooting the Leopards 56-23 for the game. Nine different Bison scored goals, including junior defensive middie T.J. Wallace, who logged the first of his career.

Bison goalie Matt Baran played the first three quarters of the contest and finished with six saves. Three of those came in the first period when Bucknell kept Lafayette off the scoreboard for the game^s first 10:19. By the time Bart Seifert put the Leopards on the board for the first time, the Bison already had a three-goal lead on scores from Fetchet, Cara and Christensen.

Cara then rattled off three straight goals to close the first quarter. In fact, the All-Patriot League attack scored or assisted on seven of Bucknell^s nine first-half goals as the Bison took a 9-3 lead at the break. Cara, who had already had eight, nine and 10 points in a game earlier this season, raised his career-high again on Saturday and how has the four highest single-game point totals in the nation this season. His final point came on a goal with 2:24 left in the third quarter.

Cara entered the game with 21 goals and 27 assists for a national-best 48 points, became the third Bucknell player to log 11 points in one game, and the first in 24 years. The last to do it was Matt Fraser against Lafayette in 1980. Pete von Hoffmann, Bucknell^s all-time leading scorer, also had 11 points in a game against Penn State in 1979.

Cara now has 59 points (27 goals, 32 assists) this season, already a career-high and the fifth-highest total in Bucknell history. He joined von Hoffmann as the only Bison players to record 30 or more assists in a season three times. Already second to von Hoffmann on Bucknell^s career assist chart with 93, Cara, who still has at least three more games remaining in his junior year, moved up to fourth on the school^s all-time points list with 164. Those assist and point totals are also third and fifth, respectively, in Patriot League history.

Kirk Klett, Brian Gargan, Nick Lane, Clayton Millice and John Salvesen also scored for Bucknell, while Craig Fleishman and Patrick O^Hearn had two assists apiece. Mark Davis played the final 15 minutes in goal and made two saves while allowing just one goal.

Seifert had two goals and an assist to top all Lafayette scorers. The Leopards used three goalies in the game, with middle man Kevin DeVito collecting eight of the team^s 17 saves.

Bucknell has a critical contest next Friday night against defending league champion Army. Game time is 7 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The ninth-ranked Black Knights are 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League.