Lehigh vs. Bucknell
April 15, 2011
The Game Story:
No. 12 Bucknell Men's Lacrosse Beats Lehigh 12-11 after Incredible Rally

Eisenreich's Game-Winner Caps Eight-Point Night as Bison Come Back from 6-Goal Deficit

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Billy Eisenreich

Billy Eisenreich


April 15, 2011

Final Stats

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Junior midfielder Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) recorded a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists, including the tiebreaking tally with 1:40 to play, as No. 12 Bucknell staged a major comeback in a 12-11 win at Lehigh on Friday night at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Now 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot league, the Bison trailed 7-1 in the second quarter and 11-7 in the fourth before scoring the last five goals of the game.

Eisenreich, just coming back from an injury that cost him four games, capped off his career night by scoring three straight unassisted goals in the last 5:25. Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) scored the other two goals in the game-ending flurry and finished with a season-high four goals, while Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) scored all three of his goals in the third quarter.

The Bison are temporarily in sole possession of first place in the Patriot League, but Colgate can match them at 5-0 with a win at Lafayette on Saturday. Regardless, the regular-season title and the right to host the Patriot League Tournament will come down to the Bucknell-Colgate game next week in Hamilton, N.Y.

Something had to give in this one, as Lehigh came in with the top-ranked offense in the league, while Bucknell had the No. 1 defense. The Mountain Hawks (6-7, 2-3), who had a landmark win over Navy earlier in the season, could have clinched a postseason berth with a victory over the Bison, and they seemed well on their way after blasting their way to a 7-1 lead.

Even though Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) and the Bison won six of the seven first-quarter faceoffs, they trailed 5-1 after one. Early in the second period, Dante Fantoni and Cameron Lao-Gosney scored 12 seconds apart, giving Lehigh seven different goal-scorers and a 7-1 lead.

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Chase Bailey (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) ended Bucknell's 13-minute scoring drought midway through the quarter, and Streep's man-up goal off an Eisenreich feed with 1:24 left pulled the Bison within 8-4 at halftime.

Bucknell got right back in it with a pair of goals from Klipstein, both assisted by Eisenreich, early in the third quarter. David DiMaria answered for Lehigh to make it 9-6, but Klipstein scored with 2:28 left in the period to make it a two-goal game again with one quarter to play.

Lehigh took the momentum back when it won the fourth-period faceoff and found Fantoni for his 30th goal of the season. Nearly three minutes later Kyle Stiefel scored off an assist from DiMaria to make it 11-7 with 10:49 to play.

That set up Bucknell's remarkable comeback. Streep got it going with a 15-yard shot off a feed from Peter Burke (Walpole, Mass./St. Sebastian's) with 8:26 left. The Bison killed off a 30-second penalty, and then at the 5:48 mark Klipstein passed to Streep, who made it a two-goal game again at 11-9.

On the ensuing faceoff Lehigh's Richard Bradley took a slashing penalty, and Bucknell's red-hot EMO unit cashed in quickly, with Eisenreich firing home an outside shot just 23 seconds after the Streep goal.

Clarke's big finish at the faceoff X continued with another clean win, leading to the tying goal. Griffin Farha made an initial save on Streep's shot, but Eisenreich gathered in the rebound and scored with a low shot to knot the game at 11-apiece with 4:23 left.

Clarke won another draw, but this time the Bison turned the ball over before they could set up the offense. Lehigh cleared, but Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) came up with a save on Roman Lao-Gosney at the 3:00 mark. John Collett (Randolph, N.J./Delbarton) nabbed the ground ball, the Bison cleared for the 12th straight time in the game, and Eisenreich finished off the comeback by rolling past a defender and scoring his fourth of the night with 1:40 to play.

That was Bucknell's very first lead of the night, but there were still some tense moments left as Lehigh won the faceoff. DiMaria's contested shot went high with 18 seconds left and Bucknell called timeout to reset its defense. Jonathan Stumpf missed the cage with 11 seconds remaining, and then the Bison broke up a pass on the restart and Feeney grabbed the ground ball as time expired.

Bucknell came into the game giving up only 7.0 goals per game, the fifth-best mark in the nation. The Mountain Hawks reached that total by the 10:18 mark of the second quarter and became only the second team all season to reach double figures against the Bison. But Bucknell is now 2-0 in those games, as they also defeated Navy by the same 12-11 score last month in Lewisburg.

The Bison are the first team in Division I lacrosse to reach 11 victories, and they are now just one victory shy of the school record, set by the 1996 team that finished 12-0. The only other time Bucknell won 11 games in a season was in 2007 (11-4).

This was Bucknell's fifth straight victory, and it has now won five straight and 11 of 12 against Lehigh.

Klipstein reached a milestone on Friday with his 100th career point. He now has 102 on 74 goals and 28 assists. Fellow senior Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) collected an assist against Lehigh and now has 99 career points.

Eisenreich was having a career season before the injury, which he suffered against Lafayette on March 19. He had a seven-point game with two goals and five assists in the win over Navy, and he has scored multiple points in seven of the eight games in which he has played.

Both teams finished with 30 shots, while Lehigh edged the Bison 29-28 in ground balls. Both sides also protected the ball well, as Bucknell committed only seven turnovers and Lehigh just 10. The Bison were 12-for-12 on clears, while Lehigh was 15-for-18.

Feeney finished with eight saves, while Farha had 13 in his first career start for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh came in as one of the nation's best faceoff teams, but the Bison won 14 of the 27 draws. Clarke finished 14-for-25 with nine ground balls.

Bucknell went 2-for-3 with a man advantage and is now 15-for-28 in the last six games.

Bucknell and Colgate will face off on Saturday, Apr. 23 at 7 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.