Umass vs. Bucknell
February 18, 2012
The Game Story:

Billy Eisenreich

Feb. 18, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. -- Billy Eisenreich had a three-goal, three-assist afternoon, but the 12th-ranked Bucknell men's lacrosse team dropped an 11-9 decision at No. 11 Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. The Bison suffered their second straight close loss to a ranked opponent to start the 2012 season.

Will Manny, who had seven goals and two assists for the Minutemen in their season-opening win at Army last week, had another big day with three goals and four assists, while Kyle Smith finished with three goals and one assist.

Freshman David Dickson, this week's Patriot League Rookie of the Week, scored his first two collegiate goals for the Bison, while Chase Bailey and Peter Burke also scored a pair.

It was a 3-3 game midway through the second quarter when when UMass' Manny and Grant Whiteway scored in succession to give the Minutemen a 5-3 halftime lead. Just over two minutes after halftime, Smith made it a 3-0 run and put UMass up 6-3.

The Minutemen built their lead up to four goals on a couple of occasions in the second half, the last at 11-7 after an Art Kell goal with 7:31 to play.

But the Bison, who overcame a five-goal second-half deficit in an overtime loss to No. 19 Delaware last week, made things interesting late. Burke scored off a feed from Eisenreich with 5:05 left to make it 11-8, and then Eisenreich scored an unassisted goal with 4:21 left to pull the Bison within two.

Ryan Gutowski won the ensuing faceoff and the Bison had a shot to get within one, but UMass goalie Tim McCormack made a save on Eisenreich with 3:24 to play.

The Minutemen cleared, but Kyle O'Keefe forced a turnover and John Scally nabbed the ground ball with just over two minutes to play. However the Bison turned the ball over on the clear, and UMass was able to run out the clock.

Kyle Feeney finished with 13 saves for the Bison, while McCormack had six. UMass finished with a 30-28 shot advantage and led 26-24 in ground balls. Bucknell committed 17 turnovers and went 11-for-16 on clears, while the Minutemen were 7-for-9 on clears and had just 13 turnovers.

Gutowski went 11-for-19 on feceoffs and led the Bison with five ground balls.