Navy vs. Bucknell
March 13, 2004
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ^ Ian Dingman registered four goals and two assists to lead No. 15 Navy past Bucknell 11-5 in a Patriot League men^s lacrosse game Saturday at Navy Marine Corps Stadium. Wes Fetchet scored two goals and Chris Cara had three assists to lead the Bison, who fell to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in league play.

In the first game between the two teams as Patriot League rivals ^ Navy joined the conference in men^s lax this season ^ the Midshipmen (3-1, 2-0) broke open a one-goal game in the third quarter by scoring six of the game^s final seven goals.

The game was scoreless for the first 10:42 until Bucknell^s Patrick Christensen broke the ice off an assist from Cara, who was the nation^s leading scorer with 22 points entering the game. Joe Bossi, who had three goals on the day, tied it 65 seconds later and Dingman put Navy ahead for the first time with 2:28 left in the opening period. But with Jared Bosanko off on an unnecessary roughness call, John Salvesen scored off a Craig Fleishman pass to tie it at 2-all after the first quarter.

Dingman scored twice and assisted on another to spark a 3-0 Navy run to start the second quarter, but Bison freshman Brian Gargan finished a Cara feed with 2:35 on the clock to pull Bucknell within 5-3 at the half.

Cara passed to Fetchet for a goal just 38 seconds into the second half to make it a 5-4 game, but the Bison would score just once more the rest of the way.

Dingman and Billy Looney scored less than three minutes apart to give the Mids some breathing room at 7-4, and after Fetchet scored a man-up goal to make it 7-5 with 4:12 left in the third, Graham Gill answered with an EMO marker off a Dingman pass. Navy outscored Bucknell 3-0 in the fourth quarter, with Looney, Bossi and Ben Horn providing the scoring.

Matt Baran finished with 14 saves for the Bison, who were outshot 36-22, including 13-2 in the final period. Navy held a 44-33 edge in ground balls, while both teams each won 10 faceoffs.

Bucknell went 2-for-2 in man-up situations and is now 12-for-22 on the season.

Matt Russell made eight saves for Navy, five coming in the first quarter.

The Bison will host second-ranked Maryland on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.