Penn State vs. Bucknell
March 30, 2010
The Game Story:
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Ryan Klipstein tallied three goals and an assist to help the Bucknell men’s lacrosse team get back in the victory column with an 11-9 verdict over Penn State on Tuesday night at Jeffrey Field. Austin Winter and Mike Danylyshyn both chipped in two goals and an assist for the Bison, who were coming off consecutive one-goal losses.



Bucknell never trailed in the game, but it had a hard time shaking a persistent Penn State team that had just staged a big rally to defeat St. John’s in its most recent outing. The Nittany Lions, who had beaten the Bison by a single goal in each of the last two seasons, erased deficits of 4-1 and 7-5. But with the game tied at 7-7 entering the fourth quarter, Bucknell rattled off four straight goals to take command.



Nick Gantsoudes netted the tiebreaking goal off a Charlie Streep assist 2:53 into the fourth quarter. Four minutes later Klipstein gave the Bison some breathing room with an unassisted marker, then 52 seconds later Klipstein passed to freshman Kyle O’Keefe for a goal that made it a 10-7 game. With 5:43 left, Danylyshyn tacked on an insurance goal, with Gantsoudes assisting, giving Bucknell its largest lead of the night.



Inside three minutes to play, Penn State scored goals 29 seconds apart to make it an 11-9 game. The Nittany Lions did gain another possession with about 1:30 left but sent three shots off the mark.



There were a whopping 95 ground balls in the game, with the Bison finishing with a 52-43 advantage. Danylyshyn was credited with a career-high eight ground balls, and faceoff man Jake Clarke won 15 of 21 draws one year after setting a school record by going 20-for-21 against Penn State.



Perhaps frustrated after a 6-for-39 shooting day in a 7-6 loss to Albany over the weekend, Bucknell came out flying in this one. The Bison scored on their first two shots four of their first six attempts in streaking out to a 4-1 lead.



Klipstein scored just 1:07 into the game, and just 1:17 after that, Danylyshyn fed Billy Eisenreich to make it 2-0. Matt Bernier put Penn State on the board at the 8:21 mark, but Bucknell responded with two quick goals in 18 seconds. Danylyshyn scored unassisted at 3:26, then John Scally’s ground ball on the faceoff led to a transition goal, with Streep feeding Winter for the score.



But Penn State’s potent offense erased the deficit fairly quickly. Matthew Mackrides scored the first of his four goals to open the second-quarter scoring, and Anthony Basciano and Mackrides followed soon after to tie the game at 4-apiece.



Bucknell’s Chris Palmer and Penn State’s Mackrides traded goals a little over one minute apart, then Klipstein scored with 1:05 left in the half to give the Bison a narrow 6-5 edge at the break.



Winter’s goal at 12:17 of the third period put the Bison up 7-5, but Chris Hogan and Billy Gribbin scored exactly two minutes apart in the late stages of the quarter, ending Penn State’s 13-minute scoring drought and tying the game again at 7-7.



That set the stage for another big fourth quarter for the Bison, who have now outscored foes 32-19 in the final period this season.



Bucknell finished with a 37-35 shot advantage. Penn State goalie Dave Baker had a big night with 17 saves and nine ground balls, while Kyle Feeney was credited with seven saves for the Bison.



The Bison return to Patriot League play on Saturday at Holy Cross at 4 p.m.