Virginia vs. Bucknell
May 15, 2011
The Game Story:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The seventh-ranked Bucknell men's lacrosse team was just minutes away from its first NCAA Tournament win in program history, but seventh-seeded Virginia scored twice in the final 2:32 of regulation and then Matt White won it 1:27 into overtime to lift the host Cavaliers to a stunning 13-12 verdict Sunday at Klockner Stadium.

Despite a two-week layoff and then the start of the game being delayed by about 70 minutes due to a thunderstorm, Bucknell was in top form for most of the day. The Bison outscored Virginia 4-1 in both the first and third quarters, led 10-6 late in the third and 12-10 on Peter Burke's goal with 4:00 to play, but behind All-America attackman Steele Stanwick, the Cavaliers rallied late.

Chris Bocklet scored five goals and Stanwick had three goals and five assists to lead Virginia. Charlie Streep and Todd Heritage recorded hat tricks for the Bison, while Ryan Klipstein and Billy Eisenreich both had two goals and two assists.Despite the gut-wrenching loss, Bucknell can look back on a record season. The Patriot League champion Bison finished 14-3, setting a new program record for wins. This was Bucknell's second NCAA Tournament appearance, with the other a first-round 12-7 loss to Notre Dame in 2001.

Virginia, ranked ninth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 10th in the USILA Coaches Poll, improved to 10-5 on the season and will face second-seeded Cornell next Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y.

The Cavaliers scored the final two goals of the first half to make it 6-6 at intermission, but the Bison stormed out of the locker room with four straight goals to start the third quarter. Streep, fresh off his Patriot League Tournament MVP performance, scored the first three of the period. He scored twice coming from behind the goal and another on a rocket from the left side after a long offensive possession.

The Bison dominated time of possession in the third quarter, and they struck again at the 2:49 mark when Klipstein held off two defenders to the right of the crease and slipped a pass in front to Heritage for an easy one-timer.

Virginia pulled within 10-8 on goals by Stanwick and White, but Heritage scored a big one at 8:04 of the fourth after corralling a ground ball on a loose-ball scramble in front of the cage and firing into an open net. Bocklet scored two in a row to make it 11-10, but then with exactly four minutes remaining, freshman Peter Burke fired a precise shot into the upper right corner of the cage to make it 12-10.

Then things got crazy. Jake Clarke, who had a terrific day on faceoffs while breaking the Bucknell single-season ground ball record, won the draw and Virginia was forced to double team down by two. After a timeout, the Bison twice missed looks at an empty net, and the second time Virginia had the shot backed up.

The Cavaliers cleared, but then Bucknell goalie Kyle Feeney intercepted a pass at the other end. Virginia left the net empty on a 10-man ride, and Bison defenseman John Collett fired a length of field shot. The attempt went high and the Bison had it backed up on the end line, but the officials ruled it to be a pass, and possession went back to Virginia on Bucknell's only failed clear of the day.

This time the Cavaliers capitalized when Stanwick scored unassisted to make it 12-11 with 2:32 to play. Clarke again won the draw and the Bison got two more looks, but they were off target and Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman snared the second one at the side of the crease. Stanwick then scored in transition to tie the game at 12 with 1:46 left.