Bucknell's Streep Won't Return This Season
If the Bucknell Bison are going to make it to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, they will have to do it without a key player who has been missing throughout the 2012 season.
Senior midfielder Charlie Streep, who had surgery six months ago to repair a torn ACL he suffered last fall, has been ruled out for the rest of the year by Bison coach Frank Fedorjaka.
Bucknell was hoping for the return this month of its leading goal-scorer from a year ago, when the Bison won the Patriot League without a loss and finished with a 14-3 record after losing in overtime to eventual NCAA champion Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Fedorjaka confirmed that Streep, who scored 28 goals and added nine assists in 2011 and is scheduled to graduate on time, has been shut down for the remainder of the season. Bucknell (9-5, 3-2) has qualified for the upcoming conference tournament, but cannot earn the top seed and the right to host the event, even with a win over Colgate (10-2, 4-1) on Friday.
"Charlie is not going to make it back," Fedorjaka said. "He was hoping to get back by April 7 [the day the Bison lost in double overtime to Army], but he's had some scar tissue problems. He's out here practicing with us, but it's basically like he's already graduated. We didn't want to bring him back before he was ready. Now it's gotten so late we've decided to go a different way."
Fedorjaka added that Streep will not use his remaining year of eligibility at Bucknell in 2013, and has not decided whether he will explore the chance to play lacrosse as a graduate student at a different school.