February 26, 2011

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Klipstein Clutch in Bucknell Win over 'Nova

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Ryan Klipstein scored four goals, including two big ones in the fourth quarter after Villanova had rallied to tie, lifting Bucknell to a 10-8 win over the 20th-ranked Wildcats Saturday afternoon at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison improved to 2-0 on the season with the victory.

Billy Eisenreich scored twice and Todd Heritage had a goal and two assists for Bucknell, which led 6-3 at the half and 8-5 late in the third quarter, only to see speedy Villanova (1-1) make a late charge.

Chris Aitken's goal with 1:09 left in the third started Villanova's rally. Will Casertano scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter, and then Kevin Cunningham's third of the day with 10:52 left tied it at 8-apiece.

A takeaway by the Bucknell defense led to the go-ahead goal in transition. Short-stick defensive middie Jason Foreit made a long run into the box and fed Klipstein, who eluded his man with a pretty roll dodge and scored with a high shot with 8:32 remaining.

Bucknell posted a huge insurance goal with 1:32 remaining, set in motion by a terrific crease-to-crease outlet pass from goalie Kyle Feeney to Mike Danylyshyn. After receiving the length-of-field pass, Danylyshyn fed Klipstein in front to make it 10-8.

Feeney's 13th and final save of the night was a point-blank stop on Cunningham in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.

Cunningham led Villanova with three goals and an assist. Matt Bell scored two goals, while Casertano had a goal and two assists. Wildcats goalie Billy Hurley recorded seven saves.

After Bell opened the scoring at the 8:56 mark of the first quarter, the Bison rattled off four straight goals, starting with an Eisenreich tracer less than a minute after the Bell score. Heritage put the Bison in front for the first time with a dodge from the right side, and then just 12 seconds into the second quarter, Bucknell parlayed a faceoff win into a goal from long-pole John Scally. Klipstein's goal off a crisp feed from Heritage made it 4-1.
After the Wildcats rallied within 4-3, Charlie Streep scored unassisted with 4:47 left in the half, and then with just five seconds remaining Heritage fed Chase Bailey for a quick-stick goal to make it 6-3 at the break.

With 3:23 left in the third quarter, Klipstein took the ball away from Hurley on an outlet attempt and scored on a behind-the-back shot in front of the crease to give the Bison an 8-5 lead.

Villanova, which opened with a win over Lehigh last week, outshot Bucknell 35-23. Bucknell won the faceoff battle 12-8, although the Wildcats won 6 of 10 in the second half.

Jake Clarke went 8-for-15 at the X and picked up four ground balls. Defenseman Alex Lyons had a big day with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Scally added four ground balls. Pole Brian Karalunas led the Villanova defense with five caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Bucknell returns to action Tuesday night at Penn before returning home on Monday, March 7 against Patriot League rival Navy.


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