Bucknell Goalie Feeney Stands Up Army Late
from press release
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Chase Bailey (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) registered two goals and two assists and Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) made four of his 11 saves in the final six minutes of the game to lead the 15th-ranked Bucknell men's lacrosse team past No. 13 Army 8-7 on Saturday in a clash of Patriot League title contenders.
With the win, the Bison improved to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the Patriot League, and they maintain at least a share of the league lead depending on how 3-0 Colgate fares at Lehigh on Saturday night.
It was no surprise that this one came down to the wire, as 10 of the previous 16 Bucknell-Army games had been decided by one goal, and none of the 16 by more than three goals. That trend continued Saturday before 2,759 fans at Michie Stadium, as the Bison rallied from three different one-goal deficits early on, then held on themselves as the Black Knights (7-4, 2-2 PL) tried to come back from a three-goal deficit. It was Bucknell's fourth win over a ranked team this season.
The game was tied at 4-4 in the second quarter when sophomore middie Kyle O'Keefe (Madison, N.J./Hotchkiss) scored his first goal of the season off an assist from Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) to give the Bison a 5-4 halftime lead.
Goals from Peter Burke (Walpole, Mass./St. Sebastian's) and Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) early in the third quarter put the Bison ahead 7-4, marking the first time all day one side held a multi-goal lead.
Garrett Thul, who led Army with four goals, scored twice in a span of 3:12 late in the third quarter to make it a 7-6 game, but at the 8:29 mark of the fourth period Bailey netted a critical insurance goal with the Bison up a man. It was another strong day for the EMO unit, which went 3-for-7 and is now 13-for-25 (.520) in the last five games.
Feeney made two good saves on Tim Henderson in transition to keep it a two-goal game, but Army made things interesting when Conor Hayes scored with 56 seconds left to make it 8-7. The Black Knights won the ensuing faceoff and called timeout to set up a play with 16 seconds left. But just after the restart Army turned the ball over and Feeney nabbed his sixth ground ball of the game. As Bucknell tried to clear Army was called for an offside penalty with seven seconds left, and the Bison were able to run out the clock.
Army, the defending Patriot League champion, had been ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation this season after a good early win over No. 5 Cornell and a close loss to No. 1 Syracuse. The Black Knights also had their nine-game home winning streak snapped, and they fell to 2-2 in the Patriot League after also dropping a close game at Colgate last weekend.
Bucknell has two games remaining, at Lehigh next Friday and at Colgate on April 23 on CBS Sports Network.
The Bison also received two goals from freshman Todd Heritage (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire), two assists from Klipstein and a goal and an assist from Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee). Bucknell went 9-for-19 on faceoffs, but Ryan Gutowski (Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) had an excellent day, winning 5 of 6.
Army outshot the Bison 33-25, ending Bucknell's streak of eight straight games not just outshooting its opponent, but taking at least 10 more shots than its opponent. Both teams nabbed 28 ground balls, while Bucknell had 21 turnovers to Army's 18. Nine of the Bison's miscues came on clearing attempts.
While Feeney made 11 saves for Bucknell, Army's all-star goalie Tom Palesky finished with six.
Bucknell is now 4-1 in its last five games at Michie Stadium, with the lone loss coming last year in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. The Bison have reached the 10-win plateau for the sixth time in program history.