Backup Goalie Leads Bucknell to Third Straight Win
from press release
PHILADELPHIA - Billy Eisenreich tallied three goals and two assists and freshman goalie Sam Grinberg came off the bench to record 11 saves, leading the Bucknell men's lacrosse team to its third victory in a row, 12-11 over Drexel in a non-league game Tuesday afternoon at Vidas Field. Todd Heritage and David Dickson both added two goals and two assists for the Bison, who are now back to level on the season at 3-3.
Bucknell jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and after Drexel scrambled back into the game, the Bison surged back ahead with another 4-0 in the third and fourth quarters to go up 12-9. The Dragons (2-5) pulled with 12-11 with two scores in the final 90 seconds, but Bucknell was able to close it out in yet another high-scoring affair.
Aaron Prosser had three goals and two assists for Drexel, which outshot the Bison 54-27. It was a 7-7 game at the half, but Grinberg, who had seen brief action in the first half, came on at the start of the third quarter and made 11 saves with only four goals against for his first career win.
Nick Gantsoudes got the Bison off to a great start with two goals in the game's first four minutes. Heritage and Dickson followed later in the opening period, and Bucknell was off to a 4-0 start.
It was still a four-goal lead at 6-2 when the Dragons got back into it with three goals in just over four minutes. Ben McIntosh made it a 6-5 game with 7:02 left in the second quarter. Tom Black got one back for the Bison at the 5:44 mark, but Drexel tied it up when Kyle Bergmen and Deven Thomas scored just seven seconds apart.
Bucknell struck first in the second half on a Chase Bailey goal, but moments later Drexel took its first lead of the day on consecutive goals by Prosser and Andrew Vivian, these coming just 47 seconds apart. The Dragons' lead was short-lived however, as the Bison surged back ahead with four straight strikes, two of them coming from Eisenreich.
Just after the Vivian goal that gave Drexel the lead, Ryan Gutowski won the faceoff, and on that possession Dickson fed Eisenreich for the tying goal. Then with 2:21 left in the third quarter, Heritage scored off an assist from Bailey to give the Bison the lead back for good.
Drexel started the fourth quarter a man up, but Grinberg made a save on McIntosh to help kill the penalty, and after the Bison cleared the ball Eisenreich scored off another Dickson assist to make it 11-9. Jackson Place then picked up the ground ball from a Wills Miller faceoff, and with 12:14 to play Billy Mattimorescored his first of the day off a Bailey feed to give the Bison a 12-9 cushion.
They would need all of that three goal lead, as Ryan Belka scored with 1:24 left and Prosser added another with 51 seconds left. Drexel won the ensuing faceoff but Bailey intercepted a shovel pass before the Dragons could get set up for a last shot.
Bucknell handled the ball well, going 15-for-15 on clears and committing only 13 turnovers. Drexel captured 16 of the 26 faceoffs.
This was the first meeting between the two teams since 1995, and Bucknell now leads the series 17-2.
The Bison are back in action on Saturday at home against Patriot League rival Lafayette at 3 p.m.
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