Heritage on Fire, Bucknell Wins Fourth Straight
from press release
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Todd Heritage likes Saturdays at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. One week after tying a school record with eight goals in a win over Hobart, the sophomore registered a team-high seven points (4g, 3a) to lead the Bucknell men's lacrosse team to a 17-6 victory over Lafayette. Six Bison had multi-goal outings as Bucknell scored its most goals since the 2011 season opener vs. Canisius.
It was the fourth straight win for the Bison, who improved to 4-3 on the season and 2-0 in Patriot League play. The Leopards, who had six different players net one goal apiece, fell to 2-5, 0-2 PL.
The Bison jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind two goals from Heritage, who now has 22 on the season to lead the team by a wide margin. He had a hand in seven of the team's first 12 goals as Bucknell built a 13-4 lead before head coach Frank Fedorjaka turned to his reserves over the final eight-plus minutes.
The Bison built an 8-2 halftime lead as they outscored Lafayette 5-1 in the second quarter. Bucknell then all but sealed the outcome early in the third quarter when Billy Eisenreich scored back-to-back goals 11 seconds apart with Heritage earning the assist on both. Those two scores put Bucknell up 10-3 just over five minutes into the second half. Eisenreich finished with three goals and an assist.
Ronjohn Dadd, who was making his first appearance of the season, scored Bucknell's final three goals in the closing minutes as he notched his first career hat trick. Nick Gantsoudes, Chase Bailey and Peter Burke each tallied two goals to round out the list of Bison multi-goal outings. Gantsoudes also dished out a pair of assists.
Both teams used multiple goalies in the contest. Bucknell starter Kyle Feeney played more than 51 minutes before giving way to both Sam Grinberg and Mickey Zaverucha, while Lafayette's Andrijko Andrusko and Jake Hyatt split the game down the middle. Feeney led all goalies with nine saves, while Andrusko and Hyatt totaled seven between them.
Bucknell outshot Lafayette 35-20 and captured 16 of the 27 faceoffs. The Bison also won the ground ball battle (32-24) and scored three extra-man goals.
The game was played in late spring-like conditions as the sun-splashed field was more reminiscent of the 2010 Patriot League Tournament that was played in sweltering conditions at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium than a mid-March contest.
Saturday's game began a three-game homestand for the Bison, who will host Robert Morris Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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