No. 20 Bucknell Drops Albany For Sixth Straight Win
from press release
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Nick Gantsoudes (Redding, Conn./Avon Old Farms) equaled his career high with five goals and Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) was sharp in the crease with 12 saves, lifting the 20th-ranked Bucknell men's lacrosse team to a 15-7 victory over Albany on Saturday at rainy Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison have now won six games in a row to improve to 6-3 on the season.
Todd Heritage (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) and Chase Bailey (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) added hat tricks and freshman David Dickson (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) passed out four assists for the Bison, who have scored 89 goals during this six-game win streak for an average of 15.8 per game.
Bucknell came into the game ranked fourth nationally in goals per game (13.1) and first in shooting percentage (.399), and it improved both of those marks against the Great Danes. The Bison hit on 15 of their 30 shots in this one.
Miles Thompson led Albany (0-7) with two goals and three assists, while Joe Resetarits had two goals and one assist.
Adding to the point production for Bucknell was Peter Burke (Walpole, Mass./St. Sebastians) with two goals and freshman Joe Kearney (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) with a goal and two assists. Leading scorer Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who was coming off a school-record-tying 11-point game against Robert Morris on Tuesday and ranked second nationally in points entering the game, drew heavy coverage from Albany but still managed a goal and an assist.
Bucknell never trailed, and the game was tied just once at 1-1. The red-hot Bison offense took a bit to get going in the wet conditions, but once Heritage broke the 1-1 deadlock with 1:18 left in the first quarter, the floodgates opened. Heritage scored again off a Dickson feed in the final minute of the first quarter, which was part of a 4-0 run that gave Bucknell the lead for good.
Gantsoudes' second goal of the day put the Bison up 5-1, and his third of the game made it 7-2 with 4:58 left in the second quarter. Resetarits trimmed the lead to 7-3 before halftime, but Gantsoudes and Kearney opened the second-half scoring to put the Bison comfortably in front at 9-3.
Heritage completed his hat trick (Dickson assisted on all three) with 10:28 to play in the fourth quarter, giving the Bison their largest lead of the day at 15-6. That was Bucknell's final shot attempt of the game, as the starters got an early rest for the third straight outing.
Albany finished with a 31-30 shot advantage, while Bucknell won the ground ball battle 36-29. Both teams won 13 faceoffs, while Albany had 21 turnovers to Bucknell's 19. The Bison went 2-for-3 with an extra man and killed off all three of their own penalties.
While Feeney had a stellar day with 12 saves, he was also active outside his crease. He led all players with six ground balls, he intercepted two passes and won back a possession after a save by sprinting and then diving to the end line first.
Defenseman Matt Spagnoli (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) led the team with three caused turnovers, and freshman Gavin Sullivan (Bluemont, Va./Loudon Valley) had a good day taking faceoffs, winning 8 of 14. Wing man John Scally (Short Hills, N.J./Delbarton) picked up four ground balls.
Gantsoudes also had an assist in the game, giving him a career-high six points. He also registered five goals in last season's opener against Canisius.
The Bison have another non-conference game on Tuesday night at Penn State at 7 p.m. That will be followed by a return to Patriot League action next Saturday at Holy Cross at 1 p.m.