No. 12 St. Francis (N.Y.) will play No. 15 Bucknell on Sunday for the 2012 Eastern Championship after defeating No. 17 Mercyhurst 12-11 Saturday at Princeton. The winner will represent the east coast at the championship tournament, which will be held on Dec. 1 at USC.
The Terriers, who trailed Navy by three goals in the tournament opener on Friday, showed poise as they were behind 9-5 after the Lakers scored a power-play goal with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
St. Francis re-grouped and went on a 6-1 run to take the lead for good, jumping up to 11-10 after junior Bosko Stankovic fired a no-look backhander into the left corner of the net with two minutes remaining in the contest.
Senior Marko Gencic scored on a penalty shot with just over a minute remaining to give the Terriers a 12-10 lead. It was his fifth goal of the match.
The Lakers pulled within 12-11 with 55 seconds left and then had a final possession after a failed shot attempt by the Terriers. But SFC goalkeeper Igor Mladenovic made a stop to his right as the Lakers’ fired a shot that was ticketed for the right-corner of the net with two seconds remaining.
Vuk Vujosevic added four goals for the Terriers.
Bucknell advanced to the Eastern Championship title game with a 7-6 victory against No. 20 and host Princeton. Freshman Stefan Aleksic scored the game-winning goal with 1:48 remaining. The Bison will be making their first appearance in the title game since 1993.