Feb. 20, 2010

Courtesy of Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) scored three goals and assisted on another, and the No. 17/18 Bucknell men's lacrosse team rallied from a pair of early two-goal deficits to defeat Ohio State 11-5 on Saturday afternoon at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

Playing their home opener after dropping a heartbreaker in overtime to No. 2 Duke last week, the Bison also received two goals from Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) and nine saves in relief from freshman goalie Kyle Feeney (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), who earned his first collegiate win.

Chris Palmer (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) and Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) both produced a goal and two assists as part of a big day for the Bison midfield. The top two middie units combined for eight goals and five assists, while Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) had another big day at the faceoff X, winning 10 of 14 with a game-high seven ground balls.

Bucknell got off to a slow start, as Ohio State jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 4-2. Dominique Alexander started the scoring for the Buckeyes (1-1) with a shot that trickled through the legs of Sam Finnell (Skillman, N.J./Deerfield Academy). One minute later Jeff Tundo made it 2-0 with a hard lefty shot from the right wing.

Eisenreich put the Bison on the board with 2:06 left in the first quarter when he finished a nice feed from Austin Winter (Boonton Twp., N.J./Mountain Lakes), who recorded his 98th career assist. Klipstein tied it at 2-apiece just over six minutes into the second period, but two goals 48 seconds apart from Jarred Bowman and James Green gave the Buckeyes their two goal lead back, and it brought Feeney back into Bucknell cage.

The Bison dominated the rest of the game, however, outscoring Ohio State 9-1 over the final 37 minutes. Feeney was outstanding, making nine saves over that span, and Bucknell rallied to take the lead by halftime.

A big ground ball by Mike Danylyshyn (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) led to Streep's first goal of the season, then just 47 seconds later Brandon Buchmayr (Darien, Conn./Darien) tied it with a hard shot through traffic. After another faceoff win by Clarke, Klipstein finished a Palmer feed with 3:47 left in the half to put the Bison ahead for good at 5-4.

After a six-goal second period, things settled down in the third. The Bison were still clinging to that one-goal lead until the 6:47 mark, when Palmer scored perhaps the biggest goal of the day, a spinning shot from about 10 yards out in the slot.

Winter scored 3:17 into the fourth on a neat ankle-high quick-stick off a feed from Eisenreich, then only a minute later Streep made it 8-4. Ohio State ended a 34:15 scoreless drought when Logan Schuss scored while drawing a penalty at the same time. Clarke controlled the important shorthanded faceoff, however, and Tim Brandau (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) scored a man-down goal with 3:14 to play to make it 9-5.

With the Buckeyes forced to chase the ball, Danylsyhyn and Streep punched in goals 25 seconds apart to finish the scoring, the last coming with 2:28 to play.

Bucknell outshot Ohio State 38-22 and won the ground ball battle 24-20. Ohio State goalie Brandon Freeman had some impressive close-range saves and finished with 11 for the game. The Buckeyes were 1-for- 5 with an extra man, while the Bison were 1-for-1 and are now 4-for-5 on the season.

The Bison now have a 5-1 series lead over the Buckeyes, although in each of the previous three seasons the teams played one-goal games, including a triple-overtime win by Bucknell in 2008 and an OT win by Ohio State last year.

Bucknell will be back in action next Saturday at Towson at 1 p.m.