April 26, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Rookie midfielder Alex Daly went 20-of-24 on face-offs and classmate Will Mazzone recorded his first career hat trick, but 20 turnovers and three Bucknell man-up goals plagued No. 3 Army as it fell to second-seeded Bison in the Patriot League Tournament's first semifinal match-up on Friday afternoon at top-seeded Lehigh's Ulrich Sports Complex.
The first half was a game of runs as Bucknell held a slight 6-5 halftime advantage. The Bison proceeded to score the first five goals of the second half, which extended its lead to 11-5 with less than eight minutes to play in the game and put the contest out of Army's reach. The Black Knights scored the final three goals of the game, as attackmen John Glesener, Garrett Thul and Mazzone each found the back of the net over the final 2:24. The surge was not enough, however, as Army got ousted in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament presented by Rockin' Refuel for the third-straight year.
Army (8-5) owned a 42-41 edge in shots, which included 17 in the fourth quarter, and a 34-27 advantage in ground balls. Daly amassed a career-best 12 ground balls in the setback. Bucknell (12-3) forced 14 of Army's 20 turnovers and was 3-of-4 man-up as it punched its ticket to Sunday's Patriot League Championship.
Mazzone's three goals paced the Black Knights offense, while Thul and Glesener tallied two goals apiece. Glesener added a pair of assists and tied Mazzone (3G, 1A) with a team-high four points.
The Army defense surrendered double-digit goals for the third time this season. Sophomore Michael Larrabee totaled three caused turnovers while sophomore goalkeeper Sam Somers recorded 12 saves.
The Bison scored the opening three goals over the first 3:34 of the game, while the Black Knights' offense struggled to find its rhythm over the first half of the opening 15 minutes. Once Army found its way, however, it put on a show triggered by Daly winning six of the first eight draws of the game. Junior attackman Alex Carros chased down a long ground ball and fed a lunging Thul for Army's first goal of the day, while just seconds later Mazzone was credited with his first goal of the day on a deflection at 5:12. The Black Knights' third goal came courtesy of Newsome, as he split defenders and beat Bucknell senior goalkeeper Kyle Feeney low with 2:47 on the clock. Army then took its first lead of the day as senior tri-captain Andrew Boyd threaded a perfect pass to Mazzone, whose close-range goal at 1:47 gave the Black Knights their first lead of the game, 4-3.
Momentum shifted back in Bucknell's direction as the Bison again netted the first three goals of the second quarter and reestablished a 6-4 lead with 7:54 on the clock. Glesener's laser at the 7:39 mark was his first goal of the day and pulled Army back within a single goal, 6-5. The one-goal margin stood at the break, while Daly continued his dominance in the "x," winning 10-of-13 bouts in the first half.
Bucknell stretched its lead to 7-5 just 1:01 into the third quarter on a Chase Bailey goal. The Bison went on to match their largest lead since the opening minutes, punching a third EMO goal through midway through its third opportunity at the 8:42 mark.
The teams played through seven scoreless minutes before Bucknell scored the next four goals and established its largest lead of the game, 11-5, midway through the fourth quarter. The Black Knights peppered Feeney with 17 fourth-quarter shots, a stretch during which he surrendered four goals and recorded four saves. Army scored the last three goals of the game over the final 2:24 of the contest, but the damage had already been done as Bucknell hung on for its second victory over Army this season.
Bailey led the Bison with a game-high four goals, while David Dickson handed out a game-high five assists.
The second semifinal game between No. 1 Lehigh and No. 4 Colgate was set to face-off at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.
The Black Knights close out the regular season on Friday, May 3, against current No. 11/11 Johns Hopkins at Michie Stadium. A 7:36 p.m. face-off is set for a game to air live on CBS Sports Network. Army will honor the Class of 2013 as a part of Senior Night festivities, which are among a bevy of activities scheduled for the evening affair. Fans are encouraged to participate in March To Michie in an effort to set a stadium record for lacrosse attendance. Advanced tickets can be purchased on www.goARMYsports.com, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or at the Army Ticket Office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
Game Notes: Senior Matt Ghidotti led the team onto the field carrying the American flag ... Army has made the Patriot League Tournament field every season under head coach Joe Alberici ... Army leads the all-time series 26-12 ... Bucknell topped Army 9-8 during the regular season ... Army and Bucknell have clashed five times in the Patriot League Tournament, including four of the last six years ... the Black Knights' starting lineup remained the same for the third-straight game ... Patriot League officials honored its major award winners prior to the game, which included Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brendan Buckley and Offensive Player of the Year John Glesener.