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Division I men’s lacrosse: Lehigh is ousted by Bucknell in Patriot League playoffs; Delaware falls

Saturday, 30th April 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/30/11
From Press Releases

Bucknell broke open a 2-2 halftime tie by scoring 11-of-14 second-half goals to down the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team, 13-5, in the Patriot League Semifinals on Friday evening.

A defensive contest saw the Mountain Hawks (7-9) hold Bucknell scoreless for a 27:02 stretch, but the Bison scored with less than a minute remaining in the first half and carried that momentum into the second.

“Give the Bison credit,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “They came up with a lot of the hustle stats. We just didn’t play well enough to win.”

Lehigh got off to a quick start, as sophomore David DiMaria scored one of his two goals only seven seconds into the game. DiMaria was the spark offensively as he had a hand in four of the Mountain Hawks’ five tallies, recording two goals and two assists on the evening. Junior Adam Johnston also added a pair.

“We’re proud of our guys,” said Cassese. “They played hard as they always do. Bucknell came up with the key plays in the third. They’re a veteran team and it shows in their play.”

The story in the early going was sensational defense on both sides. Along with the 27:02 scoreless streak, the Bison held the Mountain Hawks scoreless for a stretch of 15:17, and then again for 26:47 bridging the second and third quarters.

A big part of that was sophomore goalie Griffin Farha, who finished with 11 saves, including six in the first half and 10 over the first three quarters. Senior Richard Bradley helped lead the defensive charge, posting two caused turnovers and a groundball.

Tied at one heading into the second quarter, the Mountain Hawks made it 2-1 at 14:36 off a man-up goal from Johnston. A defensive battle continued over the rest of the quarter as neither side found the back of the next for the next 13:58 until Charlie Streep made it 2-2 with 38 seconds remaining in the half.

The Bison rode the momentum into the second half as they scored at 11:07, 9:34 and 7:23 before a sensational individual effort from DiMaria pulled the Mountain Hawks within 5-3 at 2:49.

However, Bucknell answered only 1:22 later to make it 6-3 after three quarters before continuing into the fourth quarter. The Bison scored five in a row before junior Cameron Lao-Gosney took a feed from sophomore Dante Fantoni to make it 11-4 at 3:34. That did extend Fantoni’s point streak to 28 heading into next season.

After Bucknell came back with two straight goals, DiMaria picked up his fourth point, feeding Johnston with the game’s final score at 17 seconds of the fourth.

Bucknell held a 33-28 shot advantage, 32-28 in groundballs. Lehigh won 13-of-20 faceoffs, sparked by 75 percent (12-of-16) from sophomore Ryan Snyder. He also scooped eight groundballs to up his Patriot League single-season record to 118. The Mountain Hawks finished with 22 turnovers, 14 coming in the second half. Bucknell had 11.

UMass 11, Delaware 5

Thanks to another tough outing on offense for the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad, the Blue Hens will now have to hit the road for the post-season.

The Blue Hens (9-6, 4-2 CAA), needing a win to clinch a home berth in the four-team CAA Tournament, could not get the job done as No. 19 ranked Massachusetts got five goals from Connor Mooney and broke open a close game by scoring six third-quarter goals on the way to an home victory.

Delaware, the defending CAA champion, will now be the No. 4 seed when the CAA semifinals begin Wednesday night at home sites. The Hens will travel to the winner of Saturday’s Hofstra vs. Penn State game.

Massachusetts (9-4, 4-2 CAA), which won for the fourth time in the last five games, secured the No. 3 seed and will travel to the loser of the Penn State-Hofstra matchup. The two semifinal winners will meet at the site of the highest remaining seed on Saturday with the winner earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Kevin Kaminski (Strath Haven) led Delaware with a goal and an assist. Colin Fleming (St. Joseph’s Prep) added a goal for the Minutemen.

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