No. 17 Bucknell Needs Overtime to Stop Fordham 12-9 in CWPA Eastern Championship First Round

Miles Gilhuly and Bucknell defend against Daniel Munoz & Fordham
Miles Gilhuly and Bucknell defend against Daniel Munoz & Fordham

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Spencer Richley (Jr., Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor), Richie Hyden (Sr., Melbourne, Australia/Greenwich (Conn.)), Mike Kimble (Fr., Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes) and Trevor Reitz (Fr., Boynton Beach, Fla./Gulliver Prep) all scored in overtime to lead the No. 17 Bucknell University Bison to a 12-9 overtime victory against Fordham University in the fourth and final first round game of the 2010 CWPA Eastern Championship at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium. 

The Bison advance to face No. 13 St. Francis College in a semifinal match-up at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night, while the Rams fall into a consolation game against Johns Hopkins University at 3:00 p.m. for a berth in the fifth place game.

Trailing 8-6 with 2:55 left in the fourth period, Fordham climbed back into the game with a strike by Jakob Muller (Sr., Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay) at the 1:09 mark to pull the Rams to within one.  Following back-to-back turnovers by both teams, the Rams received one final chance to force overtime as the squad worked the ball around the perimeter before finding Mikey Edwards (Sr., Walnut, Calif./Rowland/Mt. San Antonio) for a desperation blast that sailed into the cage with 34 seconds on the clock to tie the game at eight-to-eight.

However, the Rams' luck ran out in the two three minute extra frames as Bucknell held a 4-1 scoring advantage in extra-time to take the three-goal victory and improve to 35-2 all-time against Fordham.

In the first overtime period, the Bison cashed in on a man-up chance with a shot by Hyden at 1:57 before Kimble crushed a natural goal into the cage with two ticks on the clock to put the Bison in front 10-8.

The margin expanded to 11-8 with 1:57 left in the second overtime frame as Reitz connected on a rocket.  Fordham closed the gap to 11-9 with 30 seconds left as Muller drilled a marker, but Richley caught the Rams napping to lob in an empty net tally witht four seconds on the clock to cushion the final margin-of-victory to 12-9.

A key to the game was Bucknell's ability to draw exclusions and cash in on the opportunities as the Bison drew 10 ejections to Fordham's four, and converted at a greater percentage (1-for-4, 25% / 4-for-10, 40th %).

In cage, both teams received 10 blocks from their goalies with different results as Bucknell's Miles Gilhuly (Sr., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) picked up the victory, while Fordham's Christian Flessner (Jr., Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) suffered the loss.

The game had all the hallmarks of a potential overtime thriller, with key saves, speed, deflected shots, back-and-forth play and tactical coaching decisions which saw neither team open up a lead larger than a pair of scores until the climatic fourth period.

Bucknell jumped out to the early advantage in the game with Beau Caillouette (Jr., Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) lining in the first goal of the goal at 5:22 mark of the first period to stake the Bison to a 1-0 lead. 

Fordham responded before the period clock ran out as Daniel Munoz (Sr., Orlando, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) uncorked a shot on a man-up opportunity with 2:10 on the clock to knot the game at a marker apiece.

The second period followed a similar pattern of the first as Edwards ripped in the go-ahead goal for the Rams at the 7:00 mark to push Fordham out to its first lead of the day.  Howie Kalter (Sr., Durham, N.H./Phillips Andover Academy) responded for Bucknell with a man-up goal at 6:33, but the Rams regained the lead prior to halftime via a catch-and-shoot bid by Martin de Jong (Sr., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic) at 3:42 to hand Fordham a 3-2 lead at the break.

Brian Barron (So., Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) returned the favor to open the second half as he howitzered home a blast at 7:15 to even the damage at three-all.  Bucknell regained the lead two minutes later when Caillouette worked through traffic and jammed in man-up makrer at 5:06, but Fordham counterpunched with 41 seconds left courtesy a quick shot by Edwards to set the scoreboard at 4-to-4 through 24 minutes of competition.

The three previous quarters' pattern was obliterated in the fourth as the two teams combined for eight goals, 18 shots, and two ejections to lay the groundwork for overtime.

Bucknell opened the final period of regulation with consecutive strikes by Caillouette (7:33) on a man-up bid and Kalter (6:44) at even strength to jump out to a 6-4 lead and gain the momentum.

Following a goal by Ryan Hultman (Sr., Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar) at 6:28 to move Fordham within 6-5, the Bison appeared to put the game away with back-to-back scoring attacks by Hyden (6:13) and Sean Coghlan (Sr., Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) to construct an 8-6 lead and set-up Fordham's successful comeback in regulation.

Bucknell will now try to snap a 21-game losing streak to St. Francis.  The No. 13-nationally ranked Terriers defeated the Bison 9-5 at Kinney Natatorium during the regular season. If Bucknell is able to win on Saturday, it will advance to the Eastern Championship title game for the first time since 1993 against the victor of a semifinal game between fellow CWPA Southern Division teams No. 15 Princeton University and No. 18 the United State Naval Academy.

The winner of the Eastern Championship earns a berth in next month’s NCAA Championship to be held at the University of California in Berkeley, California.

1 2 3 4 OT1 OT 2 -- Final
Fordham University
1 2 1 4 0
-- 9
No. 17 Bucknell University 1 1 2 4 2  2 -- 12

Bucknell Goals: Beau Caillouete (3), Howie Kalter (2), Richie Hyden (2), Mike Kimble, Trevor Reitz, Spencer Richley, Sean Coghlan, Brian Barron

Fordham Goals: Mike Edwards (3), Jakob Muller (2), Daniel Munoz (2), Ryan Hultman, Martin de Jong

Saves: Bucknell - Miles Gilhuly (10) ; Fordham - Christian Flessner (10)

Exclusions: Bucknell - 4 ; Fordham - 10

Advantage Opportunities:  Bucknell - 4-for-10 ; Fordham - 1-for-4

Cards: None

Officials: Hadi Farid, Val Vasilchikov 

Fordham's Robert Fleming tries to break up a pass by Paul Reamey

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