April 11, 2015
FOLSOM, Pa. — Lafayette’s comeback bid fell just short Saturday night in a 14-13 loss to Bucknell in the Relentless Cup. The Leopards erased a 10-4 deficit to tie the game at 13 in the final minute, but a late tally from the Bison with 23 seconds proved to be the game-winner.
Eric Joseph scored a game-high five goals, while Jason Sands dished out six assists for the Leopards (4-9, 1-6 PL) in the loss. Kevin Lewis tallied five points, scoring three goals and handing out two assists. Jack McMahon went 17-for-31 at the faceoff x, and Ben Falcone suffered the loss, making nine saves.
Lafayette opened the scoring at the 13:38 mark of the first quarter on a Lewis goal off a feed from Joseph. Bucknell countered with three straight to close out the opening period and take a 3-1 lead.
The Leopards won the first faceoff of the second quarter and took advantage. Lewis found Joseph for his first of the evening, to narrow the margin to one. With 11:11 left in the second stanza, Sands handed out his first assist of the game, dishing to Joseph to tie the game at three. The Bison converted on a man-up opportunity to push ahead, 4-3 midway through the quarter.
After another Bucknell tally, Sands again worked the ball to Joseph, who completed his hat trick at the 3:48 mark to trim the Bison lead to 5-4. Bucknell netted the next two to send the Leopards into the half trailing 7-4.
The Bison continued their run to start the third quarter. Bucknell scored the first three goals of the second half to take a 10-4 advantage with 8:46 to play in the third period. Nine seconds later, Joseph sparked a Lafayette spurt, finishing off a pass from Lewis. At the 7:55 mark of the quarter, the Leopards took advantage of an extra man opportunity. Scott McAvoy buried a pass from Sands to chip into the deficit.
Sands was at it again 30 seconds later, this time setting up Morgan Westby for his first tally of the night. Sands third straight assist led to a goal from Lewis to make it a two-goal game heading into the final quarter.
Bucknell increased the deficit to three with 11:10 to play, but the Leopards continued to chip away at the Bison lead. On an extra-man opportunity, Lewis completed his hat trick on a dish from Westby, as Lafayette trailed 11-9. Bucknell pushed its advantage to four goals with four minutes to play.
Robert Orazietti’s solo effort sparked a late rally from the Leopards. He followed his goal with an assist, setting up Joseph’s fifth goal of the night with 2:58 on the clock. Brian Bock finished off a feed from Sands to pull the Leopards within one, 13-12 with 1:31 to play.
On the ensuing faceoff, Will McCarthy scooped up the ground ball and fired a shot past the Bucknell goalie to tie the game at 13. The Bison tallied with 23 seconds to play to take a 14-13 lead. The Leopards had the final possession of the game, but were unable to convert, as Bucknell held on, 14-13.
The Maroon and White close out the season at rival Lehigh on Friday night at 7 p.m.