Men's Lacrosse Falls to Bucknell, 9-6

Box Score

LEWISBURG, Pa. - In a bizarre game at Christy Mathewson Stadium, No. 17 Bucknell scored the first nine goals and No. 19 Penn scored the last six. The result was a 9-6 Bison win in men's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon.

Penn fell for the first time this season and is 3-1 overall.

Bucknell (4-0) scored three times in the game's first five minutes, and all of the goals were in man-up situations. Brian Gargan, Tim Brandau and Joe Mele were the players to take advantage of the Bison advantage. Mele then scored two times at even-strength, a personal three-goal run that put the score at 5-0 after one quarter.

In the second, the Bison opened its advantage by two more goals thanks to tallies by Perry Menzies and Mele (his fourth of the game).

Bucknell kept pouring it on in the third quarter, as Mele notched his fifth and Mark Lane earned his first of the day.

It took nearly 38 minutes, but Penn finally hit paydirt when Craig Andrzejewski finished a feed from Alex Salihi. Another Salihi pass was converted into a goal just 2:30 later when Chris Harms hit the goal.

Casey O'Rourke converted an Andrzejewski feed to start the fourth and final quarter, and then Salihi notched his first goal with 10:22 to play. Five minutes went by before Salihi scored again, and then Drew Collins closed out the scoring in the game's final minute.

Gregory Klossner played the first half in goal for Penn, and allowed seven goals while making five saves. Freshman Chris Casey played the second half and also made five stops while allowing just two goals.

Penn is back in action Saturday afternoon, closing out a three-game road run at UMBC. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.