Bucknell upsets No. 1 Terps

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March 15, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Freshman Joe Mele scored three goals, including the game- winning goal with nine seconds left in the second overtime, as Bucknell upset No. 1 Maryland, 7-6, yesterday at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park.

It was the first time in school history that the Bison beat a No. 1-ranked team and the first time in seven tries it defeated the Terps.

"Give Bucknell all the credit in the world. They played really well and made plays when they had to," said junior goalie Harry Alford, who had 11 saves.

Maryland (3-1) struck first with Joe Walters scoring at the 10:25 mark in the first period, but ended the period down 2-1. The Terps didn't gain the lead over the Bison (2-3) in the game again, but tied in the second period and scored three goals in the fourth to send the game to overtime.

Maryland made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, when it outshot Bucknell 14-1 and tied the game on consecutive goals from Brendan Healy, Bill McGlone and Xander Ritz, the last at the 4:40 mark. Matt Baran made a big save on Ritz with 1:43 left to keep it a tie game and send it to sudden death.

The Terps outshot Bucknell 5-0 in the first four-minute overtime period, with Baran rejecting a shot by Healy with 2:42 left. Bucknell did have a possession with about a minute remaining, but Maryland was able to force a turnover.

Bucknell cleared, and with nine seconds left, Mele took a pass from Mark Lane and scored the game-winner.

Baran had a big night in goal for the Bison with 14 saves, seven coming in the fourth quarter and overtimes.

The Terps were only 13 of 20 clearing the ball and 0-for-4 in extra-man opportunities. They committed 21 turnovers in the first three quarters and were held to a season-low six goals.

Healy and Ritz led the Terps with two goals apiece.

No. 2 Virginia 16, Mount St. Mary's 5 -- Drew Garrison and Steve Giannone each scored three goals to lead the host Cavaliers (7-0) over the visiting Mountaineers (0-4). The win marks the 16th straight for Virginia, giving it the longest winning streak in the country and in school history.

Washington College 19, Guilford 3 -- Chris Read scored three goals while teammate Kevin Nolan scored two goals and added three assists as the Shoremen (5-0) defeated the host Quakers (2-4).

Women

Mary Washington 16, Goucher 7 -- Kaitlyn Barker led the host Eagles (4-1) with six goals to defeat the visiting Gophers (2-2). Whitney Groseclose led the Gophers with three goals.

Washington College 15, Puget Sound 2 -- Sally Mancini scored three goals and assisted on another to lead the Shorewomen (4-2) over the Loggers (0-4).

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