LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell University scored the final three goals of the game, and Sean Doyle's score 45 seconds into overtime gave the Bison a 10-9 Patriot League victory over Loyola University Maryland on Friday night at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium.
With the loss, Loyola will be the fourth seed in next week's Patriot League Championships and host the U.S. Military Academy in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. The winner will advance to play either the top-seeded U.S. Naval Academy second-seeded Colgate University in the semifinals on Friday, April 24. The Midshipmen will host both the semifinals and championship rounds.
Loyola (7-7 overall, 5-3 Patriot League) led 9-7 when Zach Herreweyers scored his fifth goal of the night on Brian Sherlock's fifth assist with 6:03 remaining in regulation, and the Greyhounds led into the game's final minute.
After Kyle Shanahan got free in the right alley to score for the Bison (8-5, 5-3) with 90 ticks on the clock, Bucknell drew even at 9-9 as Will Sands scored with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Bison won the ensuing faceoff and called a timeout with nine seconds remaining. Doyle then had a six-yard shot from inside with less than five seconds left, but Loyola' Grant Limone saved the ball cleanly to send the game to overtime.
Loyola came away with the groundball on the overtime faceoff and ran into its box with the Bucknell defense unsettled, but a Ben Kellar trailcheck dislodged the ball, and Bucknell cleared it to its offensive end before calling a timeout.
David Dickson, who had four assists in the game, dodged on the right side and set a pass to Doyle on the left where he scored from within five yards to give the Bison their only lead of the game and send Bucknell to victory.
Loyola scored the game's first two goals before Bucknell scored the next two to tie the game at 2-2 with 12:54 left in the second quarter, but Herrweyers and Zack Sirico each scored to give Loyola a 4-2 advantage at 7:44.
Doyle and Sands tallied Bison goals at 6:29 and 3:17, but Herrweyers scored with 32 seconds left in the first, and Loyola led 5-4 going into the locker room at halftime.
Tyler Albrecht caught a Romar Dennis and slipped his defender to score for Loyola at 10:51, and Nikko Pontrello finished a Sherlock pass for a goal at 9:15, staking the Greyhounds to a 7-4 advantage, their largest of the game.
Loyola held Bucknell without a goal in the third quarter, but Dickson and Flibotte scored just over a minute apart in the fourth for Bucknell. Flibotte's unassisted goal with 11:16 left drew the Bison within a goal.
Ryan Fournier caused a turnover for the Greyhounds, and Pat Frazier picked up the loose ball, clearing it to the offensive end for Loyola. After quickly working the ball around the zone, it went back to Frazier who fed Herreweyers on the right side of the crease for a goal with 8:50 left in regulation.
Sands scored his second of the game, however, 82 seconds later, and it was again a one-goal margin. Herreweyers, however, tallied his fifth at 6:03, but it was Loyola's last score of the night.
Herreweyers' five goals were one off his career-high, and Sherlock's five assists set a new personal best. Limone made 13 saves in goal for the Greyhounds.