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NCAA Prospect Watch: Feeney, Bucknell Hand Cornell First Loss

March 19, 2016
Bucknell upsets previously undefeated Cornell with second half comeback.

Kyle Feeney – G (8th round, 59th overall)

Max Van Bourgondien – M (6th round, 43rd overall)

Tuesday, March 19: #15 Bucknell (7-1) @ #2 Cornell (6-1) Final: 9-8

Cornell scored the first five goals of the game, but Bucknell netted five of the contest's next six goals, setting the halftime score at 6-5 in favor of the Big Red. The second half saw more back-and-forth scoring before Bucknell scored the game-winning goal with one minute left on the clock. Feeney made six saves to backstop the Bison victory, while Van Bourgondien had one goal in the Big Red loss.

Feeney and Van Bourgondien also played later in the week…

Saturday, March 23: #15 Bucknell (8-1) @ #20 Albany (4-3) Final: 18-12

Bucknell trailed 7-4 early in the second half, but then poured in 14 goals in the final 14:12 to claim its seventh straight victory. Feeney stopped eight shots against a prolific Albany offense that came in ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring at 14.5 goals per game.

Next Up: #15 Bucknell (8-1) vs. #17 Penn State (5-3), Tuesday, March 26 @ 7:30pm ET

Saturday, March 23: #2 Cornell (7-1) vs. #9 UPenn (5-2) Final: 10-5

Cornell got the scoring started just short of 10 minutes into the game, kicking off a stretch of six goals in five minutes to leave the Big Red with a 4-2 advantage after the opening quarter. The middle two quarters were a defensive struggle, with Cornell netting the only two goals, pushing its advantage to 6-2 heading into the fourth.The Big Red extended that to 7-2, but Penn answered with just under 11 minutes to play. The teams traded goals before back-to-back marks by Cornell restored a 10-4 lead to with just over three minutes remaining in the contest. Penn scored at the 2:33 mark of the period to account for the 10-5 final. Van Bourgondien contributed a goal and an assist in the victory.

Next Up: #2 Cornell (7-1) vs. Siena (2-6), Tuesday, March 23 at 4:00pm ET

Mike Sawyer – A (1st round, 8th overall)

Saturday, March 23: #6 Loyola (7-2) @ Michigan (0-9) Final: 10-3

Sawyer put Loyola on the board after the teams played to a scoreless tie for the first 9:35 of the game, and the Greyhounds never looked back from the lead. Michigan pulled back within three, 5-2, 1:09 into the second half, but that would be the closest the Wolverines would come. Loyola pushed its lead to 9-2 before the end of the third quarter, when Michigan scored to bring it to 9-3, but the Greyhounds shut the Wolverines out in the final quarter and scored again, making the final 10-3. Sawyer finished the day with a hat trick.

Wednesday, March 20: #6 Loyola (6-2) @ Georgetown (3-4) Final: 13-8

Georgetown scored the game’s first goal, but Loyola went on an 8-0 run that stretched into the second half, building the Greyhounds enough of a lead to withstand a late Hoya rally. Sawyer contributed one goal for Loyola.

Next Up: #6 Loyola (7-2) @ #8 Ohio State (6-2), Saturday, April 6 at 1:30pm ET

John Haus – M (2nd round, 15th overall)

Owen Blye – A (3rd round, 24th overall)

Saturday, March 23: #14 North Carolina (5-3) vs. #1 Maryland (6-1) Final: 10-8

Blye got Maryland on the board first, but North Carolina was able to pull ahead 6-2 by the intermission. The Tar Heels opened the third with back-to-back goals to push the lead to 8-2. The teams traded goals before the Terps scored two in a row to pull within 9-5 heading into the fourth. Maryland scored six of the final eight goals, but couldn't complete the comeback. Blye finished with two goals and an assist, while Haus also added one goal.

Next Up: #1 Maryland (6-1) @ #14 Virginia (5-4), Saturday, March 30 at 2:00pm ET

Matt White – A (4th round, 28th overall)

Saturday, March 23: #20 Johns Hopkins (6-2) vs. #14 Virginia (5-4) Final: 15-8

The game was scoreless for over the first six minutes, but Johns Hopkins finally broke through at 8:56 for the game’s first goal. The Blue Jays won the ensuing faceoff and took an early 2-0 lead. Virginia scored at 7:25 to cut the lead to 2-1, but Johns Hopkins then tallied seven consecutive goals to take a 9-1 lead into intermission. The Blue Jays scored two more goals to start the third quarter. It wasn’t until the 5:58 mark in the third when the Cavaliers scored again. Virginia actually outscored Johns Hopkins in the second half, 7-6, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit and the Blue Jays came away with the 15-8 victory. White was held pointless on the day.

Next Up: #14 Virginia (5-4) vs. #1 Maryland (6-1), Saturday, March 30 @ 2:00pm ET

Mason Poli – LSM (4th round, 27th overall)

Saturday, March 23: Bryant (1-7) @ Stony Brook (5-4) Final: 10-9

A fast-paced shootout for three of the four periods, the back-and-forth game featured eight ties and six lead changes. Bryant’s final goal of the game – the eventual game winner – came with 3:19 remaining in the contest to give the Bulldogs their first win of the season. Poli was held pointless but did collect two groundballs.

Wednesday, March 20: Harvard (3-3) vs. Bryant (0-7) Final: 7-5

Bryant put the first goal on the board, but Harvard responded with five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs outscored the Crimson 4-1 in the second half to pull within one, 6-5, but Harvard found the net one more time to preserve a 7-5 victory. Poli was held pointless on the day.

Next Up: Bryant (1-7) vs. Providence (5-3), Tuesday, March 26 @ 7:00pm ET

Jake Tripucka – M (6th round, 42nd overall)

Saturday, March 23: #13 Duke (7-4) vs. Georgetown (3-5) Final: 19-7

Duke opened the game with four straight goals and led 4-1 following one period.  A pair of three-goal spurts in the second quarter sandwiched around two Georgetown markers gave the Blue Devils a 10-3 lead at intermission. Duke came out and added four unanswered to start the third and push the lead to 16-4. Each team scored three goals in the final quarter to account for the 12-goal margin. Tripucka recorded three points on two goals and one assist.

Monday, March 18: #13 Duke (6-4) vs. Marist (5-1) Final: 19-11

Duke captured its fourth straight win in the past 10 days as it netted at least four goals in all four quarters and outscored Marist 10-5 in the second half to hand the Red Foxes their first loss of the year. Tripucka contributed a goal and three assists in the victory.

Next Up: #13 Duke (6-4) @ Harvard (3-3), Friday, March 29 at 7:00pm ET

*The Hounds also hold player rights to Duke defenseman Casey Carroll (3rd round, 18th overall), who tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the 2013 NCAA season.

Michael McCormack – D (7th round, 51st overall)

Friday, March 22: #11 Princeton (4-3) vs. #18 Yale (4-2) Final: 10-9

It was a one-goal game until Princeton was able to open up to gain a three-goal lead, 10-7, with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.  Yale fought hard for the rally, with back-to-back goals to make it 10-9 with five minutes left, but defense prevailed for the remainder of the game and Princeton was able to come away with the win. McCormack recorded five groundballs and one caused turnover in the loss.

Next Up: #18 Yale (4-2) at #9 UPenn (5-2), Saturday, March 30 at 1:00pm ET