Battle to the End
March 19, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Senior attack Tom Perini totaled five goals and added an assist, but it wasn't enough as the Lafayette men's lacrosse team fell to Bucknell 11-8 on Saturday afternoon inside Fisher Stadium.
Perini got the Leopards on the board just 12 seconds into the game following a face-off win from fellow co-captain Cesar Munoz to give Lafayette a 1-0 advantage.
After the Bison leveled the game at one, Perini notched his second goal of the day, this time off an assist from Franklin Floyd with 5:23 remaining in the opening quarter.
From there, Bucknell tallied five straight goals to end the first period and open the second frame, with four of the five coming at even-strength.
However, trailing 6-2 and playing down two men to penalties with just over two minutes remaining in the half, Brendan Gover forced a caused turnover that gave Lafayette possession and the ability to kill the Bison extra-man opportunity.
The momentum continued for the Leopards, with Perini notching back-to-back goals to open the second half scoring and cut the deficit to just one (6-5) with 10:43 left in the third quarter.
After Bucknell pushed the lead back to two with one of their two man-up goals, Bauer used a Munoz assist to again trim the Bison lead to one (7-6) with 9:46 still remaining in the third period.
Minutes later, the Leopards came within inches of tying the game, as Bauer found Perini on the doorstep. However, Bucknell goalkeeper Kyle Feeney came diving across the goal for the save and retained a Bison clearing opportunity.
A 4-0 Bucknell run ensued, spanning from the 5:31 mark of the third period to 7:47 of the final quarter.
Munoz picked up another face-off win and found Perini for his fifth and final goal of the day to snap the Bison scoring streak with 7:42 left in the game.
From there, Bucknell controlled possession, not allowing the Leopards to get back into the attacking zone until the 1:14 mark, when Perini found Bauer for the game's final goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ed Stubits recorded his first collegiate start for the Leopards, racking up 14 saves on the afternoon.
The Leopards get back into action with their second trip of 2011 down to Philadelphia, this time to take on Drexel, on Tuesday afternoon. Face-off is set for 4 p.m.
Bauer returned to play the entire game at his attacking position, his first full game since suffering an injury in the season-opener vs. Fairfield.
Perini's five goals moves him into fifth place all-time in career goals at Lafayette.
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