One save from R.J. Wickham and one shot from Patrick Moran may go a long way to determining the fate of the Navy men’s lacrosse season.
Wickham stopped 18 shots, while Moran (Severn) fired in three goals – including the game-winner – and assisted on another to lead Navy to an 8-7 overtime victory over Bucknell in front of 3,182 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Navy (3-2 overall, 2-0 Patriot League) held a 6-2 lead after three quarters, only to see the Bison rally to force the extra session. The win prevented the Mids from losing three straight home games for only the second time since 2004.
“It was what has turned out to be a typical Navy-Bucknell game,” Navy coach Richie Meade said. “This was a really big game for our program. This is one of the most storied programs in college lacrosse and we don’t expect to lose to anybody.”
Navy appeared to be in control with the four-goal lead after three quarters. Bucknell scored three straight to pull within one, but Navy’s Ryan O’Leary made it 7-5 with 6:48 left.
Bucknell (2-3, 0-2) rallied from a two-goal deficit in last Saturday’s win over Towson, and it appeared as though history was going to repeat itself yesterday.
Goals from Mike Danylyshyn and Ryan Klipstein tied the game at 7 with just over a minute left. The Bison won the ensuing faceoff and were holding for a last shot when Palmer got free, but Wickham lunged to his left to stop the shot as time expired to force overtime.
Wickham had a flashback to last year when Bucknell’s Charlie Sweep scored a diving goal as time expired in the Bison’s 8-7 win.