April 29, 2005

Scheel Leads Army Past Bucknell in OT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Freshman Matt Scheel finished off a career day with his third goal of the game at 2:13 of overtime, lifting No. 9 Army to a 9-8 win over No. 14 Bucknell in the second semifinal contest of the 2005 Patriot League Tournament in front of 1,025 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., Friday afternoon.

Army (11-3), seeded second in the postseason tournament, advances to Sunday's championship game against top-seed and host Navy, who was a 10-6 winner over fourth-seeded Lehigh in the first semifinal matchup on the day. That title game is set for a 1 p.m. faceoff and can be seen live on College Sports Television.

Scheel recorded his magic moment on Army's first possession of the overtime. With the Bison defense expecting his talented teammates at attack (Jim Wagner and John Walker) to handle the ball, Scheel ran around the back of the cage from right to left and bounced a jump shot past Bucknell goalkeeper Matt Baran for the game-winner.

The Bison won the opening faceoff of overtime, but Nick Marks' shot at the 3:05 mark was saved by Army freshman goalie Adam Fullerton, and the Black Knights successfully cleared the ball. Fullerton finished the afternoon with nine saves and a career-high six ground balls. The Liverpool, N.Y., native improves to 8-1 on the year - one win shy of the school record for freshman wins.

Scheel's six points is a career high and his three goals marks the plebe's second hat trick of the season. Senior co-captain Jim Wagner scored a game-high four goals to support Army's effort offensively.

The Black Knights were able to control much of the second half thanks to winning 13 of 20 faceoffs in the game. Senior Erik Mineo went 8-for-12 at the "X", while junior Tony Vozzolo was 5-for-8.

Those wins on the draw were crucial to a three-goal run by Army over a 58-second span in the third quarter that saw the favorites turn a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 advantage with 2:39 remaining in the quarter.

After Bucknell closed the third quarter with a goal to pull within one, Walker re-established Army's two-goal advantage at 10:53 of the final frame.

The Bison weren't done, however. Kirk Klett potted his 29th of the season with 2:47 left and Brian Gargan registered his 14th of the year with 1:15 to go, forcing the overtime.

The overtime win was Army's third of the season. The Black Knights are a perfect 3-0 in OT games and 5-0 in one-goal contests. It also marked the fourth straight one-goal win over Bucknell dating back to 2003.

Bucknell senior attack Chris Cara, already the school and Patriot League all-time leading scorer, had a goal and three assists and tied Pete von Hoffmann's Bucknell career assist record with 138. If this was Cara's final contest, he concluded a brilliant career with 249 points.

The Bison, who were short two starters due to illness, made a valiant comeback from two goals down with a pair of goals in the last three minutes of regulation. They are now 8-5 on the season and must wait nine days for the NCAA Tournament selection committee to determine if they are worthy of an at-large bid. The Bison have a victory over then-second-ranked Navy to present to the NCAA selection committee, as well as three close losses to top-10 teams - two to Army and one to Maryland. The 16-team field will be announced on Sunday, May 8 on ESPN News. An NCAA Tournament bid would be the second ever for Bucknell, who last went in 2001, and it would extend the career of legendary head coach Sid Jamieson, who is retiring at the end of this season, his 38th.

From Army & Bucknell Releases

TOYOTA Video Clip of the Week!


Army's Adam Fullerton

Bucknell's Chris Cara to Kirk Klett

Bucknell's Chris Cara to Brian Gargan

Army's Matt Scheel to Jim Wagner

Army's Matt Scheel to Justin Bokmeyer

Army's Matt Scheel to Jim Wagner again!

Bucknell's Mark Lane to Patrick Christensen

Bucknell's Matt Baran

Bucknell's Chris Cara to Patrick Christensen

Army's Matt Scheel

Army's Andrew Yakulis and Nick Doerr and Alex Morse

Army's Erik Mineo

Bucknell's T.J. Wallace

Bucknell's Matt Baran

Bucknell's Matt Baran

Army's Adam Fullerton again!

Army's John Walker to Jim Wagner

Army's Tony Vozzolo to Erik Nerdalen to Matt Scheel

Army's Brian Green to Jim Wagner

Bucknell's Kirk Klett to Chris Cara

Army's John Walker

Army's Tony Vozzolo

Bucknell's Matt Baran

Bucknell's Matt Baran again!

Bucknell's Brian Gargan

Army's Erik Mineo

Army's Matt Scheel wins it in OT!