By Joe Eachus
In a battle of undefeated juggernauts, the No. 17/16 Boston University men’s lacrosse team kept on rolling with a 12-7 thrashing of Bucknell Saturday evening.
BU (5-0, 2-0 PL) is now one of four remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division I, joined by perennial powerhouses No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Virginia, and No. 4 Cornell.
“Just really proud of my team… Well coached, [Bucknell] came in second in goals for, so we knew there was gonna be a challenge,” BU head coach Ryan Polley said.
The Bison (5-1, 0-1 PL) managed 19 shots on goal, but BU senior goalkeeper Matt Garber stood strong in net, making 12 saves in addition to snagging five ground balls.
“Garber was incredible again, he’s really playing at another level,” Polley said. “I can’t say enough great things about him.”
BU’s offense was once again spearheaded by the trio of Vince D’Alto, Timmy Ley, and Louis Perfetto. Ley led all players with five points, and D’Alto completed a hat trick to continue his season streak of five straight.
The Bison were led by freshman attackman Connor Davis, who managed three goals and four points.
“They’ve got a couple of really strong freshman, Davis got three goals in the first half, but we were able to shut him down in the second,” Polley noted.
Perfetto opened up the scoring for the Terriers less than a minute into the game, as BU erupted for five more goals in the first frame to give them a comfortable 6-2 lead after one.
Bucknell managed to narrowly win the second quarter, netting three goals to BU’s two. Two of Bucknell’s goals came on a three-minute non-releasable penalty assessed to senior midfielder Jett Dziama for an illegal stick.
BU held the Bison scoreless during the third quarter, despite taking two penalties late which threatened to derail their momentum.
Bucknell would only score twice in the final frame, as the Terriers coasted to a comfortable win amid a rain-drenched Nickerson Field.
BU will hope to continue their undefeated season with a visit to Worcester to take on Holy Cross next Saturday. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.