By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- When it comes to Patriot League contest between Bucknell and Lehigh, you can always expect the unexpected.
With 10 seniors on the Bison roster playing their final home game at Christy-Mathewson Memorial Stadium on Friday night, Bucknell lost 11-7 to the Mountain Hawks.
Bucknell, ranked ninth in the nation, lost its second game in its last four and second loss in their last three home games.
"We didn't take care of the ball, we didn't execute like we normally do," Bison head coach Frank Fedorjaka said. "We didn't pass and catch well, we didn't scoop well and we didn't finish well and we didn't cover up in the crease as well."
Bucknell (10-3, 4-1 PL) lost the ground ball game, 36-34 and face offs 12-9.
The win gives Lehigh (9-4, 5-0 PL), the regular season Patriot League title and they'll will host the Patriot League tournament for the first time in school history on April 26.
Bucknell jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period on goals by Brock Ghelfi, Peter Burke and Chase Bailey.
Bailey would end the game with three goals and three assists to give him 28 goals and 36 points on the year.
Lehigh, who has now won four straight, scored the only goals of the second quarter to take one-goal lead into halftime, 4-3.
The Mountain Hawks made it 5-3 six seconds into the third quarter on a David DiMaria goal. Dan Taylor scored his second of game, four minuets later, to extend the goal streak to five straight, giving Lehigh a 6-3 lead.
Bucknell closed the gap to 6-4 on Bailey's second of the game, a low shot to the stick side of of Lehigh goalie Matt Poillon.
The goal came 26 minutes and 24 seconds after Bucknell had scored to take a 3-1 lead.