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January 16, 2012

College sports notebook: Bison lax at draft time

Eisenreich, Streep picked by pro league

LEWISBURG -- Two key cogs in the Bucknell men's lacrosse team's run to the NCAA tournament last spring were selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft on Friday night.

Seniors Billy Eisenreich and Charlie Streep were drafted into the eight-team league which begins play in April. Eisenreich, a midfielder from Chatham, N.J., was selected 21st overall by the Ohio Machine. He missed part of last season with a shoulder injury, but returned to finish fourth on the team with 34 points, including 19 goals.

Streep, out of New Canaan, Conn., was Bucknell's second-leading scorer last year, finishing with 28 goals. He was selected 52nd overall by the Long Island Lizards. Streep injured his knee during the fall but could return this spring to the Bison.

Bucknell went 14-3 a year ago before losing in overtime to eventual national champion Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Bison are ranked 10th in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll. Coach Frank Fedorjaka's squad opens the season Feb. 11 against Delaware at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

DOWN TO THE WIRE: Showing just how competitive the Patriot League season is going to be in women's basketball, Saturday's four league games were decided by a total 12 points -- none by more than four.

Navy beat Army by a bucket in Annapolis while American edged Holy Cross by three on the road. Bucknell, in its first game without coach Kathy Fedorjaka, fell by four points at Sojka Pavilion while Lehigh beat Colgate in double overtime at Stabler Arena by three.

BIG CHANCE: On Wednesday night the Bucknell men head to Lehigh to continue a brutal stretch of four consecutive league games.

The Bison, who opened Patriot League play with three road games in the first four, visit Stabler Arena to take on the 14-5 Mountain Hawks. Bucknell was picked as the preseason favorite in the league and goes to Bethlehem riding a five-game win streak. Lehigh was picked to finish second in the preseason with junior guard C.J. McCollum earning Preseason Player of the Year honors.

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