Wheeler, who recorded 14 saves for the third time this season, made three pivotal point-blank saves in the final minute of regulation. With 33 seconds left, Wheeler stopped a shot by junior attackman Tim Brandau before making a save on a shot by freshman attackman Charlie Streep with 19 seconds remaining.
He also stopped a game-tying attempt by senior attackman Joe Mele with 11 seconds left. With five seconds left, the Bison had one last chance to tie the game, but a shot by senior Perry Menzies sailed high to preserve the Tigers’ one-goal advantage.
“Wheeler came up big in the end for us,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “I thought our play in the third quarter turned it around for us. We made some adjustments at half-time that worked to our advantage.”
After the teams traded goals twice in the first quarter, the Bison took a 3-2 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the second period when Streep scored his second goal of the game, an unassisted marker past Wheeler.
The Tigers, who were playing in Lewisburg for the first time since the 1994 season, tied the game at 3-3 with 12:59 remaining when junior midfielder Brock Armour scored his seventh goal of the season off an assist from senior midfielder Justin Schneider.
Senior midfielder Doug Buckley regained the Bison’s one-goal edge with just over 11 minutes left in the stanza with an unassisted goal, but the Tigers answered by scoring three straight times to take a 6-4 advantage with 2:21 left in the stanza.
Junior attackman Chris Palmer ended the Tigers’ quick run by scoring his fourth goal of the season with 1:19 remaining in the third period. Just over a minute into the fourth quarter, Streep tied the game at 6-6 with his third goal of the game off a feed from freshman attackman Billy Eisenreich.
With 3:54 left, Streep narrowed the Bucknell deficit to 8-7 by scoring an unassisted goal past Wheeler. However, the Tiger defense held on and limited the Bison to just four shots in the final four minutes.
While Wheeler led the Tigers with 14 saves, Harrington paced the offense with two goals and an assist. Senior attackman Bill McCutcheon, who was named as the CAA Player of the Week on Monday, added two goals to extend his goal-scoring streak to seven straight games.
Senior goalkeepers Matt Antonelli and Nick Sciubba combined to make 10 saves for the Bison, who were outshot by a 32-27 margin.
The Tigers, who started a three-game road trip on Tuesday night, will resume their Colonial Athletic Association schedule on Saturday afternoon when they travel to
College Men’s Lacrosse:
Bucknell (4-5) 2-1-2-2 / 7
Goals: TOW – Will Harrington 2, Bill McCutcheon 2, Sean Maguire 2, Brock Armour 1, Randall Cooper 1; BUCK – Charlie Streep 4, Chris Palmer 1, Doug Buckley 1, Brandon Buchmayr 1. Assists: TOW – Brock Armour 1, Will Harrington 1, Justin Schneider 1, Tim Stratton 1, Rob Wheeler 1; BUCK – Billy Eisenreich 1, Nick Gantsoudes 1. Saves: TOW – Rob Wheeler 14 (60:00, 7 goals allowed); BUCK – Matt Antonelli 9 (44:10, 6 goals allowed), Nick Sciubba 1 (15:50, 2 goals allowed). Shots: TOW – 32; BUCK – 27. Extra-Man Opportunities: TOW – 1 for 4; BUCK – 1 for 2. Attendance: 525.
· Tuesday’s game between the Tigers and the Bison marked the 17th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series which
· It was also the Tigers’ 11th win in the last 12 games against the Bison ... The Tigers also improved to 7-1 all-time at Bucknell.
· The Tigers won their second straight game for the first time since defeating
· All three of the Tigers’ victories have been decided by two goals or less ... It was the first time this season a game has been decided by one goal.
· With the Tigers’ 8-7 win over Bucknell, Towson Coach Tony Seaman earned his 249th career victory ... With his next victory, he will become the 16th coach in NCAA Division I history to win 250 career games.
· With his two goals against Bucknell, McCutcheon has now scored 11 goals with 2 assists in the Tigers’ three wins this year.
· Senior midfielder Randall Cooper extended his point-scoring streak to nine straight games with a goal against the Bison on Tuesday night ... It was also the second straight game he has scored a goal ... However, his streak of eight straight games with an assist was snapped.
· Armour has tallied a point in three consecutive games after scoring a goal against the Bison.
· Harrington tallied his second multi-goal game of the season against the Bison ... He also had two goals in the Tigers’ 11-9 victory over Air Force on February 28.
· Senior midfielder Mitchell Rosensweig won 11 of 19 face-offs against the Bison on Tuesday night ... Over the last three games, he has won 40 of 60 face-off attempts (.667).
· Sophomore midfielder Peter Mezzanotte led the Tigers with three caused turnovers on Tuesday night, upping his season total to 17 in seven games. He has seven caused turnovers in the last two outings.
· The Tigers were held scoreless in the second quarter on Tuesday night, marking the sixth quarter the Tigers have been held scoreless this season.