The #12 Bucknell Bison snapped #9 Harvard’s 29-match win streak, defeating the Crimson 13-12 in the NCAA first round on Saturday.
Rade Joksimovic put in six goals to pace the Bison, while Logan Schofield added a hat trick as Bucknell picked up its first NCAA Tournament win since besting Loyola (Chicago) in 1985. With the win, the Bison move on to face #2 USC in the NCAA quarterfinals on Dec. 5.
Harvard, which was 29-0 entering the match, had edged Bucknell 9-8 back on Oct. 20.
The teams combined for 11 goals in the first quarter with Harvard leading 6-5 after scoring the final two goals of the stanza.
The Crimson made it 7-5 just one minute into the second quarter, but Bucknell tied it up at 7-all with goals by Joksimovic and Cullen Jacuzzi.
Harvard was back on top at 8-7 and 9-8 but Bucknell tied it up each time. The Bison responded with a 3-0 run to go up 11-9 at halftime.
Each team scored once in the third quarter and Bucknell led 12-10 heading into the final stanza.
Harvard scored first in the fourth quarter, but Cooper Dolan replied for Bucknell to make it 13-11. The Crimson were back within one as Dennis Blyashov scored with 2:27 to play and the team had one final shot with 15 seconds left, which was snatched up by goalkeeper Adrien Touzot to send the Bison to the NCAA second round.