Bear Lax and Baseball Trax Fax 3/5/13

030313 BLTF by John Nichols


Bears vs. Bears

  • Duke (Josh Offit ’09) hosted Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) in the first BvB game this week.  Maryland reinforced its case for the #1 ranking, downing the Blue Devils 16-7.  Josh Offit scored twice for Duke and Kellen Miller caused a turnover, got the ground ball and then drew a slashing foul in the closing minutes of the game.
  • Navy (Matt Morrison ’09, Patrick Keena ’10) traveled to Bucknell (Sam McDonough ’10) in each team’s first Patriot League game.  The Bison got the better of it, downing Navy 11-2.  Sam had 3 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers.  Patrick got off 2 shots, but didn’t cash in.  Sam is #9 in white and Patrick is #23 in blue in the picture below.

Buck Navy

  • Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) hosted Penn (Will Laco ‘11) and proved to be an unkind host as the Pioneers downed the Quakers 15-12.  Will Laco scored one goal for Penn, taking 3 shots, one of which was on goal.  Harrison got off a shot and was credited with a ground ball.

Other Games of the Week

  • Penn (Will Laco ’11) got the week off with a close win, beating local rival St. Joe’s 6-5.  Will scored the game winner for Penn.
  • Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) downed Villanova 12-10.  Hank was credited with one shot for the Dragons.
  • Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo ’10, Justin Murphy ’11 and Mark Strabo ’12) got an impressive win on the road at Johns Hopkins.  The Strabo boys had 4 ground balls, 3 for Mark, one for Jack and Justin had one face-off.  Check out Menacing Mark Strabo:


  • Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) recorded its first ever win, downing Air Force 8-6.  Cullen was 1 for 6 at the X and was credited with a caused turnover.
  • Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10) downed another upstate New York foe, running past Colgate 19-3.  Joe had one ground ball for the Big Red.
  • Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schneider ’12) kept their 2013 record clean, downing Penn State 10-9.  Charlie had a shot and a ground ball in the Buckeye’s victory.
  • Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ’96) got their first win of the season over Bryant.
  • Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) downed Robert Morris 13-12 and Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) downed Dartmouth, but Hobart (Dave Chakola ’09) fell to Binghamton.

USLIA Coaches’ Poll:

#1 Maryland

#3 Cornell

#5 Princeton

#7 Denver

#11 Ohio State

#14 Drexel

#18 Penn

This Coming Week in D-1

  • Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10 and Will Joyce ’10) will be a mere 2 hours to the south on Saturday taking on UVA.  Virginia has won five of the last six contests between these perennial powerhouses, but Cornell is looking solid in ’13.
  • Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) and Ohio State (Luke Howard ’11, Charlie Schneider ’12) will be the lone Bears vs. Bears match of the week.


  • Dickinson (Marek Laco ’09) got two big wins this week, downing a highly regarded Cabrini team 12-6 and Montclair State 14-8.  Dickinson is ranked #4 in the USLIA Coaches’ D-III Poll.
  • Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) got a win over Goucher, but fell to traditional D-III power Salisbury.  Gettysburg is ranked #8 in the USLIA Coaches’ D-III Poll.
  • Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12) will kick off its 2013 season against Tufts this coming Saturday.

Baseball Trax Fax

More success by Bears on the diamonds, this time Max Kra ( ):

March 4, 2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell freshman pitcher Max Kra (Bethesda, Md./Landon School) was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday after earning the save in the Bison’s first win of the season Sunday vs. Harvard. The right-hander did not allow a run while pitching the final two innings in relief of starter Dan Goldstein.

Kra came on in relief of Goldstein with Bucknell (1-9) leading the Crimson 7-4. He retired the side in order in the eighth inning and then got out of the ninth inning thanks to a 6-4-3 double play. Kra allowed just two hits and struck out one in his two innings of work as the Bison ended up with the three-run victory.

Kra has not allowed a run in 6.2 innings over three relief appearances this year. He has yielded just four hits and struck out four. His 0.00 ERA is tied for the team lead with classmate Austin Zimmerman and sophomoreTucker Rekucki.

The first Bucknell Patriot League Rookie of the Week since Bryson Hough last April, Kra is the first Bison to earn a weekly honor from the Patriot League this season.

 Fr., P/3B, Bethesda, Md.
Kra saved Bucknell’s first win of the year on Sunday, pitching two scoreless innings with two hits allowed and one strikeout in a 7-4 triumph over Harvard. He retired the side in order in the eighth inning, and induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the game. Kra has not allowed a run in three appearances covering 6.2 innings this season and claims his first Rookie of the Week award.

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