LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bison men's lacrosse team found success at both ends of the field in Saturday's 12-6 victory over 15th-ranked and previously unbeaten Boston University at Nickerson Field. Junior attackman Will Sands paced the offense with three goals and three assists, and sophomore goalie Christian Klipstein backstopped a stellar defensive effort with a season-high 16 saves.
On Monday, both players were honored by the Patriot League for their work in Bucknell's important victory. Sands was named Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, while Klipstein was picked as the Corvias Patriot League Goalie of the Week.
Klipstein enjoyed his best game of the season thus far, stopping 16 shots while conceding only six goals. He made 10 saves in the second half and came within 46 seconds of a second-half shutout. The Bison trailed 5-4 after the Terriers scored with 4:46 left in the second quarter. Klipstein was not beaten again for another 34 minutes, and by that time Bucknell had piled up a 12-5 lead after scoring eight straight goals.
Klipstein's big day came against a Boston University squad that came in averaging 12.0 goals per game while shooting a league-best 34.9 percent, the ninth-best mark in the nation.
Meanwhile, Terriers goalie Christian Carson-Banister entered the day with a paltry 6.52 goals-against average, but Sands nearly equaled that figure on his own. He had a hand in half of Bucknell's goals, scoring three times on his own while assisting on three others. Sands had two goals and two assists in Bucknell's six-goal second half.
Sands moved past Tom Walther into eighth place on Bucknell’s all-time assists chart with 67 in his career. His 141 career points leave him two shy of the school’s top-10 list. Sands now ranks second nationally in assists with 23 on the season.
Bucknell is now 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League heading into Tuesday's clash at Villanova. The Bison will then host Loyola on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a game that will be televised on the American Sports Network.
Here is a closer look at those two contests:
Setting the Scene
What: Bucknell Bison (3-4, 1-3 PL) at Villanova Wildcats (3-4, 0-0 Big East)
Where: Villanova Stadium (Villanova, Pa.)
When: Tuesday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Watch Live: Villanova.com
Live Stats: Villanova.com
What: Loyola Greyhounds (4-3, 3-0 PL) at Bucknell Bison (3-4, 1-3 PL)
Where: Christy-Mathewson Memorial Stadium (Lewisburg, Pa.)
When: Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.
Watch Live: American Sports Network and PatriotLeague.TV
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
-- Bucknell (3-4 overall, 1-3 PL) is coming off of its first Patriot League victory of the season. The Bison defeated No. 15/16 Boston University 12-6 this past Saturday.
-- The loss was the first of the season for Boston University, which now sits at 7-1 overall. After the Terriers pulled ahead with a 5-4 lead in the second quarter, Bucknell scored eight straight goals to secure the lead and the victory.
-- Christian Klipstein recorded a season-high 16 saves in net, bringing his season total to 78 saves, good for a .510 save percentage.
-- Will Sands led the team in both goals and assists against Boston University with three each. The junior has now had three games with at least six points this season.
-- As a team, the Bison have excelled at keeping control of the ball, as their 86 turnovers are the fewest in the Patriot League.
-- Late in the game has been a strong point for the Bison offense, with Bucknell outshooting (87-46) and outscoring (23-13) opponents in the fourth quarter.
-- Bucknell’s top point producer on the season is Sands, with 35 points off of 12 goals and 23 assists. His 23 assists are second-most in the nation and just five behind his total from a season ago. For his career, Sands has recorded 74 goals, 67 assists, and 141 points, placing him eighth in assists and two points away from the top-10 in points in program history.
-- O’Brien’s team-leading goal count is now up to 21, while O’Hara is not far behind with 17 goals. The two attackers have combined for more than 50% of the entire team’s offensive output.
-- After starting the season with three straight losses, Villanova (3-4 overall, 0-0 Big East) has won three of its past four games and will be looking to even its record at .500 with a win over Bucknell. Most recently, the Wildcats knocked off Maryland 13-12 in overtime in College Park on Saturday. They also have high-scoring wins over Drexel (15-13) and Brown (17-15).
-- The Wildcats have not found success at home, losing all four contests held at Villanova Stadium. On the other hand, they are 3-0 on the road this season.
-- Villanova has played in tight matches throughout the season, with each game being decided by an average of 2.9 goals per game. Over the past four games, the average margin has been just 2.0 goals.
-- The Wildcats put up a whopping 47.7 shots per game, but hold just a .263 shot percentage, compared to a .392 shot percentage for their opponents.
-- Jack Curran (18-10-28) is Villanova's leading scorer. He is one of four Wildcats with 14 or more goals. Dan Willis and Nick Testa have split time in goal, combining for a .372 save percentage.
Series History with Villanova
-- Bucknell is 7-9 all-time against Villanova, dating back to 1968.
-- Throughout the series history, Villanova holds the longest winning streak at three wins from 1988-1990.
-- The Wildcats earned the victory last season in Lewisburg, a 12-8 decision, after ranking No. 6/7 nationally. Klipstein recorded a career-high 23 saves in the game, while Sands contributed two goals and two assists.
-- In its three Patriot League victories, Loyola (4-3 overall, 3-0 PL) has won by an average margin of 10.3 goals.
-- The Greyhounds have gone 10-1 in their past 11 conference games.
-- At 14.0 goals scored per game, the Greyhounds rank sixth nationally in scoring.
-- Loyola leads the Patriot League in several major categories, including shooting percentage (.343), clear percentage (.924), fewest penalties (19), and man-up scoring (.667).
-- The Greyhounds' offense is paced by sophomore sensation Pat Spencer, who leads the nation with 27 assists (just four ahead of second-place Sands) and ranks second with 40 points.
-- Loyola plays Georgetown on Wednesday before traveling to Lewisburg.
Series History with Loyola
-- Bucknell is 1-6 all-time against Loyola. Loyola picked up three victories over the Bison from 1981-1983, while Bucknell has gone 1-3 against Loyola over the past three seasons.
-- Three of the seven contests have been decided in overtime, including Bucknell's victory in 2015 in the last meeting between the two teams at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
-- Most recently, Loyola defeated Bucknell 7-6 in double overtime in last year's Patriot League Tournament semifinals in Annapolis. After ending the regular season on a four-game winning streak, the Bison defeated Holy Cross in the quarterfinals before facing second-seeded Loyola. Despite the hard-fought loss, with the game-ending goal coming in the final six seconds, Klipstein recorded eight saves and Sands added three points.