BISON TACKLING CANCER
Bucknell women’s soccer is partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to cure Kids’ cancer. The team is highlighting the game against Army on Saturday, Oct. 7, where donations will be collected. Proceeds will go to support pediatric cancer research and the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger. The team will also make several visits to the pediatric cancer patients at Geisinger throughout the year. Donations will be accepted for a gold ribbon and can also be made at the game against Army on Oct. 7, or through the team’s webpage: https://team.vs-cancer.org/bucknellsoccer2017. More than $7,000 has been raised already. Help add to that total on Saturday at Emmitt Field!
Setting the Scene
Who: Army (3-8-1, 1-3-0 PL) at Bucknell (7-6-0, 4-0-0 PL)
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m.
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Webstream: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
About the Bison
• Bucknell returns to Patriot League play on Saturday, hosting Army West Point at Emmitt Field. The Bison enter the weekend tied for first place alongside Navy at 4-0. Colgate and Boston University are both 3-0-1 and two points off the lead. The Black Knights come in at 1-3 in the PL, good for sole possession of seventh place.
• Bucknell played its final non-conference game of the regular season on Tuesday night, falling 4-0 to 11th-ranked Princeton at Emmitt Field. The Bison have taken on the most challenging non-league schedule in program history. Here is a breakdown:
- 8/18 -- 2-0 home loss to Syracuse (currently 5-4-2, with two ties and three losses vs. ranked opponents)
- 8/20 -- 3-2 home loss to Saint Joseph's (18-2-2 last season, currently 6-4-2)
- 8/25 -- 2-0 loss at No. 12 Duke (now 11-1-0 and ranked No. 4 in the country)
- 8/27 -- 3-1 loss at William & Mary (started season 4-0, but is 0-8-1 since)
- 9/3 -- 2-1 OT win at Rider (2-8-1 overall but 2-2-1 in MAAC play)
- 9/7 -- 1-0 home loss to Tennessee (now 10-1-1 and ranked No. 25 nationally; only loss was 1-0 at No. 3 South Carolina)
- 9/20 -- 4-0 home win over Saint Francis (Pa.) (2016 NCAA Tournament team is 5-6-1 overall, 2-0-0 in NEC)
- 10/3 -- 4-0 home loss to No. 11 Princeton (11-1-0 overall, 2-1-0 vs. ranked teams)
• Bucknell saw its six-game winning streak -- and its six-game shutout streak -- come to an end with the loss to Princeton. The six consecutive shutouts tied the team record set in 2015, but that run started with a 0-0 tie at Navy. So the six straight shutout victories established a new school record. The scoreless string reached 578:25 scoreless minutes, which ended up a bit shy of the 2015 record of 655:03.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Dani Kaufman played all but 18 minutes of the shutout streak, and she has five solo clean sheets along with a shared shutout (of Saint Francis) with Theresa Adu-Attobrah. Kaufman leads the Patriot League in shutouts and saves per game (5.7), and she is second in save percentage (.822). Kaufman has an experienced back four in front of her, with center backs Karli Cirovski and Maddie Dano flanked by outside backs Jackie Ham and Ali Russo.
• Prior to the Princeton game, Bucknell had 14 goals in its previous four games and is now up to 21 on the season. The team has had excellent goal distribution, as 13 different players have found the net, and no player has more than three. Kendall Ham leads the team with nine points on three goals and three assists, while Meghan Holtz has seven points from two goals and three assists. Gabi Rosenfeld also has three goals, while Alexandra Catanzarite and Maddie Dano are tied for the team lead with three assists.
• Bucknell's first-year class has accounted for five goals and seven assists.
• Bucknell set team records in wins (16), league wins (8) and win percentage (.850) last season, while posting a program-record 14-game unbeaten streak. The Bison brought back 45 of their 51 goals a season ago, including eight of their top 10 scorers. Bucknell returned seven starters, five of whom made All-Patriot League Teams in 2016.
• The Bison have reached the Patriot League Championship game each of the last two seasons under Kelly Cook, who is in her third year as head coach. She is a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and is joined on the sidelines by David Madsen and Leigh Howard. The trio earned NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year honors in 2016. Cook's record at Bucknell is 34-13-5 overall and 18-2-2 in Patriot League play.
• Senior forward Kendall Ham was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player. Ham became Bucknell's first women's soccer All-American last season. She and her twin sister, outside back Jackie Ham, are starters and returning All-Patriot League selections. Last week at Loyola, the twins scored goals in the same game for the third time in their careers.
Record Book Watch
• Kendall Ham is tied for sixth (with Kerry McDonnell) on Bucknell's career points chart with 76. Next up is Christa Matlack in fifth with 78 points.
• Kendall Ham is tied for fifth all-time (with Matlack) in goals with 32. She needs two more to catch Krista Lee Gentile for the No. 4 spot.
• Maddie Mulford sits in a four-way tie for seventh place on Bucknell's career assists list. Her next assist will move her into a tie for sixth with Krista Lee Gentile.
Scouting Army/Series History
• Army snapped a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over Loyola at West Point last Sunday. Lauren McGovern scored in the sixth minute of the match, and that's all the Black Knights needed.
• Army also has 1-0 wins over Air Force and Iona, and a 0-0 tie with UMass-Lowell. The Black Knights have conceded only 14 goals in 12 games, but they have scored just five. Clare Shea has had a hand in four of those goals, scoring once and assisting on three others.
• Freshman goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia has a .754 save percentage and 1.18 goals-against average. She took over the job from her older sister, Jordan, who was an All-Patriot League keeper for the Black Knights before graduating last year.
• Bucknell is 15-17-2 all-time against Army. The Bison have won the last three meetings, including 1-0 verdicts in each of the last two seasons. Army's last win was 2-1 in 2014, but later that fall the Bison returned to West Point and avenged the loss with a 2-1 win in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals.
• In last year's game at Clinton Field, the Bison clinched the Patriot League regular-season title as Kendall Ham's 33rd-minute goal held up as the game-winner in a 1-0 final. Bucknell outshot army 19-3, including 14-1 in the first half.
• Bucknell has a week off before traveling to Colgate on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.