LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The final Patriot League Men's Soccer weekly awards were handed out on Monday, and Bucknell sophomore Patrick Mahoney was named Midfielder of the Week after scoring the lone goal in the team's 1-0 win at Navy on Saturday. Mahoney flicked in the initial shot from Jack Zollicoffer in the 30th minute for his second goal of the season. The victory pushed the Bison up to the No. 3 seed for the Patriot League Tournament, which gets underway on Tuesday. The Bison will host a quarterfinal home game against No. 6 Colgate at 7 p.m.
Mahoney now has two goals this season, both coming in critical 1-0 conference victories. He scored in overtime to beat Patriot League regular-season champion Loyola back on Oct. 4. This is Mahoney's second career Patriot League citation. He nabbed a Rookie of the Week award after scoring against Army in the 2016 regular-season finale.
Here's a closer look at Tuesday's Patriot League Tournament matchup with Colgate:
Setting the Scene
When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
What: #6 Colgate (7-10-1, 4-4-1) at #3 Bucknell (7-7-4, 5-3-1 PL)
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
Live Video: Stadium TV and Patriot League Network
**Free hot chocolate and hot apple cider for all fans**
About the Bison
• Predicted to finish in sixth place in the Patriot League preseason poll, Bucknell came away with the No. 3 seed after posting a 5-3-1 conference record. The Bison and Lehigh tied for third with 16 points, but Bucknell owned the tiebreaker thanks to a 2-1 victory in Bethlehem late in the year. The Mountain Hawks are seeded fourth and host No. 5 Holy Cross in the other quarterfinal match on Tuesday night. The winners advance to Baltimore, where top-seeded Loyola will host the semifinals and championship on Friday/Sunday.
• Despite some injuries, the Bison have played their best soccer of the season over the last two weeks to put themselves in postseason position. Bucknell went 3-0-1 while conceding only one goal over the last four games of the regular season. Pulling 10 points from those four contests moved the Bison up from a tie for seventh place all the way to the No. 3 seed.
• Bucknell is playing in the postseason for the sixth year in a row. The Bison have captured four of the last 11 Patriot League Tournament titles, with crowns coming in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The Bison are 7-8-7 all-time in 14 previous Patriot League Tournament appearances, and they are 5-2 in penalty kick shootouts. Last season, Bucknell advanced out of the quarterfinals by prevailing in PKs at Boston University, then the Bison fell 2-1 in overtime at top-seeded American in the semis.
• Sixteen of Bucknell's 18 games this season have either been decided by one goal or a draw, including the last 14 in a row. The only exceptions were a 3-0 loss at Stetson and a 2-0 win over Duquesne back in early September. That is nothing new for this group. Last year, 17 of the team's 21 games were either ties or one-goal margins.
• Thorsheim leads the team in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14), despite missing the last two games with an injury. A Third Team All-Patriot League selection, Thorsheim ranks eighth in the league in goals, ninth in assists and 10th in points. Nick King, who repeated as a Third Team All-Patriot League choice, has 10 points from four goals and two assists. Bernie Wright (3), Patrick Mahoney (2) and Ben Derleth (2) are other multi-goal scorers for the Bison.
• Center back Tyler Peterson joned King and Thorsheim on the All-Patriot League Third Team. Peterson, a junior co-captain, earned his first all-conference nod. He has started all 18 games and has played 97 percent of the team's minutes. His center back partner Quinn Bredin has played all 1705 minutes this season. With senior Dan Bank and sophomore Bernie Wright as the wing backs, the Bison defense has not skipped a beat since Emmett Witmer replaced the injured Ryan Ott in goal prior to the Lehigh game on Oct. 25. The team has seven shutouts and a 0.95 goals-against average on the season.
• Bucknell has a strong 5-2-1 record at home this season, compared to 2-5-3 on the road. The Bison did win their final two road games, however, coming at Lehigh and Navy.
• Brendan Nash is in his 19th season as Bucknell's head coach and his 22nd as a member of the Bison coaching staff. His predecessor, Craig Reynolds, patrolled the sideline for 32 years, meaning Bucknell has had only two men's soccer head coaches over the last 50 years. Nash's 174 wins are second all-time to Reynolds' 238, but Nash's .533 winning percentage is No. 1 in program history. He has guided the Bison to four Patriot League titles in the last 11 years.
Scouting Colgate/Series History
• Colgate has endured a bit of a roller-coaster season, but like Bucknell, the Raiders are playing their best soccer at the right time. They concluded the regular season with a pair of must-wins, 2-1 at home against Navy and then a 4-0 blowout of then-first-place Boston University on the road this past Friday.
• The 6'5" Aram Ouligian, a First Team All-Patriot League defender, is dangerous in the air and leads the team in scoring with seven goals. Jared Stroud, Colgate's other First Team All-Patriot League pick, has two goals and nine assists.
• Colgate has scored 28 goals in 18 games this season, but the Raiders have conceded 30. Goalkeeper Peter Tappenden has a .702 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
• Colgate has a 27-10-7 lead in a series that dates back to 1963. The Raiders are 4-0-1 in the last four meetings dating back to Bucknell's last win in 2012.
• Earlier this season, Colgate topped Bucknell 2-1 in Hamilton in a game where all three goals were scored in a wild span of less than two minutes late in the contest. Nick King broke a scoreless deadlock in the 78th minute, finishing a rebound of a shot taken by Dan Bank. But only 44 seconds later Colgate was awarded a penalty and Stroud converted. Only 48 seconds after that, Freddy Jonsson backed his way into the area and scored the game-winner.
• Last year's game in Hamilton was a crazy one. The Bison found themselves down 3-0 at halftime, but Sebastiaan Blickman scored three second half goals, the last coming in the 83rd minute, to force overtime. But Uyiosa Omorogbe spoiled the Blickmaan hat trick by scoring 4:54 into overtime to give Colgate the 4-3 win.
• A Bucknell victory would mean a date with second-seeded Boston University on Friday in the semifinal round at Loyola.