LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell and Loyola Maryland have met three times previously in women's soccer, but Wednesday night at Emmitt Field the Bison and Greyhounds will square off as conference rivals for the first time. The 7 p.m. contest will be webcast live on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.
Bucknell will be looking to build on last Friday's come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory at Lehigh. The Bison trailed 2-0 at the half in that one, but stormed back to tie it in the second half and then won it on Sarah Bresette's golden goal. Bresette, who also scored the tying goal, is this week's Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. Evelyn Nicinski also scored for the Bison, and Liz Dwornik picked up an assist on all three goals.
The victory moved Bucknell into a four-way tie for second place in the early Patriot League race. Navy, Colgate and American are all off to 2-0 starts, while Bucknell, Army, Boston University and Holy Cross are all three points back at 1-1. Lafayette, Lehigh and Loyola are 0-2. Both of Bucknell's league matches have required extra time. The Bison fell 2-1 in double overtime to Army in the Patriot League opener.
The Bison are now 4-6 overall. Bresette and Chelsey Garkowski are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece. Dwornik has a goal and a team-high four assists, while Nicinski has two goals and an assist. In goal, Jessie Ashworth has a league-best 60 saves and a .779 save percentage.
Loyola is 1-7-2 on the season and is winless since opening the season with a 2-1 win over Towson on Aug. 23. In Patriot League play, the Greyhounds have fallen to Holy Cross (1-0) and Colgate (3-0).
Loyola has been outscored 16-5 on the season, although eight of its 10 matches have been decided by one goal or less. Charlotte Miller leads the squad with two goals, while Katelyn McFadden and Maddie Boccio have a goal and an assist apiece.
Senior fullback Melissa Lookingland is the younger sister of Michael Lookingland '05, a former standout defender for the Bucknell men's soccer team. Michael was a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year who has gone on to have a terrific professional indoor career with the Baltimore Blast.
The Greyhounds have a 2-0-1 lead in the series, with the last meeting a 2-2 draw at Emmitt Field in 2008. Jennifer Dervarics and Christa Matlack scored first-half goals for the Bison that day, but Loyola rallied with a pair in the second half to salvage a tie.
Next up for Bucknell is a trip to Washington, D.C., for another league match at American on Saturday at noon.