LEWISBURG, Pa. – Inside Lacrosse has released the 2014 edition of its Face-Off Yearbook, and the publication lists Bucknell No. 15 in its preseason rankings and also mentions two Bison on its Preseason All-America lists. Senior defenseman Jackson Place is a Third Team choice, while junior midfielder David Dickson earned Honorable Mention recognition.
Bucknell is the highest Patriot League team listed in Inside Lacrosse’s preseason rankings, four spots ahead of No. 19 Loyola, which is a newcomer to the league this year. Duke was picked No. 1, followed by Syracuse, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Denver. The Bison will play at North Carolina on March 11.
At No. 15, Bucknell is listed just behind traditional powers Princeton and Johns Hopkins and just ahead of St. John’s and Cornell.
Place earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors a year ago after playing a key role on Bucknell’s outstanding defense. The Bison ranked 11th in the country in scoring defense at 8.4 goals allowed per game, a terrific figure considering that the schedule was littered with some of the most prolific offenses in the nation. Albany (1st), Cornell (2nd) and Drexel (7th) all ranked in the top-10 in scoring, and Bucknell defeated all three of those teams while holding them under their season scoring average.
Place ranked fifth in the Patriot League and 17th nationally in caused turnovers with 30 on the season, and he also ranked third on the team in ground balls with 43.
Dickson was a USILA Third Team All-American and a First Team All-Patriot League selection following a terrific 2013 season in which he developed into one of the nation's top set-up men. Dickson shattered Bucknell and Patriot League records with 48 assists last season. His 3.0 assists per game led the Patriot League and ranked fourth in the nation. He also scored eight goals, giving him a team-high 56 points on the season.
After earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors as a freshman, Dickson moved up to the First Team in 2013. Dickson had at least one assist in every game and multiple assists in 14 out of 16. He handed out five assists in Bucknell's Patriot League Tournament semifinal victory over Army, and he later made the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Dickson also had a five-assist game in a league win over Lafayette earlier in the season.
Dickson already ranks fifth on Bucknell's career list with 74 assists in just two seasons. That total is the highest among all sophomores nationwide.
Bucknell was ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation last season and finished 12-4 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League. The Bison lost to Lehigh in the Patriot League championship final and just missed earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.