LEWISBURG, Pa. -- For the second time this season and fourth time in his career, senior defenseman Jackson Place has earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors. Place's latest award came on Monday after spearheading a dominant defensive effort in Bucknell's 13-1 win over Lafayette last Friday, a victory that cemented a Patriot League Tournament berth for the Bison.
Against Lafayette at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, the Bison defense allowed a goal with 3:44 remaining in the first quarter, and that was the only blemish all night. Bucknell harassed the Leopards into 25 turnovers and held Lafayette to 19 total shots. Of those 25 turnovers, 14 came in transition as the Leopards were just 8-for-22 on clears.
Place logged four caused turnovers and picked up four ground balls in the contest. He now has 34 caused turnovers on the season, and his average of 2.83 caused turnovers per game ranks second nationally behind Sean Meagher of Robert Morris at 2.92.
Place also ranks second on the team with 38 ground balls.
Bucknell is now 7-6 overall and 4-3 in the Patriot League, and the Bison have locked up one of the six Patriot League Tournament berths. The team's final game of the regular season comes at No. 1 Loyola on Thursday at 7 p.m. That contest will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.