Setting the Scene
What: Colgate Raiders (4-7, 1-4 PL) at Bucknell Bison (8-4, 3-2 PL)
Where: Graham Field (Lewisburg, Pa.)
When: Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m.
Live Video: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
Promotions: Bison Fun Zone 12-4 p.m. (Inflatables, Free Pizza, Face Painting)
-- Most recently, Bucknell defeated American 9-8 in Washington, D.C., to bring its Patriot League record to 3-2. It now sits tied for fifth place in the conference with Boston University.
-- The Bison had 11 caused turnovers on the day, and backup goalie Elizabeth Duswalt made eight saves in the second half. The Bison tallied 28 ground balls on the day, sixth-most in a game by a Patriot League team this season.
-- Bucknell opened up the contest with an 8-3 lead, but American scored five of the final six goals of the contest. Still, the Bison stood tall and picked up the Patriot League win.
-- With the victory, Bucknell has recorded its second-most Patriot League victories in a season since 2009. It will have a chance against Colgate to tie the four wins earned in 2016.
-- Head coach Randall Swope also recorded her 50th career victory as head coach of the Bison with last weekend’s win.
-- The Bison are now 5-1 on the road this season, with all three of their conference wins coming on the road.
-- Walsh has scored seven goals in her past two games, and now has 12 goals in conference play this season. The sophomore leads the team in points with 41, and her 24 goals and 17 assists each are second on the squad.
-- Maddy Molinari holds a .556 shooting percentage on her team-high 30 goals scored, and her 60 draw controls now rank her third all-time in a single season.
-- Duswalt has now seen four appearances this season in reserve, posting a .607 save percentage in her 78 minutes of action.
-- Offensively, Bucknell ranks second in the Patriot League with a .452 shooting percentage and has scored eight woman-up goals. The defense has allowed opponents to score just 9.67 goals per game, also the second-best figure in the league.
-- Christina Manis continues to lead the Patriot League in assists with 30. That is the fourth-highest single-season total in team history, and Manis is now the first Bison ever to record two 30-assist seasons. She had 34 a year ago. Manis also continues to add on to her career assist record, which she set earlier in the season. She now has 89 career helpers.
-- Senior Courtney Burke now has goals in four straight games and a career-high 11 on the season.
-- Annie Gilbertson leads the Patriot League with 26 caused turnovers.
-- Colgate (4-7) enters Saturday’s contest on a four-game losing streak, falling to Lafayette, Boston University, Loyola, and Navy over that span. The Raiders have allowed 71 goals over its past four games.
-- The Raiders have a 1-4 record on the road this season after picking up five road wins a year ago.
-- Colgate’s 189 turnovers are third-fewest in the Patriot League. However, Colgate’s opponents have been effective when they do get the ball, as the Raiders’ save percentage is just .367.
-- Isabel Kreitler (33g, 11a, 44p) and Haley O’Hanlon (24g, 11a, 35p) are Colgate’s two top point leaders this year.
Series History with Colgate
-- Colgate leads the all-time series 34-3, dating back to 1981.
-- Bucknell’s three victories came in 1983, 1995, and 2003. The 2003 victory came in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals in Swope's first stint as head coach.
-- Last season, the Raiders won 10-9 in New York. Jamie DeWitt made 11 saves in net, and Manis and Lukowski both picked up a goal.
-- Bucknell will hit the road for a mid-week contest at first-place Loyola. The game will be held on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m.