Setting the Scene
What: Bucknell Bison (4-7, 2-4 PL) at Lafayette Leopards (1-10, 1-5 PL)
Where: Fisher Stadium (Easton, Pa.)
When: Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m.
Watch Live: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: GoLeopards.com
-- Bucknell is down to two regular-season games remaining, both on the road, starting Saturday afternoon at Lafayette. The Bison are 2-4 in the Patriot League and currently sit outside a top-six position required for a postseason tournament berth, but they can play their way back in with wins over Lafayette and Lehigh. In fact, Bucknell could still finish as high as third place.
-- Bucknell was narrowly-defeated by Mount St. Mary’s in a non-conference matchup last weekend. The Bison used a big second quarter to go up by four goals at halftime, but the Mountaineers outscored the Bison 6-1 in the third quarter to take the lead and earn the victory.
-- Seven different games this season have been decided by two goals or less. The average margin on the season for Bucknell is 2.8 goals.
-- Bucknell remains in the top 20 nationally in man-up offense, scoring on 41.4% of their opportunities. The Bison are 4-for-5 on EMO over the last two games.
-- Special teams have been solid for the Bison this season. Although their 45 penalties are tied for the most in the Patriot League, they rank fourth in man-down defense (.293) in addition to ranking second in man-up scoring percentage (.414).
-- Sands has continued his excellent junior campaign, as his 40 assists rank second in the nation and his 57 points rank seventh in the nation. He is eight assists away from tying David Dickson for most assists in a single season, and he is fifth in program history for career assists with 84.
-- O’Hara and Sean O'Brien have been catalysts for the offense, and they rank second and third in the Patriot League with 27 and 26 goals, respectively.
-- Christian Klipstein has made 122 saves on the season, ranking in the top 20 in the country and third in the conference with 11.1 saves per game.
-- Coming off of a 12-for-18 success rate on faceoffs with nine ground balls against Mount St. Mary’s, Jarett Witzal sits in fifth in the Patriot League with 5.18 ground balls per game.
-- Bucknell has fared well against the best teams on its schedule. On three successive Saturdays, the Bison defeated nationally ranked Boston University and Loyola, then fell 11-10 in a nailbiter against a top-10 Army team two weeks ago.
-- Lafayette enters with a 2-10 record and 1-5 mark in the Patriot League. Lafayette defeated Navy 9-8 on March 11, then snapped a five-game losing streak with a 12-11 win over NJIT this past Tuesday.
-- Connor Walters (17-6-23) leads the Leopards in goals and points. He had three goals and three assists in the win over NJIT. Eric Joseph (14-6-20), the team's No. 2 scorer, is the younger brother of former Bucknell all-league midfielder Ryan Joseph.
-- Bucknell's Sands will be opposing his two cousins, Jason and Michael Sands.
-- Erik Cannon ranks second in the conference with 2.18 caused turnovers per game.
Series History with Lafayette
-- Bucknell is 42-7 all-time against Lafayette, dating back to 1968. The Bison have won 22 of the past 23 matchups, including the past six games.
-- The Bison have scored at least 13 goals in seven of the past eight meetings.
-- Bucknell will finish its regular-season schedule with a contest on the road against Lehigh on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m.