BISON TACKLING CANCER
This year Bucknell women’s soccer will be partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to cure Kids’ cancer. They will be highlighting their game against Army on Saturday, Oct. 7, where donations will be collected. Additionally, the team will be collecting any donations on campus on Thursdays prior to the event: 9/28, and 10/5 in the Elaine Langone Center from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Proceeds will go to support pediatric cancer research and the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger. The team will also make several visits to the pediatric cancer patients at Geisinger throughout the year. Donations will be accepted for a gold ribbon and can also be made at the game against Army on Oct. 7, or through the team’s webpage: https://team.vs-cancer.org/bucknellsoccer2017
Setting the Scene, Part 1
Who: Bucknell (5-5-0, 2-0-0 PL) at Loyola (2-7-0, 0-2-0 PL)
When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Ridley Athletic Complex, Balitmore, Md.
TV: Stadium/WSWB-4 38-4 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market (Click Here for All TV Outlets)
Live Webstream: Patriot League Network or Twitter
Live Stats: LoyolaGreyhounds.com
Setting the Scene, Part 2
Who: Bucknell (5-5-0, 2-0-0 PL) at Holy Cross (2-5-2, 0-1-1 PL)
When: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
Where: Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium, Worcester, Mass.
Live Stats: GoHolyCross.com
About the Bison
• Bucknell has played some very good soccer of late, winning four straight games without conceding a goal to level its season record at 5-5. After an 0-4 start against tough competition, the Bison have captured five of their last six, outscoring opponents 12-2 over that span. Bucknell captured a pair of 4-0 wins last week, beating defending Northeast Conference champion Saint Francis (Pa.) and Patriot League rival American.
• Bucknell will bring a 377:39 scoreless streak into Wednesday's game at Loyola. The last goal given up came in the 73rd minute of a 1-0 loss to Tennessee on Sept. 7. Goalkeeper Dani Kaufman has a personal shutout streak 359:12, as she got an early breather in last week's rout of Saint Francis. The team record for scoreless minutes is 655:03, set in 2015.
• Bucknell had seven goals in its first eight games of the season before exploding for eight in the two games last week. Two seniors got their scoring accounts started in those two games. Kendall Ham, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Year and Third Team All-American, broke out in a big way. She assisted on each of the first three goals against Saint Francis, and then she scored the team's first and third goals in the win over American. Gabi Rosenfeld, who scored a big goal in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals a year ago, notched her first three tallies of the season last week. She scored twice in the win over Saint Francis and had another on a running header off a corner kick in the victory over American.
• On Monday, Ham was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, while Rosenfeld was named Patriot League Midfielder of the Week.
• Prior to the two one-sided wins last week, Bucknell's first three victories this season all came in dramatic fashion. In the Patriot League opener, the Bison and Lafayette seemed to be headed for overtime, but junior Carly Baggott found the back of the net with just 45 seconds remaining in regulation. Previously, freshman Brianna Kropinack tallied game-winning goals at Rider (in overtime) and Penn (79th minute). All three of those late game-winners were assisted by Meghan Holtz.
• Holtz and Ham are tied for the team lead with seven points, both coming on two goals and three assists. Rosenfeld now has the team goal-scoring lead with three. Ten different Bison have accounted for the team's 15 goals, and 14 players have at least one point.
• Two reserve defenders joined the scoring parade last week. Sophomore Lilly Courts scored her first career goal in the American game, and it was a dandy of a strike from about 30 yards away from goal. Freshman Chloe Christakos scored against Saint Francis about four minutes after taking the field in her collegiate debut. She added an assist on Ham's second goal against American.
• Kaufman's 5.7 saves per game lead the Patriot League, and she ranks second in save percentage (.826). Kaufman has an experienced back four in front of her, with center backs Karli Cirovski and Maddie Dano flanked by outside backs Jackie Ham and Ali Russo.
• Bucknell set team records in wins (16), league wins (8) and win percentage (.850) last season, while posting a program-record 14-game unbeaten streak. The Bison brought back 45 of their 51 goals a season ago, including eight of their top 10 scorers. Bucknell returned seven starters, five of whom made All-Patriot League Teams in 2016.
• The Bison have reached the Patriot League Championship game each of the last two seasons under Kelly Cook, who is in her third year as head coach. She is a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and is joined on the sidelines by David Madsen and Leigh Howard. The trio earned NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year honors in 2016. Cook's record at Bucknell is 32-13-5 overall and 16-2-2 in Patriot League play.
• Senior forward Kendall Ham was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player. Ham became Bucknell's first women's soccer All-American last season. She and her twin sister, outside back Jackie Ham, are starters and returning All-Patriot League selections.
Record Book Watch
• Kendall Ham is seventh on Bucknell's career points chart with 74. Next up is Kerry McDonnell with 76.
• Kendall Ham is sixth all-time in goals with 31. She needs one more to catch Christa Matlack for the No. 5 spot.
• Maddie Mulford sits in a four-way tie for seventh place on Bucknell's career assists list. Her next assist will move her into a tie for sixth with Krista Lee Gentile.
Scouting Loyola/Series History
• The Greyhounds will be happy to be back home after playing their last six on the road. They went 1-5 in that stretch, including Patriot League losses to Colgate and Navy and a win at UMBC. Loyola is 1-1 at home this season, with a win over Seton Hall and a loss to Mount St. Mary's.
• Loyola has scored five goals and yielded 21 in nine games. Mary Corcoran has scored two of the team's goals, and Julianna Cabrera has a goal and three assists. Claire Beath and Nicole Rivas have one goal apiece.
• Sumer Rahe has started all nine games in goal. She has a .655 save percentage and a 2.29 goals-against average.
• Bucknell has one Marylander returning to her home state on Wednesday. Senior center back Karli Cirovski is from Highland, Md. and attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Cirovski's father, Sasho Cirovski, is the longtime men's soccer coach at the University of Maryland, where he has led the Terrapins to two national championships. Her mother, Shannon (Higgins) Cirovski, was a two-time national player of the year at North Carolina, earned 51 caps for the U.S. National Team, and was a part of the U.S. World Cup championship team in 1991.
• Bucknell is 4-3-1 all-time against Loyola, with all four wins coming in succession since the Greyhounds joined the Patriot League in 2013. The Bison have outscored Loyola 9-2 in that span, including a 3-0 win in Baltimore last season.
• Last season, the Bison scored three first-half goals, coming from Alexis Gannon, Kendall Ham, and Gabby Bair. Ham has two career goals against the Greyhounds, both coming in Baltimore. She also scored there in Bucknell's 2-1 win in 2014.
Scouting Holy Cross/Series History
• Holy Cross is 2-5-2 overall and 0-1-1 in Patriot League play. The Crusaders are coming off a 1-1 home draw with Lafayette. Prior to that, they had a 1-0 halftime lead over Navy, but the Mids rallied in the second half to win 2-1.
• The team's two wins have come against Hartford and Iona, and it also has a 0-0 tie with Fordham. Holy Cross will play at Boston University on Wednesday before hosting the Bison.
• Ang Seslija has a team-high three goals, while seven others have one each.
• Caroline Cashion has played every minute in goal and has a.756 save percentage and 1.16 goals-against average. Holy Cross ranks fifth in the Patriot League in fewest goals allowed, one spot behind Bucknell.
• Bucknell is 20-5-2 all-time against Holy Cross in a series that dates back to 1991. The Bison bring a 12-game series winning streak into Saturday's game, with the last Holy Cross win coming back in 2004 in Lewisburg. Bucknell has not lost in Worcester since 1999.
• After this week's two away fixtures, Bucknell returns home to face Princeton in a non-league game on Oct. 3.