Setting the Scene, Part I 
Who:
 Lehigh (7-3-4, 3-1-2 PL) at Bucknell (8-7-0, 5-1-0 PL)
When: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. 
Where:
 Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Webstream: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: 
BucknellBison.com  

Setting the Scene, Part II 
Who: 
Boston University (7-6-3, 4-1-1 PL) at Bucknell (8-7-0, 5-1-0 PL) -- *SENIOR DAY*
When: 
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. 
Where: 
Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Webstream: 
Patriot League Network
Live Stats: 
BucknellBison.com    

About the Bison 

• Coming off its first Patriot League loss of the season after five straight wins, Bucknell gets right back at it with a pair of key conference games this week. The Bison host Lehigh on Wednesday, and then Boston University comes to Lewisburg on Saturday for a rematch of the last two Patriot League championship games.  

• Bucknell fell 3-2 at Colgate this past Saturday, but despite the loss the Bison are just one point out of the Patriot League lead and are at least assured of one of the six PL Tournament bids. Navy and Colgate are both 5-0-1 and tied for first with 16 points, while the Bison are right behind with a 5-1 PL mark and 15 points. Boston University (4-1-1, 13 points) and Lehigh (3-1-2, 11 points) are still very much in contention for the regular-season title with three games remaining, and the Terriers and Mountain Hawks will be looking to make up ground at Emmitt Field this week.

• Kendall Ham and Maddie Mulford scored in succession to give Bucknell a 2-1 lead in Saturday's game at Colgate, but the Raiders answered with two more goals of their own to steal the 3-2 win. Abby Sotomayor scored on a counterattack with 3:53 remaining to win it. Prior to that, Bucknell had been dominant in Patriot League play, winning its first five games by a combined 14-0 margin.  

• Earlier this month the Bison saw their six-game shutout streak come to an end with a 4-0 loss to No. 11 Princeton. The six consecutive shutouts tied the team record set in 2015, but that run started with a 0-0 tie at Navy. So this year's six straight shutout victories established a new school record. The scoreless string reached 578:25 scoreless minutes, which ended up a bit shy of the 2015 record of 655:03.

• Bucknell has scored 26 goals in 15 games and has gotten excellent scoring balance. The 26 goals have been scored by 13 different players, and 16 Bison have recorded a point.  

• Kendall Ham has a team-high six goals, all coming in the last six games. Ham has notched braces against Army and American along with one goal each against Colgate and Loyola. Her six goals in league play are the most in the PL. Mulford, Brianna Kropinack and Gabi Rosenfeld all have three goals, while Jackie Ham and Meghan Holtz have two each. Alexandra Catanzarite has a team-high four assists.

• Goalkeeper Dani Kaufman leads the Patriot League in saves per game (5.5) while ranking No. 4 in save percentage (.814). Kaufman has started every game this season and has a combined shutout in addition to her six solo clean sheets. 

• Last week's victory over Army made the current seniors the co-winningest class in program history. The group of Carolyn CaseyKarli CirovskiJackie HamKendall HamMeghan HoltzMaddie Mulford and Gabi Rosenfeld now has 45 career victories, tying them with the Class of 2009 for the team record. The Classes of 2017 and 2010 both won 44 games. This year's seniors will be honored prior to Saturday's game vs. Boston University.

• 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 35-15-5 overall and 19-3-2 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. Last week at Loyola, the twins scored goals in the same game for the third time in their careers. 

Record Book Watch 

 Kendall Ham ranks fifth on Bucknell's career points chart with 82. Next up is Krista Lee Gentile in fifth with 83 points. 

 Kendall Ham is tied for fourth all-time (with Gentile) in goals with 35. She needs one more to catch Jennifer Dervarics for the No. 3 spot.

• Kendall Ham ranks 16th among all active Division I players with 35 career goals. Alabama State's Ariela Lewis is No. 1 with 53.

 Maddie Mulford is tied for sixth place (with Gentile) on Bucknell's career assists list with 15. Her next assist will move her into a tie for fifth with Kerry McDonnell. 

Scouting Lehigh/Series History 
• Lehigh is coming off a 2-0 win over arch-rival Lafayette on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks' only Patriot League loss was a 2-0 verdict at Navy on Sept. 30, and they have tied Colgate and Boston University at home. 

• Lehigh brings in the top-ranked defense in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have conceded only nine goals in 14 games, and goalkeeper Sam Miller comes in with a 0.54 goals-against average and .875 save percentage.    

• Offensively, Lehigh has 14 goals on the season, four coming from Annika Jansa. Maggie Wadsworth has three goals, and Clare Severe leads the squad with four assists. 

• Bucknell is 14-11-3 all-time against Lehigh.  

• Last year's game was a stunner, as Bucknell came in with a 13-0-1 overall record and a 7-0 mark in the Patriot League, but Lehigh scored three straight goals in the first half and held on to win it 3-2. Maddie Mulford and Bailey Hurst scored in the second half, but the Bison fell a goal short. It would be one of only two losses all season for Bucknell, with the other coming at Penn State in the NCAA Tournament. Mulford also scored against Lehigh in Bucknell's 3-0 win in Bethlehem in 2015. 

Scouting Boston University/Series History 
• The Terriers are 6-1-1 in their last eight games, with the lone blemishes in that span a scoreless tie at Lehigh and a 1-0 loss at Navy. Boston University is coming off a 3-0 home win over Loyola and will play at Army before traveling to Lewisburg. 

• Boston University has outscored opponents 21-14 on the season. Freshman Anna Heilferty leads the team in goals (5) and points (12). Christina Wakefield has four goals and three assists for 11 points. 

• The Terriers have turned to a freshman goalkeeper in recent weeks. Amanda Fay has a made 23 saves and yielded only four goals in nine starts.   

• The Bison are 2-4 against Boston University, with both victories coming last season at Emmitt Field. The Bison won 2-0 in the Patriot League opener and 2-1 in overtime in the Patriot League Tournament championship game. That was the second straight year that the Bison and Terriers squared off for the title. Boston University won 1-0 on its home field a year earlier.   

Maddie Mulford and Alexis Gannon scored in the regular-season meeting last season, and Mulford and Cora Climo had the goals in the championship game. Climo scored the golden goal off a service from Jackie HamMeghan Holtz is the only other Bison ever to have scored against the Terriers. That came in a 2-1 loss back in 2014.  

Up Next 
• Bucknell wraps up the regular season on Oct. 28 at Navy at 7 p.m.