No. 18 Bucknell (16-11, 9-0 MAWPC) at Fordham (14-8, 4-2 MAWPC)
When: Sunday, November 5 – 3 p.m.
Where: Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center – Bronx, N.Y.
A Look Back at Last Weekend
• Bucknell closed out the home portion of its schedule with a pair of commanding victories over Johns Hopkins (14-5) and Navy (12-6) on Oct. 28.
• The Bison closed out their game against the Blue Jays on a 10-2 run, and four different players recorded a hat trick in the contest.
• Rade Joksimovic (6g-2a) and Marko Djordjevic (3g-3a) paced Bucknell offensively against the Midshipmen.
• Charlie Niehaus became only the fourth Bison goalkeeper to reach the 800-save plateau in his collegiate career, joining David Kennedy (1,002, 1998-2001), Tony Paxton (833, 1978-80) and John Bradbury (816, 1988-91).
• Before the Navy game, seniors Jeff Hagen, Charlie Niehaus, Tommy Stupp and Jordan White were recognized.
Bucknell at a Glance
• Bucknell is currently 16-11 (9-0 MAWPC) on the season. The Bison were slotted No. 18 in the most recent CWPA poll and have been ranked every week this season.
• Bucknell is the lone undefeated team remaining in the MAWPC East.
• With their pair of wins last weekend and Fordham's sudden-death overtime loss to Wagner on Wednesday, the Bison clinched their second-straight MAWPC East Region regular-season title.
• Rade Joksimovic (85g-34a), Marko Djordjevic (47g-43a) and Cooper Dolan (34g-18a) are Bucknell's top three in points. Steal leaders Joksimovic (7th, 73) and Tommy Stupp (9th, 63) have already cracked Bucknell's single-season top 10 in this statistical category.
• Jeff Hagen has paced Bucknell's defense with 50 drawn exclusions. In net, Charlie Niehaus has made 258 saves, which ranks 10th in school history. He now stands fourth in career saves with 813 and is three outside of third.
Bucknell Goes Undefeated at Home
• The Bison went 8-0 at Kinney Natatorium in 2017.
• Bucknell is currently riding a 15-game home winning streak. The Bison last fell at Kinney Natatorium on Oct. 8, 2016, a 10-9 loss to George Washington. It was their only loss in both MAWPC action (9-1) and at home (11-1) that campaign.
• Over the past five seasons, Bucknell is 42-7 (.857) at Kinney Natatorium. The Bison lost only one home contest in both 2016 (11-1) and 2013 (6-1).
Bucknell’s Longest Winning Streaks
2017: 11 - *Sept. 16 to Oct. 14
1977, 1984, 1985, 2016 (twice): 9
Fordham at a Glance
• Fordham is currently 14-8 (4-2 MAWPC). The Rams received votes in the most recent CWPA poll.
• Fordham will host three MAWPC opponents before their tilt with the Bison: Navy (Saturday at 12 p.m.), George Washington (Saturday at 7 p.m.) and Johns Hopkins (Sunday at 10 a.m.)
• The Rams have a chance to finish above .500 in conference action for the first time since 2010, when they went 4-3 in the CWPA Northern Division.
• The Rams' 3-0 start to conference play was their best in over two decades. The Bison, who were also 3-0 at the time, kept them from starting 4-0 with an overtime victory on Oct. 1.
The Bucknell/Fordham Series
• Bucknell leads the all-time series, 42-3.
• The Bison have won the past five games, including all three 2016 contests by a combined margin of 48-19.
• This season, Bucknell needed overtime to top Fordham on Oct. 1 at Kinney Natatorium. Cooper Dolan completed a hat trick with 18 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to lift the then No. 16 Bison to a 9-8 victory over the then No. 18 Rams. Jeff Hagen sent the teams to overtime by netting the equalizer with eight seconds left to play while Charlie Niehaus secured the win by denying Magnus Sims from point-blank range with less than 30 seconds on the clock in the second overtime period.
• Fordham has only defeated Bucknell once since 1982, a 7-6 triple overtime victory on Sept. 14, 2014 at the Bison Invitational. That win snapped a 33-year and 29-match losing streak to the Bison.
• The Bison will defend their MAWPC Tournament crown when they compete at the MAWPC Championships on Nov. 17-19.