NOTICE: Due to weather, the time of the Penn game has been changed to 7 p.m. The location has also been changed to the Dunning-Cohen Champions Field air structure. Because of the facility change, the game will no longer be streamed on the Ivy League Network.
LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell men's lacrosse team hits the road for games against No. 15/16 Penn and No. 6/6 Loyola this week.
After facing off against the Quakers on Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Bison square off against the two-time defending Patriot League champion Greyhounds on Saturday at 1 p.m. Bucknell, which is 3-1 in the Patriot League, will look to carry the momentum from its comeback victory over Boston University into their pair of games against nationally ranked teams.
Bucknell (5-2, 3-1 Patriot League) vs. No. 15/16 Penn (4-3, 1-0 Ivy League)
When: Tuesday, March 20 – 4 p.m.
Where: Franklin Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
Internet Video: Ivy League Network ($)
Live Stats: PennAthletics.com
Follow on Twitter: @Bucknell_MLAX
Bucknell (5-2, 3-1 Patriot League) vs. No. 6/6 Loyola (5-2, 3-0 Patriot League)
When: Saturday, March 24 – 1 p.m.
Where: Ridley Athletic Complex – Baltimore, Md.
Internet Video: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: LoyolaGreyhounds.com
Follow on Twitter: @Bucknell_MLAX
Bucknell at a Glance
• The Bison men's lacrosse team is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. Established in 1968, the program has compiled a 365-348 all-time record with Sid Jamieson (1968-2005) and Frank Fedorjaka (2006-present) at the helm.
• Bucknell is 5-2 (3-1 Patriot League) on the season, matching its 2017 total in just seven games. The Bison received votes in this week's USILA Coaches' Poll and Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Listing.
• In 2017, Bucknell went 5-8 (3-5 Patriot League), coming up a single game short of qualifying for its 11th-straight Patriot League Tournament.
• The Bison, who finished tied for seventh in the Patriot League a year ago, were picked to place fourth in the 2018 preseason poll, as voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.
• Bucknell returns four All-Patriot League selections in Matt Gilray (2nd '17, '16), Christian Klipstein (2nd '17, '16), Sean O'Brien (1st '17) and Will Sands (1st '17, 2nd '16). All four were voted to the 2018 Preseason All-Patriot League team, giving the Bison the league-high total.
• Sands was named to the 2018 Tewaaraton Watch List on March 1. The senior, who was previously recognized on the 2017 list, was one of 50 men's lacrosse players to make this year's iteration.
• Bucknell's captains are seniors Sands, Gilray, O'Brien and Benny Borgognone.
• Fedorjaka, who is in his 13th season as head coach, owns a 116-72 record. In Patriot League action, he has gone 53-31, leading the Bison to perfect 6-0 records in 2009 and 2011.
Inside the Boston University Box Score
• Bucknell outscored Boston University, 9-0, in the second half to emerge a 16-9 victor on March 17 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
• The Bison held the Terriers without a goal for the final 41 minutes of a critical Patriot League contest between the teams selected fourth and fifth in the preseason poll. They trailed by as many as four and were down, 9-7, at halftime.
• Will Sands was sensational for the Bison, recording 10 points on three goals and seven assists. He finished one point shy of tying Bucknell's school record, last equaled in 2012.
• Sands matched his career high in points, set during the 2016 Patriot League quarterfinals against Holy Cross. In that game, he also finished with three goals and seven assists, setting a tourney record in the process.
• Connor O'Hara (4g), Tommy Sopko (4g) and Tom Smith (2g-2a) enjoyed four-point outings against the Terriers.
• Lukas Munoz led the Bison defensively with four caused turnovers and five ground balls; he was later honored as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. Christian Klipstein stopped seven shots in net.
Penn at a Glance
• Penn is currently 4-3 (1-0 Ivy League). The Quakers opened Ivy League action with a 14-7 victory at Princeton in their most recent game on March 17.
• Penn appeared in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Listing. The Quakers checked in at No. 15 in the Coaches' Poll and was slotted in a tie for 16th in the Media Listing with Vermont.
• In the 2018 Ivy League preseason poll, Penn was chosen to place third.
• The Quakers posted a 7-6 (3-3 Ivy League) record in 2017. They fell to Yale, 13-12, in quadruple overtime in the first round of the Ivy League Tournament.
• Simon Mathias is the team leader with 20 points (13g-7a). Reed Junkin has started six of Penn's seven games, recording a 8.00 goals against average, .575 save percentage and 73 saves.
• Penn leads the all-time series, 11-5. The teams first met in 1993 and last squared off in 2012.
• On April 10 of that year, the then No. 18 Bison downed the Quakers, 8-3. It was their stingiest defensive effort of the season.
Loyola at a Glance
• Loyola is currently 5-2 (3-0 Patriot League). The Greyhounds remained unbeaten in Patriot League action with a 15-9 win at Navy on March 17.
• Loyola appeared in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Listing. The Greyhounds were tabbed No. 6 in the Coaches' Poll and was locked in a tie for sixth in the Media Listing with Yale.
• In the 2018 Patriot League poll, Loyola was selected to defend its title. Since joining the Patriot League in 2014, the Greyhounds have won three of four Patriot League Tournaments, including the past two in a row.
• Loyola went 10-6 (6-2 Patriot League) in 2017. After winning the Patriot League Tournament, they fell to Ohio State, 7-4, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
• As of March 18, the Greyhounds ranks fourth nationally in scoring offense (13.14).
• Pat Spencer, the 2017 and 2018 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and a 2018 First Team All-American, has led Loyola's potent attack. He is tied for third in the nation in both points per game (6.00) and points (42). He is also second in assists (26) and fourth in assists per game (3.71). Will Sands is one of the players Spencer is tied with in both points and points per game.
• Loyola leads the all-time series, 6-2. After facing off three times in the 1980s, the teams didn't meet again until the Greyhounds joined the Patriot League.
• In their most recent meeting on March 25, 2017, Bucknell stunned then No. 17/18 Loyola, 9-8, in double overtime. Sands led the way with five points (2g-3a), including the game-winning goal, and Christian Klipstein made 15 saves. Following that game, Klipstein was honored as the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week and Sands captured Bison Athlete of the Week accolades.
Bison in the NCAA Top 10 (as of March 19)
• Will Sands: First in assists (28)
• Will Sands: Tied for second in assists per game (4.00)
• Will Sands: Tied for third in points per game (6.00) and points (42) - one of five with at least 40
• Tommy Sopko: Ninth in shot percentage (.545) - freshman leader
• Goals: Connor O'Hara (20)
• Assists: Will Sands (28)
• Points: Will Sands (42)
• Shots: Sean O'Brien (72)
• Ground balls: Three tied (19)
• Caused turnovers: Lukas Munoz (10)
• Face-off wins: Jarett Witzal (71)
• Face-off percentage: Jarett Witzal (.449)
• Save Percentage: Ben Clark (.562)
• Goals Against Average: Ben Clark (8.26)
• Saves: Christian Klipstein (46)
Single-Season Milestone Watch
• Sean O'Brien: Needs 37 shots to crack Bucknell's top five with 109
• Will Sands: Needs four assists to crack top 10 in assists for second time (32); needs five to enter tie for seventh (33)
• Will Sands: Needs 16 points to crack top 10 in points for third time (58); needs 19 to enter tie for ninth (61)
Career Milestones Met vs. Boston University
• Matt Gilray: Entered tie for 10th with 140 ground balls
• Will Sands: Claimed sole possession of ninth with 96 goals
• Jarett Witzal: Claimed sole possession of eighth with 145 ground balls
Career Milestone Watch
• Matt Gilray: Needs four ground balls to move to ninth with 144; needs five to move to eighth with 145
• Christian Klipstein: Needs 31 saves to crack Bucknell’s top 10 with 375
• Sean O'Brien: Needs 38 shots to crack Bucknell’s top five with 279
• Will Sands: Needs one goal to move to eighth with 97; needs two to move to sixth with 98
• Will Sands: Needs three assists to move to fourth with 117
• Will Sands: Needs four goals to become sixth Bison with 100
• Will Sands: Needs 18 shots to crack Bucknell’s top five with 279
• Jarett Witzal: Needs one ground ball to move to seventh with 146; needs seven to move to sixth with 152
• Jarett Witzal: Needs 50 face-off wins to claim the school record from Jake Clarke (422)
• Jarett Witzal: Needs 78 face-off attempts to claim the school record from Jake Clarke (750)
A Look Ahead
• The Bison continue Patriot League action with a noon game at Army West Point on Saturday, March 31.