LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Patriot League women's lacrosse action returns to Graham Field on Saturday when Bucknell hosts American at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.
The Bison will be searching for their first victory of the season, while American comes in with a 4-7 overall mark and an 0-3 Patriot League record. Both teams had non-conference games this week. Bucknell fell 16-5 on the road to a strong Duquesne team on Tuesday, while American routed George Mason 15-3 at home on Wednesday.
Emily Kookogey (12-2-14) and Katelyn Miller (9-5-14) are Bucknell's leading point-producers. Miller also leads the team and ranks third in the Patriot League with 22 caused turnovers. Caroline Collins now ranks fifth in the Patriot League in draw controls with 27.
American has won two straight contests. The Eagles topped Old Dominion 13-11 last Saturday before crushing George Mason on Wednesday. In league play American has fallen to Boston University (12-11), Holy Cross (9-7) and Navy (13-1).
Olivia Mangan leads the team with 25 points on 15 goals and 10 assists, while Alex Lugovina and Jessica Wojciechowski share the goal-scoring lead with 19 apiece. Jackie Ferri and Ashley Dalisera have split time in goal this season for an Eagles team that allows 10.4 goals per game.
The contest could feature a pair of sisters going head to head, as Bucknell junior Cori Thielemann will be on the opposite side from sister Abigail, who has appeared in one game as a first-year player for American this season.
These two teams met in Washington, D.C., last season, and American broke open a 5-5 dealock at the half with six straight goals and beat the Bison 11-6. Emily Maher had three goals and an assist to lead the Eagles, while Miller had a hat trick for the Bison.
Bucknell and American have met 19 times previously, with the Eagles winning 14. The teams first met in 1994, and Bucknell won the first three series meetings. Since then the Eagles have won 14 of 16.
As Patriot League rivals, American has won 12 of 14 games, including two in the postseason. In the 2003 Patriot League championship game, the Eagles defeated the Bison 15-6, and in the 2004 semis, American won 17-3.
Following the American game the Bison will return home to face Howard on Tuesday at 6 p.m. That game will also be streamed on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.